Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Elliott Hall, Room 200A
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4485
(248) 370-2751

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The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is located in the 200 wing of Elliott Hall, near the connector hallway to Varner Hall. Where is Elliott Hall?

Learning Studio: 200A Elliott Hall
Faculty and Staff Offices: 200D-220G, 200J Elliott Hall


Judith Ableser, Ph.D., is the Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Her Ph.D. is in Curriculum and Instruction from Wayne State University. She was an associate professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and served as the director of graduate programs in Education and as coordinator of the Master of Arts in Special Education. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor at the University of Windsor. Dr. Ableser's area of expertise, research and teaching, focuses on exemplary teaching and learning practices from preschool through graduate school. 

You can reach Judy at:
(248) 370-2455 

Candace Campbell 

Candace Campbell is CETL’s office assistant. She has worked for OU’s School of Nursing Continuing Education Program and has previously worked in health care at McLaren Oakland Hospital and Foundation and in the community with AmeriCorps. She earned her bachelor’s in Media Arts & Studies at Wayne State University and is earning her master’s in Communication at OU.

You can reach Candace at:
(248) 370-2751


Christina Moore is the media manager for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She is developing the expansion of CETL’s online presence and resources for faculty and supports Judy in program and resource development. Christina earned her M.A. in English from Oakland University and was a Special Lecturer in Writing and Rhetoric at OU. Her scholarship focuses on teaching writing, writing performance in social media, and online learning. 

You can reach Christina at:
(248) 370-2499

 Suzanne Flattery, CETL Coordinator

You can reach Suzanne at:
(248) 370-2466
fax: (248) 370-4106
Victoria Kendziora

Victoria Kendziora, Media and Marketing Assistant

You can reach Victoria at:
(248) 370-2499

The call for 2017-2018 Faculty Fellows closed March 1, 2017. 
About CETL Faculty Fellows
In order to sustain a truly faculty-driven foundation for teaching and learning excellence at Oakland University, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning enlists two full-time faculty to help the Center progress in its services to faculty by facilitating Faculty Development Institutes, collaborating in conference planning, and collecting and assessing data integral to CETL's annual report. Faculty Fellows receive one course release for the fall semester and one for winter.


Keith Williams

Keith Williams

Associate Professor in Psychology

Keith Williams received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (Biopsychology Program) in 1998. After a post-doctoral fellowship, he became an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Grand Valley State University in 2001. He joined the Psychology Department at Oakland University in 2005. His research interests include the behavioral and biological components that modulate drug reinforcement and craving as well as the contribution of food intake mechanisms in alcohol self-administration. He frequently teaches OU courses in Introduction to Psychology and Physiological Psychology, but has also taught Animal Behavior, a seminar in Psychopharmacology, and a graduate class in Instruction in Psychological Science. Keith recently redesigned his large, lecture-hall Introductory Psychology course to include such approaches as group written assignments, early semester assessments, and an early alert approach.

Amanda Hess

Amanda Nichols Hess

Amanda Nichols Hess is the eLearning, Instructional Technology, and Education Librarian at OU Libraries. In this role, she works with her colleagues to develop the Libraries’ diverse and user-focused online learning offerings; she is also responsible for delivering professional learning offerings aimed at equipping librarians to integrate instructional design and technology into their teaching. Amanda also serves as the liaison librarian to the School of Education and Human Services. Her research focuses on library instruction, instructional design / technology, and the intersection of these practices in faculty development.

Amanda received her Master’s of Science in Information (the terminal degree for librarians) from the University of Michigan, as well as an Education Specialist in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University. Prior to coming to OU in 2012, she worked as a school librarian and technology integration specialist in K-12 education.

 John Corso

John Corso

Associate Professor in Art History

Corso obtained his Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he also completed and then co-taught a graduate-level course on Writing in the Disciplines. John incorporates writing projects in all of his classrooms and subscribes to the "writing to learn" philosophy. He is an art critic whose essays and art reviews have appeared in Hyperallergic, ART21 Magazine, Art in America, Art Papers, BE Magazine and the Huffington Post, as well as in academic journals. His criticism relates contemporary art practice to social, political and global concerns.

 Kathleen Spencer
Kathleen Spencer
Special Instructor in School of Nursing


Spencer came to OU to earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree after many years in clinical nursing practice in adult health. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree at Wayne State University and a Master of Arts in Journalism at Michigan State University. Her clinical interests are nursing care of veterans and care of the homeless. Her research interests relate to the use of imaginative literature in teaching students empathy, ethics, and professionalism. In her teaching, Kathleen is interested in integration of the humanities into the sciences, technology in the classroom, using the newspaper in the classroom, and professional writing and editing.


Byungwon Woo

Byungwon Woo is Assistant Professor in Political Science at Oakland University. He joined Oakland after completing his Ph.D. at the Ohio State University in 2010. He teaches International Relations, International Political Economy, and International Organizations, and International Relations Capstone Seminar. He is particularly proud of his undergraduate students who have carried out independent research projects, presented them in professional conferences, and published them in academic journals. His main research focuses on international organizations and political economy. His articles have appeared in Economics and Politics, International Interactions, International Studies Quarterly, and Political Science Research and Methods.

 Chris Kobus

Chris Kobus is the Director for Outreach and Recruitment for the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University and Associate Professor. He taught his first class at OU in 1995, and has since taught 16 different courses. Dr Kobus has been very resourceful in obtaining funding for his teaching that includes K-12 Summer STEM Camps that he organizes, to new courses and programs in SECS such as those in alternative energy, to tech demos and others. Dr. Kobus won the Best Overall Paper Award at the 2001 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) North Central Section Annual Conference, the 2013 SECS Outstanding Faculty Award for Service, was recognized on Founder’s Day in 2012 for Teaching and Service, and won the Dr. Wilbert J. McKeachie International Poster Prize for the best poster at the Seventh Annual OU-Windsor Conference on Teaching and Learning in 2013.
Dana Driscoll
Dr. Dana Lynn Driscoll is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, where she teaches courses in peer tutoring, global rhetoric, first-year writing, literacy and technology, and research methods. She has also taught in OU’s Bachelor of Liberal Studies program. Dana’s research focuses on understanding transfer of learning, or students’ ability to take skills and knowledge they’ve learned in university courses and adapt that learning to a wide variety of circumstances.   Using mixed methods, longitudinal, and multi-institutional approaches, she has investigated the role of student attitudes and dispositions, metacognitive awareness, and reflective writing on transfer.  Her secondary research interests are in research methodology, the scholarship of teaching and learning, writing centers, and writing assessment.  All of her research also directly informs her teaching, which emphasizes real-world connections, service learning, and student-centered activities. Her work has been published in Across the DisciplinesThe Journal of Teaching WritingWriting Program AdministrationThe Writing Center Journal and she frequently presents at regional, national, and international conferences.  Dana and Sherry Wynn Perdue, OU Writing Center Director, recently won the International Writing Center Association’s 2012 Outstanding Article award, one of the highest honors in writing center scholarship.

  Eileen Johnson

Eileen Johnson graduated with her doctorate in educational psychology in 1998 from University of Houston.  She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education and Human Services.  She has been at Oakland University since 2004 and has taught courses in action research, qualitative research methods, statistics and data analysis, program evaluation, learning theory, and the ethics and philosophy of leadership.  In 2005, Dr. Johnson was a fellow of the University of Delaware Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education, and in 2007 was selected to attend the Institute & Conference for Faculty Learning Community Directors, Facilitators, and Participants in Claremont, California with two other Oakland University faculty members.  Prior to coming to Oakland University, Dr. Johnson worked in medical education at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Statewide Campus System of graduate medical education as a faculty development specialist.  In this position, Dr. Johnson worked with resident and attending-level physicians in developing, implementing, and evaluating medical and educational research programs and developing clinical teaching skills.
 Barbara Penprase

Barbara Penprase is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She earned a B.S. in Nursing at Oakland University. She received a M.S in Nursing, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology , both from Wayne State University. Her research focus is on clinical practice and outcome/evaluation of nursing practice. Her most recent research centers on empathy and its relationship with compassion fatigue.  Penprase is a recipient of several significant grants and is well published in her research areas. She has received many acknowledgements for her role in teaching and received the Teaching Excellence Award at Oakland University in 2009. Prior to beginning her teaching career at Oakland University, Penprase served in many administrative roles, including Vice President of Clinical and Surgical Services at Providence Hospital.  She has developed numerous programs including Open Heart, Neurotology, Cranialfacial, Chest Pain Center and Gerentology. At Oakland University, Penprase was one of the original faculty to develop and implement a completely on-line RN-BSN program. This was one of the first RN-BSN on-line programs offered in the U.S. and the first totally on-line program offered at Oakland University.  She also developed and implemented the Accelerated Second Degree Program at Oakland University and served as the Program Director for over five years.  She presently administratively oversees the Oakland University Riverview Institute located in Detroit where she serves as the Executive Director. This site offers nursing and nursing related programs to underserved populations as well as she works with the surrounding community to improve health behaviors in the population. She has developed many collaborative relationships with key businesses in Detroit to facilitate enhancing the opportunities for underserved populations in the Detroit area.



Application due March 1. CETL recognizes and values the strong commitment toward advancing academic leadership among tour talented faculty. In order to support department chairs at Oakland University in the complexities of their role, CETL selects an OU faculty member who has previously served as a department chair to serve as a Chair Fellow. Each year, one Chair Fellow is selected to share their expertise in academic leadership. The CETL Chair Fellow dedicates eight hours a week to facilitate chair-focused university events, assist in developing resources for chairs and mentor individual chairs in exchange for a fall and winter course release. Click here to view application details, and email applications to Judy Ableser ( by March 1.

2016-2017 CHAIR FELLOW
Jay Meehan

Jay Meehan

Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Jay Meehan is a Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and has been at Oakland University since 1987. From 2006-2016, he was chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice. In his 29 years at Oakland, he has served in various leadership roles on University-wide and CAS committees, including Senate Steering Committee, the Faculty Reappointment and Promotion Committee, the CAS Assembly Executive Committee, and the CAS Committee on Appointment and Promotion (CAP).

He was a co-founder of SurPriSe, a CETL-sponsored faculty learning community which fostered interdisciplinary approaches to understanding Surveillance, Privacy and Security through curricular development and research. He is currently teaching courses on the Police and Society, The Surveillance Society, and a seminar on Police-Citizen Interaction. His current research focuses on police-citizen interaction in traffic stops using camera-car data from police department video archives.

Contact Jay at

Do you have an idea for a workshop or other program to develop the quality of teaching? We want to hear about it.  If it engages faculty in productive thinking about and action in their teaching, we want to find a way to make it happen.  Let us know!  
Send ideas to Judy Ableser at