GENAI Taskforce Members

  • Natasha Heny
    Associate Professor, School of Education and Human Development. Natasha teaches in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, building the pedagogical expertise and literacy knowledge of preservice and in-service k-12 teachers. Her teaching focuses on disciplinary literacies, digital literacy, and writing instruction.  Co-chair
  • Andrew Pennock
    Associate Professor, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Professor Pennock has developed an expertise in generative AI and teaching; he co-led (with Michael Palmer) the recent faculty workshop addressing these issues. He has previously worked on several university wide teaching and learning committees including the Presidential Task Force on Teaching and Learning to envision the future of undergraduate teaching and learning at UVA.  Co-chair
  • Gabrielle Bray
    4th-year student and Honor Committee chair. Gabrielle has led Honor Committee discussions about the implications of generative AI for their work.
  • T. Kenny Fountain
    Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Kenny leads the WAC initiative, which trains faculty and graduate students on writing instruction, and has participated in discussions with peer institutions about how generative AI could be harnessed to strengthen our students’ abilities as writers.

  • Briana Morrison
    Associate Professor of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Professor Morrison’s research area is computer science education, where she studies reducing cognitive load for students learning to program. She is currently doing research on the potential of generative AI in all CS classes, with a special focus on introductory courses. 

  • Reza Mousavi
    Assistant Professor of Commerce, McIntire School of Commerce. Professor Mousavi has expertise in AI, machine learning, and natural language processing. His research and teaching address the applications and societal impacts of AI.

  • Michael Palmer
    Professor and Barbara Fried Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. Professor Palmer has deep expertise in pedagogy and a broad perspective of how generative AI conversations are unfolding across the higher education teaching and learning landscape. He co-led (with Andy Pennock) the recent faculty workshop on these issues.