Center for Teaching Excellence New Fellows
Bryant’s Center for Teaching Excellence has announced six inaugural Faculty Fellows for 2020. Appointed by the Provost for a one-year term, Fellows from the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences represent a broad diversity of interests and were chosen for their disciplinary expertise, academic accomplishments, and commitment to teaching excellence.  

Center for Teaching Excellence announces inaugural Faculty Fellows
Feb 12, 2020, by Staff Writer

SMITHFIELD, RI – Bryant’s Center for Teaching Excellence has announced six inaugural Faculty Fellows for 2020. Appointed by the Provost for a one-year term, Fellows from the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences represent a broad diversity of interests and were chosen for their disciplinary expertise, academic accomplishments, and commitment to teaching excellence.  

The Center, established in fall 2019 with a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, develops programs and initiatives to facilitate growth opportunities, advance academic excellence, and enhance teaching effectiveness.

“Academic excellence and innovation are enduring core values and strategic priorities at Bryant,” says Glenn M. Sulmasy, J.D. LL.M., Provost and Chief Academic Officer. “We recognize the powerful impact faculty have on student outcomes. Effective teaching is a primary measure of success, and it is a key factor in attracting the best faculty to Bryant.”

The Inaugural Faculty Fellows are:

From the College of Arts and Sciences: Ilisabeth Bornstein, J.D., M.P.P., Lecturer in Legal Studies; Ella Rachel Browning, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English and Cultural Studies; and Richard Holtzman, Ph.D., Professor of Politics and Law.

From the College of Business: Mary Ella Gainor, M.B.A., Senior Lecturer of Accounting; Michael Roberto, D.B.A., Trustee Professor of Management and Director of Bryant’s Center for Program Innovtion; and Hakan Saraoglu, Ph.D., Professor of Finance.

“The Center is dedicated to fostering an environment that values and nurtures peer support,” says Ed Kairiss, Ph.D., director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development and Innovation. “I look forward to working with the new Fellows and all faculty to develop and share best practices for effective teaching and optimal learning and outcomes.”

About the Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence supports all disciplines in accessing comprehensive and cohesive resources advance Bryant’s educational mission. The goals of the Center are: 

  • Support Bryant’s community of scholars, in which faculty learn from and support one another.

  • Provide professional development programs that will foster the University’s growing culture of creativity and innovation across disciplines.

  • Identify and promote standards of teaching excellence with clear measures for success such as student engagement, collaborations with faculty and peers, and mastery of the subject matter.

  • Assessment of performance outcomes, and opportunities for improvement that will ensure continuous growth and commitment to excellence.

The Center for Teaching Excellence is funded by a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation. The Davis Educational Foundation, established as a public charitable foundation in 1985, supports the undergraduate programs of public and private, regionally accredited, baccalaureate degree granting colleges and universities throughout the six New England states. Elisabeth K. Davis and Stanton W. Davis co-founded the foundation after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.

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For 157 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. Bryant delivers an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education that inspires students to excel. With approximately 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students from 38 states and 53 countries, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, and Barron's. Visit www.Bryant.edu

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