STELAR Faculty Fellows (2016-2017)

Lynn Stansberry-Brusnahan

Lynn Stansberry BrushnahanL. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan is an associate professor and a 2016-2017 faculty fellow in technology at the University of St. Thomas. In 2014, she received an international Blackboard “Exemplary Course” award which represents significant achievements in outstanding online course design. In 2012, she was recognized as the Autism Society Professional of the Year. She has a Ph.D. In Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a focus in Exceptional Education. At UST, she coordinates the autism spectrum disorders program in the Department of Teacher Education.  She has served on the Autism Society of America National Board and on the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities Board. She has been appointed by two Governor’s to serve on Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities and serves on the advisory board for the Minnesota Life College. Her goal in life is to make a difference in the field of ASD.

Lynn will work closely with the AVP of Academic Technology and the Director of Faculty Development to provide leadership and vision, while contributing to promote creative and effective technology-enhanced instruction at St. Thomas.

Chientzu CANDACE Chou‌

Chientzu CANDACE Chou is an associate professor of Learning Technology at the Department of Teacher Education at the College of Education, Leadership, and Counseling. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar (2015-16).  She has been designing and implementing online and blended learning for two decades. She has taught courses on Adult Learning, Instructional Design for E-Learning, Online Teaching and Evaluation, Immersive learning Through Virtual Worlds, Principles of Educational Research, and Use of Technology for Instruction.

She is a STELAR faculty fellow for academic technology. Her main responsibilities with STELAR are facilitating the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) monthly workshops, providing one-to-one consultation to faculty, and being an advocate for technology-enriched instruction.

Uta Wolfe

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Uta Wolfe is a STELAR faculty fellow for the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). She leads a faculty learning community for those interested in conducting and publishing SoTL projects. Next semester, she will give a Faculty Development workshop on basic SoTL design and implementation issues. She is also available for individual mentoring for those interested in SoTL.

She has developed several hybrid classes as well as online and computer-based activities for face-to-face classes that she tested and disseminated. For example, she developed a series of computer-based neuroscience labs for a course that would otherwise rely solely on lecture. The labs were shown to significantly improve both course ratings and student performance (Wolfe, 2009; Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education). More recently, she developed an online ‘Environmental Neuroscience Module’’ for a psychology class. The module increased students’ pro-environmental attitudes as well as their knowledge of environmental issues.