Mary-Ann Winkelmes
Mary-Ann Winkelmes, PhD
Executive Director

Mary-Ann Winkelmes is the executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, where her aim is to promote teaching and learning initiatives, student success, faculty development, and instructional research across the university’s academic and service units.

Winkelmes has held senior leadership roles in the campus teaching centers at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and 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 2019 book, "Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership."

Winkelmes advocates her view that research, teaching, and learning are best practiced as a unified enterprise that benefits students and society in An Illinois Sampler: Teaching and Research on the Prairie. Winkelmes has also published book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on college teaching and learning and 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.

Winkelmes holds a PhD from Harvard University.

Brad Wheeler
Brad Wheeler, PhD
Associate Director

Brad Wheeler is the associate director for the Center for Teaching and Learning. He provides campus support for faculty development, graduate student development and Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) initiatives.

Brad developed his expertise in supporting inclusive teaching, active learning, and evidence-based practices through his work at the teaching and learning centers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Boston University. He has extensive experience providing individualized consultations, workshops, seminars, and institutes designed to promote reflection and experimentation in teaching. He has also worked on general education reform.

Regionally and nationally, Brad is involved in faculty development leadership. He served as chair of the Professional Organizational Development (POD) Network’s Teaching with Technology Special Interest Group and locally, and he is a Board member for the New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC). Brad’s teaching experience includes graduate and undergraduate courses in educational theory and first-year experience.

Brad conducts research in active learning classrooms (ALCs), faculty development, and education technology using participatory action research methods.

Brad holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Audrey Aduama
Audrey Aduama, MEd

Audrey Aduama is the office manager at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Audrey has extensive experience in higher education administration, both at Tufts University and at Northeastern University's Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research. She has worked closely with faculty, deans, staff and students in all aspects of the work of a large center for teaching and learning, and she is an ideal partner to support our CTL's growth and expansion of services.

Audrey holds an MEd in higher education administration from Northeastern University.

Anahita Zare
Anahita Zare is the Brandeis MRSEC Director of Education, Outreach, and Diversity where she works to integrate materials science research and education at the K12, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc levels. Anahita supports the Center for Teaching and Learning’s (CTL) with science education and assessment efforts. Anahita has extensive experience in education, both at MIT and the University of Missouri.  Anahita holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri, where her research focused on  emerging techniques for analyzing membrane protein structure in near-native environments which is important for membrane protein related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.