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The Center for Teaching Excellence is a community where we:

  1. Build long-term and short-term communities for faculty growth and inquiry (e.g., FLCs, workshops/seminars);
  2. Cultivate innovative teaching through projects, grants, and awards (e.g., grants, Knox award);
  3. Bring to Miami the best of the scholarship of teaching and learning (e.g., Lilly Conference on College Teaching, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching);
  4. Support departments and programs in their work to assess their effectiveness as educators in their discipline; and
  5. Work with other programs to enhance and celebrate teaching and learning at Miami.

Meet the Staff

2023-24 Faculty Associates

Faculty Associates

Kevin Bush, Educational Psychology

Dennis Cheatham, Art

Debbie Coleman, Marketing

Kathy Ehlert, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Meredith Erb, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chelsea Green, Finance

Elizabeth Hoover, Music

Janice Kinghorn, Economics

Irena Kola, American Culture & English Program

Ann MacKenzie, Teaching, Curriculum & Educational Inquiry

Claire McLeod, Geology and Environmental Earth Science

Jeff Wanko, Teaching, Curriculum & Educational Inquiry

Peter Wessels, Psychology

Anne Whitesell, Political Science

CTE Committee

This subcommittee of the University Senate serves as the advisory committee to the Center and selects CTE grant recipients and the winners of the Knox and CTE Teaching Excellence Awards.



Claire McLeod (GLG),

Senate Liaison

Kevin Bush (EDP),

Faculty and Staff

Graduate Student

Undergraduate Students

  • TBD (ASG)
  • TBD (ASG)

Ex Officio Nonvoting Members

Ellen Yezierski, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence,
Bonnie Erwin, Associate Director Online Learning,

Department Liaisons

A CTE Department Liaison is someone who is knowledgeable about the CTE, usually a senior faculty member. They receive the CTE newsletter and a communication (twice a month) and disseminate CTE information that suits their departments. We are grateful to our CTE Liaisons and appreciate their helping the CTE to fulfill its mission to promote teaching excellence!


List of CTE Liaisons by Department
Department Liaison
Accountancy Sydney Shu
American Culture and English Program Irena Kola
Anthropology Mark Peterson
Architecture and Interior Design Mary Ben Bonham
Art Dennis Cheatham
Biology Tracy Haynes
Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering Steve Keller
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Meredith Erb - Fall 2023

Ellen Yezierski - Spring 2024

Commerce Tom Mays
Comparative Religion Liz Wilson
Computer and Information Technology Eric Luczaj
Computer Science and Software Engineering Karen Davis
Economics Janice Kinghorn
Education and Society Dee Kinney
Educational Leadership Joel Malin
Educational Psychology Darrel Davis
Electrical and Computer Engineering Peter Jamieson
Emerging Technology in Business and Design Vanessa Cannon
Engineering Technology Abrisham Baf Reza
English Erin Edwards
Entrepreneurship Michael Conger
Family Science and Social Work Kate Kuvalanka
Finance Terry Nixon
French, Italian, and Classical Studies Daniele Fioretti
Geography Mary Henry
Geology and Environmental Earth Science Claire McLeod
German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures John Jeep
Global and Intercultural Studies Walt Vanderbush
History Lindsay Schakenback Regele
Humanities and Creative Arts Cecilia Suhr
Information Systems and Analytics Jeffrey Merhout
Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies Michele Buchberger
Justice and Community Studies Theresa Conover
Kinesiology and Health Paul Branscum
Languages, Literature, and Writing Leah Henson
Marketing Debbie Coleman
Mathematical and Physical Sciences Tammie Gerke
Mathematics Olga Brezhneva
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Mark Sidebottom
Media, Journalism, and Film Annie-Laurie Blair
Microbiology Rachael Morgan-Kiss
Music Elizabeth Hoover
Nursing Britt Cole
Philosophy Gaile Pohlhaus
Physics Carol Fabby
Political Science Monica Schneider
Psychology Brooke Spangler Cropenbaker
Social and Behavioral Sciences Barbara Oswald
Sociology and Gerontology Jennifer Kinney
Spanish and Portuguese Jose Dominguez-Burdalo
Speech Pathology and Audiology Amber Franklin
Sport Leadership and Management Adam Beissel
Statistics Lisa Werwinski
Theatre Marly Wooster

Center for Teaching Excellence

317 Laws Hall
551 E. High Street
Oxford, OH 45056