Mary Lou Hall has been a member of the Focused Inquiry faculty since its inception in 2007. She is also a fiction writer, and her novel WIREWALKER will be released in the fall of 2016 by the Viking imprint of Penguin Random House. She won the James River Writers/Richmond magazine’s “Best Unpublished Novel” contest in 2011, and her short story “River” was selected, from a national pool of submissions, to be produced and performed by the Starr Foster Dance Project in their 2015 Page to Stage series. Her work, as a teacher and researcher, explores traditional classroom dynamics and seeks to increase lasting learning through increasing student agency . Her work with undergraduate teaching assistants gives her a practical, hands-on way of experimenting with collaboration in the classroom.