Laurah Lukin, Assistant Director

Langsam Library, Room 480
2911 Woodside Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Areas of Responsibility

  • UC Academic Program Assessment Strategy
  • New Faculty Institute
  • CET&L Program Assessment
  • New Chair Leadership Institute
  • Assessment Consultations


Professional Summary

Laurah's research and teaching interests are integrative and merge human behavior, biological anthropology and endocrinology. She is in the process of publishing her dissertation research, which examines evolutionary discordance in dietary fat, exercise, reproduction and breast cancer in modern, industrialized women. During Turner’s graduate career she pursued teaching and learning opportunities around the world, in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms. She works to develop and employ evidence based, methodological approaches to faculty development and assessment that can easily adapt and supports the dynamic and interactive environment of modern higher education.

As Assistant Director for CET&L, Laurah designs and facilitates faculty development programs, and training aligned with institutional initiatives. She conducts continuous full-circle assessment of center activities including workshops, institutes, consultations, and IRB approved research. Turner works with faculty across disciplines on program, course and other pedagogically related assessment design and strategies. She also supervises Graduate Assistants in center assessment, program and research support and provides training and mentorship in research and professional development.

Co-development and continuous support of a highly effective multi-level program assessment strategy for academic units at the University of Cincinnati. The goal of this initiative is provide comprehensive and continuous support to academic units in the development and and implementation of program assessment plans. Co development and continuous support of New Faculty Institute, professional development program to first and second year pre-tenure faculty at the University of Cincinnati, with the goal of increasing retention, productivity, teaching quality and progression toward tenure. Design and execution of CET&L’s comprehensive report system to streamline workshop assessment report generation for facilitators.

Positions Held

  • 2012- Present, Assistant Director for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. At the University of Cincinnati.
  • 2010-12, Assistant Professor Educator of Biology, Northern Kentucky University.


Courses Taught

  • Biology for Non Majors
  • Biology for Non Majors Lab
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Biomedical Anthropology
  • Human Reproductive Ecology
  • Human Biology and Culture
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Bio-Statistics
  • Introduction to Genetics
  • Human Evolution


Research Interests

Laurah’s research interests include the implementation and evaluation of faculty development programs that support faculty success and retention, along with the development and evaluation of academic program assessment strategies.



  • 2013      L. Turner. Diet, Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Risk: An Integrative
  • In Prep Science Cross-Populational Approach.
  • 2013      L. Turner. On the evolutionary relationships of omega-3, omega 6 fatty acids
  • In Prep and premenopausal breast cancer risk in modern industrialized society: A meta-analysis.
  • 2013      L. Turner. P. Baker and H. Jackson. The New Faculty Institute: Using
  • SOTL to Inform New Faculty Support in the 21ST Century. A workshops presented for The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Conference in Raleigh North Carolina.
  • 2011      L. Turner. A Meta-analysis of Fat Intake, Reproduction and Breast Cancer Risk: an evolutionary perspective. American Journal of Human Biology. 23(5): 601-608.
  • 2011      L. Turner. A Meta-analysis of Diet, Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Risk: an evolutionary perspective. A poster for presentation at The American Association of Cancer Research meetings in Orlando, FL.
  • 2010      L. Turner. A Meta-analysis of Fat Intake, Reproduction and Breast Cancer Risk: an evolutionary perspective. A poster for presentation at The Human Biology Association meetings in Albuquerque, NM.