USM Course Redesign Faculty Fellow 2012 - 2013

Jennifer L. Hearne, Ph.D.  University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Jennifer earned her B.S. in Chemistry (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (1999) and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Delaware (2006).

Jennifer returned to UMES, in the fall of 2006, as a faculty member in Department of Natural Sciences' Chemistry Group. Coincidentally, this was the semester the Call to Participate in the Maryland Course Redesign Initiative was solicited.

Jennifer is actively engaged in biomedical research pertaining to leishmaniasis, the second most deadly parasitic protozoan disease. She also serves as the Co-Director of the UMES Minority Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research and the Minority Biomedical Research Support - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Programs, Director of the UMES American Chemical Society Project SEED and Chemistry Group Leader.

In August 2010, Jennifer was invited to serve as a National Center for Academic Transformation Course Redesign Scholar.

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Ronald L. Gutberlet, Jr., Ph.D.  Salisbury University
Ron earned his B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland College Park (1988) and both his M.S. in Biology (1993) and his Ph.D. in Quantitative Biology (1998) from the University of Texas at Arlington. Ron is Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Salisbury University. He has taught introductory biology for almost 20 years to both majors and non-majors and has also taught courses in Herpetology, Ornithology, Vertebrate Natural History, Comparative Vertebrate Biology, and Phylogenetic Systematics. Ron is an evolutionary biologist with a special interest in the natural history and classification of reptiles and amphibians.

Eileen Liscik O'Brien, PhD, RN.  University of Maryland Baltimore County
Eileen earned her BS in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh (1973) and her MA, MS and PhD in Psychology (1987) from the Catholic University of America. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship (1990) at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a national policy fellowship with the Administration for Children and Families (1998) in Washington, DC. She has taught in both Nursing and Psychology programs for over 25 years. She has taught introductory psychology for 20 years to both majors and non-majors, and has taught courses in developmental psychology, child welfare, health psychology, gender, and policy. She is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and an Affiliate Associate Professor in Gender and Women's Studies. Eileen is a developmental psychologist and a nurse with experience in evaluation of programs serving children and families.

Megan E. Bradley, Ph.D.  Frostburg State University
Megan earned her B.A. in Psychology from Shippensburg University (1992), her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University (1994), and her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (1998). Megan is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Frostburg State University (FSU). She has designed two introductory psychology courses (one for majors, one for non-majors) for University of Maryland University College and regularly teaches courses in developmental psychology, history of psychology, exceptional children, and advance topics in child psychology. She has been principle investigator for several grants, including a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation. Honors and awards include the FSU Achievement Award in Professional Development (2009), University System of Maryland Regent's Award in Teaching (2010), and Course Redesign Scholar from the National Center for Academic Transformation (2010).

Raouf N. Boules, Ph.D.  Towson University
Raouf earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1976, and an M.S. in Mathematics in 1982 both from Alexandria University, Egypt. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering (signal processing and communications) in 1989 from The Catholic University of America.

Raouf is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Towson University where he also serves as the Chairperson of the department. Raouf's research interests lie in the areas of signal processing, electromagnetic signals, and the integration of Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) in the mathematics classroom.

Marguerite Weber  University of Baltimore
Marguerite Weber is the Director of Student Academic Affairs and Academic Initiatives at the University of Baltimore (UB), where she provides leadership for retention research and related initiatives, course redesign work, developmental studies, and early college/dual enrollment programs. She also serves as an affiliated Associate Professor of English at UB. Prior to her work at UB, Marguerite was the AVP of Learning/Dean of Arts and Sciences at Frederick Community College. She co-chaired the statewide committee to create the Associate of Arts in Teaching English degree and served on the statewide steering committee for AAT degrees in other subjects. As the Dean of Academic Services at SUNY-Oneonta, she oversaw developmental studies, academic resources, international education, instructional technology, dual enrollment programs, and summer school. Full-time faculty positions have included serving as an Assoc. Professor of Reading and English, Harrisburg Area Community College; Asst. Professor of English, Anne Arundel Community College; Lecturer of English, East Carolina University. Marguerite earned a Doctor of Arts in Education and English from George Mason University; a Certificate of Graduate student in Institutional Research from Penn State; an MA.Ed. in Adult Education and a certificate of advanced graduate study (CAGS) in Composition and Rhetoric, both from East Carolina University, and an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied as a recipient of the Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities. Her B.A. degree, in Literature, is from the American University. She has published articles on computer-mediated teaching and learning and has delivered many regional and national presentations on learning outcome assessment, student success, and developmental pedagogy.