New Executive Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning, Mary-Ann Winkelmes

Feb. 22, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to welcome Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes as our inaugural executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.  In this role she will promote teaching and learning initiatives, student success, faculty development, and instructional research across the University’s academic and service units. 

Dr. Winkelmes has held senior leadership roles in the campus teaching centers at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois and most recently the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and she has offered instruction as a member of history and art history departments at most of those institutions. She has consulted and provided professional development programming for faculty through the Lilly Endowment’s higher education grant-making and teacher-training programs, and for teaching centers in the US and abroad. She has also served as a senior fellow of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, an executive board member of Nevada Humanities and as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Development Network in Higher Education (POD), and Chair of its Research Committee.

Her work to improve higher education learning and teaching, especially for historically underserved students, has been recognized nationally by the Chronicle of Higher Education and with the POD Network’s Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development. She founded and directs the Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Project (TILT Higher Ed), which promotes direct conversation between teachers and students about methods of teaching and learning and helps faculty to share data on students’ learning across institutions and countries. The impact of this project on students’ learning has been the focus of publications in the National Teaching and Learning Forum, Project Information Literacy, the National Education Association’s Higher Education Advocate, and AAC&U’s Liberal Education and Peer Review, as well as the soon to be published 2019 book, Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership.  Dr. Winkelmes has also published on the history of art and architecture in Renaissance Italy, Benedictine church design and decoration, acoustics, and religious architecture. She has received numerous teaching awards as well as grants for her art historical research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Kress, Delmas, and Mellon foundations. She holds a PhD from Harvard University in the History of Art and Architecture, an MA in the History of Art from Yale University, and a B.A. from Wellesley College.

Please join me in welcoming Mary-Ann to Brandeis and don’t hesitate to stop by and introduce yourself to her at the Center for Teaching and Learning on Farber 2 in the Library.

Best regards,


Lisa M. Lynch, Provost