Building KU's Teaching and Learning Community

Faculty Ambassadors: 2013-2014

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 Ray Tghavi
African & African-American Studies   Yacine Daddi
American Studies Randal Jelks
Anthropology Majid Hannoum
Applied Behavioral Sciences Jomella Watson-Thompson
Applied English Center Diane Taveggia
Architecture Chad Kraus
Business: AIS Paul Mason
Business: FEDS Steve Hillmer
Business: MML Clint Chadwick
Business: MEL Noelle Nelson
Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Prajna Dhar
Chemistry/Molecular Biosciences Krzysztof Kuczera
Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering Belinda Sturm
Communication Studies Jeff Hall
Curriculum & Teaching Reva Friedman
Design Tim Hossler
East Asian Languages & Cultures Sanako Mitsugi
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Deborah Smith
Economics Dietrich Earnhart
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Dongbin Kim
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Jim Stiles
English Darren Canady
French & Italian Kimberly Swanson
Geography Dave Rahn
Geology Randy Stotler
Germanic Languages & Literatures Ari Linden
History Adrian Finucane
History of Art Maya Stiller
Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences Angela Lumpkin
Humanities & Western Civilizations   Sandi Zimdars-Swartz
Journalism & Mass Communications  Carol Holstead
KU Libraries  John Stratton
Linguistics Utako Minai

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Mechanical Engineering Peter TenPas
Medicinal Chemistry   Emily Scott
Music Ji Hye Jung
Philosophy Eileen Nutting
Physics & Astronomy Wai-Lun Chan
Political Science Christina Bejarano
Psychology Mike Vitevitch
Psychology & Research in Education Meagan Patterson
Religious Studies Jacquelene Brinton
Russian & East European Studies       Jerry Mikkelson
Slavic Languages & Literatures  Svetlana Vassileva-Karagyozova
Social Welfare Andy Zinn
Sociology Sandy Albrecht
Spanish & Portuguese Luciano Tosta
Special Education Greg Cheatham
Speech-Language-Hearing Kostas Kokkinakis
Spencer Museum of Art Celka Straughn
Urban Planning  Ward Lyles
Writing Center Terese Thonus

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