17 Faculty Selected for First Cohort of Provost Teaching and Learning Fellows

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: This story was first published by the Center for Teaching and Learning. It has been adapted for the College of Sciences.  

Shatakshee Dhongde is looking forward to sharing what she’s learned over the past 10 years in higher education — not about sharing what she teaches, but about how she teaches.  

“Typically, faculty discuss teaching only when there is a problem, and they need to fix it,” said Dhongde, an assistant professor of Economics. “I think the big challenge is to encourage faculty to spend more time talking about what works or not in classrooms, and to think of ways in which they can help their colleagues become good teachers.”

Dhongde is one of 17 faculty selected for the Center for Teaching and Learning’s (CTL) new Provost Teaching and Learning Fellows program. The program is a partnership between CTL and the faculty of each of the colleges, with participants nominated by deans and department heads.  

Phil Ackerman, Greg Blekherman, and Tamara Bogdanovic are the inaugural fellows from the College of Sciences. 

“The fellows have a proven track record of being effective problem solvers within their own educational field,” said Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “By fostering communication among these professionals, we hope to facilitate intercollege collaboration and find innovative best practices directly from the experience of these faculty members.”

Each college has a minimum of two fellows, with additional fellows available for the larger colleges. These scholars will meet once a month over the next two years to discuss teaching and learning needs, mentorship, and dissemination of teaching and learning lessons, and techniques for wider use. Individual fellows will work closely with CTL to develop college-specific initiatives to address issues raised at the wider meetings.

“Faculty approaches to teaching tend to be discipline-specific,” said Joyce Weinsheimer, director of CTL. "If the Center for Teaching and Learning wants to have an impact on the quality of the learning environment at Georgia Tech, we must connect with our disciplinary colleagues. The Provost Teaching and Learning Fellows program has opened the door for such partnerships."

Congratulations to the following members of the inaugural class: 

College of Computing

  • Mark Guzdial, professor, Interactive Computing
  • Kishore Ramachandran, professor, Computer Science

College of Design

  • Julie Kim, associate professor, Architecture
  • Brian Stone, professor, City and Regional Planning

College of Engineering

  • Kevin Haas, associate professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Julie Linsey, associate professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Elliot Moore, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Science
  • Chris Muhlstein, associate professor, Material Science and Engineering
  • Marc Smith, professor, Mechanical Engineering

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

  • Richard Barke, associate professor, Public Policy
  • Shatakshee Dhongde, associate professor, Economics
  • Michael Wiedorn, associate professor, Modern Languages

College of Sciences

  • Phil Ackerman, professor, Psychology
  • Greg Blekherman, associate professor, Mathematics
  • Tamara Bogdanovic, assistant professor, Physics

Scheller College of Buisness

  • Karie Davis-Nozenmack, assistant professor, Law and Ethics
  • Debby Turner, associate professor, Accounting