John F. Liseno PIE Graduate Award Winners


2021 - 2022

Hannah Fazio



Hannah is a doctoral candidate and Legacy Fellow at Florida State University. She holds a master's degree in drama therapy from New York University and a bachelor's in theatre and Hispanic studies from Hamilton College. Currently Hannah is writing her dissertation on intimacy choreography. She is developing curriculum with Heartland Intimacy Design and Training. Hannah is a trauma-informed yoga instructor with over a decade of experience teaching in many different settings. She recently started her own non-profit, Whole and Healthy Wellness, which provides inclusive, arts-based intimacy and sexuality education. At Florida State, Hannah is a 2021-2022 Teaching Associate with FSU's Program for Instructional Excellence. She also serves as the Graduate Student Representative for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's Women & Theatre Program. Hannah will be using the funds from this award to attend the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2022 Conference in Detroit, Michigan, this July.


2020 - 2021*

*No award granted due to COVID-19-related university travel restrictions



2019 - 2020






Lauren Bagdy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (ISLT) program at FSU. Lauren received a B.A. in Psychology from Elon University and an M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from the George Washington University. Her research interests include informal learning, social media platforms as learning networks, and open educational resources/open pedagogy. She is the Instructor of Record for an undergraduate technology course designed for pre-service teachers. She started teaching the course in the fall of 2015 and currently teaches two face-to-face sections. She is also a Teaching Assistant for a graduate course that examines how Web 2.0 tools, primarily social media, influence learning and human performance. Lauren plans to use her award to present at the Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT) International Convention in Chicago, Illinois, from November 2-6, 2021.

2018 - 2019






Kate Hill, a third year PIE Associate, and Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Biological Science, has been selected as the 2018-2109 Recipient of the John F. Liseno Program for Instructional Excellence Graduate Award. This award supports graduate students involved in the PIE Program through a one-time travel award of up to $1000.00 for a PIE Associate to present their research on best practices and innovation in college teaching at a regional, national or international conference. Kate plans to use this award to attend the Society for the Advancement of Biological Education Research (SABER) National Meeting in Minneapolis in July, where she will share her research on student selection of primary literature for scientific writing.  She then plans to submit this work for publication in the Journal of College Science Teaching.

2017 - 2018


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Kate Pierson is a PIE Associate and Ph.D. candidate in the School of Theatre. As the recipient, Kate gave her presentation “Trigger Warning: Teaching Sensitive Subjects in the Theatre Studies Classroom” at the Pedagogy Symposium during the Mid-America Theatre Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in March 2018. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from FSU and a M.A. in Theatre Studies from Central Washington University. Her research interests include performance studies, community theatre, and 20th century British and American theatre, with a particular focus on historiographical concerns relating to representations of race, gender, and identity. Her dissertation examines the evolving creative process of British theatre practitioner, Ann Jellicoe. Through Jellicoe’s work, Kate explores the tension between amateur and professional theatre, the struggle to legitimize the significance of community plays within British theatre history, and the ways theatre can begin to address hidden histories of marginalized groups and practitioners. Kate loves discussing and problem-solving pedagogical concerns with other grad students and instructors. Kate’s spent the past eight years in college classrooms teaching both theatre majors and non-majors. Her favorite class to teach is Play Analysis.

2016 - 2017






Brandon Brice, a former PIE Associate and Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Economics, is the second recipient of the John F. Liseno Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) Graduate Award. At the end of May 2017, Brice presented at the Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education in Denver, Colorado. Brice’s paper, “Common Sense Economics: Quantitative Improvements in Economic Understanding,” reflects research from an introductory economics course that he teaches. The conference provided Brice a chance to receive feedback on his findings, gain valuable insights and strategies for teaching economics to undergraduates, and connect with other educators in the field.  

2015 - 2016




Stephanie Bradley, a PIE Associate and Ph.D. student from the Department of Sociology, is the inaugural recipient of the John F. Liseno Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) Graduate Award. Stephanie will give a presentation in April 2016 at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference gives scholars from the southeast a chance to network and to share their research with one another.

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