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DTEI MISSION STATEMENT

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is dedicated to partnering and fostering community with faculty, graduate students, and postdocs to maximize students’ academic success through inclusive excellence. We accomplish this by cultivating equitable learning environments across campus through pedagogical development opportunities focused on integrating innovative, evidence-based, and inclusive teaching practices. DTEI’s goals align with the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (OVPTL) and Pillar 2 and 4 of the UCI Strategic Plan:

  1. Enhance pedagogical training for faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff by providing and developing certification, teaching assistant training, and fellowship programs.
  2. Partner with campus researchers to collect and disseminate data on evidence-based practices that the campus community can use to improve equity and student success.
  3. Promote equitable digital learning through evidence-based course design and utilization of digital technologies by the UCI community.
  4. Coordinate efforts to systematically align campus learning environments with current and emerging educational practices to maximize student success.
  5. Evaluate the impact of DTEI programs and campus learning environments on both students and instructors, utilizing assessment data to further improve equitable teaching and learning on campus.

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Resources for Students for 2021-22 School Year

Resources for Students for 2021-22 School Year

Our DTEI Graduate Fellows have created a resources page to help undergraduate students navigate the upcoming academic year. Topics include COVID-related resources, mental health resources, and campus information to assist in students’ return to campus. This page was created by Ian Baran, Morgan Coburn, Helen Meskhidze, and Anat Schwartz. The …
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Teaching Experiment Academy Transforms STEM Education by Re-Envisioning Grading Structures to Enhance Learning

Teaching Experiment Academy Transforms STEM Education by Re-Envisioning Grading Structures to Enhance Learning

While the concept of “grades” was introduced during the Industrial Revolution, the way we think about grades and grading has changed very little since then. Most notably, grades continue to have the unfortunate effect of training student attention to the grades themselves rather than on the act of learning. As …
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Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation Director’s Blog Offers Teaching Topics and Resources

Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation Director’s Blog Offers Teaching Topics and Resources

In October 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, Andrea Aebersold found herself looking for a more meaningful way to connect with colleagues. As the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation’s (DTEI) Director of Faculty Development, she wanted a way to offer much-needed support to UCI faculty as they adapted …
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OUR STAFF

Brian Sato

Brian Sato

DTEI Associate Dean, Professor of Teaching, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
PhD, Cell Biology
bsato@uci.edu
(949) 824-0661
Andrea Aebersold

Andrea Aebersold

Director, Faculty Instructional Development
 
PhD, English
andrea.aebersold@uci.edu
(949) 824-0347
Daniel Mann

Daniel Mann

Director, Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Instructional Development
PhD, Cognitive Science
dmann@uci.edu
(949) 824-0117
Mathew Williams

Mathew Williams

Principal Analyst, Learning Environments
EdD, Higher Education Administration
mathew.williams@uci.edu
(949) 824-3717
Megan Linos

Megan Linos

Director, Learning Experience Design & Online Education
M.S., Instructional Technology
wlinos@uci.edu
(949) 824-9405
Iain Grainger

Iain Grainger

Director, UCI Media and OVPTL Communications
B.A., Communication Processes
grainger@uci.edu
(949) 824-7331
Kameryn Denaro

Kameryn Denaro

Project Scientist
 
PhD, Computational Science
kdenaro@uci.edu
(949) 824-1398
Elizabeth Park

Elizabeth Park

Postdoctoral Scholar
 
PhD, Urban Education Policy
 
liz.park@uci.edu
Veronika Rozhenkova

Veronika Rozhenkova

Postdoctoral Scholar
 
PhD, Social Sciences and Comparative Education
vrozhenk@uci.edu
Josh Arimond

Josh Arimond

Lead Coordinator, Certificated Learning Assistants Program
M.A., Education
 
jarimond@uci.edu
(949) 824-1134
Janet Divincenzo

Janet Divincenzo

Instructional Designer
 
M.A., Latin American Studies
 
jdivince@uci.edu
(949) 824-1058
Bo Choi

Bo Choi

Instructional Designer
 
bo.choi@uci.edu
(949) 824-2886
Shu Fen (Fannie) Tsai

Shu Fen (Fannie) Tsai

Instructional Designer
 
shufent@uci.edu
(949) 824-3809
Natalie Hadland

Natalie Hadland

Digital Media Producer
 
nparedes@uci.edu
(949) 824-5331
Jennifer Foung

Jennifer Foung

Instructional Designer
 
jfoung@uci.edu
Kailey Baez

Kailey Baez

Instructional Designer
 
kaileyb@uci.edu
(949) 824-9228
Matthew Mahavongtrakul

Matthew Mahavongtrakul

Postdoctoral Scholar
PhD, Biological Sciences
mmahavon@uci.edu
Ashley Hooper

Ashley Hooper

Postdoctoral Scholar
PhD, Urban & Environmental Planning & Policy
amhooper@uci.edu
Mayank Verma

Mayank Verma

Program Coordinator
B.A., Film and Media Studies
mayankv@uci.edu

Joy Jia

Joy Jia

Web Designer
M.S., Information Sciences
xjia2@uci.edu
(949) 824-1372
Hai Truong

Hai Truong

Marketing Strategist, OVPTL Communications
B.A., English
hai.t@uci.edu
(949) 824-4653
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