Elevate Fellows

Tracy Riggins

Dr. Riggins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences.  In her research laboratory she studies memory and brain development in early childhood.  In the classroom, she has taught Introduction to Developmental Psychology (PSYC355) at UMD for over 10 years.  Her course re-design project is focused on translating this in-person introductory course to an online format.  The primary goal of the course is to provide an overview of research and theory in developmental science from conception to adolescence.

Sarah Humud

Dr. Sarah Bonnie Humud is the Associate Director of Honors Humanities. She teaches two Honors Humanities courses, HHUM106: Arts and Humanities in Practice and HHUM206: The Keystone Project.  Her research and teaching specializations include early through contemporary multiethnic American literature, Native American literature, global women's literatures, global postcolonial literatures, critical race studies, postcolonial critique, and feminist theory.  She received her B.A. in English from Tufts University, her M.A. in English from New York University, and her Ph.D.

Rohan Tikekar

I am an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. I am redesigning courses NFSC412 and NFSC414. My course re-design goals are to Improve student inclusion and reduce achievement gaps, Improve student learning through hands-on activities, Learn about Innovations in technology and pedagogy, and learn what I don’t know about my teaching performance.

Karen Lips

Dr. Karen Lips is Professor of Biology in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. She joined the University of Maryland in 2009.  Dr. Lips is an ecologist interested in studying the responses of organisms to global change (e.g., climate change, disease, invasive species). She has broad interests in ecology, evolution, conservation biology, and organismal biology. Karen will be redesigning BSCI 363, The Biology of Conservation and Extinction as part of the Elevate Fellows Program.

Jyana Browne

Jyana S. Browne an Assistant Professor of Premodern Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Her areas of research include early modern Japanese popular performance; the interaction of new technology with traditional theatre; and the intersections of performance, sexuality, and embodiment on stage and in everyday life. As an Elevate Fellow, she plans to redesign JAPN 402: “Readings in Japanese Cultural Studies,” a course that develops advanced reading skills in Japanese.

Jordana Moore-Saggese

Dr. Jordana Moore Saggese is Associate Professor of American Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. She specializes in contemporary African-American visual culture and is the Editor-in-Chief of  Art Journal. Her first book Reading Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence in American Art (University of California Press, 2014), which reexamines the painting practice of the often-mythologized 1980s art star Jean-Michel Basquiat, received the PEN Center USA Award for Exceptional First Book in 2015. Dr.

Jeffrey Henrikson

Jeff Henrikson is a Faculty Specialist in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. In AOSC he serves as the IT Director and teaches a variety of courses ranging from Scientific Programming: Python to Introduction to Weather and Climate. His research and teaching interests focus around communicating scientific concepts to non-science audiences while making those concepts approachable and meaningful in their lives. Jeff will be redesigning AOSC 123: Causes and Implications of Global Change to be moved toward a flipped model.

Deborah Goldberg

Deborah Goldberg joined the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering in 2016 after working in the biopharmaceutical industry.  She has taught seven CHBE courses, including developing a new elective course "Biopharmaceutical Process Development and Manufacturing" and a new freshman seminar "CHBE 100: Exploring ChBE."   Deborah is currently conducting pedagogical research to understand the impact of CHBE 100 on chemical engineering student success and retention, and has developed e-learning modules for biopharmaceutical workforce training through the NIIMBL network.

Christopher Seitz-Brown

Dr. CJ Seitz-Brown is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Prior to coming to Maryland, he served as a postdoctoral psychology fellow at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle. His research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions to address substance use, mental health concerns, and co-occurring chronic health problems in the United States as well as internationally.

Chad Infante

Chad B. Infante is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland College Park. Chad earned his doctorate in English from Northwestern University in 2018. He is originally from Jamaica and researches Black and Indigenous U.S. and Caribbean literatures, gender, sexuality, critical theory and political philosophy. His book manuscript, entitled "Cool Fratricide: Murder and Metaphysics in Black and Indigenous U.S.


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