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Lauren Woods

Associate Director for Teaching Development Pathways & CIRTL@UIC

Adjunct Instructor, Graduate College

Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Building & Room:

Teaching Excellence Building (TEB)


Dr. Lauren Woods is the Associate Director for Teaching Development Pathways & CIRTL@UIC and an Adjunct Instructor in the Graduate College. She is an experienced facilitator and teacher committed to promoting graduate student and postdoc professional development and building community for new and experienced college instructors. Dr. Woods works with campus partners to support the teaching development of UIC graduate students and postdoctoral scholars through UIC’s Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL@UIC) program. She is also an instructor for the Graduate College’s Foundations of College Instruction (FOCI) certificate courses.

Dr. Woods joined UIC in April 2021, coming from Northwestern University, where she was the Assistant Director for CIRTL at Northwestern at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching and a lecturer in the School for Professional Studies. She earned her B.A. in Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology at Washington University in St. Louis.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, canoeing, and hanging out with her cat, Mimosa.