Co-coordinates: Exploring the Teaching Profession I; Exploring the Teaching Profession II
Jehanne Beaton is the Coordinator for the DirecTrack to Teaching Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. She earned a PhD in Social Studies Education and Teacher Education from the U of M and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. She has been a public school educator for 26 years, working mostly in highly diverse urban schools as a social studies teacher, instructional coach, and teacher leader.
Coordinates: Introduction to African American Studies
Rose Brewer, a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, has received the African American Learning Resources Center Award for Teaching Excellence, the American Sociological Association Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology, and numerous other awards. In 1999 she was inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Teachers, U of M−Twin Cities. Professor Brewer has written extensively on black families, race, class and gender, and public policy, publishing over 60 refereed journal articles, book chapters, and scholarly essays in these areas. She has spent over a decade working on curriculum transformation and progressive pedagogy, and consults nationally on issues of race, class, and gender in the curriculum.
Co-coordinates: University Writing
Pat Bruch is an associate professor and director of First-Year Writing in the Department of Writing Studies. Bruch has a Ph.D. in English from Wayne State University. He teaches several writing courses, conducts research on the politics of writing instruction, and oversees the day-to-day administration of the University's First-Year Writing Program.
Margaret Delehanty Kelly
Coordinates: An Interdisciplinary Look at the Family in Multicultural America
Margaret Delehanty Kelly has taught at the University of Minnesota for more than 10 years. Interested in communication between native and nonnative speakers of English, Kelly holds an M.A. in applied linguistics—Teaching English as a Second Language—and teaches FSOS 1211 An Interdisciplinary Look at the Family in Multicultural America. She is also interested in and values the community within each classroom.
Coordinates: Writing Studio
Jan DeNoble recently retired as a senior teaching specialist in the Department of Writing Studies. She earned her B.A. in speech/theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. She taught writing and literature in the University's General College, including a number of courses through Neighborhood Programs. She taught WRIT 1201 and WRIT 1301 for writing studies, primarily sections targeting students of color, those who are part of the "1.5 generation," and those who are in the first generation of their family to attend college.
Coordinates: Introduction to Psychology
Randy Fletcher is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Fletcher’s research into online processing of discourse involves constructing computer models that simulate the flow of ideas through a reader's awareness during narrative comprehension and recall. He has also been investigating the effectiveness of computer software that has been designed to improve reading comprehension.
Coordinates: Physiology, Technology, and Medical Devices
Murray Jensen is a member of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and has received both University of Minnesota Alumni Association's Horace T. Morse Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, and the Society for College Science Teachers' Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award.
Coordinates: American Democracy in a Changing World
Timothy Johnson is Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching professor of political science and law. He has won The Red Motley Award of Teaching Excellence in the College of Liberal Arts and the University-wide John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. In addition he has been a part of the President’s Distinguished Faculty Mentorship Program for two years. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. Johnson is particularly interested in the study of American judicial politics. He teaches classes on constitutional law, civil liberties, criminal rights, judicial process, and American politics.
Coordinates: Intermediate French I; Intermediate French II
Betsy Kerr is an associate professor in the Department of French and Italian. She has published corpus-based studies of various aspects of informal spoken French, and she has also studied the occurrence of similar features in oral narratives of learners of French. Her more recent research interests include how to help learners better understand the use of some problematic plural articles (des, les) in French and the assessment of vocabulary acquisition. Kerr is coauthor of the first-year college textbook Deux Mondes: A Communicative Approach, now in its 7th edition. She teaches undergraduate courses in French language and linguistics.
Coordinates: Principles of Microeconomics; Principles of Macroeconomics
Donald Liu is a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Applied Economics. He received his B.S. degree in animal science from the University of Chinese Culture, Taipei, in 1975, his M.S. degree in agricultural economics from California State University, Fresno, in 1980, and his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota in 1985. Professor Liu was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2006, upon receipt of the University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He also received in 2006 the American Agricultural Economics Association Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (for more than 10 years’ experience). In 2007 he was a regional winner of the United States Department of Agriculture National Awards Program for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Coordinates: Intermediate Spanish I, Intermediate Spanish II
Sara Mack is a senior lecturer and coordinator of Spanish 1004 at the University of Minnesota, and has served as Spanish Faculty Coordinator for the College in the Schools program since 2018. Her areas of interest include internationalized teaching and learning, multicultural inclusive design, sociophonetics, and learning and memory.
Coordinates: Beginning Japanese I; Beginning Japanese II
Fumiko Matsumoto is a senior teaching specialist in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures. A native speaker of Japanese, Matsumoto is teaching beginning Japanese at the University of Minnesota. She has taught Japanese in schools in Japan.
Coordinates: Introduction to Literature: Poetry, Drama, Narrative
Toni McNaron is a distinguished teaching professor emerita in the University of Minnesota's English Department. Her research and teaching focus on Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Milton, feminist criticism, feminist pedagogy, and lesbian poetry. Dr. McNaron oversaw the University of Minnesota Bush Faculty Development Program for Excellence and Diversity in Teaching from 1991 until her retirement in 2001. She also helped create an Internet site devoted to the writings of women of color called Voices from the Gaps. She is the recipient of five teaching awards, including the Morse-Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award, the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teacher Award, and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Coordinates: Plant Propagation
Tom Michaels (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1981) teaches Plant Propagation, The Edible Landscape, and Plant Production Systems courses, and is coordinator of the Food Systems undergraduate major at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the genetics and breeding of pulse crops and vegetables as well as on innovative teaching and curriculum. Tom’s accomplishments include the release of 12 bean and peanut cultivars for commercial production. He received the Innovation in Undergraduate Education Award from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota and the John Bell Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Guelph (Canada).
Coordinates: Authority and Rebellion: America History to 1865; Global America: U.S. History Since 1865
Lisa Norling is an associate professor emerita of the Department of History at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her research, publication, and teaching experience focuses on early American and comparative women’s, gender, and family history; early modern oceanic and maritime history; and the pedagogy of the US history survey course.
Coordinates: Introduction to Public Speaking
Diane Odash is a senior teaching specialist in the Department of Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts. She has her M.A. degree in rhetoric from the University of Minnesota. Odash is an alum of the CIS program, and has been teaching at the University since 2004. Her teaching interests focus on performance-based classes in the communications field, in particular public speaking and interviewing.
Co-coordinates: University Writing
Tom Reynolds is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Writing Studies. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate writing courses. He also conducts research into writing as a cultural and material practice.
Coordinates: Energy, Environment, and Society
William Robbins earned his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and has been at the University of Minnesota since 1969. He was appointed Associate Department Head in 2007. He has taught most of the required undergraduate core courses (second- and third-year courses) in electrical engineering. His recent research has been in the area of energy harvesting using flexible piezoelectric materials. He is a coauthor of a widely used textbook in power electronics, which is currently being revised into a fourth edition.
Coordinates: CSE Calculus I
Jonathan Rogness is an assistant professor in the School of Mathematics and director of the Mathematics Center for Educational Programs, which runs the University of Minnesota Talented Youth in Mathematics Program (UMTYMP). Rogness coordinates a number of enrichment programs for students and professional development programs for teachers. His original area of research is algebraic topology, but he has been very active in the visualization of mathematics and its use in the classroom. Among the general public he is best known for a video about Moebius Transformations which has been viewed nearly 2 million times on YouTube and has been featured in Science Magazine, MPR, and a nationwide Math Film Festival in Germany.
Co-coordinates: Introduction to Animal Science
Kyle Rozeboom is a lecturer and the livestock judging team coach at the U of M. Courses he currently teaches include Livestock and Carcass Evaluation, Food Animal Products for Consumers, and Sheep Production. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal science at the University at Minnesota and his master’s in animal science at the University of Missouri. Kyle has worked as an Instructor and livestock judging team coach at both the University of Georgia and University of Tennessee-Martin.
Coordinates: Beginning Hebrew I; Beginning Hebrew II; Intermediate Hebrew I; Intermediate Hebrew II; Advanced Modern Hebrew
Renana Schneller works in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and has her ABD in Semitic languages from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction - Second Languages and Cultures from the University of Minnesota. She is the former chair of the Hebrew SAT Subject Test committee and is the former chair of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH) Pedagogy subcommittee. Schneller has been teaching at the University of Minnesota since 1999. She is the coordinator of Hebrew and the instructor for beginning, intermediate, and advanced level Hebrew classes at the University of Minnesota.
Co-coordinates: Introduction to Animal Science
Tony Seykora received his Ph.D. in animal science from North Carolina State University in 1982. Among Dr. Seykora’s many awards are Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame Inductee, Honorary American FFA Degree, and University of Minnesota Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Volunteer Award. He has published research in the field of dairy cattle genetics and works with statewide 4-H dairy projects. Courses that he currently teaches include Introductory Animal Science, Animal and Society, and Animal Breeding. In 2009, Seykora received the CFANS Alumni Society Distinguished Faculty Award.
Coordinates: Classical Greek I; Classical Greek II; Intermediate Latin Prose; Intermediate Latin Poetry: Vergil
Stephen Smith is senior lecturer in Classics, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, where he serves as coordinator for beginning and intermediate Latin and Greek. He holds a B.S. in mathematics from Virginia Tech and an M.A. and Ph.D. in classics from the University of Virginia. His research interests include Latin literature of the Augustan period and Roman historiography.
Coordinates: College Algebra through Modeling
Susan Staats is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction where she teaches college algebra, research approaches to classroom discourse, and action research in educational settings. She holds an M.S. in mathematics from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Indiana University. She developed an interest in interactive, inquiry-based mathematics teaching while teaching algebra to elementary and middle school students in Indianapolis and Philadelphia. At the University of Minnesota, Staats develops interdisciplinary mathematics curricula for first-year university students. Her research addresses students’ mathematical communication in inquiry-oriented algebra classrooms.
Coordinates: Intermediate German I; Intermediate German II
Ginny Steinhagen is a senior lecturer in the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch and has her Ph.D. in German from the University of Minnesota. She is past president of the Minnesota Association of Teachers of German and a former CIS German instructor. Steinhagen has been teaching at the University of Minnesota since 1998. She is coordinator of the fourth-semester German program and an editor of the Spruenge second-year German course materials.
Co-coordinates: Exploring the Teaching Profession I; Exploring the Teaching Profession II
Karla Stone is a licensed ESL teacher who spent her K-12 teaching career in the Robbinsdale Area School District. After completing her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota, she began coordinating and teaching in the DirecTrack to Teaching program, a pathway for undergraduate students interested in becoming teachers in the University’s post-baccalaureate license plus MEd. programs. In addition to teaching EDHD 3001 and 3002, she teaches a methods course each semester in the Second Language Education program.
Coordinates: Physics by Inquiry
Dr. Bhaskar Upadhyay is an associate professor of science education in the STEM Program, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He has taught physics both at the K-12 level and also at the university level for more than 12 years. He taught Physics by Inquiry for three years at the University of Texas at Austin as an assistant instructor. Currently, he teaches graduate-level courses in elementary and secondary science teacher licensure and doctoral programs. His research focuses on how science, including physics, could be taught in a more engaging way so students better understand science and make it part of their everyday activities. He is also working with middle and high school teachers, through a National Science Foundation grant, to understand the physics of air particle monitors and use them to monitor classroom air quality to predict the health effects of air pollutants. He believes that learning physics is fun and valuable to all youths and adults.
Coordinates: Basic and Applied Statistics
Andrew Zieffler, researcher in the Quantitative Methods in Education program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota, taught high school mathematics and A.P. Statistics in a previous life. He currently teaches graduate-level courses in statistics, oversees the undergraduate statistics program, and trains and supervises graduate students who teach statistics. Andrew has participated as a co-PI on many past and current NSF-funded statistics education research projects, including the Change Agents for Teaching and Learning Statistics (CATALST) project. He is the author of several papers and book chapters related to statistics education, and has coauthored two textbooks that serve as an introduction to modern statistical and computational methods for students in the educational and behavioral sciences. He also serves as a coeditor of the journal Technology Innovations in Statistics Education and as a member of the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE) Research Advisory Board.
Coordinates: Beginning Modern Chinese I; Beginning Modern Chinese II; Intermediate Modern Chinese I; Intermediate Modern Chinese II
Zhen Zou, PhD, is an education specialist in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures and the College of Liberal Arts Language Center. A native speaker of Chinese, Dr. Zou has taught Chinese and English language and literature courses at universities in China and the United States.
Debra Bjerke, Teacher, UMTC Intermediate Spanish I, Eden Prairie High School
Donald Bosch, Principal, White Bear Lake Area High School
Sousada Chidthachack Grande, Assistant Principal, Ascension Catholic School, and Faculty Coordinator Assistant, College Algebra through Modeling cohort
Lara Dreier, Senior Manager, Federal Initiatives, College Possible
Hugh Hawkins, Teacher, UMTC Writing Studio among other English courses, Cretin-Derham Hall
Abe Hedtke, Teacher, UMTC Introduction to Psychology, and Executive Master Coach, Hmong College Prep Academy
Erin Heilman, Coordinator, K-12 High Potential and Innovative Programs, Shakopee High School
Bob Hennen, Principal, Watertown-Mayer High School and former CIS instructor
Laura Horton, Counselor, Eastview High School
Bruce Kiehn, Principal, Eden Valley-Watkins High School
Michelle Leba, Teacher, UMTC Exploring the Teaching Profession I and II, and Curriculum Coordinator, Washington Technology Magnet School
Tim Lehner, Teacher, UMTC Intermediate Spanish I and II, Burnsville High School
Sara Linde, Counselor, Richfield High School
Donald Liu, U of M Professor, CIS Faculty Coordinator, Applied Economics cohort
Kelly McQuillan, 9-12 District Program Facilitator, Minneapolis Public Schools and former CIS instructor
Becky Meyer, Executive Director, Academy of Sciences and Agriculture
Tom Michaels, U of M Professor and CIS faculty coordinator, Horticulture cohort
Greg Nelson, Principal, North Senior High School
Alyson Purdy, Teacher, UMTC Human Physiology, among other science courses, Hopkins High School
Darcy Schatz serves as a director on the Burnsville High School Board
Thomas Sharp, Teacher, UMTC Human Physiology, among other science courses, Eastview High School
Sue Staats, U of M Assistant Professor, CIS Faculty Coordinator, College Algebra through Modeling cohort
Chong Thao, Teacher, UMTC Introduction to Literature, among other English courses, Como Senior High School
Michael Tiffany, Teacher, UMTC Latin and Greek, and Director, Academics and Curriculum, Providence Academy
Jeff Vizenor, Principal, Jordan High School