About Erin

Associate Director of CTE, Dr. Erin Rentschler.

Erin M. Rentschler, Ph.D. 

Associate Director for Faculty Development

Current Role

Erin serves as the Center for Teaching Excellence's Associate Director for Faculty Development. She offers consultation on college teaching, learning, and academic career success for faculty and graduate students, develops faculty and graduate teaching assistant (GTA) workshops, creates teaching and learning resources, and directs the GTA program, which includes the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Certificate of University Teaching. She has a desire to bring student perspectives on learning -- especially those related to diversity, equity, and inclusion -- to her work with instructors.She is interested in metacognition, self-regulation, and projected-based learning. 

Education and Experience

Erin received her B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts in 2001. After graduating from Wheaton, she taught high school English in Massachusetts. As a Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at Duquesne, Erin taught core writing classes as well as Survey of American Literature II (1865-present) and Introduction to Fiction. Her favorite moments in the classroom are those in which students feel empowered and challenged by thinking critically about the stories they encounter not only in literary studies but in their everyday engagement with words, images, and sounds. 

She has served the Center for Teaching Excellence in various roles since 2011, including instructional consultant for teaching assistants and program manager.

Erin's dissertation explores race and ethnicity in American novels representing the Vietnam War.  Her project contributes to both the critical discussion of fiction representing a particular historical moment and conversations about teaching topics such as war, race, and ethnicity. 

Selected Scholarship
  • Hansen, S., and Rentschler, E. (2021). Lenses and recommendations for helping graduate students assess and improve teaching in community. In M. Hatcher & J. Gilmore (Eds.), Preparing for College and University Teaching: Competencies for Graduate and Professional Students. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
  • "Faculty Wrapper Sessions: Refining Teaching Practices through Reflection and Reflexivity." With Steve Hansen and Laurel Willingham-McLain. An on-demand interactive workshop at the Professional and Organizational Network in Higher Education, Virtual Annual Conference, 2020.
  • "Supporting First Generation Students - Student Success and Inclusive Practice" A round table presentation at the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, Annual Conference, November 2019, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Hansen, S., Rentschler, E., & Willingham-McLain, L. (2019). Integrating transparency in learning and teaching (TILT) initiatives throughout a CTE: Educational developer and instructor insights. In MA Winklemes, A. Boye, & S. Tapp (Eds.), Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
  • "Reflecting in Writing: A Critical Practice for Future Faculty" with Amy Criniti Phillips. Professional and Organizational Development Network conference. Pittsburgh, PA. November 2013.
  • "A Habit of Silence Where Vietnam [Is] Concerned:" Lan Cao's Monkey Bridge and Vietnamese American Narratives of War." 27th Annual MELUS Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. March 14-17, 2013.
  • "Race and Ethnicity in Vietnam War Narratives: Alfredo Véa's Gods Go Begging." Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association. Pittsburgh, PA. November 1-3, 2012. 
  • "Teaching Narratives of War, Re-Examining the Document." The Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900. Louisville, KY. February 24-26, 2011.
  • "(How) Do You Remember? Narratives of the Vietnam War and September 11." West Virginia Association of College English Teachers Fall Conference. West Liberty, WV. October 15-16, 2010.