Faculty Ambassadors

Each department or 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.

CTE Ambassadors

Aerospace EngineeringKaplinger, Brian
African & African-American StudiesHines, Dorothy    
American StudiesPence, Ray
ArchitectureHong, Kurt
CEA EngineeringLines, Brian
Chemical & Petroleum EngineeringColaco Morais, Ana Rita
ChemistryMalinakova, Helena
Classroom TechnologyDoll, Mike
CODLAyers, Beth     
Communication StudiesKretsinger-Harries, Anne
Curriculum & TeachingHerrmann-Ginsberg, Lauri
DesignPark, Hannah
Ecology & Evol. BiologySikes, Ben
EconomicsEarnhart, Dietrich
Ed. Leadership & Policy StudiesFoste, Zak
Electrical Eng. & Computer ScienceDemarest, Ken
EnglishDrake, Phil
French, Francophone & Italian StudiesSwanson, Kim
GeographyPu, Bing
GeologyZhang, Chi
HistorySchwaller, Rachel
History of ArtCasey, Emily
Journalism & Mass CommunicationsChen, Yvonnes
KU LibrariesBecker, Jill
Law    Daily, Melanie
Linguistics    Duncan, Phil
MathematicsMantzavinos, Dionyssis
MathematicsPark, Joonha
MathematicsHudgins, Tori
Medicinal ChemistryWang, Jingxin
Molecular BiosciencesDe Guzman, Roberto
MusicMatney, William (Bill)
PhilosophyRaibley, Jason
Physics & AstronomyCrossfield, Ian
Political ScienceMullinix, Kevin
PsychologyMcCartney, Marsha
School of Public Affairs & Admin.Altamimi, Hala
Slavic, German, and Eurasian StudiesMeyertholen, Andrea
Social WelfareLewis, Melinda
SociologyWright, Lisa-Marie
Spanish & PortugueseGullickson, Sean
Special EducationGriswold, Deb
Speech-Language-HearingRong, Panying
Spencer Museum of ArtStraughn, Celka
Theatre & DanceBarnette, Jane
University Career CenterDavis, Rachel
Visual ArtJordan, Mary Anne


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Faculty Ambassadors help CTE fulfill its mission by:

  • Guiding the Center in the development of its programs. Ambassadors help CTE leaders understand teaching-related matters 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, and they encourage colleagues to participate in CTE workshops and discussions.

  • Advocating the University’s teaching mission within their departments. Ambassadors do this in such ways as mentoring new faculty and emphasizing the importance of teaching at key points (during faculty searches, for example).