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TLC Staff

Meet the Director 

Dr. Laughner profile

Thomas Laughner, PhD


Tom Laughner has been director of UTHSC’s teaching and learning center since December 2018. His passion is understanding how students learn. While his career has mostly focused on how technology might improve student learning, he has also worked with faculty to craft learning goals, develop course skeletons, and to think about ways to use time and space to most effectively engage students in and out of the classroom. He comes most recently from Smith College and has also spent time at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Arizona.


PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Andrews University

MA in Education and Human Development from George Washington University

BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona

Scholarly Interests
Tom's dissertation focused on student engagement in online courses and his research interests include learning spaces and ways to provide flexibility for multiple teaching and learning styles.


Meet the TLC Staff

Meet Veronica

Veronica Reliford-Thomas serves as the Administrative Specialist III for the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC).

Veronica is the first point of contact for patrons and visitors and provides general administrative support to the Director and TLC staff. In addition, she manages incoming space reservation requests. 


Veronica is a highly skilled, motivated, and enthusiastic member of the TLC staff. She became a Tennessee state employee in 2006 when she started work for a local community college. There, she served in several capacities including office coordinator for a grant office and as an executive secretary to the office of the provost, executive vice president. As an executive secretary, Veronica also worked with the vice president of financial and administrative services and the office of the president at the college. Veronica’s experiences and background in administrative services along with her people skills have enabled her to communicate easily and amicably with faculty, staff, and students.

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Phone (901) 448-1218

Meet Amy

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Amy is an Instructional Consultant for the Teaching and Learning Center. 

Amy’s areas of expertise include writing performance goals and objectives, using effective learning strategies within the classroom and clinical settings, and providing effective feedback.




Amy, a Memphis native, joined the Teaching and Learning Center in August 2019 as an Instructional Consultant and brings with her 13 years’ experience in Graduate Medical Education at UTHSC.  During her time in GME, Amy provided one-on-one consultations with program directors and faculty regarding accreditation standards and development of curriculum, individualized learning plans, goals and objectives, and assessment methods.  Prior to coming to UTHSC, Amy taught elementary and middle school for 5 years at Snowden School in Memphis. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Rhodes College, and her Master of Science in Instruction and Curriculum and Doctor of Education in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Memphis. 


Phone: 901.448.5208

Meet Devin

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Devin is an Instructional Consultant for the Teaching and Learning Center.

Devin’s areas of expertise include curriculum development, course design, implementing sound teaching strategies, and assessment. He has experience teaching and designing in-person, online, and hybrid courses. Additionally, at the University of Maryland, he worked to implement professional development programs and assessment practices that improved student outcomes and instructor satisfaction.

Devin’s education experience is varied, having served as a lead instructor and curriculum and teaching development coordinator at the University of Maryland, College Park. He previously served as a classroom educator with Teach for America in Memphis. Devin received his PhD in Communication and MA in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his BA in Communication from Truman State University.


Phone: 901.448.1218

Meet George

george mcneilGeorge is a Media Specialist for the Teaching and Learning Center.

George’s area of audiovisual production expertise involves producing, directing, filming, editing and distributing digital content. He brings over twenty years of experience including broadcast production with Comcast Spotlight and marketing and multimedia with the U.S. Navy in a civilian capacity.

George is a Maryland transplant who joined the Teaching and Learning Center in February 2020. His knowledge and skill sets are diverse. He specializes as a motion graphics artist, videographer, and editor. Additionally, his wildlife photography passion has propelled his capabilities personally and professionally. George received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in computer science from Frostburg State University.


Phone: 901.448.1218

Meet Kelly Jo
Kelly Jo’s areas of expertise include inclusive learning practices, effective teaching strategies and course design. She has over 10 years of university-level teaching experience and has worked at teaching centers in the United States and abroad. In these centers, she developed curricula, consulted with faculty, researched effective teaching practices and ran workshops.
As a native of Memphis and an alumna of the UT system, Kelly Jo returned to Tennessee to join the TLC in September of 2021 after teaching at Denison University, Ohio State University and the Namibian University of Science and Technology. Her research interests center around the medical humanities and racial equity. She holds a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Last Published: Sep 14, 2021