Scholars

CTL Scholars lend their disciplinary expertise to faculty development programs. They are leading scholars in their fields who are also recognized for their success in teaching.

The CTL Scholars offer:

The Scholars maintain confidentiality as recommended in the POD Network Ethical Guidelines for faculty development. Your interactions with CTL Scholars are not connected to promotion or tenure review. If you wish, you may document your interactions as evidence of your own teaching development for later use in your promotion portfolio.

Meet With a CTL Scholar

Aparna Baskaran
Aparna Baskaran
Department of Physics Undergraduate Advising Head
Associate Professor of Physics

Aparna Baskaran is a physicist whose scholarship focuses on understanding emergent phenomena in nonequilibrium systems in general and the light this understanding can shed on biological function. She teaches courses across the undergraduate and graduate physics curriculum. Aparna is happy to talk about all things teaching and learning, with particular topics including assessment of student learning, active learning strategies and enhancement of student engagement in the quantitative sciences.

Susan Birren
Susan Birren
Zalman Abraham Kekst Chair in Neuroscience

Susan Birren is a neuroscientist who teaches in classroom and laboratory settings. In her work as a dean and within the Biology department she has been involved in changes to general education, faculty mentoring and faculty diversity. She offers expertise in work/life balance, research engagement, collaborative research projects, and peer observation of teaching.

Joel Christensen
Joel Christensen
Department of Classics Chair
Associate Professor of Classical Studies

Joel Christensen teaches and writes on ancient Greek language and literature. As an educator, he has experience teaching diverse student populations at other institutions using multiple types of pedagogy including foreign language, large lecture classrooms, seminar facilitation, and mentoring for long term research and writing. Joel also has experience in educational assessment design and reporting at a large public university. He is happy to talk about everything from intentional course design to lesson planning and class management.

Deborah Garnick
Deborah Garnick
Professor, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Deborah Garnick teaches in the doctoral and executive education programs at the Heller School and Health: Science, Society and Policy for undergraduates. She is pleased to share her experience in two areas: logistics and relationship building. The logistical challenge requires building an organized syllabus to guide students through a swath of material, developing and evaluating assignments, sometimes directing teaching assistants, and communicating content (including active learning approaches and collaborative projects).

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld
Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld
Professor, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is a social scientist who is committed to interactive learning and high levels of feedback to drive continuous improvement in teaching. He approaches classroom teaching with the same focus and precision used in executive education.

Carina Ray
Carina Ray
Harry Coplan Chair of Social Sciences
Associate Professor in African and African American Studies

Carina Ray is an associate professor of African and African-American Studies and Director of Faculty Mentoring. Her scholarship focuses on race and sexuality; comparative colonialisms and nationalisms; migration and maritime history; print cultures; bodily aesthetics, and the relationship between race, ethnicity, and political power. Part of her focus as a CTL Scholar is supporting faculty of color at Brandeis to navigate the politics of race, gender, and power in the classroom.

Rajesh Sampath
Rajesh Sampath
Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights, and Social Change

Rajesh Sampath teaches in the Heller School's MA program in sustainable international development and the PhD program in social policy. His pedagogy focuses on maximizing equity and inclusion with an attention to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, immigrant identities and intersectionality in complex teaching environments that are domestically and internationally diverse. He focuses on both content and delivery.

Aida Yuen Wong
Aida Yuen Wong
Nathan Cummings and Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Chair in Fine Arts
Professor of Fine Arts, and East Asian Studies

Aida Yuen Wong teaches Asian art history with a focus on transcultural modernity and international exchanges. Her courses cover ancient to contemporary periods, on such subjects as ceramics, calligraphy, painting, and house and garden design. She is interested in applying art and academic pursuits to the everyday experience. She seeks to find work/life balance, and welcomes conversations about all matters of teaching and learning.