Virginia Pitts

Associate Director, Office of Teaching and Learning

University of Denver

US United States

My background is eclectic, but the common thread is learning, motivation, engagement, and design. My undergraduate degree was in Industrial Engineering. I then did an 11-year stint with Accenture (a large, multinational business consulting firm), where I eventually ended up in Change Management, focusing on “the people side” of change. During that time, I became so intrigued by questions related to learning, motivation and engagement that I went back to school to pursue my PhD at Northwestern University in Learning Sciences, which focused on learning and motivation in social contexts and the design of innovative, research-based learning environments.  

After recieving my PhD, I did a two-year post-doctoral fellowship studying instructional leadership in schools across the greater Chicago area (focusing on the ways in which leadership is shared among members of a school community). I then spent four years working with National Geographic Education Programs as a professional development consultant, and teaching courses at Regis University and CU-Denver for educators pursuing their masters degrees.  I came to DU in February 2013, where I am currently the Associate Director in the Office of Teaching and Learning.