The Faculty Fellows are an interdisciplinary community of peers who engage with higher education research, reflect on their teaching, and support a culture of excellence in teaching and learning on campus.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Many Faculty Fellows design and implement a research project to enhance undergraduate and graduate education at UC Santa Cruz. Fellows meet each month during the academic year to discuss research, participate in professional development workshops, and collaborate to achieve shared goals. Fellows are eligible to receive a research fellowship of $2,000 per year to support a project that enhances the culture and practice of teaching and learning on campus.
For the first time, in 2019-20 we will organize our learning community around a theme: mental health and disability in university teaching and learning environments.
HOW TO APPLY
CITL invites applications from Senate and non-Senate faculty to join the annual cohort of Faculty Fellows.
The application period for participating in the 2019-20 Faculty Fellows is now closed. Visit the 2019-2020 Faculty Fellows Call for Applications for more information about the program.
2020–21 FACULTY FELLOWS
Robin Dunkin is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at UC Santa Cruz and manages the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Robin has been an instructor and collaborator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) active learning initiative in the Physical and Biological Sciences Division for the past three years designing active learning versions of large intro bio courses. She has been recognized with a Disability Resource Center teaching award and an honorable mention for the Excellence in Teaching Award. As a CITL/PBSci Faculty Fellow in 2017–18, Robin focused on modifying and reintroducing activities that were developed for the active learning courses back into the large lecture courses, and on using these activities as active learning training opportunities for graduate students. As a CITL Senior Faculty Fellow in 2019–20 and 2018–19, Robin has focused on enhancing cross-course connections across the introductory science curriculum, building the growing learning assistant program, and training graduate students to integrate evidence-based teaching into discussion sections.
Robin DunkinAssistant Faculty Director, Faculty Steering Committee Member, CITL Senior Faculty Fellow
Nandini Bhattacharya received her B.A. in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College, and M.A. in Mathematics and Post-Graduate Certification in Education from UC Santa Cruz. She joined the Academic Excellence (ACE) Program at UCSC when it first started in 1987, and worked there as a Mathematics Coordinator for 20 years. Since 2007, Nandini has been a lecturer in Mathematics, mostly teaching the initial gateway courses College Algebra, Precalculus, and Differential Calculus, where a large number of enrolled students are from underserved or under-represented backgrounds. Compelled to serve these students better, she partnered with the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives team to redesign the first two Math gateway courses. She received the UCSC Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012, Excellence in Diversity Award in 2005 and 2013, and the Hero Award from the Educational Opportunity Program in 2016. As a CITL/Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Faculty Fellow in 2017-2018, she designed a training for Math 2 and Math 3 Graduate Teaching Assistants and Instructors that is pedagogically sound and culturally responsive to the current population of the UCSC students, in order to promote equity and educational access.
Nandini BhattacharyaAssociate Director for Teaching
Christie McCullen is a Lecturer in Sociology and Oakes College, as well as an inclusive and equitable teaching workshop developer and facilitator for CITL. Her teaching has been honored through the Chancellor’s Teaching Fellowship (UC Davis), the Excellence in Teaching Award (UCSC), and the Outstanding TA Award (UCSC). As a CITL Faculty Fellow, Christie plans to engage in a participatory action research project with students and organizations on campus to address mental health issues related to systemic oppression and campus climate. She received her Ph.D. from UCSC in Sociology and Feminist Studies where she researched the affective dynamics of conversations about race in sociology, writing, and theater classrooms.
Christie McCullenCITL Teaching for Equity Graduate Program Facilitator, CITL/DSS Faculty Fellow (2020-21)
Guido Bordignon is an assistant teaching professor in the Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Department. Throughout the past decade, he has been dedicated to shaping an engaging and inclusive learning space in an effort to close the achievement gap for students in life science disciplines. Currently, he is working to expand the use of technology for engaging Generation Z students, such as augmented and virtual reality, and is studying how to structure and develop interactive exercises and assessments in digital media to cover different learning styles of which promote equity in undergraduate classrooms.
J. Bettie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology where her teaching and research centers on feminist, queer, and cultural theory; queer of color critique; erotic labor and sexual commerce; labor and education; and qualitative/interpretive methodologies. She is affiliated with Feminist Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and Latin American and Latino Studies.
Julie BettieFaculty Fellow (2020-21)
Gina Athena Ulysse
Gina Athena Ulysse is a Professor of Feminist Studies. A scholar-artist, she comes to UCSC from Wesleyan University where she was a Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies for 19 years. She is a recipient of Wesleyan’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2015), and the Haitian Studies Association’s (HSA) Excellence in Scholarship Award (2016). In 2018, she was awarded the Anthropology in the Media Award (AIME) by the American Anthropological Association to recognize her works in the public sphere. In 2020, she was an invited artist in the Biennale of Sydney, in Australia.
Gina Athena UlysseFaculty Fellow (2020-21)
Hannah Raila is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychology. She is a clinical affective scientist, and her research and teaching focus on links between cognition and emotion in mental illness. She was awarded the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) Outstanding Student Teacher Award at Yale.
Hannah RailaFaculty Fellow (2020-21)
Noriko Aso is an Associate Professor in the History Department and received a Committee on Teaching award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019.
Noriko AsoCITL Faculty Fellow (2020-21)
Ben Leeds Carson
An Associate Professor of Music, Ben Leeds Carson is an affiliate of Digital Arts + New Media and Provost of Kresge College. Ben is a recipient of the UC Santa Cruz Center for Teaching Development’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011, a Committee on Teaching Instructional Development grant in 2012, the Arts Division’s Excellence in Mentorship Award in 2014, and UCOP Innovative Learning Technologies Initiative Grant in 2016.
Ben Leeds CarsonCITL Faculty Fellow (2020-21)
Janette Dinishak is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department.
Janette DinishakCITL Faculty Fellow (2020-21)
Ryan Foley is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics. He has been awarded the Leon P. Zukowski Prize for outstanding tutoring at the University of Michigan, an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award at UC Berkeley, and an Outstanding Mentorship of Undergraduate Students award from UC Santa Cruz.
Ryan FoleyCITL Faculty Fellow (2019-20, 2020-21)
Kati Greaney is a photographer and documentary filmmaker based in Santa Cruz, CA. She teaches a class entitled “Storytelling in a Digital Age” at UC Santa Cruz offered through Crown College. As a CITL/Division of Student Success (DSS) Faculty Fellow, she will be working together with Annapurna Pandey on a series of short films documenting experiences of students at UCSC facing mental health struggles.
Kati GreaneyCITL/DSS Faculty Fellow (2020-21)
Nicol HammondCITL Faculty Fellow (2020-21)
Annapurna Devi Pandey
Annapurna Devi Pandey is a Continuing Lecturer in Anthropology. Her research interests are women’s activism and leadership in the context of State and globalization; women’s economic and political empowerment in rural and tribal India; and their identity making in the Indian Diaspora in California. As a CITL/Division of Student Success (DSS) Senior Faculty Fellow, she will work with Kati Greaney, a lecturer at Crown College and a filmmaker, to create a digital media project that will explore the topic “Engaging Mental Health and Disability in University Teaching and Learning Environments” through an ethnographic digital storytelling platform using student voices and their personal stories on the campus.
Annapurna Devi PandeyCITL/DSS Senior Faculty Fellow (2020-21), Faculty Fellow (2018-19)
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Since joining the UC Santa Cruz faculty in 2007, Ramirez-Ruiz has won a number of awards for his teaching and mentoring including the Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity, the Ron Ruby Award for Teaching Excellence, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard, and the Edward A. Bouchet Award from the American Physical Society. As a CITL Senior Faculty Fellow in 2019-20, he plans to build a program aimed at supporting faculty of color at UC Santa Cruz.
Enrico Ramirez-RuizCITL Senior Faculty Fellow (2020-21), Faculty Fellow (2018-19)
Caitlin Binder, Ph.D. has been an Organic Chemistry Lecturer at UC Santa Cruz since 2014. She received the Ron Ruby Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016 for her passion and dedication to student success. As a CITL/Division of Student Success (DSS) Senior Faculty Fellow in 2019-20, Caitlin is developing an interactive, multiplayer game to help students learn and get excited about organic synthesis.
Caitlin BinderCITL/DSS Senior Faculty Fellow (2020-21), Faculty Fellow (2018-19), STEM Faculty Learning Program Participant (Chemistry, UC Santa Cruz, 2019)
Marco Rolandi is Chair and Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department where he teaches “Bioelectronics” and “Tomorrow’s professors, engineers, and entrepreneurs.” His teaching interests include professional development for engineers such as oral and written communication, leadership, and working in teams. He has researched visual communication design in science and engineering as part of an NSF funded project. He has published on the subject in Nature Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and the Information Design Journal
Marco RolandiCITL Senior Faculty Fellow (2020-21), Faculty Fellow (2018-19)
Melissa Sanders-Self is a Continuing Lecturer in Literature/Creative Writing, and a College One instructor at Kresge and Porter. She received the UC Santa Cruz Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016 and the Kresge Faculty Commendation Award in 2019. Her most recent publication is in the June 2019 issue of The Sun literary magazine. As a CITL Faculty Fellow, she hopes to work on issues of transitioning from Core to College One, achieving the CEP learning outcomes in ways that also promote mental health and resilience for students and faculty at UCSC.
Melissa Sanders-SelfCITL Faculty Fellow (2020-21)
Brenda Sanfilippo is a Lecturer with the Writing Program, Stevenson College, and Porter College. She has won awards from the Disability Resource Center for accessibility leadership. As a CITL/The Humanities Institute (THI) Faculty Fellow, her project will focus on enhancing student veterans’ mental health, community connections, and educational experiences.
Brenda SanfilippoCITL/THI Faculty Fellow (2020-21)
Adam M. Smith
Dr. Adam M. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Computational Media and director of the Design Reasoning Lab. As a TA at UC Santa Cruz, he earned the 2006 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. As a CITL/Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives (HSI) Faculty Fellow, he will undertake a project to index themes (such as those those of mental health and disability) embedded in solo and small-team videogames including the hundreds of games created per year in courses here at UCSC.
Adam M. SmithCITL/HSI Faculty Fellow (2020-21)
Melanie J. Springer
Melanie J. Springer is an Associate Professor in the Politics Department at UC Santa Cruz. Her teaching and research focuses on American political development with an emphasis on electoral institutions, voter turnout, state politics, Southern politics, political parties, and partisanship.
Melanie J. SpringerCITL Faculty Fellow (2020-21)
John TamkunCITL Faculty Fellow (2019-20, 2020-21)
Amy Vidali is a Teaching Professor in the Writing Program. In her 19 years of teaching, she has mentored more than 60 new university instructors and has run a university writing program. As a CITL/The Humanities Institute (THI) Faculty Fellow, she is interested in improving teaching and working conditions for disabled faculty on the UC Santa Cruz campus by considering our faculty accommodations policy and how disability is integrated in faculty mentorship.
Amy VidaliCITL/THI Faculty Fellow (2020-21)
Juli is a Geographer and UC AFT Teaching Faculty. She teaches Rachel Carson College’s Core Course, “Academic Literacy and Ethos: Environment and Society” and “Amazonian Cultures and Conservation” in Environmental Studies, for which has received Campus Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion co-funding for Amazonian community leaders to speak for themselves about their struggles for territory and socio-ecological justice. She is also the Co-founder and Executive Director of Roots & Routes Intercultural Collaborations, an educational and research non-profit dedicated to culturally specific approaches to conservation.
Julianne HazlewoodFaculty Fellow (2020-21)
Stefano Profumo is a Professor of Physics, Director of the Physics PhD Program at UCSC, and the Deputy Director for Theory of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics. Profumo was awarded UCSC’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013, and as a CITL fellow he is looking forward to working on the issues of impostor syndrome especially in the sciences, and on how to effectively cope with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders as teachers, mentors, students and mentees.
Stefano ProfumoFaculty Fellow (2020-21)
Jordan Ward is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. As a Masters student at the University of Alberta he received an Excellence in Teaching Letter of Commendation. As a CITL Faculty Fellow, he plans to explore how to integrate active learning and his research into a molecular biology class, and learning how to support students dealing with mental health and disability challenges. He participates in the Transforming STEM Teaching Faculty Learning Program with an eye to continuing to develop and improve his Biology 101 lecture. His goals for the program are to implement Universal Design for Learning elements into his course, and to learn how to better incorporate technology and active learning into his lectures.
Jordan WardCITL Faculty Fellow (2020-21), STEM Faculty Learning Program Participant (MCD Biology, UC Santa Cruz, 2019)
Johnnie Wilson is clinical faculty and a lecturer for the Education Department.