About CET&L, A Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Our Staff

Bryan Robert Smith

Bryan Robert Smith, Director

480DA Langsam Library

MFA, Creative Writing, University of Florida
PhD, English & Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati

Within Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Bryan directs strategic vision and planning for CET&L, and is ultimately responsible for CET&L programming. In particular, he co-chairs the eLearning Strategic Planning Committee; he co-chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Committee's workgroup for Faculty Development; he runs workshops on teaching and learning; he co-facilitates the Junior Faculty Learning Community; he serves on the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Council, the General Education committee, IT@UC Governance committee, the Experiential Learning Council, the Course Evaluation committee, and as advisor to the Provost's Academic Committee in support of academic program outcomes assessment. In addition, he is available to consult with academic departments on issues of teaching, learning, program assessment, and curricula.


Kimber Andrews, Ed.D.

Kimber Andrews, Assistant Director

480 Langsam Library

MFA, Dance, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
PhD, Education, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

At CET&L, Kimber directs efforts related to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and supports faculty to create inclusive learning environments accessible to diverse learners.  She facilitates the UDL Faculty Learning Community and assists Anna Donnell with the Active Learning Classroom Fellows Program.  She is available for individual and group consultations.

Kimber’s research interests include arts based inquiry, performance ethnography, reflective practice, and the aesthetic, experimental, and embodied aspects of teaching and learning.  In particular, she explores the relationship between curricular design and how it is orchestrated and embodied in the classroom space.

 Kimber has designed and taught classes in composition (video, dance and writing), dance technique and dance history.  Before coming to academia, she was a touring dance artist and brought meaningful experiences with the arts into schools and communities throughout the Midwest.

Kimber is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Education and the Arts, and has presented her research at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, the International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry, and Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures.  She was the lead interviewer for the NSF study Educate to Innovate and presented findings at the American Society for Engineering Education conference.


Anna Donnell

Anna Donnell, Assistant Director

480 Langsam Library

BA, Chemistry (ACS-certified), St. Anselm College
PhD ABD, Chemistry, University of Cincinnati

At CET&L, Anna directs efforts related to course design and innovative pedagogy. Currently, Anna is developing the New Faculty Learning Community with Director Bryan Smith and creating workshop programming to enhance the teaching practices of instructors at UC. In addition, she serves as advisor to UC’s Graduate Assistants for Teaching Enhancement (GATE) student organization. Anna is available for individual and group consultations for faculty to develop personalized strategies that improve student success in the classroom.

Anna’s background in analytical chemistry includes trace metal analysis, speciation, and metalloproteomics with a focus on environmental and health applications. In the classroom, her research and teaching interests include student misconceptions, reasoning, metacognition, STEM courses, large enrollment courses, and the ability to connect the classroom experience with the greater world. As part of the Department of Chemistry at UC, she taught General Chemistry and contributed to the undergraduate program by improving the Instrumental Laboratory Course by creating a more consistent grading rubric and designing a new experiment using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). In addition, she was a member of the Graduate Association of Teaching Enhancement for three years and led the group as vice-president with a record 17 workshops supporting graduate student teaching throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. She designed and presented 7 of the workshops, many of which were new additions to the programming.


Beth Faller

S. Elisabeth (Beth) Faller, Assistant Director

480 Langsam Library

BA, History, Boston University
EdM, Language & Literacy, Harvard Graduate School of Education
EdD, Human Development & Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

At CET&L, Beth directs efforts related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), including facilitating a SoTL-focused Faculty Learning Community and developing support for scholars engaged in the writing stage of SoTL. She also creates workshop programming and is available for individual and group consultations.

Beth’s research and teaching interests include reading and writing instruction, developing self-regulated learners, adult learning, and understanding the individual and organizational factors that influence efforts to change instruction. Her experience in the field of education includes teaching, curriculum design, teacher professional development, and program evaluation.

Beth has developed and taught courses in both university and Adult Basic Education settings. She recently taught graduate-level courses for teachers on sociolinguistics and bilingual education and writing development and instruction, as well as a course to help K-12 school leaders understand contrasting models of literacy reform.

Beth’s scholarly work has appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, and Preventing School Failure. She has also presented her research at professional conferences including the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association and Council for Exceptional Children and the Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning. Additionally, she has written teaching cases for the Public Education Leadership Project, a joint initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School.


Pat Reid

Pat Reid, Assistant Director

480 Langsam Library

MEd, Adult Education, Cleveland State University
EdD, Adult Education, Nova Southeastern University

Pat has two roles in the University: one as the Assistant Director of Integrated Instruction at CET&L and the other as Director of Instructional Innovation within IT@UC. Her research interests focus on faculty use of instructional pedagogies and technologies and barriers to adoption. Her articles have appeared in EDUCAUSE Review, Education and Information Technologies and elsewhere. She is a frequent presenter at EDUCAUSE Learning Initiatives and Midwest Regional EDUCAUSE Conferences as well as other conferences.

Pat works within CET&L and the Center for Excellence in eLearning (CEeL) in IT@UC to coordinate efforts and recommend new approaches to faculty use of instructional technologies. As a faculty developer she uses her expertise to shape programs while integrating current research to better support faculty adoption of innovative and effective tools.

Within CEeL Pat directs a team of instructional designers who support faculty efforts across UC, working closely with college Instructional Design teams. She serves as the co-chair of the Instructional Design/Pedagogy Governance Subcommittee of the eLearning Governance Committee and is a member of the eLearning Strategic Planning Committee and its eLearning Mission/Vision working group.


Brenda L. Browning, Program Manager

480 Langsam Library

BA, Professional Communications, Valley City State University

Most recently Brenda was the Assistant Director of Administration and Project Management at University of Maryland University College. There she oversaw and managed the various Administrative, Human Resource, Facilities, Marketing, Travel and IT responsibilities for several key departments.  She organized the incoming flow of work for three key departments. Supervised an administrative coordinator, organized office operations and developed office procedures and protocols. Browning controlled the fiscal management and procurement for the Office of Student Accounts and the University’s PeopleSoft upgrade project which resulted in the 36 million dollar project completed on time and budget. In addition, she was instrumental in the development of the initial budget and start-up of the UMUC Student Service Call Center.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a specialized and diverse group of UC researchers and instructors who provides strategic direction for CET&L.