Screenshot of the cohort during our last meeting in April.By Patti Stewart

Typically, at this time of year, we would be celebrating a number of milestones, such as graduations and other important life events. Considering the implications of the global pandemic we’re experiencing, we’ve all had to pivot these acknowledgments into alternative spaces or postpone them until future gatherings are possible. Given this, I would like to take this opportunity to bring attention to the AAN Instructional Fellowships.

The Adams Academy and Lilly Fellowships are designed to be spaces that celebrate excellence in teaching and evidence-based, reflective instruction. Each year, the cohort brings together scholars across disciplines to explore topics such as Curriculum Design, Diversity and Inclusive Pedagogy, Connections with Students, Learning Assessment, and Change Agency. These fellows are often (and continue to be) influential leaders who positively impact the educational experience of students across the institution.

In recognition of the wonderful work of our fellows who have spent the last year delving into these deeper issues of teaching and learning, this article celebrates their contributions to the institution and the impact they continue to make on our students. It has been my great honor to work with these scholars since last fall, and I have benefited both personally and professionally from the opportunity to hear their thoughtful insights on teaching and best practices in all areas of learning and student success.

Please join me in honoring this year’s fellows. (The link on their name connects to see more of each fellow’s work when available.)

Walter & Pauline Adams Academy of Instructional Excellence and Innovation, 2019-2020

  • Denise Acevedo – Assistant Professor, Arts and Letters
  • Marisa Brandt – Academic Specialist, Lyman Briggs
  • Mehrnaz Ghamami – Assistant Professor, Engineering
  • Ricardo Guimaraes – Academic Specialist, Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Lindsey Jenny – Assistant Professor, Human Medicine
  • Troy Hale – Professor of Practice/Senior Specialist, Journalism
  • Juli Liebler        – Assistant Professor, Social Science
  • Saul Beceiro-Novo – Assistant Professor, Natural Science
  • Dustin DuFort Petty – Academic Advisor, Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Sarah Prior – Assistant Professor, Social Science
  • Marty Spranger – Assistant Professor, Natural Science


Lilly Teaching Fellow, 2019-2020

  • Lynn L. Wolff – Associate Professor of German, Arts and Letters