APSI Faculty/Sessions

This year's institute will feature highly qualified College Board-endorsed consultants who will provide resources and share teaching strategies that have contributed to the success of their students. For more information about the faculty and courses, click on the sessions below.

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  • Art & Design (Doug Allen)
  • Biology ( Kelcey Burris)
  • Calculus AB & BC (Ruth Miller)
  • Chemistry (Marian DeWane)
  • English Language and Composition (Sherry Wynn Perdue)
  • English Literature and Composition (Rebecca McFarlan)
  • Economics - Macro/Micro (Nora Seager)
  • Human Geography (Julie Wakefield)
  • Psychology (Kristin Whitlock)
  • Spanish Language and Culture (Julio Cabral)
  • U.S. History (Kyle VanderWall)
  • World History (James Rowland)


REBECCA MCFARLAN is a National Board Certified teacher who for 39 years has taught English on both the high school and college levels. She has 33 years of experience teaching both the AP English Literature, AP English Language courses, and both AP Capstone courses. For the past 17 years she has been a reader and more recently a table leader for the AP English Literature Exam. Currently she teaches at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, OH. In addition to full time teaching duties, she serves as district Instructional Leader for grades 9-12 and ELA Program Leader for K-12. She is a College Board Consultant for AP English Literature, AP English Language, and AP Research. Over the past 20 years she has facilitated workshops both nationally and internationally. Rebecca has conducted several workshops in China focusing on both AP and PreAP English curriculum for Chinese students. For the past eight years she has served as a coach and mentor to other College Board consultants. She was recently appointed to College Board’s Instructional Development Committee to help develop instructional materials for teachers of AP Literature. Rebecca co-authored the article “Bridging the Grammar Gap: An Interdisciplinary Approach” which appeared in The English Journal in January 2003. In 2004 she received the Martha Holden Jennings Master Teacher award. She developed three online workshops for AP Central, contributed to the AP Literature Mentor materials, and has worked on the development of several workshops.

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SHERRY WYNN PERDUE is a writing center director, a writing and rhetoric faculty member, and an AP English Language and Composition consultant. She earned graduate degrees in English/American Studies (Michigan State University) and Educational Leadership (Oakland University) and attended the School of Criticism and Theory (then at Dartmouth College).

When she is not teaching or consulting with writers, Sherry is collecting data, developing training curriculum, mentoring one of the center’s writing consultants, or presenting at conferences. In her fleeting spare time, she is composing a memoir, Married on a Monday—7 ½  Years Later—and other Quirky Tales of an Academic Storyteller.

Sherry's publications on evidence-based research in writing centers, the unique needs of dissertation writers, information literacy, and undergraduate research have appeared in The Writing Center JournalEducation LibrariesJournal of Academic Librarianship, and Perspectives in Undergraduate Research and Mentoring. In addition to composing her own scholarship, she has served as co-editor of The Peer Review, book review editor of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, managing editor of The Oakland Journal, and editor of Re-Visions: Journal of the Women's Studies Program at Michigan State University and The Oil Pipeline Monitor. For the last few decades, she has maintained WriteSpace, her own editing, ghostwriting, and consulting business.

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