Building KU's Teaching and Learning Community

Faculty Ambassadors: 2017-2018

Each department/division chair at KU has been invited to identify a liaison, called an Ambassador, to the Center. These individuals are chosen because they are seen as strong advocates for the University’s teaching mission and, equally important, because they are respected by their colleagues for their teaching. Ambassadors connect CTE to faculty within each department. They help CTE fulfill its mission in several ways, by:

  • Guiding the Center in the development of its programs. Ambassadors tell CTE what’s going on in departments. They serve as a sounding board for ideas, and they reflect the needs and interests of their colleagues.
  • Communicating information about CTE to department faculty. Both formally and informally, Ambassadors let their colleagues know what’s going on at CTE. They share updates with them, and they encourage them to participate in CTE workshops and discussion forums.
  • Advocating the University’s teaching mission within their departments. Ambassadors do this is various ways, such as by mentoring new faculty, emphasizing the importance of teaching at key points (during faculty searches, for example), and occasionally facilitating CTE sessions at the New GTA Conference, KU Summit, or Lunch & Conversation. In addition, Ambassadors are often the first point of contact for cross-disciplinary work among the faculty and are a source of information about their departments for activities such as these.


Department Ambassador
Aerospace Engineering Taghavi, Ray
African & African-American Studies Gerschultz, Jessica
American Studies Kim, Joo Ok–Fall/New Warrior, Robert–Spr/N
Applied Behavioral Sciences Watson-Thompson, Jomella
Applied English Center Selvidge, Jenny
Architecture Sander, Dennis
Business/AIS Mason, Paul
Business/FEDS Meschke, Felix
Business/MEL Pyone, Jin
CEA Engineering Lines, Brian
Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Li, Xiaoli (Laura)
Chemistry/Molecular Biosciences Kuczera, Krzysztof
CODL Diede, Laura
Communication Studies Oliha-Donaldson, Hannah-NEW
Curriculum & Teaching Friedman, Reva
Design Hossler, Tim
Ecology & Evol. Biology Sikes, Ben
Economics Earnhart, Dietrich
Ed. Leadership & Policy Studies Rice, Suzanne
Edwards Campus Wolfe, Ben-NEW
Electrical Eng. & Computer Science Prescott, Glenn
English Drake, Phil
Geography Lei, Ting
Geology Zhang, Chi (F)-NEW
History Gregg, Sara-NEW
History of Art Lee, Jenny
HSES Bass, Jordan
Humanities & Western Civilization Wilson, Aimee
Journalism & Mass Communications Chen, Yvonnes
KU Libraries Branstiter, Callie
Law Yuille, Lua
Linguistics Tremblay, Annie
Mathematics Johnson, Mat; Talata, Zsolt
Mechanical Engineering TenPas, Peter
Medicinal Chemistry Altman, Ryan
Music Dvorak, Abbey
Philosophy Nutting, Eileen
Physics & Astronomy Rogan, Chris-NEW
Political Science Kennedy, John
Psychology Williams, Alex 
Educational Psychology Templin, Jonathan
Public Affairs & Administration & Urban Planning Lyles, Ward
Religious Studies Brinton, Jacquelene
School of Languages, Cultures & Lit Swanson, Kim
Social Welfare Zinn, Andy
Sociology Albrecht, Sandy
Special Education Cheatham, Greg
Speech-Language-Hearing Rong, Panying-NEW
Spencer Museum of Art Straughn, Celka
Theatre Zazzali, Peter
Visual Art Burke, Matt