The Academy of Fellows for Teaching & Learning - AFTL

Welcome to the Academy of Fellows for Teaching & Learning at the University of Cincinnati. Our group of scholars are dedicated to innovative, engaging, and effective teaching. We support the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, support each other in our teaching efforts through peer review, and showcase best practices at our annual Teaching Showcase.


AFTL strives to place students at the center, grow research excellence in the scholarship of teaching and learning, achieve academic excellence, and forge key relationships that advance pedagogy at the University of Cincinnati. Members of the Academy will:

  • Honor and reward faculty who demonstrate excellence in pedagogical practice, research, development, and scholarship.
  • Provide leadership in improving the quality and depth of the learning experience for students.
  • Encourage pedagogical methods that encourage more learning-centered engagement with UC’s students.
  • Advance and foster scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Develop relationships and partnerships to help UC to become a educational reform leader.
  • Advise and communicate to the administration issues related to the instructional mission of the university.
  • Encourage pedagogical innovation, experimentation, evaluation and assessment.
  • Develop and disseminate models of teaching that foster student learning.
  • Conduct university-wide events on teaching effectiveness.
  • Serve as mentors to faculty desiring to enhance their teaching effectiveness.
  • Work with and serve as a resource to the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning.

2020-2021 Executive Committee


Headshot of Mark A. Raider

Mark A. Raider

Professor, College of Arts & Sciences

Vice President/President Elect

Headshot of Todd Herzog

Todd Herzog

Professor, Department Head- German Studies



Headshot of Jo Ann Thompson

Jo Ann Thompson

Associate Professor

Membership Chair

Headshot of Karen Lankisch

Karen Lankisch

Professor, UC Clermont

Member Relations

Headshot of Hazem Said

Hazem Said

Professor, CECH

Communications and Public Relations

Headshot of Helene Harte

Helene Harte

Associate Professor, UC Blue Ash


Editor, Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching, ex officio

Headshot of Ruth Benander

Ruth Benander

Professor, UC Blue Ash


Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching Editorial Board

Ruth Benander, chair, professor
UC Blue Ash

Sarah Cummins-Sebree, professor
UC Blue Ash  

Eugene Kramer, professor
UC Blue Ash 

Miriam Raider-Roth, professor

Brenda Refaei, professor

Robin Wagner, associate professor
College of Nursing

Janet Zydney, associate professor