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Drexel Teaching Academy

The Drexel Teaching Academy develops faculty leaders as champions for excellence in teaching across the university. In this 10-week program, an interdisciplinary cohort of full-time faculty and academic support staff explore a wide-range of literature and research on teaching in higher education. Through weekly interactive workshops, participants enhance their knowledge of how people learn, expand and diversify their toolbox of teaching methods, and explore models for designing effective and inclusive courses. Alongside other outstanding educators at Drexel, faculty within the program will consider how to apply this literature to the development of their own courses, as well as advance these best practices at Drexel University. This signature program develops pedagogical experts throughout Drexel University's various schools and colleges and fosters an interdisciplinary community among faculty who already hold this expertise.

Through the completion of this program participants will:

  • apply theories and research findings on how people learn to their teaching practice;
  • adopt a variety of teaching methods to effectively support Drexel’s diverse learners;
  • use the principles of integrated course design to develop syllabi, assessments, and lesson plans;
  • develop a reflective and purposeful approach to teaching; and
  • share their knowledge and experience with the greater Drexel teaching community.

After completion of the Drexel Teaching Academy, participants are asked to apply what they have learned to mentoring faculty colleagues, facilitating teaching discussions in their department or college, contributing to larger initiatives, or engaging in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project.

Participants in the program commit to:

  • participate in a two-hour synchronous workshop once per week during the spring term;
  • complete readings, videos, and/or short assignments each week;
  • provide a reflective statement upon completion of the program;
  • promote excellence in teaching at Drexel University; and
  • submit a proposal for supporting the mission of the Teaching and Learning Center in the following academic year.

Drexel Teaching Academy 2021 Cohort

  • Denise Agosto, Information Science, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Ulrike Altenmüller-Lewis, Architecture, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Nick Anselmo, Performing Arts, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Scarlett Bellamy, Associate Dean, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Jonathan Deutsch, Food and Hospitality Management, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Courtney Dominic, Pediatrics, College of Medicine
  • Tracye Edwards, Kline School of Law
  • Rajashi Ghosh, Policy, Organization, and Leadership, School of Education
  • Timothy Gorichanaz, Information Science, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Cuneyt Gozu, Management, LeBow College of Business
  • Liza Herzog, Close School of Entrepreneurship
  • Daniel King, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lindsay Matias, Assistant Director, CLASS
  • Jonson Miller, History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jackie Murphy, Graduate Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Kevin Scoles, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, College of Engineering
  • Monica Togna, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Scott Warnock, English/Writing Center, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Steven Weber, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Michael Weingarten, Surgery, College of Medicine

Drexel Teaching Academy 2020 Cohort

  • Jennifer Atchison, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering
  • Frances Cornelius, Graduate Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Dana D’Angelo, General Business, LeBow College of Business
  • Kevin Egan, Director of Academic Programs, Pennoni Honors College
  • Christopher Finnin, General Business, LeBow College of Business
  • Ann Gerondelis, Department of Design, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Meshagae Hunte-Brown, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Carrie Hutnick, Associate Director, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement
  • Monica Ilies, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Shareen Kelly, Pediatrics, College of Medicine
  • Dana Kemery, Undergraduate Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Sam Kirk, Manager of Curricula Support, Drexel University Libraries
  • Valerie Klein, Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum, School of Education
  • James Mitchell, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Anne O’Farrell Politz, English Language Center, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Cyndi Rickards, Criminology and Justice Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Joanne Serembus, Graduate Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Rebecca Signore, Director, CLASS
  • Steve Vásquez Dolph, Global Studies and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences