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. She is a Senior Fellow of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and a partner in the AAC&U's LEAP project—Advancing Underserved Student Success Through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning.
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.
Her work to improve higher education learning and teaching, especially for historically underserved students, has been recognized nationally by the POD Network's Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development. She founded and directs the Transparency in Teaching and Learning Project, which promotes explicit conversation between teachers and students about methods of teaching and learning, and empowers faculty to share their own data on students' learning across institutions and countries. The impact of this project on students' learning has been the focus of publications in the National Education Association's Higher Education Advocate and AAC&U’s 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. 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, as well as the Kress, Delmas, and Mellon foundations.