The Center Fellows play a pivotal role in the operations of the Center. Coming from across the university and reflecting a wide range of disciplines, all of the fellows are involved in the continual enhancement of teaching and its impact on student learning, as is evident through their presentations at national and international conversation, both invited and peer reviewed, on the scholarship of teaching and learning and other related topics. Fellows provide mentorship to new faculty, present at Center workshops, and attend events, interacting informally with other attendees. Several fellows are involved in additional mentoring specific to the reflective Academic Faculty Portfolios and operate as facilitators and participants in Center sponsored Faculty Learning Communities
Fellows are selected from involved attendees who participate actively at workshops and less formal events over a period of time. They often share their experiences in effective teaching and volunteer their services to help the mission of the Center. While the first few Fellows were selected by the Director, subsequent fellows are suggested by existing ones.
The DCAE is grateful to our 15 faculty fellows, whose dedication to the Center is a true testament to their commitment to Drexel faculty and students.
Should you have any questions or would like more information about the Fellows program, we invite you to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 215-895-4973
Ulrike Altenmüeller-Lewis, Dr. -Ing.
Director, Architecture Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture & Interiors
A registered architect with the Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Dr. Ulrike Altenmüeller-Lewis has practiced her craft in her native Germany as well as in the USA, where she has been working with RTKL Associates in Washington DC and Alfredo De Vido in New York City. Prior to her position at Drexel University, she has taught at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in Germany and at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech. In her research, Ulrike focuses on school architecture and the impact of the built environment on human well-being and performance. She has published widely and has present her research findings in many national and international conferences.
Shivanthi Anandan, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Associate Director, Drexel Center for Academic Excellence
With nearly fifeteen years of dedicated service to the University, DCAE is proud to announce that Dr. Shivanthi Anandan has accepted the position of Associate Director of the Center, as of January 1, 2013. In addition to being a long-standing faculty fellow, Dr. Anandan serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and is an active researcher in her own field as well as aspects of teaching and learningpedagogy.
Barbara Askinas, MBA
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Management & Department of Culture and Communication
Barbara Askinas earned her M.B.A. in Organizational Behavior and spent over 15 years working inside Fortune 100 companies, serving as vice president of human resources and company officer for a fast growth start up, transforming a portfolio of investments into an integrated, professionally managed company. She currently provides executive advisory services to entrepreneurial leaders. As an adjunct professor of organizational behavior and communication since 2006, Barbara has taught courses ranging from innovation and entrepreneurship to business communication and techniques of speaking for the LeBow College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Larry Epstein, MBA
Associate Teaching Professor and Interim Department Head
Department of Arts & Entertainment Enterprise
Professor Larry Epstein’s career, prior to coming to Drexel in 2003, included 25 years in financial, technical and strategic planning roles in broadcasting management, 14 years with the CBS Broadcast Group in New York and Philadelphia, and 10 years as a senior level executive in companies serving the television industry. Currently serving as the Interim Department Head of Arts & Entertainment Enterprise for the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Professor Epstein also teaches in the college's Music Industry and Television Management programs and serves as faculty advisor to three Drexel student organizations active in the fields of entertainment & the arts: WKDU, EAM F.U.N.D and Entertainment University. Professor Epstein was named Drexel's 2009 Faculty Member of the Year by Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center for his work connecting students with real world job opportunities.
Alexander Friedlander, PhD
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Communication
Since coming to Drexel in 1987, Dr. Friedlander has taught a wide range of writing and communication courses including Document Design, Readings and Research in Communication, Research Methods, and courses in professional writing, freshman writing, and more. He has also held administrative positions in the department, including Graduate Program Director (1992-1997), Undergraduate Communication Program Coordinator (1997-2001, 2004-2007), and Assistant Head of Culture and Communication (2002-2007).
Stephen Gambescia, PhD
Professor, Health Services Administration
Dr. Stephen Gambescia has held a number of educational leadership roles, eventually serving as a vice president in a metro and multi-state division for two of the largest national voluntary health agencies (American Cancer Society and American Heart Association). He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of health promotion/disease prevention. His research interests have been in tobacco control, chronic disease risk awareness/prevention and health communications. His research interests in higher education include continuing professional education program development, evaluation, credentialing, and distributed learning. He has co-authored the book Managing a Public Speaker Bureau for Health and Human Services Organizations, and has taught courses in the areas of health care policy, nonprofits and health care, health care marketing and health care management and leadership.
Julia Hall, PhD
Professor, Department of Culture and Communication
Specializing in the study of youth, the elderly and women in the criminal justice system, Dr. Julia Hall earned both her MS and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, completed postdoctoral study at Harvard University and was a National Science Foundation and Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Dr. Hall developed and taught Probation and Parole and Correctional Agents and Administrators in working with these special populations, and teaches Restorative Justice as a trained facilitator who has moderated groups in state prisons. Dr. Hall is the Chair of the Paul C. Griffins Memorial Fund, and Advisor of Eta Iota, the Drexel chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (the National Criminal Justice Honor Society). She is a previous recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award and the Make a Difference Award.
Daniel King, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Dr. Daniel King is an associate professor in the Chemistry Department. His current research is in the field of Chemical Education, and his interests include the effectiveness of active learning techniques, such as the use of technology in the classroom (e.g., personal response devices, or clickers) and guided inquiry activities (e.g., Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, or POGIL). He is also involved in the development of in-class activities that use climate change topics to teach chemistry content. He has presented his research at local, national and international conferences and recipient of the Allan Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence.
Jonson Miller, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of History and Politics
Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of History and Politics, Dr. Jonson Miller's areas of study include the history of American engineering, industrialization, and technology. His first major project focused on the emergence of an engineering professional culture in antebellum Virginia in relation to cultural, economic, and political changes in Virginia and the United States. Dr. Miller is additionally interested in social transformations resulting from industrialization.
Charles Morscheck, PhD (on sabbatical 2014-2015)
Professor, Department of Art & Art History
After two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, Dr. Morscheck received his Ph.D. in art history at Bryn Mawr College. He has been teaching at Drexel since 1976, and his areas of research and teaching expertise include: Milanese Renaissance Sculpture; the Cathedral of Milan, the Certosa di Pavia and Milanese Renaissance Church-building Practices; Introductory Survey to Western Art; Greek and Roman Art and Antiquarianism, and many more. Since 2000, Dr. Morscheck has also been the Director of the Great Works Symposium.
Michelle L. Rogers, PhD
Assistant Professor, iSchool
Dr. Rogers' primary research interests center on how peoples’ use of information technology in complex settings changes their work. Her current work is focused on understanding the impact of clinical information systems on the work processes of health care practitioners. She is particularly interested in the role of technology in patient safety, job design and user centered design. Her major teaching areas are healthcare informatics, human-computer interaction and human factors engineering. Dr. Rogers' professional experiences include time as a research scientist for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Getting at Patient Safety (GAPS) Center. There she worked on applying scenario-based usability testing and cognitive work analysis to study how electronic medical records impacted patient safety and clinicians work flow.
Jennifer Taylor, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Taylor served 15 years in state government, hospital quality management, and the basic sciences, including her roles as the Chief of Health Statistics and Data Management for the State of New Hampshire, and Project Director of the CDC-funded program to establish emergency department data systems for injury surveillance at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Within healthcare organizations, she investigates safety and quality issues in both patient and provider populations. Her research focuses on system design for patient safety surveillance and the association between organizational culture and injuries to patients and nurses. Dr. Taylor’s recent grant awards include a 3-year Assistance to Firefighters FEMA grant to develop a model firefighter nonfatal injury surveillance system, and a two-year NIOSH RO3 grant to apply machine learning algorithms to narrative text data from the IAFC Near-Miss system.
Scott Warnock, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English and Philosophy
Director, Drexel Writing Center and Writing Across Curriculum
Dr. Scott Warnock is an associate professor of English and Director of the Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum. He teaches first-year writing and courses such as Writing in Cyberspace, The Literature of Business, and The Peer Reader in Context. His research interests focus on uses of technology in writing instruction, particularly how learning technologies can help student writers and facilitate better methods for faculty to respond to student work. Dr. Warnock authored Teaching Writing Online: How and Why and numerous book chapters and articles, in addition to Co-Chairing the Conference on College Composition and Communication Committee for Best Practices in Online Writing Instruction and co-founding Subjective Metrics, Inc., a company created to develop Waypoint writing assessment and peer review software.
Yoto Yotov, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, Department of Economics and International Business
Dr. Yoto Yotov, assistant professor in the Department of International Business, is a structural empirical economist who specializes in the field of international trade. In particular, Dr. Yotov is interested in The Gravity Model of International Trade, Trade Costs, Preferential Trade Agreements, Interactions between Trade, Trade Policy and the Labor Market. In addition to his research, Dr. Yotov has experience teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has earned two teaching excellence awards, the LeBow College of Business "Excellence in Teaching Award for Assistant Professor," in 2009 and the "Allen Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence" in 2010.
Janet Zimmerman, M.S. R.N.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Graduate Nursing
Director, Clinical Trials Research M.S.N. Track
Upon receiving her B.S.N. from Villanova University, Professor Zimmerman was commissioned in the US Army Nurse Corps, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. She earned her M.S. in nursing from the University of Colorado and completed a post master’s certificate in training and development from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Professor Zimmerman has more than 25 years of experience with clinical trials. As a clinical research nurse and later as a clinical research associate (CRA) she coordinated and monitored oncology clinical trials. Since 1990, Professor Zimmerman has specialized in the training and development of clinical research personnel including investigators, coordinators and monitors in the US and internationally.