Mary-Ann Winkelmes is Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research and an Affiliate Scholar in the Department of History at the University Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where her aim is to complement and promote teaching and learning initiatives, student success, faculty development and instructional research in all the University's academic units. She also serves on UNLV’s Path to Tier One Executive Committee.
Dr. Winkelmes (Ph.D., Harvard, 1995) has held senior leadership roles in the campus teaching centers at Harvard University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois. She has consulted and provided professional development programming for faculty through the Lilly Endowment's higher education grant-making and teacher training programs, and for teaching centers in the U.S. and abroad. She has also served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Development Network in Higher Education (POD Network), and Chair of its Research Committee.
She brings national visibility to her work on improving higher education learning and teaching, especially for historically underserved students, as a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and recipient of the POD Network's Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development. She founded and directs the Higher Education Advocate and the Association of American Colleges and Universities' flagship journal, Liberal Education.
Dr. Winkelmes advocates her view that research, teaching and learning are best practiced as a unified enterprise that benefits students and society in An Illinois Sampler: Teaching and Research on the Prairie(University of Illinois Press, 2014). Dr. Winkelmes has also published book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on the history of art and architecture in Renaissance Italy, Benedictine church design and decoration, acoustics, and religious architecture. She has received numerous teaching awards as well as grants for her art historical research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kress, Delmas and Mellon Foundations.