College Level One Team
Art Ellis, Team Leader
Arthur B. Ellis, a UW-Madison professor of Chemistry, leads the
Institute's College Level One efforts to reform math and science
education at the university level. He has received NSF funding in the
past to improve university courses in introductory chemistry and
received a 1994 Catalyst Award from the Chemical Manufacturers
Association for teaching excellence. In 1993 he helped develop a kit
for modeling solid-state structures for science and engineering
classes. He has researched the use of luminiscent sensors in
materials science and environmental monitoring.
Bob Mathieu, CL-1 Institute Director|
Robert D. Mathieu is a UW-Madison professor of astronomy. His
astronomical research involves the formation of stars, the evolution
of binary stars, and the dynamics of stellar clusters. He has
received NSF funding to develop computer-simulation astronomy labs
for introductory-level students. He is a member of the UW Teaching
Academy and a recipient of a UW Distinguished Teaching Award. Within
CL-1 his emphasis has been on the development of the CL-1
Gina Brissenden is the national education specialist for the American
Astronomical Society. She studies issues related to teaching introductory
astronomy at the university level, including alternative conceptions in
astronomy, gender equity in the science class, and progressive assessment.
In 1998 she received the Dr. Brenda Pfaehler Award of Excellence in
Fostering Student Learning.
Aaron M. Brower (Ph.D.; 1985, University of Michigan) is a Harold C.
Bradley Faculty Fellow and Professor of Social Work & Integrated
Liberal Studies at UW-Madison. His work focuses on college student
success and retention, and the development and evaluation of
undergraduate educational innovations. In the past few years, his
work has focused particularly on residential and non-residential
learning communities--instances of "integrative learning,"
where classroom and out-of-classroom experiences can be combined.
Ann B. Burgess is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
and the director of the Biology Core Curriculum, a four semester
intercollege honors program. She has a particular interest in laboratory
projects and other opportunities for students to work in small groups to
apply tools and concepts in realistic situations. Ann is a member of the
BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium and is the recipient of an undergraduate
teaching award from the Golden Key National Honor Society. Her role within
CL-1 began as the leader of the "Effective Practices"
project; this evolved
into the "Collaborative Learning" project.
Sue Daffinrud is a researcher at the Learning through Evaluation,
Adaptation, and Dissemination (LEAD) Center on the UW-Madison campus.
Her recent work has been in assessment, where she has evaluated the
Engineering Education Scholars Program (EESP) for the past two years
and has created a web site that implements the Student Assessment of
Learning Gains instrument created by Elaine Seymour. As a CL-1 team
member, she is co-developing the Course Goal Facilitor and created a
Classroom Assessment Technique tool database for the FLAG.
Kate Loftus Fahl
Kate Fahl, a university relations specialist at UW-Madison, serves as
the science writer for the Team and is responsible for translating
the ideas, papers, projects, and tools generated by the Institute
members into useful products for practitioner and lay audiences. As a
writer and editor, she has specialized in science and medicine,
developing and editing several national newsletters, working as a
freelance journalist, and most recently writing about technology
transfer at UW-Madison. She has also been an editor for a business
journal and served as a book editor and writing consultant.
Tony Jacob is the Associate Director of the Chemistry Learning Center
at UW-Madison. Tony has worked with undergraduate students in
chemistry for the past 14 years, is a Fellow of UW-Madison Teaching
Academy, and runs the chemistry and physics Peer Mentor Tutor
program. He has directored and supervised programs for students
underrepresented in the sciences, and has experience in the K-8
system. His academic interests focus on small group learning,
working with students underrepresented in the sciences, and
instructional technology. He has been the CL-1 website manager,
designer, and graphic artist. He also authored the Collaborative
Learning Techniques and More Info sections and provided input with
the FLAG development.
Cathy Middlecamp is the Director of the Chemistry Learning Center at
UW-Madison and teaches both general chemistry and a graduate seminar.
Over the past 20 years, she has designed, supervised and taught in
programs for students underrepresented in the sciences. Her
professional interests include supporting women in science, science
across cultures, and instructional technology. Currently, Cathy is
serving on several national advisory boards: American Association of
Colleges and Universities, Project Kaleidoscope, and Montana's Rural
Women and Girls in Science Project. She is the editor of a discovery
based laboratory project on the web, and on the editorial board to
prepare the 3rd edition of the ACS's Chemistry in Context.