Joy Adams
Teaching and Learning Consultant

Meet Joy Adams, Teaching and Learning Consultant. Joy received her Ph.D. in geography from The University of Texas at Austin, with specializations in ethnic geography, heritage tourism, and the North American culture region. She also holds a certificate in e-learning instructional design from The University of California, Irvine, and is a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. She joined ASSETT in March 2018 after relocating from Washington, DC, where she was an instructional designer at American University.

Joy's winding career path has included stints as a newspaper editor, staff at two technology start-ups, senior researcher, and tenured associate professor. Her most recent full-time faculty appointment was at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and she continues to teach online undergraduate human geography courses as a summer adjunct for The University of Maryland, College Park.

Here at CU, Joy will focus on supporting the implementation of Universal Design for Learning within the College of Arts & Sciences and coordinating the ASSETT team's outreach and communication efforts. Her pedagogical interests include designing effective and engaging online and hybrid courses, active learning strategies, career awareness and preparedness, and authentic assessment. She also has strange affinities for designing grading rubrics, creating spreadsheets, and assembling IKEA furniture – apparently, she's really into things that come in boxes. When she's not working, Joy can be found dining out at Indian buffets, exploring historic cemeteries, conducting genealogical research, performing karaoke, and binge-watching television with her cat, Jaspurr, who also loves boxes.