Dr. Carruth is an Associate Professor in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University, where she is also the Director of the Neuroscience Dual Degree BS-MS program. Dr. Carruth is Director of Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). In that role, she is at the forefront of Georgia State University's efforts to support our 53,000 students. She and her team are transforming online education while supporting faculty across the university. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and did her post-doctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her family. Her laboratory research examines the role early developmental stress has on adult brain and behavior, and the hormonal factors that lead to sex differences in brain development in different vertebrate species. Dr. Carruth is also a science educator and works with local middle and high school teachers on science lesson plan development.
Besides the extra time I'm spending with my family and staying virtually connected with friends I think that getting outside and taking a walk everyday has been important for my sanity. Anytime I can be outside helps. And even though I'm on my computer most of the day I'm trying to avoid news and information overload.
At the most fundamental level I just like helping my colleagues. And helping students. I often feel like my job in CETL is part matchmaker and that I just connect people with the resources they need to support their teaching. And right now I want to be a reassuring and supportive advocate for faculty. Believe it or not, this is also the first time I've ever taught remotely as well. Before COVID 19 when I didn't know how to do something in iCollege I could just walk out my office door and say "Zoe, help please!", but now that's not possible. I can at least say that we are all in this together and I'm learning right along with everyone else. While we can't connect face to face right now, CETL is still here to help.
My home office is very make-shift. We set-up a folding table in the corner of my family room and I hauled my big monitor home from my CETL office (I do love my monitor) so it doesn't really feel like an office. I like that the room gets lots of light and that my cats often stop by for a visit (sadly my old three-legged dog can't make it up the stairs). So, it's not as much of an object that I like but just the light and space.