Associates of the NCDE

Associates of the National Center for Developmental Education are individuals with a high degree of knowledge and experience in learning assistance and developmental education. They serve as adjunct staff of the NCDE and assist with consulting, research, and training projects by sharing their experience and expertise.



Dr. Elizabeth Carroll

As Director of the University Writing Center and Associate Professor of English at Appalachian State University, Elizabeth Carroll teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric and composition, mentors new writing teachers, and assists in the development of a new writing across the curriculum program. Her research focuses on the politics of literacy and education, the teaching of writing, and writing program administration. In her work with the National Center for Developmental Education, she has reviewed developmental writing programs at Rutgers-Newark and Bakersfield Community College, and she has served as an advisor for the Kellogg Institute.


Leonard Geddes 

Leonard Geddes

Leonard Geddes is the Associate Dean of Co-Curricular Programs and Director of the Learning Commons at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he works with faculty, staff and students to improve student learning and academic performance. Mr. Geddes' experiences include tutoring, working with student-athletes, assisting first-year experience programs, teaching college students, and providing learning assistance.

Mr. Geddes is an expert on learning improvement for college students. During the past decade, he developed The LearnWell Projects as a platform to provide practical, research-based support for college and university faculty. Mr. Geddes created the ThinkWell‐LearnWell™ Diagram, a metacognitive tool that helps students' develop deep thinking and learning skills. The diagram is used by colleges, universities and k-12 schools throughout the world.

In his work with the National Center for Development Education, he has provided workshops for the Kellogg Institute, the Appalachian graduate program in developmental education, The Louisiana Board of Regents, and the Chancellor's Institute of the Virginia Community College System. He is also a regular presenter at national and regional conferences such as the College Reading and Learning Association, the International Reading Association, the National College Learning Center Association, and the National Association for Developmental Education.



Alexandros M. Goudas

Alexandros M. Goudas is Associate Professor of English at Delta College in Michigan. He also taught at Darton College in Georgia and was a licensed K-12 teacher in Minnesota public and private schools. Alex was Developmental Education Coordinator at Delta College from 2012-2017, during which he implemented successful and innovative interventions to improve outcomes for at-risk students. Alex has published numerous articles and was presented with the Journal of Developmental Education Outstanding Article Award by the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) for his paper “Addressing Flawed Research in Developmental Education” (2012). He was President of the Michigan Developmental Education Consortium (MDEC, now NOSSMI) for 2015 and 2017. In 2015, he received the MDEC Educator of the Year Award.

Alex routinely speaks as keynote at developmental education conferences, conducts webinars, and has worked with the MN State System on multiple measures. Alex also presents at the National Organization for Student Success (NOSS) every year and is the NOSS Research Network Chair. He is now taking coursework in a PhD program at Central Michigan University. He is author of Community College Data, a site that contextualizes data in higher education, particularly two-year colleges, in order to promote holistic reform to support at-risk students.


Dr. Emily K. Suh

Dr. Emily K. Suh is an Assistant Professor of Developmental Education in the graduate program of Texas State University. Dr. Suh is an expert on language, literacy, and adult education and has published widely on the topics of diversity, inclusion, and language acquisition. She is both a scholar and an experienced practitioner having worked with low-income, first-generation, immigrant, and minority students in K-12, two-year, and four-year institutions. She is an active member of the National Organization for Student Success and not only chairs that organization’s Diversity Committee but coordinates the association’s Special Interest Networks. She is currently the President of the Indiana Association for Developmental Education. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Developmental Education and presents regularly at national conferences in the field. She also works with a variety of center research and training projects. She is scheduled to be a Kellogg Institute presenter beginning in 2020.