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.


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.


Dr. Patti Levine-Brown

Patti Levine Brown joins the faculty of Appalachian State University's Higher Education Graduate Program from Florida State College at Jacksonville. She teaches graduate courses in the Adult and Developmental Education and College and University Leadership concentrations. A graduate of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas – Austin, Patti is a former reporter, English and reading instructor, political activist, and project administrator. She is also the Past President of the Florida College Reading Council, former board member of the Florida Developmental Education Association, and a Past President of the National Association for Developmental Education. Patti has worked with the NCDE as a Kellogg Institute presenter and as a consultant to community colleges.


carrollDr. 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.


ramirezDr. Gen Ramirez

Genevieve M. (Gen) Ramirez has been the Director of the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) at California State University, Long Beach since 1988, prior to which she served as a professor of Chicano and Mexican Literature, Spanish and Developmental Writing for students from bilingual backgrounds. At the university she has a leadership role in the Provost's Student Success and retention initiatives and the university's graduation writing proficiency program. As LAC Director, she manages the programming, personnel, and finances required to present Learning Skills instruction, tutoring in all content areas, Supplemental Instruction, and a large ESL tutorial program to a campus of 35,000 students. The LAC assists both undergraduate and graduate students campus-wide and provides contract services to students in various federal and state grant programs (TRIO, Title V, EOP, DSS, etc.). It also serves as a regional resource to local campuses seeking to develop or strengthen tutorial or SI programs. Dr. Ramirez has served as a faculty member at the Kellogg Institute and the Winter Institute and has been invited to present at each of the National Conferences on Research in Developmental Education. She has been a member of National Center for Developmental Education (NCDE) faculty teams evaluating the Texas Academic Skills Program and academic support services at Bakersfield Community College, and the Council for Opportunity in Education faculty responsible for training TRIO staff on Student Assessment and Program Evaluation. She also served on the research team of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Hispanic Success Study. Currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Developmental Education, she has focused much of her research on academic support for non-traditional, underprepared and ESL students, with several prior presentations and publications on the impact of Supplemental Instruction.