Brian Gockley helped co-found the TLC in 2006, and brings over 25 years of college teaching experience to bear on the Center's programming. Along with his passion for teaching, this experience has helped craft the TLC's well received and practical new faculty programs, their pedagogical and curricular workshops, and the many varieties of learning communities and teaching circles. He is a firm believer in constructivist learning, and his current area of research is in adoption rates of teaching activities. Brian has a B.A. in English, a Masters in English Literature, and is ABD in Higher Education at Penn State. His other interests include folk-rock music, urban U.S. history, landscape gardening, New Orleans, old house restoration, and a recently acquired 1984 VW Camper Van. Married to Angela since 1987, he has a daughter Alyssa (25) and a son David (20).
Laura Lanwermeyer earned a BA in Biophysical Chemistry from Dartmouth College in 1999 before volunteering as a science teacher with the Peace Corps in Malawi for two years. With an MA in Science Education from Columbia University Teachers College, she taught high school science subjects in New York City, Idaho, and Pennsylvania, becoming a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent and Young Adult Sciences in 2009. At Bucknell since 2012, Laura has worked to develop a coherent program of Student Learning Support on campus. In collaboration with faculty partners, she has strengthened peer support in math and science, and continues to work to expand peer support to other academic subjects. She also provides workshops, individual consultations, and other resources to students who seek support in reaching personal academic goals. Laura loves helping students do their best work as much as she loves her two labradoodles and water sports.
Mary Csernica coordinates the activities, communications, and assessments for both the Faculty Development and the Student Learning Support sides of the Teaching and Learning Center. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell and spent four years working in pharmaceutical manufacturing and design before taking time off to raise her three children. She spent several years as a freelance writer and copy editor before joining the TLC staff in 2007. She has volunteered extensively in the Lewisburg community, and is currently in her second year as President of the Board of Trustees for the Public Library for Union County.