Alumni Teaching Scholars enjoying a presentation at the annual retreat


Jennifer blue

Jennifer Blue [ | 513-529-1380], 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.

Kim Cochran

Kim Cochran [ | 513-529-9269], Center for Teaching Excellence Program Associate. Before joining CTE at Miami University in March of 2016, she served as a Program Assistant for Student Health Services for 2 years. Kim provides direct support to the CTE staff. She helps support the many Faculty Learning Communities, Teaching Enhancement Programs, New Faculty Research Community and Graduate Student Teaching Enhancement Programs. Kim also helps coordinate CTE seminars and meetings. 

Milt Cox

Milt Cox [ | 513-529-9266], 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.

Todd EdwardsMichael Todd Edwards [ | 513-529-6443],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 ofContemporary 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.

Lynette Hudiburgh Lynette Hudiburgh, Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Teaching Associate; Lecturer, Department of Statistics. Lynette obtained her MS in Applied Statistics and Research Methods at the University of Northern Colorado. After a 15-year distinguished high school mathematics teaching career, she embarked on a new adventure, leaving friends and family in Colorado and moving to Ohio, where she has been at Miami University for 6 years. Her passion is helping introductory statistics students learn using active learning methods. She embraces her work as a mentor helping graduate teaching assistants and colleagues to develop and implement active student learning strategies and best practices in their courses. She was instrumental in reinvigorating MU's Sonia Kovalevsky Day and re-branding it as Careers Involving Quantitative Skills (CIQS) Day. This annual event focuses on attracting high school women, particularly those from underrepresented groups, to the possibility of a career involving quantitative skills. In the last three years, a total of more than 400 high school women have attended. Lynette's research interests include statistics education, attracting women to technical fields and empowering them to persist, and blended and online learning. She is currently the coordinator for Introduction to Business Statistics (STA 125), an algebra-based introductory statistics course (STA 261), and CiQS Day. She is the recipient of the 2017 E. Phillips Knox Distinguished Teaching Award.

Ann MackenzieAnn 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.

Alicia Miller Alicia Miller [ | 513-529-9263], 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.

Brenda QuayeBrenda Quaye [ | 513-529-2284], Ph. D., Coordinator for Academic Integrity, joined Miami University in 2012. She is responsible for providing faculty development and student education around issues of academic integrity as well as maintaining academic integrity records and consulting on policy questions and review. Before joining Miami, she served as the Director of Academic Integrity at George Mason University and as the Assistant Director of Student Conduct at the University of Maryland. She has extensive knowledge of and experience with academic dishonesty adjudication, policy, and education. Her research focuses on how students understand and make decisions about academic dishonesty. Brenda also has a delightful 5-year-old son who wonders why she has to talk to the "big, big students" so much about honesty and not cheating.

Lisa SheardLisa Sheard [ | 513-529-9383], 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.

photo of Brooke SpanglerBrooke Spangler Cropenbaker, Alumni Teaching Scholars Co-Facilitator and previous Alumni Teaching Scholar. Brooke is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department who spends a lot of her time teaching, thinking about teaching, and studying ways in which her teaching impacts students and their educational outcomes. She joined the faculty in 2009 from the University of Montana, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2008. Brooke currently is exploring differences in course delivery methods (online vs. face-to-face vs. hybrid) and how delivery method impacts student performance in Introductory Psychology courses. Her previous pedagogical research examines student perceptions of clickers versus discussion sections for Intro to Psych and the influence of upper-level discussion leaders on student performance in Lifespan Development courses.

Gregg WentzellGregg Wentzell [ | 513-529-9265], Interim 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.

Ellen YezierskiEllen Yezierski [ | 513-529-2813], 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 Senate Committee. 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.