Laura Parson is an Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Administration Program at Auburn University. She coordinates the Certificate in College/University Teaching program. Her Ph.D. is in Teaching & Learning, Higher Education from the University of North Dakota. She has a MEd, Adult Education from Westminster College with a certification in Teaching English as a Second Language. Her research interests focus on effective teaching and learning in higher education, explored through a critical lens. Laura’s recent research has focused on the institutional factors that disempower undergraduate women in STEM education. Additionally, she has conducted research on the use of instructional technologies to validate and empower women students, rigor in the curriculum design process, and critical discourse analysis in STEM in Higher Education. Laura has facilitated workshops on active learning at Auburn University, the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning.