The CTE has staff members who work closely with the Faculty Advisory Board to design and implement the programs and services of the CTE.

Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco

Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco, PhD

CTE Faculty Director and Chair of the CTE Faculty Advisory Board

Diane serves as Faculty Director of the CTE and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Modern Languages. She completed her doctoral work in Spanish Applied Linguistics and Teaching Methodology at the University of Pittsburgh. Diane instructs courses in Spanish and Foreign Language pedagogy and has published articles in such journals as Hispania, The Language Educator, Central States Reports and The NAMTA Journal. Her research interests include second language acquisition, intercultural communicative competence, content based language learning, learner strategy training, and integrating technology to enhance language learning. An international presenter and K-12 teacher trainer, Diane has also coordinated study abroad programs in Spain, Mexico and Peru, and has served as a visiting professor in Costa Rica and Spain.

Renea Frey, PhD

CTE Faculty Associate

Renea serves as the Faculty Associate in the CTE, the Director of Xavier’s Writing Program and teaches Rhetoric, Professional Writing, Writing as Social Action and other upper level writing courses. Her scholarly work examines the rhetorical strategies of silenced populations who choose to speak out despite risks, as well as composing and teaching in digital spaces.She received her BA and MA from Northern Kentucky University where she studied English Literature, and her PhD from Miami University in the field of Composition and Rhetoric.


Mary Kochlefl

Mary Kochlefl, PhD

CTE Administrative Director

At Xavier since 1995, Mary has been director for grant services since 2000. In her prior role as coordinator for grant services and professional development, Mary was responsible for faculty development programming.

In addition to her full-time administrative roles, Mary has taught courses, including Literature and the Moral Imagination, Freshman Composition, and Studies in Fiction, as an adjunct faculty member in Xavier's English Department. Mary earned her undergraduate degree in English from Columbia University and her MA and PhD in English from Indiana University. She completed minors in religion in both of her undergraduate and graduate programs.

Sharon Blake

Sharon Blake

CTE Administrative Assistant

Sharon has been at Xavier since 2007 and in her current position since 2010. In addition to her role with the CTE, Sharon is also the Administrative Assistant for the IRB.

Sharon earned her undergraduate degree here at Xavier in Management and recently completed the MA in Theology.