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.
HOW TO APPLY
CITL invites applications from Senate and non-Senate faculty each year in the Spring quarter. A call for applications will be posted in April 2019, and the 2019-2020 cohort will be announced by early June 2019.
2018–19 FACULTY FELLOWS
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
Jessie Dubreuil received her undergraduate and masters degrees in English from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the UC Santa Cruz community, Jessie was the Director of the First Year Experience (FYE) Program at Colorado College, where she taught literature and humanities courses and focused her research and teaching on experiential, immersive, and community-based learning. There, she spearheaded grants, programs, and partnerships to incorporate Community Based Learning into the first year curriculum, oversaw the FYE Mentor program, and received the Exemplary Achievement in Community Engaged Teaching Award (2015). Jessie has also taught at Rice University, and the University of Virginia. She will welcome and direct the inaugural cohort of the CITL Undergraduate Fellowship, a program to nurture and support peer-to-peer learning on campus, in the fall of 2018. Jessie is a faculty member in the Writing Program and at Merrill College, where she also serves as College 1 Coordinator and leads the fall seminar for Merrill Course Assistants. In 2019, she will be a Visiting Associate Researcher at UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), where she will be working with the Student Experience of the Research University (SERU) study.
Jessie DubreuilAssociate Director for Learning
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 Faculty Fellow, Caitlin is developing an interactive, multiplayer game to help students learn and get excited about organic synthesis.
Caitlin BinderCITL Faculty Fellow, STEM Faculty Learning Program Participant (Chemistry, UC Santa Cruz, 2019)
Suzanne Alonzo is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She was awarded the National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award, which is NSF’s “most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research.” While a professor at Yale University, she received the Yale Graduate Mentorship Award and the Yale Postdoctoral Mentorship Prize, in recognition of her commitment to the education and mentorship of young scientists. As a CITL Faculty Fellow, she plans to develop resources and curricula based on the intersection of contemplative pedagogy and active learning approaches in science.
Suzanne AlonzoFaculty Steering Committee Member, CITL Senior Faculty Fellow (2018–19), CITL Faculty Fellow (2017–18)
Derede Arthur is a Continuing Lecturer in the Writing Program. As a CITL/Division of Student Success (DSS) Faculty Fellow, Derede will support the Writing Program’s first ever Faculty Learning Community (FLC), in which colleagues plan to visit one another’s classes and meet regularly throughout the year to research, experiment with, and refine pedagogical innovations in the teaching of writing, particularly oriented towards the teaching of our most under-resourced students. For the benefit of colleagues outside the FLC, the community plans by year’s end to put together a video archive, a print or web-based handbook, or a mini-conference on the most effective writing-related classroom activities and pedagogical practices.
Derede ArthurCITL/Division of Student Success Faculty Fellow
Alan Christy is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Provost of Cowell College. He has been fortunate to receive the Dizikes Faculty Teaching Award in Humanities in 2012 and the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. His project involves working with faculty in the Games and Playable Media program to develop a class on games and historical representation in Japan.
Alan ChristyCITL/Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow
Matthew Clapham is a Professor in the Earth and Planetary Science department at UC Santa Cruz. As a CITL/PBSci Faculty Fellow, he aims to improve Earth Science majors’ transition from lower-division to upper-division coursework by designing active learning exercises and scaffolding the learning of higher-order skills in a gateway upper-division course.
Matthew ClaphamCITL/Physical & Biological Sciences Division (PBSci) Faculty Fellow
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 2018–19, Robin plans to focus 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 DunkinFaculty Steering Committee Member, CITL Senior Faculty Fellow (2018–19), CITL/Physical and Biological Sciences Faculty Fellow (2017–18)
Audun Dahl is Associate Professor of Psychology at UC Santa Cruz. His research team will investigate why students cheat and how instructors can help them avoid cheating.
Audun DahlCITL Faculty Fellow
Kirsten Silva Gruesz
Kirsten Silva Gruesz is Professor and Graduate Director of Literature, as well as its former Undergraduate Director. She has been recognized by the Disability Resource Center for innovative teaching accommodations. Her project as a Faculty Fellow is about fostering student’s ability to tap into an American tradition of dissenting speech, reaching back to the abolitionist movement, as a way to invigorate public language and dialogue today.
Kirsten Silva GrueszCITL/Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow
Tim Johnstone is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. While an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, he was awarded a Chemistry Teaching Fellowship and, as a Presidential Fellow at MIT, he received the Department of Chemistry Award for Outstanding Teaching. As a CITL/DSS Faculty Fellow, he intends to explore the importance of the paradigm in pedagogy, with an initial emphasis on the role that the Frustrated Lewis Pair concept can play in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum.
Timothy JohnstoneCITL/Division of Student Success Faculty Fellow
Stephanie Lain is a Lecturer in Spanish in the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics. She is a proponent of Content-Based Instruction, a foreign-language pedagogy that integrates language instruction with real-world tasks through the use of authentic materials and active learning techniques. As a CITL Faculty Fellow, she will work with students in her 2018–19 Medical Spanish courses to develop original course content, a series of short videos that can be accessed by the public and used to train future healthcare professionals in the use of Medical Spanish.
Stephanie LainCITL Faculty Fellow
Tracy Larrabee received her B.A. from Caltech and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford. She joined UC Santa Cruz at the start of the 1990s. She received the Presidential Young Investigator at the start of her career, and was very active in her research area of VLSI Test and Diagnosis, but she has always been strongly drawn to undergraduate education. Tracy has received several teaching awards and she has been the chair of the UC Santa Cruz Committee on Educational Policy and the UC-wide Committee on Educational Policy. As a CITL Faculty Fellow, she is working to develop a website for Baskin School of Engineering (BSOE) courses that will provide a list of supplementary materials for each course, in order to support students to prepare for demanding courses.
Tracy LarrabeeCITL Faculty Fellow, STEM Faculty Learning Program Participant
Philip Longo is a Continuing Lecturer and the C Coordinator in the Writing Program. As a CITL fellow, he will promote active learning in digital environments by developing pedagogy resources and web-tutorials for supporting the teaching and learning of active screen reading in undergraduate courses.
Philip LongoCITL Faculty Fellow
Megan McNamara is a Lecturer in Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz in 2016 after completing a dissertation on the emotional labor and identity work performed by ambulance-based 911 paramedics. Her professional practice has centered on teaching since 2012; aside from her work at UCSC, she has taught in online, hybrid, and traditional classroom settings at Foothill College, West Valley College, San José State University, and Cal State Monterey Bay. Megan’s primary pedagogical research interests lie in techniques for humanizing the classroom, strategies for reducing the educational inequities caused by internalized oppression, and explorations of accessibility and Universal Design for Learning in large lecture settings. After a 20-year sabbatical, Megan is happily singing again with the UC Santa Cruz Chambers. She has lived in Santa Cruz since completing her undergraduate education at UCSC in 1998, and previously worked for 16 years as a paramedic in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties.
Megan McNamaraCITL Faculty Fellow
Judit Moschkovich is Professor of Mathematics Education in the Education Department. In 2018, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her proposed CITL project, “Re-imagining developmental math tutoring through a strength based approach,” will develop tutoring resources for developmental math topics known to be watersheds (i.e. fractions, proportional reasoning, or linear functions) using math education research for grades 6-12 as a basis to support underprepared learners, especially students who are English learners and/or Latinx.
Judit MoschkovichCITL/Division of Student Success Faculty Fellow
Narges Norouzi joined UC Santa Cruz in July 2017 as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Computer Science department. She received her M.A. (2014) and Ph.D. (2017) in Computer Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining UCSC, she was teaching in the Computer Science and Engineering Science departments of University of Toronto as a sessional lecturer while she was a graduate student. She taught a variety of courses in Computer Science, ranging from introductory courses to CS to upper division courses in Mobile Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. She also collaborated with her Ph.D. advisor in designing MOOC courses for University of Toronto, which also resulted in a publication in the Frontiers in Education conference in 2016.
Narges NorouziCITL Faculty Fellow, STEM Faculty Learning Community Participant
Annapurna Devi Pandey
Annapurna Devi Pandey is a Continuing Lecturer in Anthropology. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and was a postdoctoral fellow in Social Anthropology at Cambridge. 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. Annapurna just completed a senior Fulbright U.S. Scholarship (2017–18) working in India. Her research project focused on the impact of skill training on everyday life of rural and tribal women. As a CITL Faculty Fellow, she will design a digital storytelling project in order to encourage participants to innovatively collect stories about South Asian immigrant experiences in the United States. These stories will be part of a digital archive documenting the life experiences of immigrants from South Asia.
Annapurna Devi PandeyCITL Faculty Fellow
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz is a Professor and the Chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Since joining the UC Santa Cruz faculty in 2007, Ramirez-Ruiz has won a number of national awards for his research and teaching 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 American Physical Society. As a CITL Faculty Fellow, he plans to make use of research-based teaching methods in order to construct a general framework for solving physics problems in cooperative groups.
Enrico Ramirez-RuizCITL Faculty Fellow
Barbara Rogoff is UC Santa Cruz Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology. She received the UC Santa Cruz Committee on Teaching Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000; the UCSC nomination for U.S. Professor of the Year in 200; and the Social Sciences Division Golden Apple Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005. As a CITL Faculty Fellow in 2017–18 and a Senior Faculty Fellow in 2018–19, she works together with faculty and graduate students from across campus to promote understanding of the strengths for learning from groups historically underserved in schooling (especially Latinx, African American, and Native American) and ways of disseminating such information via TED-like talks and brief video documents such as this 3-minute research video on the National Science Foundation’s site.
Barbara RogoffCITL Faculty Fellow (2017–18), CITL Senior Faculty Fellow (2018–19)
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 Faculty Fellow
Susan Strome is a Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. She has received teaching awards and honors from Indiana University (Department of Biology Teaching Award, Senior Class Award for Teaching Excellence in Biology, and Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence) and from UC Santa Cruz (Excellence in Teaching Award, Outstanding Faculty Award from the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences, and Presidential Chair Award). Her primary project as a CITL/HSI Initiatives Faculty Fellow is to develop and incorporate science practices into her Genetics class and its discussion sections.
Susan StromeCITL/Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives Faculty Fellow
Jessica Taft is an Associate Professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Department. Before coming to UC Santa Cruz, she taught at Davidson College, where she received an Engaged Scholarship and Teaching Award for her development of community-based learning projects in her sociology courses. As a CITL/Social Sciences Division Faculty Fellow, she will be expanding the pedagogical training of graduate students in LALS.
Jessica TaftCITL/Social Sciences Division Faculty Fellow
Margaret Zimmer is an Assistant Professor of Fresh Water in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department. She has obtained a Certificate in College Teaching from Duke University. As a Faculty Fellow, she seeks to design, develop, and implement a research and teaching “living laboratory” on the campus natural reserve to increase hands-on learning in environmental science classes at UC Santa Cruz and beyond.