The Capitol Applied Learning Labs (CALL) Team

Dr. Randy Bass, Vice President, Strategic Education Initiatives

Randy Bass is Vice President of Strategic Education Initiatives and Professor of English at Georgetown University, where he leads the The Red House, an R&D unit at Georgetown University dedicated to educational innovation, equity, and access in higher education. The Red House is home to initiatives, including Designing the Future(s) of the University and The Hub for Equity and Innovation in Higher Education, that seek to rigorously research, design, and incubate programs that challenge current, and innovate new, higher education models.

For 13 years Randy was the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). He has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nearly thirty years, including serving as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses. From 2003-2009 he was a Consulting Scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he served, in 1998-99, as a Pew Scholar and Carnegie Fellow. In 1999, he won the EDUCAUSE Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Undergraduate Education.

He is the author or editor of numerous books, articles and digital projects, including recently, “Disrupting Ourselves: the Problem of Learning in Higher Education,” (EDUCAUSE Review March/April 2012); with Bret Eynon, Open and Integrative: Designing Liberal Education for the New Digital Ecosystem (American Association of Colleges and Universities, 2016); and with Jessie L. Moore, Understanding Writing Transfer: Implications for Transformative Student Learning (Stylus, 2017).

Dr. Abigail Sara Lewis, Director

Abigail Sara Lewis joined The CALL as the founding Director in August 2019.  She teaches both the CALL Internship Seminar and the CALL City Seminar.

Prior to Georgetown, she served as the Vice President of Programs at the American Association University Women, overseeing their national work in salary negotiation, leadership, and campus initiatives. While there she led the development and creation of the Empower leadership series and the AAUW Work Smart Online course, and oversaw the expansion of the Work/Start Smart program into new markets, including, San Francisco, Kansas City, and New York.  Abigail also worked at Barnard College as the Associate Dean of Pre-Professional Advising and as the Associate Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies.  While at the Athena Center, she oversaw a curricular and experiential women’s leadership program, co-founded the first international undergraduate research journal focused on women’s leadership, and supervised student delegations that organized leadership training workshops for high school students in China, India, Brazil, and France.

Abigail has worked and taught at Rutgers University, New York University, and the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds a doctorate in history from Rutgers (with a certificate in women and gender studies), a master’s from UCLA, and a bachelor’s from Columbia, the latter two in African American studies. Her research on the YWCA’s multiracial activism in the immediate post-WWII era was published in the anthology Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement.

Dr. Matthew Pavesich, Teaching Professor of English

Matthew Pavesich is Teaching Professor of English and Associate Director of the Writing Program at Georgetown University. He collaborates with the Red House on the development of a number of applied and experiential learning projects, including the CALL.

Since finishing his PhD at the University of Illinois-Chicago (2009), his teaching, research, and program-building efforts have focused on the intersections between writing, pedagogy, design, and the public humanities.

His scholarly work appears in enculturation, technoculture, Washington History Magazine, the Writing Across the Curriculum Journal, Basic Writing, and edited collections. His public humanities projects include DC/AdaptersDownloading Statehood, and Georgetown’s Certificate and Master’s program in Engaged and Public Humanities. See more of his work at

Erin Creasy Ferree, CALL/Cawley Liaison & Career Coach

Erin Creasy Ferree provides personalized career coaching for CALL students. She brings a deep background in public sector and international affairs recruiting and hiring to serve students interested in DC-area internships across all employment sectors.

Her previous experience includes time on staff at Georgetown’s Cawley Career Education Center and the School of Foreign Service (SFS) Graduate Career Center. She also focused on US Government hiring reform and designed training for hundreds of federal government recruiters and a nation-wide network of career services professionals during her time at the non-partisan, non-profit Partnership for Public Service. She began her career in human capital management at the international development start-up Millennium Challenge Corporation where she spearheaded university recruiting and developed their internship program.

She graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in Political Science and earned her Executive Masters in Leadership (EML) from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. In addition, she is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified and holds an active Career Management Coach (CMC) credential from The Academies. She started Watermark Coaching LLC in 2019.

Dr. Susannah McGowan, Associate Director for Curriculum Design

Dr. Susannah McGowan currently co-teaches the CALL Internship Seminar in Spring 2021.
Dr. McGowan is the Associate Director for Curriculum Design at the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) and at The Red House. After starting her career in educational development at CNDLS from 2001-2007, she returned to Georgetown in Fall 2019 after an educational and experiential hiatus that included earning her Ph.D. at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014 followed by five years of adventure in the UK where she worked at University College London and King’s College London. While at King’s, she co-established King’s Academy in 2017, a center for educational development supporting integral programs for faculty and graduate students around inclusive pedagogy, assessment, and blended learning.

She works as an advisory fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving equity and student access through course design innovations. She is also the Associate Editor for Teaching, Learning and Inquiry (TLI), the journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).  

Mia Yeah Hyun Cook, Program Coordinator

The newest member of the CALL, Mia joined the team in June 2020 as a Program Coordinator.

Mia studied Chinese in Beijing Normal University and Donk Guk University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature. She had her first internship in Manhattan, NY and the experience inspired her to further continue her education and pursue a career in the United States. She earned a Master of Arts in Foreign/Bilingual Language Education at New York University and has been building her career in the education field ever since. 

Prior to joining the Georgetown University, she worked with international students of diverse backgrounds enriching their student life and helping them achieve their personal and academic goals. She feels passionate for providing support for students and creating a thriving environment where they can unlock their utmost potential. She taught Korean to undergraduate students at New York University as an Adjunct Teaching Assistant and worked with adult students at International Language Institute in Washington DC. She is going back to the teaching scene as a volunteer instructor at Global Language Network, a non-profit organization in DC starting fall 2020. 

Mia likes to stay active and enjoys going for hikes and taking yoga classes. Since the pandemic outbreak, she is determined to cook more Korean food in an effort of trying to convert her husband’s every-day-is-a-pizza-day palette.