The Center for Teaching Excellence

Center for Teaching Excellence Staff and Committee

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Jennifer Blue, Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Teaching Associate, Physics. She teaches physics and astronomy to science majors and non-scientists alike. She also works with the graduate students as they teach laboratory courses. Her research is in physics education, in the areas of student skill and concept acquisition, laboratory courses, underrepresented students, and K-12 science education.

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Milt Cox, Director, Lilly Conference on College Teaching, is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, and facilitates the Hesburgh Award-winning Teaching Scholars Faculty Learning Community. Milt also is project director of a FIPSE grant establishing faculty learning community programs on other campuses. He is recipient of the C. C. MacDuffee Award for distinguished service to Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary, and a certificate of special achievement from the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education in recognition and appreciation of notable contributions to the profession of faculty, instructional, and organizational development. He is the facilitator of the Alumni Teaching Scholars Community for Early-Career Faculty.

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Michael Todd Edwards, Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Teaching Associate, Teacher Education. Todd teaches pre- and inservice mathematics teachers in the Department of Teacher Education and is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership. As the co-editor of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Mathematics Teacher Education and the North American GeoGebra Journal, Dr. Edwards is deeply committed to content-focused writing as a vehicle for deepening student understanding of mathematics.

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Peter Jamieson, Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Teaching Associate, ATS Co-Facilitator, Electrical & Computer Engineering. Peter has gone from Kapuskasing, Ontario to Picton, Ontario to Ottawa, Ontario to Toronto, Ontario to London, England to Oxford, Ohio and along the way he has learned all sorts of things and met all sorts of people. At present, Peter is an Associate Professor at Miami University and continues to teach and research into matters concerning FPGAs, CAD for FPGAs, games for a purpose, and Teaching. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2007 and had post-doc positions at both Toronto and Imperial College before joining the faculty at Miami University in 2009. He strongly believes he can talk to squirrels, Canadian squirrels, but not US ones. His website can be accessed at: http://www.users.miamioh.edu/jamiespa/

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Ann Mackenzie, Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Teaching Associate, SGID Facilitator, Teacher Education. Ann is an Associate Professor of Science Education at Miami. She is a former Ohio Teacher of the Year and was a Special Professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. MacKenzie’s research interests focus on the teaching and learning of science using multi-media methods. She also conducts research on perceptions of science by children through adulthood around the world.

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Alicia Miller, Center for Teaching Excellence Administrative Associate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Purdue University. Alicia is the Lilly Conference registrar, office manager and is responsible for budgets. She helps in creating new ways to advance the knowledge of Faculty Learning Communities and supports the staff in all of their many endeavors.

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Brenda Quaye, Coordinator for Academic Integrity. She earned her doctorate in higher education in 2010 from The Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation was titled Understanding the Contextual Influences on Undergraduate Students' Decisions about Academic Cheating. Her recent publications include: Reason, R. D., Cox, B. E.,Lutovsky Quaye, B. R., & Terenzini, P. T. (2010). Individual and institutional factors that encourage faculty to promote student encounters with difference in first-year courses. The Review of Higher Education, 33(3), 391-414; and Cox, B. E., McIntosh, K. L., Terenzini, P. T., Reason, R. D., & Lutovsky Quaye, B. R. (In press). Pedagogical signals of faculty approachability: Factors shaping faculty—student interaction outside the classroom. Research in Higher Education.

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Eric Resnis, Assessment Coordinator. Eric has worked at Miami since 2004, holding positions in the Libraries as Instruction Coordinator and Engineering Librarian. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from The College of Wooster, and graduate degrees from Miami (Environmental Science) and Kent State University (Information Science). He also serves as an adjunct professor in Interactive Media Studies. As Assessment Coordinator, Eric assists faculty and departments in various assessment activities, including departmental assessment plans and the assessment of Miami Plan competencies.

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Lisa Sheard, Center for Teaching Excellence Technical Communications Specialist. Lisa earned her BS in Education at Miami University and taught in the public school system before returning to Oxford and Miami. She brings a broad range of experiences and skills to the CTE. Lisa maintains the CTE websites and databases, including the Lilly Conference Registration system.

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Rose Marie Ward, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. Rose Marie holds a bachelor's of science in psychology and communication from Juniata College and both a master’s and a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Rhode Island. She is highly involved on Miami’s campus, serving as director of the Center for Teaching Excellence; as a faculty affiliate to the departments of psychology and statistics; and as an executive board member of the Doris Bergen Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology.

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Gregg Wentzell, Assistant Director of the Center. He earned his Ph.D. in English at Miami in 1993 and was awarded the Sinclair Fellowship. He is managing editor of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching and Learning Communities Journal. He has over 20 years of college teaching experience and teaches part-time in the English Department. In addition to being Lilly Conference Associate Director, Gregg does faculty consulting on teaching and writing, including Small-Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID). He presents seminars on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning both on-campus and at teaching and learning conferences. He has experience with and has participated in faculty learning communities.

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Ellen Yezierski, Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Teaching Associate, Chemistry & Biochemistry. Ellen is a Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the 2015-16 Chair of the Center for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Yezierski teaches general chemistry and graduate courses in chemistry education research. She recently was recognized with a 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award and directs Target Inquiry at Miami University, an NSF-funded teacher professional development and research program. Her research group focuses on improving conceptual understanding of chemistry by examining the dynamics of teaching and teacher change. The goal of their work is to markedly reform instruction and improve chemistry learning across a variety of grade levels (high school and college). Projects employ quasi-experimental designs as well as phenomenological methods which explore teacher beliefs and change, questioning strategies, chemistry self-concept, evaluating external representation use in inquiry instruction, alignment between stated and enacted curricula, and characterizing teaching and learning in chemistry outreach. Visit the Yezierski Research Group to learn more about their activities and outcomes.



Committee for the Center for Teaching Excellence is a subcommittee of University Senate. It serves as the advisory committee to the Center and selects CTE grant recipients and the winners of the Knox and CTE Teaching Excellence Awards.

2015-16 members

  • Ellen Yezierski, Chair
  • Douglas Noe, Senate Liaison
  • Faculty:
    • Jason Abbitt
    • Annie-Laurie Blair
    • Todd Edwards
    • Janice Kinghorn
    • Terry Nixon
  • Graduate Student:
    • TBD
  • Undergraduate Students:
    • TBD
    • TBD
  • Ex officio nonvoting members:
    • Rose Marie Ward, Director of CTE
    • Gail Campbell, Assistant Director for Support Services

 

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