Faculty Coordinators and Advisory Board

Faculty Coordinators

Jehanne Beaton Zirps

Education Specialist | Department of Curriculum and Instruction

CoordinatesExploring the Teaching Profession IExploring the Teaching Profession II 
Jehanne Beaton Zirps 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.

Rose Brewer

Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor | Afro-American and African Studies

CoordinatesIntroduction 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, University of Minnesota 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.

Kris Cory

Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of First-Year Writing | Department of Writing Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Co-coordinates: University Writing (WRIT 1301)
Kris Cory is Associate Director of First-Year Writing Teaching Excellence and Pedagogy. She is a senior lecturer at the University and has been teaching first-year writing, developing writing and writing-intensive courses, designing first-year programming, and supporting faculty and instructor capacity to effectively engage and support undergraduate students for 19 years.

Margaret Delehanty Kelly

Senior Teaching Specialist | Department of Family Social Science

CoordinatesAn 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.

Jan DeNoble

Teaching Specialist (Retired) | Department of Writing Studies

CoordinatesWriting 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.

Randy Fletcher

Associate Professor | Department of Psychology

CoordinatesIntroduction to Psychology
Randy Fletcher is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. He holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He conducts research on the psychological processes involved in understanding and remembering stories and other types of texts. He teaches The Psychology of Language, The Psychology of Paranormal Phenomena, and the Psychology Department's Honors Research Practicum. He also lectures on human memory and cognition in Introduction to Psychology.

Paul Haines

Visiting Professor | Physics and Astronomy

CoordinatesIntroductory College Physics I
Paul Haines earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Dartmouth College (1991).

Murray Jensen

Associate Professor | Department of Biology Teaching and Learning

CoordinatesPhysiology, 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. 

Timothy Johnson

Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor | Department of Political Science

CoordinatesAmerican 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.

Betsy Kerr

Associate Professor Emerita | Department of French and Italian

CoordinatesIntermediate French IIntermediate French II
Betsy Kerr is an associate professor emerita 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.

Amy Lee

Professor and Director of First-Year Writing Studies; Director of Faculty Engagement | Department of Writing Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Co-coordinates: University Writing (WRIT 1301)
Amy Lee came to the U of M to be part of the General College, whose mission of access, equity, and social justice resonated with her teaching and scholarship. Her four most recent books focus on intercultural pedagogy and engaging diversity in undergraduate education: Learning College (forthcoming); Teaching Interculturally (2017, Stylus); Engaging Dissonance (2017, Emerald); and Engaging Diversity in Undergraduate Classrooms (2012, ASHE). She has taught first-year writing and basic writing, US literature, multicultural literature, graduate teaching practicum, and doctoral seminars in critical and feminist pedagogy, composition theory, and research methods. She is a recipient of the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Distinguished Teaching Award and the University of Minnesota’s Morse Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

Donald Liu

Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor | Department of Applied Economics

CoordinatesPrinciples of MicroeconomicsPrinciples 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.

Sara Mack

Senior Lecturer | Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Coordinates: Intermediate Spanish I, Intermediate Spanish II
Sara Mack is 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. She is a member of the faculty advisory board for the College of Liberal Arts Career Readiness Initiative, the P&A Women's Council, and the Women's Faculty Cabinet. Her areas of interest include internationalized teaching and learning, multicultural inclusive design, sociophonetics, and learning and memory.

Fumiko Matsumoto

Senior Teaching Specialist | Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

CoordinatesBeginning Japanese IBeginning Japanese II
Fumiko Matsumoto is a senior teaching specialist in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. A native speaker of Japanese, Matsumoto is teaching beginning Japanese at the University of Minnesota. She has taught Japanese in schools in Japan.

Toni McNaron

Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita | English Department

CoordinatesIntroduction 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. Along with Professor Carol Miller, 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.

Lisa Norling

Associate Professor Emerita | Department of History

Coordinates: Authority and Rebellion: America History to 1865Global 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.

Diane Odash

Senior Teaching Specialist | Department of Communication Studies

CoordinatesIntroduction 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.

William Robbins

Professor | Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

CoordinatesEnergy, 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 Associate Department Head from 2007-17. 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.

Jonathan Rogness

Assistant Professor | School of Mathematics

CoordinatesCSE 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.

Kyle Rozeboom

Lecturer | Department of Animal Science

Co-coordinatesIntroduction 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.

Tony Seykora

Professor | Department of Animal Science

Co-coordinatesIntroduction 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.

Stephen Smith

Senior Lecturer | Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies

CoordinatesClassical Greek IClassical Greek IIIntermediate Latin ProseIntermediate 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.

Susan Staats

Associate Professor | Department of Curriculum and Instruction

CoordinatesCollege 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.

Ginny Steinhagen

Senior Lecturer | Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch

CoordinatesIntermediate German IIntermediate German II
Ginny Steinhagen is a senior lecturer in the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch and has her PhD 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 Sprünge second-year German course materials.

Bhaskar Upadhyay

Associate Professor | Department of Curriculum and Instruction

CoordinatesPhysics 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.

Andrew Zieffler

Senior Lecturer | Department of Educational Psychology

Coordinates: Basic and Applied Statistics

Andrew Zieffler is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in the Quantitative Methods in Education program within the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in statistics and trains and supervises graduate students in statistics education. In a previous life he taught mathematics and A.P. Statistics at ROCORI High School in Cold Spring, MN.

He has authored several papers and book chapters related to statistics education and has been a co-PI on many NSF-funded statistics education research projects. Additionally, Andrew has coauthored two textbooks that serve as an introduction to modern statistical and computational methods for students in the educational and behavioral sciences. He currently serves as coeditor of the journal Technology Innovations in Statistics Education and as a member of the Research Advisory Board for the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE).

Zhen Zou

Education Specialist | Department of Asian Languages and Literatures

CoordinatesBeginning Modern Chinese IBeginning Modern Chinese IIIntermediate Modern Chinese IIntermediate 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.

Advisory Board

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