2021 Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellows

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Interim Provost Wendy Samter are pleased to announce the 2021 CTE Faculty Fellows. Their work will span the Academic Years 2021-2022 to support Bryant’s mission of academic excellence. 

Allison Butler

Allison Butler is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Bryant IDEA Program. Her research focuses on learning and cognition in K-12 populations, environmental influences on children, and higher education pedagogy. Her Fellowship interests include research into effective Teaching & Learning Policies, Pedagogies for an Inclusive Classroom, and Interdisciplinarity.

Charlie Cullinan

Charlie is a Professor of Accounting whose teaching and research interests include corporate governance and risk management. As a Fellow, Charlie is interested in differentiated instruction and personalized learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and strategies for creating an inclusive classroom.

Ryan Marnane

Ryan is a Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies with interests in interdisciplinary pedagogies both within and outside the classroom setting. As a Fellow, Ryan will pursue his work on furthering inclusive and equitable orientations toward instruction and the assessment of student work.

Gao Niu

Gao Niu is Assistant Professor of Mathematics whose research interests span Big Data, Predictive Analytics, and Actuarial Science. He is interested in helping faculty develop inclusive classroom practices with a focus on helping international students engage fully in the the academic classroom experience.

Dirk Primus

Dirk is Associate Professor of Management whose scholarly interests include Creativity Management and Emerging Market Strategies. His Fellowship initiatives include sharing his expertise in Mind Mapping tools, agile classroom technologies such as ambulatory teaching from a tablet, and measuring improvement in critical thinking skills.

Joan Zaretti

Joan is a Lecturer of English and Cultural Studies with teaching and research interests in world music, music education, and creativity and the arts. As a Fellow she wants to promote designs and practices for creating an inclusive syllabus, and how to incorporate creativity in classroom pedagogies.

Cathy Zheng

Cathy is Assistant Professor of Finance with scholarly interests in international and corporate finance. As a Fellow, she is developing effective pedagogies for incorporating experiential learning using interdisciplinary concepts and strategies.

About the CTE Fellows Program

CTE Faculty Fellows support Bryant’s mission of Academic Excellence by increasing the capacity of the CTE to carry out existing and expanded activities while engaging in professional development in collaboration with faculty colleagues. Through inquiry and exploration of new pedagogical practices in their own classes, they create new educational development opportunities and resources to support teaching excellence among colleagues. See full program details here