The Other Side of Campus

Episode 21: "FUN is not a bad word!": Motivation, Effective Teaching, and Student Wellness with Thea Woodruff

October 15th, 2021

On this episode of The Other Side of Campus, Jen and Stephanie invite Thea Woodruff, Director of Well-being in Learning Environments at the Counseling and Mental Health Center to talk about her initiative to help improve interactions between faculty and students in order to create a more effective teaching and learning environment (in person or online). We hope you enjoy this FUN and uplifting conversation!


Dr. Thea Woodruff coordinates the Well-Being in Learning Environments project, a project that works with faculty to imbed practices for improving student well-being in their classes. Thea also teaches courses as a lecturer in the College of Education at UT Austin. Areas of professional interest include research-based literacy practices in PK-12 settings, student motivation and identity, and effective instructional coaching practices. In her free time, Thea enjoys hanging out with her family, playing sports, and reading.

PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on June 22nd, 2021 via Zoom.

Assistant Producers/Hosts: Stephanie Seidel Holmsten, Jen Moon
(Intro theme features the following faculty in order: Jen Moon, Daron Shaw, Rich Reddick, Diane McDaniel Rhodes, Siobhan McCusker, Moriba Jah, and Stephanie Seidel Holmsten)
Music by Charlie Harper (
Additional Background music by Charlie Harper, Scott Holmes, Ketsa, and Blue Dot Sessions
Produced by Michelle S. Daniel
Creator & Executive Producer: Mary C. Neuburger

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