Academic Excellence Team
Crystal N. Fodrey, Ph.D. | Executive Director of the Center for Academic Excellence, Director of Writing & First-Year Programming
Office location: Zinzendorf Hall 202
Office phone: 610-861-1511
B.A., M.A., Western Kentucky University
Ph.D., University of Arizona
As the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Academic Excellence, Dr. Fodrey works with faculty, students, staff, and administrators to build a hub of academic and curricular support that defines "Excellence" primarily through the lens of holistic, inclusive, accessible, equity-oriented teaching and learning practices. The Center for Academic Excellence provides academic curriculum and student learning-outcome supporting services to the campus community. In her capacity as Director of Writing & First-Year Programming, Dr. Fodrey has weekly open hours available to meet with instructors to chat about any and all pedagogy topics, including, but not limited to, assignment design, rubric design, writing project scaffolding, equity-oriented response and assessment practices, digital portfolio development, and implementation of digital multimodal writing projects.
Now an Associate Professor, Dr. Fodrey has been a faculty member in the Department of English and Writing Arts since 2014, is an affiliate faculty of the Communications and Media Studies program, and has served as Director of the Writing at Moravian program since 2016. In March 2022 the Writing at Moravian program—which oversees First-Year Writing, the Writing Center, and the Writing Fellows program; engages undergraduate students in writing studies research; and supports faculty development and curricular revision related to the teaching of writing in both undergraduate and graduate programs—was awarded the Conference on College Composition and Communication Certificate of Excellence, one of the highest honors that a university writing program can receive.
Dr. Fodrey specializes in rhetoric and writing studies and teaches courses in rhetorical theory, digital rhetoric and writing, professional writing, editing and publishing, first-year writing, creative nonfiction, and writing studies. Her research is grounded in her dedication to well theorized and effective teaching and administrative practices as they relate to writing across the curriculum. Her scholarship on faculty development in the teaching of writing and writing curricular development appears in Across the Disciplines, Composition Forum, Writing-Enriched Curricula: Models of Faculty-Driven and Departmental Transformation and elsewhere. Dr. Fodrey has given talks on writing pedagogy, writing teacher and consultant training, and writing across the curriculum program development at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (here, often with undergraduate researchers), the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, the Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, and the Small Liberal Arts College Writing Program Administrators Conference, among others. She is also an active member of each of the aforementioned professional organizations.
Chris Hassay, M.A.T. | Associate Director of the Center for Academic Excellence, Director of Academic Support, Coordinator of the Writing Center and Writing Fellows Program
Office location: Zinzendorf 204
Office phone: 610-625-7820
B.A., M.A.T., Moravian University
Chris Hassay serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Academic Excellence focusing on Academic Support and Coordinates the Writing Center and Writing Fellows initiatives within the Writing at Moravian program. As Coordinator of the Writing Center and Writing Fellows program, Chris works with both undergraduate and graduate students across campus in Writing Center consultations, trains Writing Center Consultants, and work with Writing Fellows who are placed in courses which feature writing across campus. Contact Chris if you have any questions about academic support at Moravian University.
Sidney Leigh Nataro | Coordinator of the Quantitative Resource Center (QRC), Lecturer of Statistics
Office location: Sally 350
Office phone: 610-625-7932
Master of School Mathematics, Iowa State University B.A., M.A.T., Moravian University
Leigh Nataro serves as Coordinator of the Quantitative Resource Center (QRC) and she teaches various introductory mathematics courses. She is responsible for recruiting, training and overseeing the student tutors that work in the QRC. Mrs. Nataro taught in public and independent high schools before joining Moravian University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescence and Young Adulthood Mathematics and enjoys leading workshops for teachers.
Sela Herber | Academic Affairs Program Coordinator
Office location: Monocacy Hall, 2nd Floor
Office phone: 610-861-1348
B.A. '22, M.B.A. '24 Moravian University
Sela Herber works closely with the Office of The Provost, the Center for Academic Excellence, and Academic Affairs, as a whole, and serves as the technical manager of the Navigate early alert system. Sela provides administrative support for team operations and serves as a liaison to faculty, staff, and students on Navigate operations. Stop by Monocacy Hall or schedule an appointment on Navigate to ask general academic questions.