Jeff Rients serves as Senior Teaching and Learning Specialist. He consults with instructors to help create learning environments where their students can flourish, working on any scale from troubleshooting individual problem moments in the classroom to design/redesign of entire courses. Jeff also facilitates workshops on best practices in teaching.
Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his master’s degree in English Studies from Illinois State University, where he is presently finishing his doctorate. Jeff has taught in traditional classrooms, in lecture halls, and in online environments. In 2017 he received Illinois State University’s Outstanding University Teaching Award.