2016 Teaching Scholars

The first group of 41 Teaching Scholars joined the TLC for the Spring 2016 semester.

 Teaching Scholar
Armstrong_Annie.jpgAnnie Armstrong is an Associate Professor, reference librarian and the Coordinator of Teaching and Learning Services at the Richard J. Daley Library. She is the library's liaison to the College of Education and the Psychology Department and provides research and information literacy instruction to undergraduates and graduate students in the social sciences and humanities, with particular focus on the First-Year Writing Program, education and psychology.
Aleece BellAleeca Bell, PhD, RN, CNM is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at UIC. Her biobehavioral research determines the effectiveness of perinatal interventions, guided by genetic and epigenetic risk biomarkers, to promote healthy mother-baby interaction and positive maternal mood. Dr. Bell currently teaches an evidence-based practice course and a genetic research methods course.

Bui_Diem My T.Diem-My T. Bui is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication. She teaches and researches transnational feminist media studies, critical cultural studies, qualitative methods, ethnic studies, popular culture, and film.

Chen_Hsiu_langHsiu-lang Chen, Associate Professor of Finance, received his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published papers in Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Behavioral Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, and others. His papers have been presented in annual meetings of American Finance Association and European Finance Association. He received INQUIRE-UK research grants in 2003 and 2009.
Chriqui_JamieJamie Chriqui, PhD, MHS, is a Professor in the Division of Health Policy Administration, School of Public Health and a Fellow at the Institute for Health Research and Policy at UIC. She has over 15 years’ teaching experience in addition to over 25 years of experience conducting applied public health policy research, analysis, and evaluation. As a former “policy wonk,” she loves to teach about how to deal with real-world policy problems and to engage students in that process.
Clark_GinevraGinevra Clark began at UIC in Fall 2011. She currently serves as the Director of the Science Learning Center (SLC) and Assistant Clinical Professor in Chemistry. As SLC Director, Prof. Clark hires, trains, and supervises peer leaders for Chemistry, Biology, and Physics courses. Prof. Clark primarily teaches Chemistry for pre-nursing students, and has received an NSF IUSE grant to develop labs that relate Chemistry to healthcare. This work has resulted in several innovative labs that are demonstrated to improve student learning.
Cojocaru_A.C.A.C. Cojocaru is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research in Number Theory has been recognized with several honors, including: the Doctoral Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society, the Titeica Award of the Romanian Academy, and the Career Award of the US National Science Foundation. For two decades, Cojocaru has taught and lectured at numerous universities and academic institutions across South-East Asia, Europe, and North America. For more information, see http://homepages.math.uic.edu/~cojocaru/
Cologna_StephanieStephanie Cologna is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at UIC. Her research interests include analytical chemistry and mass spectrometry. She teaches a graduate course on mass spectrometry and undergraduate courses focused on analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis.
Durham_MarianneMarianne Durham, DNP, RN, CCRN teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and is interested in learning ways to more effectively integrate pedagogy and technology to promote student success. Her blended course helps students prepare a proposal for their DNP project. She would like to create meaningful technology-enhanced learning activities to help students transition from individual to the more systems-focused roles that they will assume after graduation.

EnglemannStephen Engelmann is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. His areas of research are in the history of political thought, the history of the social sciences, and contemporary political theory. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought.
Esmailbeigi_HananehHananeh Esmailbeigi earned her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran. After graduating, Hananeh attended UIC where she received her PHD in Bioengineering in 2010. She then accepted a post-doctorate position at Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. In August 2012, Hananeh returned to UIC as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Bioengineering. Her areas of interest are Neural Engineering, Bioinstrumentation, and Global-Health Device Development. She teaches multiple graduate and undergraduate laboratory and courses related to these areas.
Fitzgerald_KimKim Fitzgerald received her Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UIC and her MBA from Roosevelt University. She is currently Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She teaches a broad range of junior level courses in analog and digital circuits, as well as in signal theory. Kim also manages undergraduate student recruitment events.
Gobel_EricEric Gobel has been a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology since Fall 2012, after earning his PhD in Neuroscience at Northwestern University. He teaches undergraduate courses in the cognitive and behavioral neuroscience divisions and psychology core, including large enrollment lecture courses, laboratory courses, and seminars. As a Spring 2016 TLC Teaching Scholar, he seeks to enhance active learning opportunities in his large enrollment lecture classroom.
Gray_AidanAidan Gray has been an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department since 2012. His research interests are in the philosophy of language and linguistics. He has done a wide of range graduate and undergraduate teaching, including courses in the philosophy of language, logic, the history of analytic philosophy, and philosophical issues surrounding death.
Gregory_RobynRobyn Gregory is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. She is delighted to be a Teaching Scholar and part of the dedicated Teaching and Learning Community. As a Teaching Scholar, she plans to continue fostering an engaging, student-centered, and collaborative learning environment in her developmental courses.
Grossman_BrianDr. Brian R. Grossman, Sc.M., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD) who researches the impact of social policy on the lives of disabled people and other marginalized groups (including gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender older adults). At the undergraduate level, Dr. Grossman teaches DHD 101- Disability in U.S. Society a large General Education course. As a Teaching Scholar, he focuses on integrating study skills assessment and enhancement into lower division coursework, utilizing technology to support course learning outcomes, and networking with other faculty dedicated to improve the climate of learning and teaching on campus. He lives in the North side of Chicago with his husband, their nearly 3-year old daughter, fluffy dog, and over-sized fish tank.
Hitchcock_LoisLois Hitchcock is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Health Information Management in the College of Applied Health Sciences of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a registered health information administrator (AHIMA) and a certified professional in healthcare quality (NAHQ), and held a 2015 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) fellowship. Her teaching and research interests focus on the use of web-based response tools to engage students and the acquisition and support of a national inpatient database.
Hopkins_MeganMegan Hopkins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UIC. Her research examines the relationships between policy, district and school organization, and teacher learning, with a particular emphasis on contexts undergoing reform and/or demographic change. A former bilingual educator, Megan teaches methods of language assessment to both pre- and in-service teachers, in addition to bilingual education policy analysis.
NJones-0Nathan Jones is a Research Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research in the field of Number Theory has been supported by research grants from National Security Agency and Oak Ridge Associated Universities. He has taught courses at various institutions in North America, and has delivered research lecture series in Europe. Since joining UIC, he has served on various departmental and university committees, including on the University Senate. He is currently participating as a Teaching Scholar the TLC's 2016 Teaching Scholar Program.
Kalagidis_OlympiaOlympia Kalagidis received her Master’s in Health Informatics from UIC in 2011 and joined the Biomedical Health Information Sciences faculty as clinical assistant professor in the health informatics program in 2012. She teaches courses in patient safety and vendor management and coordinates all the graduate admissions for the Health Informatics program. Her prior experience was in the corporate world with two Fortune 500 companies, Merck and Abbott.
Kim_Cohen_KimDr. Kim-Cohen has been a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology since 2014. She enjoys teaching undergraduate courses in the general and applied psychology programs. A clinical psychologist by training, her research interests include genetic and environment explanations for how individuals cope successfully with adversity and develop resilience.
Kohler_WilliamWilliam Kohler has taught managerial communications in the College of Business at the University of Illinois-Chicago since January, 1998. He holds a Masters in Applied Linguistics from UIC, and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). A Silver Circle Award recipient in 2010, Bill resides on campus with his wife Sharon in Marie Robinson Hall as a member of UIC’s “Faculty-in-Residence” program.
Kotche_MiiriMiiri Kotche is a Clinical Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and currently serves as Director of the Medical Accelerator for Devices Laboratory (MAD Lab) at the UIC Innovation Center and Director of the Innovation Medicine Program in the College of Medicine. She currently teaches bioengineering capstone design courses, including the longstanding core senior design sequence and the new interdisciplinary medical product development course. She is also Director of the Freshman Engineering Success Program, and is actively involved in engineering outreach for global health.
Lesieutre_JohnJohn Lesieutre joined UIC in Fall 2015 as a postdoc in the department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. His research is in the field of algebraic geometry, and he looks forward to working with the TLC to reflect on and improve his teaching.
Liotine_MatthewMatthew Liotine is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Information and Decision Sciences within the College of Business Administration at UIC. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses related to operations and supply chain management. He was also a recipient of the Teaching Recognition Program award in 2013.
Longworth_JessicaJessica Longworth is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition. She teaches Biomechanics and Statistics. Dr. Longworth is originally from Madison, Wisconsin; she is the middle of three sisters; and she likes to do anything that doesn’t involve sitting still.
McCutcheon_SuzanneSuzanne McCutcheon teaches upper-level undergraduate laboratory courses in Developmental Biology and Molecular Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her goal is to engage her students in independent investigation.
Min_Jung-HyunJung-Hyun Min (Ph.D.-biochemistry) is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Chemistry at the UIC. She got her B.Sc. in Chemistry at Seoul National University, South Korea, her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington followed by a postdoctoral training at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Min’s current research focuses on unveiling the mechanism of DNA damage recognition and repair in eukaryotic nucleotide excision repair pathway in high spatio-temporal resolutions using a combination of X-ray crystallography and biophyscial techniques. Her teaching interests include undergraduate and graduate biochemistry courses.
Morrison_DonaldDonald Morrison and his students at UIC study the genetic life of the common human commensal bacterium, Streptococcsu pneumoniae (the Pneumococcus). This bacterium acquires new genes by attacking neighboring bacteria, killing them, killing them, and sampling their genes. He teaches molecular biology for graduate students and Mendelian and Molecular Genetics for undergraduate Biology majors.
Muller_MichaelMichael Muller is a Lecturer and Laboratory Coordinator for the Department of Biological Sciences. I lecture and and run the teaching laboratories for BIOS 100, the majors-level introductory course, as well as BIOS 104 and NATS 106, two non-majors biology courses.
Nelson_KarinKarin Nelson teaches courses in ecology (BIOS 230), animal behavior (BIOS 236, BIOS 336), evolution (BIOS 335), and comparative vertebrate anatomy (BIOS 272), and is the lab developer and coordinator for BIOS 272 and BIOS 336. She also serves as a faculty advisor for the Biology Colloquium (BCQ, BIOS 196 and BIOS 296), a student-run course that introduces biology majors to the wide field of careers available to biologists. In addition to acquainting students with different fields in biology, she tries to instill an interest in nature and the natural world and leads field trips to introduce Chicago undergraduates to wildlife and natural areas in and around Illinois and the Midwest. Although she currently teaches full time, her research interests are in sexual selection and animal reproductive behavior, lek mating systems, hormonal correlates of mate choice, and adaptive radiations.
OleaRodriguez_HelenaHelena Olea-Rodríguez is Adjunct Professor in Criminology, Law and Justice and Latin American and Latino Studies. She has a Juris Doctor Degree from Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia and an LL.M Degree from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. Her research and teaching interests include: human rights, gender studies, immigration, refugee studies and statelessness.
ReveloAlonso_RenataRenata Revelo Alonso is a clinical assistant professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering. Her research interests include engineering education, engineering identity development, student engagement, and underrepresented student success.
Shulman_DrewDrew Shulman earned his PhD in mathematics from UIC in 2011 has been a member of the MSCS Department since. His main teaching load lies within the calculus sequence, and he currently serves as the Calculus II course coordinator.
Siow_YeowYeow Siow has over twelve years of track record as an engineering educator and practitioner. With experience in the automotive industry, he brings real-world examples and expectations into the classroom. Passionate about student success and education innovations, he has been honing his skills teaching at Michigan Technological University, Purdue University Calumet, as well as UIC.
Sit_StefanyStefany Sit is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Her academic background is in seismology but at UIC she hopes to focus more on teaching and supporting undergraduates. Current initiatives include the effective use of technology in the classroom and integrating coursework with career relevant material.
Souri_RanjitRanjit Souri is a Lecturer at UIC's College of Business Administration, where he teaches Improvisation for Business. He has performed comedy all over the country, and his writing has been published in numerous magazines. He has a B.S. in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Swirsky_EricEric Scott Swirsky, JD, MA is the director of graduate studies and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences. Eric currently teaches classes related to ethical/legal issues and professionalism in clinical encounters and health science environments. His scholarly interests revolve around the ethical conundra that result from the use of health information technologies.
Szawara_AnnaAnna Szawara is a Lecturer and Slavic Language Program Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Chicago. Research interests include SLA, Second Language Pedagogy and Training, Curriculum Development, Teaching with Technology, and Assessment Practices.
Taylor_CynthiaCynthia Taylor is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Her research interests include assessment of student learning via concept inventories, and active learning techniques such as peer instruction.
Thulin_FrederickFrederick Thulin received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UIC in 1980. He has been a faculty member in the mathematics and/or computer science departments of several universities. He has directed UIC’s Mathematical Sciences Learning Center since 2006.