Claire Coleman Lamonica earned her B.S. in English Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her M.A. and doctorate in English Studies from Illinois State University. She joined the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology as assistant director in August, 2006, became associate director in 2008, and was named interim director in 2012 before being named director in 2013.
Prior to joining CTLT, Lamonica was a member of the Illinois State University English Department, where she served as Associate Director of Writing Programs (1998-2005), Coordinator of Clinical Experiences in English Education (2005-06), and co-director of the Illinois State Writing Project (1996-2006). She continues to teach the occasional graduate class and serve on dissertation committees for the department.
Lamonica began her teaching career as a high school English teacher in 1975, and has since taught students at every level from 9th grade through doctoral candidates. Her scholarly interests revolve around writing, the teaching of writing, and the professional development of teachers at all stages of their careers.
When she's not at work, Claire is an ardent "nester" who spends too much time and money on her house. She's also a "fair to middlin'" bridge player, an occasional cross-stitcher, an avid reader, the proud mom of three adult "children," a grandmother, and the wife of ISU's retired Director of Sports Information, Tom Lamonica, who currently teaches and directs internships in the School of Communication.
As director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Claire provides vision and leadership for the unit; works collaboratively to provide direction for the Center’s staff; performs administrative duties; contributes to the unit’s menu of programming, resources, and services; administers grants and awards; and serves as Chair of the University Teaching Committee.