dtei faculty fellows
The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation Faculty Fellows Program is an opportunity for faculty who are deeply invested in the success of their students. These individuals will serve as role models for their colleagues and will help DTEI to achieve its mission of supporting faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars in improving undergraduate education through developmental opportunities focused on integrating innovative, evidence-based teaching practices. Faculty Fellows:
Showcase their experience using technology-enhanced teaching in different modalities.
Share teaching excellence and inclusive course design practices for various modes of teaching.
Foster Active Learning
Facilitate active learning including the adoption of Canvas and external tools.
Offer Teaching Consultations
Provide peer consultations in pedagogical design and teaching innovation.
Support DTEI Initiatives
Facilitate and support DTEI programming and related initiatives.
Establish faculty learning communities (FLCs) and facilitate peer discussions around teaching.
The 2024 DTEI Faculty Fellows
Rachael M. Barry
Assistant Professor of Teaching
School of Biological Sciences
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Associate Professor of Teaching
School of Physical Sciences
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Assistant Professor of Teaching, School of Biological Sciences
Rachael Barry joined UCI as an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry in 2019. She teaches courses related to microbiology and biochemistry. Her research group aims to understand and improve student-faculty interactions as well as develop strategies to increase inclusion, accessibility, and student success. In addition to her research, she also creates curricula that integrate authentic research experiences in undergraduate teaching labs.
She is involved in a number of efforts related to undergraduate and graduate education and professional training. She is the Co-Director of the Microbiology and Immunology major, one of the specialized majors within the School of Biological Sciences. Rachael is also the Biological Sciences representative on UCI’s Subcommittee on Courses & Continuing, Part-Time, & Summer Session Education (SCOC). She is a co-advisor for Morning Sign Out at UCI, a student organization focused on biomedical science communications. At the graduate level, she serves as a mentor for Molecular Biology & Biochemistry PhD students supported a Department of Education GAANN Fellowship. Outside of UCI, she is the Secretary of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. She actively partners with DTEI and presents in various faculty development workshops where she shares teaching experience and resources to help other faculty members explore pedagogical innovations and effective teaching practices.
Associate Professor, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Stacy Branham is an Associate Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. Her goal as an educator is to create inclusive spaces where students are excited and empowered to learn skills that will advance social equity through computing.
She directs the INclusive Studio for Innovative Technology and Education (INsite), where her team investigates how technologies operate in social settings where one or more people have a disability, yielding actionable design guidance and proof of concept prototypes.
Stacy is also a founding member of UCI’s Accessibility Research Collective (ARC). Her efforts in promoting accessibility have been recognized as the recipient of the 2022 UCI Digital Accessibility Innovator Award and Virginia Tech Computer Science’s Distinguished Early Career Alumni Award.
Associate Professor of Teaching, School of Physical Sciences
Bob Pelayo is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Mathematics Department at UC Irvine. Much of his work focuses on creating effective curricular pathways and opportunities for students in mathematics while also optimizing student learning and engagement within individual classes. Currently, he has several external grants that help promote these efforts. His $1.4M BioCalculus Preparation, Engagement, and Application (BioCalc PEA) program, funded by the California Learning Lab, has allowed him and his team to restructure BioCalculus curricula at different universities throughout California. This work focuses on effective active learning practices in the BioCalculus classroom and creating open-resource curricula that genuinely bridges Biology & Mathematics. He is also part of the Noticing in Mathematics for Student Success NSF-funded grant that studies “teacher noticing” in UCI’s Introduction to Abstract Mathematics course (Math 13). He also helps run the Southern California Data Science Fellowship program, an NSF-funded REU that provides Data Science training and research experiences for undergraduates.
Bob also served as Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the UCI Mathematics department, and is the Data Science Faculty advisor. He was also a main author for the new AP PreCalculus course framework, and is the co-chair for the committee that writes and reviews questions for the AP exam.
Professor, Claire Trevor School of the Arts
David Trend is a Professor in the Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine. Before arriving at UC Irvine in 1997, Trend was dean of Creative Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA, where he developed multimedia partnerships with schools and corporations in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, Trend was graduate program coordinator in the Inter-Arts Center of San Francisco State University. During the past fifteen years, Trend has been a frequent consultant for foundations, state arts and humanities councils, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Trend’s teaching draws connections among the fields of cultural studies, critical pedagogy, and media analysis. Courses he has taught at UCI include Language and Vision in Everyday Life, A Culture Divided, Issues in Media Violence and Fear, Seminar in Cultural Activism and Radical Democracy, Issues in K-12 Education, and Media, Art, and Technology.
In recent years, David has played a vital role in supporting DTEI faculty development programs. He and Megan Linos, DTEI’s Director of Digital and Online Learning, received the 2022 Confronting Extremism through Community, Thriving and Wellness award, which supported 40+ faculty and graduate students cultivating a DEI-A culture in the classroom via the first Inclusive Teaching Institute in Spring 2023.
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