2018 Transforming STEM Teaching Cohort
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
Katie Monsen is a Lecturer in Environmental Studies, Electrical Engineering, and the Rachel Carson College at UC Santa Cruz. She had an engaging undergraduate experience at Pacific Lutheran University; earned a Master’s in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University (ISU), where she also became involved in sustainable agriculture; and dove further into issues of sustainability and food systems while earning her doctorate at UCSC. Katie was introduced to pedagogy as a TA at ISU through a center similar to CITL, and is so glad to be part of this grant to work with colleagues in the region and throughout California to keep learning how to most effectively and deeply engage students in their courses.
Katie MonsenSTEM Faculty Learning Program Facilitator
Giulia Gurun is a Lecturer in the Department of Molecular, Cell & Developmental (MCD) Biology at UC Santa Cruz. She earned a master’s degree in the Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in MCD Biology from UCSC where her dissertation research focused on chromatin domain dynamics in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Giulia has been teaching full-time since completing her graduate work, and has taught various courses in biology at Monterey Peninsula Community College and Santa Clara University prior to UCSC, where she now teaches courses in human physiology, molecular biology and genetics, and was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017. As a participant in the Transforming STEM Teaching Faculty Learning Program, Giulia redeveloped her human physiology course to increase student engagement and success, and focused on integrating new and effective STEM learning practices into her teaching in order to provide a more enriched learning experience for students. Giulia returns to the Transforming STEM Teaching program in 2019 as a facilitator.
Giulia GurunSTEM Faculty Learning Program Facilitator (2019), STEM Faculty Learning Program Participant (Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, UC Santa Cruz, 2018)
Madeline Adamczeski earned her Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz and began working in Bay Area’s pharmaceutical and technology industries before returning to academia. Following a post-doctoral fellowship and part-time teaching positions at Los Positas and Diablo Valley colleges, she began teaching chemistry and oceanography full-time in 1994, first at American University in Washington DC, then at San Jose City College (SJCC) in Silicon Valley. With local, state, and federal funding, including NSF and more currently Title V: HSI grants, she was instrumental in initiating and implementing Peer-Led Team Learning workshops not only in collaboration with faculty who teach STEM classes at SJCC-Metas Center but also with faculty outside of STEM and at other academic institutions around the country. Since 2011, she has served as an ambassador of On Course with the goal to help colleges improve student success and retention. In 2011 Dr. Adamczeski was recognized with a Santa Clara Valley-American Chemical Society Teacher-Scholar Award. This academic year, she is on sabbatical as a visiting scientist at UCSC and, in part, collaborating with faculty, students and staff in student-support programs, including Cal Teach, ACE, and Learning Assistance.
Madeline AdamczeskiSTEM Faculty Learning Program Participant (Chemistry and Oceanography, San Jose City College) (2018)
Stephanie Bailey is a Lecturer in the Physics Department at UC Santa Cruz. She earned her B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. in Physics at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her teaching at UCSC focuses primarily on introductory physics for life science majors. She enjoys developing and using engaging pedagogical techniques that will help students learn physics more effectively. She is committed to serving undergraduates and increasing the number of STEM graduates at UCSC, with those graduates reflecting the diversity of the UCSC population. As a CITL Faculty Fellow, she focused on assessing and quantifying the influences of demographics, educational background and preparation, study habits and approaches to problem solving, interest/attitudes/beliefs about learning physics, goals, and social experiences on student performance in an introductory physics course designed for life science majors. As a participant in the STEM Teaching & Learning Community, she enjoys being part of a community of peers and learning together about improving instructional practice.
Stephanie BaileyCITL Faculty Fellow (2017–18), STEM Teaching & Learning Community (2018)
Rebecca Braslau has been teaching organic chemistry at UC Santa Cruz since 1991 at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and in both large and small classes. She is a Full Professor in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and runs an active synthetic organic chemistry research lab, focusing on the synthesis of novel nitroxides for a variety of uses, including nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization, as profluorescent sensors, and nitrones as spin traps. In the realm of materials science, her research group prepares architecturally interesting polymers for applications in nanotechnology and biomedicine. A current focus of the Braslau Lab is on the development of non-migratory PVC plasticizers to replace phthalates, a pervasive class of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds. Rebecca regularly teaches the large lecture classes Organic Chemistry 8A and 8B. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award from UCSC in 2014. She is looking forward to incorporating more effective active learning to lead to better student success in her classes.
Rebecca BraslauSTEM Faculty Learning Program Participant (Chemistry, UC Santa Cruz, 2018)
Gage Dayton has a broad background in teaching and has taught courses in general biology, herpetology, natural history of vertebrates, field methods in ecology, physiology, and biogeography. At UC Santa Cruz, his focus is on supporting field-based learning opportunities by increasing the number of field courses and student intern opportunities on the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves. In this capacity, he teaches field courses and oversees the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserve System. He works closely with faculty in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies to create field-based courses for lower- and upper-division students. Over the past three years, they have put significant energy into providing courses for incoming first-year and transfer students.
Gage DaytonSTEM Faculty Learning Program Participant (Natural Reserves, UC Santa Cruz, 2018)
Laura Fatuzzo has been teaching physics full-time since 1991, first at Rochester Community College, Minnesota, then at Austin Community College, Texas, and finally at Hartnell College, Salinas, California. She is always looking for ways to improve her teaching. Early in her career, she participated in the Physics Enhancement Program for Two-Year Colleges. In 2015, she participated in the Introduction to the Reading Apprenticeship Framework for Community College Faculty. During the 2016-2017 academic year, she was part of a team from Hartnell College that participated in the California Community Colleges’ Success Network (3CSN) Habits of Mind Leadership Community of Practice.
Laura FatuzzoSTEM Faculty Learning Program Participant (Physics, Hartnell College, 2018)
Sarah Gerhardt graduated from UC Santa Cruz with her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 2003 with the goal of teaching after graduation. She taught as an adjunct lecturer at Santa Clara University and Cabrillo College and did post-doctoral research in Molecular Biology before she landed a tenured teaching job at Monterey Peninsula College. Currently she is teaching full time in the Chemistry department at Cabrillo College, and her teaching interests are in general and biological chemistry. Her goal for the Faculty Learning Program is to learn how to improve student engagement both in and outside of the classroom by incorporating proven teaching methods for active learning.
Sarah GerhardtSTEM Faculty Learning Program Participant (Chemistry, Cabrillo College, 2018)
Leila Jewell earned her B.A. in Physics at Cal Poly and then went on to UC Santa Cruz for graduate school, where she had the opportunity to teach introductory physics classes at both Monterey Pacific College (MPC) and UC Santa Cruz. After completing her Ph.D. in 2016, Leila began teaching full time at MPC. Leila enjoys active learning, and she looks forward to discovering new ways to incorporate it in her classes within the support structure of this awesome cohort.
Leila JewellSTEM Faculty Learning Program Participant (Physics, Monterey Peninsula College, 2018)
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
Gabriel Muro is has taught astronomy since 2013, first at Pima Community College in Arizona and now at Monterey Peninsula College and Gavilan College in California. He is currently redeveloping his courses to include distance learning components as well as looking for innovative ways to engage and motivate in-class students. He looks forward to integrating new practices from the Transforming STEM Teaching Faculty Learning Program that will improve the overall learning experience and retention.
Gabriel MuroSTEM Faculty Learning Program Participant (Astronomy, Monterey Peninsula College and Gavilan, 2018)
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.