CITL Stakeholders

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The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning takes stakeholder input very seriously. Lining up our services with campus strategic planning efforts and receiving information from the various groups we serve are vital to achieving campus objectives. Our stakeholder groups also help CITL get the word out and ensure we're providing the entire campus with a comprehensive set of services to promote innovative teaching and learning across disciplines. 

CITL Faculty Fellows

The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning is piloting a new CITL Faculty Fellows program. A select cohort is has been asked to share their unique perspectives and academic interests by assisting CITL Staff in identifying faculty needs and reducing barriers to participation in CITL programs, workshops, and events. Supported by the Office of the Provost, CITL Faculty Fellows will receive a stipend to participate in monthly strategic planning sessions to develop new programs and initiatives in teaching, learning, and emerging technology. 
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Lawrence Angrave

Teaching Professor, Gies RC Evans Innovation Fellow

Dr. Angrave is a Teaching Professor with the Department of Computer Science. His interests include digital accessibility and how students can succeed in on-campus and online learning environments, especially underrepresented students. With live captioning during lecture, and online text-searchable videos, his ClassTranscribe project is helping all students be more effective learners. 

Emily Knox

Emily Knox

Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Knox is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences. Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. 

Leon Liebenberg

Leon Liebenberg

Teaching Associate Professor

Dr. Liebenberg is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He is passionate about multidisciplinary research, particularly in the fields of engineering education, energy engineering, and biomedical engineering. His university research currently focuses on the development of pedagogies of engagement and on education for sustainability. 

Shelley Schmidt

Shelly Schmidt

Professor of Food Chemistry; Director of Assessment for the Undergraduate Food Science Program

Dr. Schmidt is a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. As a researcher, she employs a wide array of strategies to characterize the physical and chemical properties of food materials to help the food industry, as well as consumers, produce safe, nutritious, and high-quality food products. As a teacher, she is devoted to helping students develop and mature as scientists and citizens that make a difference. Shelly is a University of Illinois Scholar, a University of Illinois Distinguished Teacher Scholar, and a charter member of both the College of Agriculture Academy of Teaching Excellence and the UIUC Campus Teaching Advancement Board.

CITL Graduate Affiliates

The CITL Graduate Affiliates are experienced Teaching Assistants with excellent teaching records who assist fellow TAs with their teaching development. The affiliates observe classes, collect and interpret student feedback, consult individually with fellow TAs, and offer workshops to a TA audience.
Leanna Duncan

Leanna Duncan

PhD candidate, History

Leanna Duncan is a PhD candidate in History finishing a dissertation about activism and education for disabled children in the early twentieth century US. As a graduate affiliate, she has worked on a diverse array of projects, from creating resources for using active learning classrooms to presenting workshops on ways to take discussion sections digital.

Devyn Shafer

Devyn Shafer

PhD candidate, Physics

Devyn Shafer is a PhD candidate in physics and a member of the physics education research group. Her work focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering. She has taught laboratory and discussion sections of the physics courses for both engineering and life sciences students and served as a mentor TA in the physics department. She is highly involved with Guidance for Physics Students, a grad-to-undergrad mentoring program in the physics department, and the Access Network, a coalition of similar programs across the country. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her dog and chickens.

Luzmarina Garcia

Luzmarina Garcia

PhD candidate, Political Science

Luzmarina Garcia is a political science doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are at the intersection of judicial and identity politics. She holds a master’s degree in political science from UIUC and a bachelor's degree in political science and communication studies from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has been an instructor for PS 201, PS 305, and PS224. She has also been a TA for PS 100, PS 101, PS 224, and PS 201 and a graduate assistant for five semesters.

Madhura Duttagupta

Madhura Duttagupta

PhD candidate, Cell and Developmental Biology

Madhura Duttagupta is a PhD candidate in Cell and Developmental Biology working on cytoskeletal dynamics. She is passionate about science education both in the classroom and in community outreach events. As a new Grad Affiliate she hopes to gain hands-on experience in practicing and producing effective teaching and learning strategies. Outside of work, she spends her time raising four adorable guinea pigs.

Ritvika Luthra

Ritvika Luthra

Master’s in Architecture

Ritvika Luthra is an architect by profession and is extremely passionate about teaching. She focuses on exploring the relationship between educational spaces and pedagogical strategies. Aiming at designing campuses that are sensitive to effective teaching, learning, and creating.  

Hannah Darcy

Hannah Darcy

PhD candidate, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Hannah is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior. She has served as a teaching assistant for five years across three universities, at East Tennessee State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and UIUC. She is passionate about helping graduate students take their engagement with students to the next level, and she hones her skills in her spare time at “PowerPoint parties” where friends present favorite topics and practice making eye-catching visuals