Office of General Education

Stephen

 

Stephen Biscotte, PhD

Director of General Education
Suite 104 Burruss Hall (0717)
gened@vt.edu

(540) 231-4451

As Director of General Education, Dr. Stephen Biscotte helps support and manage the Pathways to General Education program. He has been fulfilling these responsibilities since summer of 2013.

Dr. Biscotte's general education relevant scholarship, particularly focused on the non-STEM student experience in STEM general education courses, has appeared in The Journal of General Education. He has given presentations and workshops on such gen ed related topics as innovative structures, university reform efforts, and progam evaluation both locally and nationally. Dr. Biscotte also serves on the council of the Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS).

Prior to his role at Virginia Tech, Biscotte was a high school science teacher for 11 years, teaching courses in anatomy and physiology, biology, and physical science in Roanoke, Virginia and Columbia, South Carolina. Biscotte received a bachelor’s degree in biology from James Madison University. He received a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction: Educational Psychology, both from Virginia Tech.

Najla Mouchrek
Najla Mouchrek

 

Najla Mouchrek

Graduate Assistant in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Suite 104 Burruss Hall (0717)
najlamk@vt.edu

Doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD with focus on Human Centered Design at Virginia Tech. As a graduate assistant in the Office of Undergraduate Affairs at Virginia Tech, Mouchrek works supporting diverse student-centered initiatives.  She offers support to the implementation of Pathways to General Education in several areas, particularly focusing in communication and graphic design.
Established graphic design for the last two decades, Mouchrek developed a passion for applying design as an agent of change for youth development and engagement with sustainability and social change. In the course of her Master degree in Design, Innovation and Sustainability, she developed a model for youth engagement using design principles and practices. She also worked as a leading mentor in sustainable education for youth in several projects in Brazil.

She serves a co-chair for the university’s strategic planning on experiential learning to develop the “VT-shaped education”. In her PhD, Mouchrek is working on interdisciplinary research investigating innovative learning strategies to promote youth empowerment and transformative developmental outcomes during the transition to adulthood.

 

Rachel Kinzer Corell

Program Support Specialist for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Suite 104 Burruss Hall (0717)
rcorell@vt.edu

Rachel Kinzer Corell is a MA student in English focusing in rhetoric and writing, in addition to completing the graduate school’s Preparing the Future Professoriate certificate as a 2017 Global Perspectives Program fellow. She also holds a MA in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she focused on composition & rhetorical studies. A word nerd with an eye toward helping others find ways to communicate in context, she is very interested in the practical application of technical writing strategies to “real world” experiences. In this role, she offers support for both the Pathways to General Education and First-Year Experiences programs with respect to communication and writing.

Previously, Rachel has worked in several different capacities both within and outside of higher education. Her teaching background includes working with Virginia Tech’s Engineering Communications Program, where she provided in-house writing feedback and technical writing instruction to engineering students, in addition to teaching courses in critical and ethical inquiry in Radford’s Core Curriculum, and teaching first-year composition at a community college in Tennessee. Her administrative experiences include serving as an office manager for a solo law practice, working in assessment and evaluation for a large, urban K-12 school system, and acting as an administrative coordinator for an arts education nonprofit.

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