Graduate Research Assistant
Amber Giffin, M.S., is a Graduate Research Assistant for Teaching & Learning Innovation. In her role, Giffin primarily assists with developing faculty development workshops and programs, creating faculty and teaching assistant resource documents, and presenting information sessions during faculty and graduate teaching assistant development events.
Giffin is a doctoral student in educational psychology with a concentration in adult learning. She earned her M.S. in educational psychology, with a concentration in applied educational psychology, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2018. While in the master’s program, Giffin presented original research at several professional conferences and served on the Student Advisory Board for Sexual Assault Prevention. Giffin received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in American studies, with a concentration in indigenous studies, in 2013. During her time at UNC, Giffin conducted an undergraduate research project that examined the Eastern Band of Cherokee’s use of traditional music as a mode of settler colonial resistance. Since 2017, Giffin has worked primarily with her faculty advisor, Dr. Mitsunori Misawa, on research regarding sexual assault prevention in higher education and plans to continue that research while enrolled in her doctoral program.