Faculty instructional development scholar and expert to join Provost's staff

May. 16, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the University will add a significant authority on faculty development to its ranks.  Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes, an accomplished scholar and expert in faculty instructional development, will join the Provost’s staff this fall as Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research in the Office of Faculty, Policy and Research.  She brings a decade of experience in faculty instructional development to UNLV, having served in this role at Harvard (through the Eli Lilly Endowment), Chicago, and the University of Illinois.

Over the course of the year, we have discussed UNLV’s needs in faculty professional development, and we were pleased that Dr. Winkelmes became available to UNLV, joining her husband, Dean Designate Dan Hamilton of the Boyd School of Law, at UNLV. 

Dr. Winkelmes is a Senior Fellow of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. She has published extensively on teaching and learning with particular focus on the identification of effective teaching practices across disciplinary areas and at different levels of instruction. Her current research project promotes transparency 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 at Minority Serving Institutions is the focus of recent and forthcoming publications in the National Education Association’s Higher Education Advocate and the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ flagship journal, Liberal Education.

Dr. Winkelmes has 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 is the 2012 recipient of the Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development.

This fall, she will be working with various faculty and administrative constituencies to assess UNLV's assets and needs in faculty instructional development in coordination with other initiatives to enhance UNLV's support for excellence in education.

John Valery White
Executive Vice President and Provost