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Senate Teaching and Learning Committee

Senate Teaching and Learning Committee

TLC is a university senate committee dedicated to promoting the teaching function and the learning process. To this end, the committee sponsors incentives for good teaching and significant ideas and approaches to teaching and learning.

The Teaching and Learning Committee oversees the Educational Development Grants and university-wide teaching awards for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Teaching. As a standing committee of the university senate, TLC initiates campus-wide projects to provide for a more structured outlet for reflection on both the teaching and learning process and the aspirations and accomplishments of the teaching profession.

Activities sponsored by the committee include on-campus workshops, coffee hours, luncheons, and a bi-annual newsletter.

According to Oakland University Senate legislation the Teaching and Learing Committee will consist of six faculty; four students; two administrative professionals; and the Vice President for Academic Affairs (or designee), ex- officio and non-voting.

NameDepartment Email Term 
Kim Holka (Co-chair) SONholka@oakland.edu2013-2015 
Josie WalwemaCASwalwema@oakland.edu2013-2015
Cynthia CarverSEHS 2013-2016
Rebecca Cheezum (Co-chair) 2013-2016 
Mary Dereski School of Medicine dereski@oakland.edu2013-2016
Katie GreerKLgreer@oakland.edu2013-2016 
Mark Isken SEHS isken@oakland.edu2014-2017
Ali WoernerCASwoerner@oakland.edu2014-2017 
Joanne 2014-2017
Michelle SouthwardAP Assemblymdguy@oakland.edu2013-2015
Nic BongersAP Assembly bongers@oakland.edu2013-2015
Judy Ablesar (ex-officio, non-voting)Provost Officeablesar@oakland.edu2014-2015
Andrew LauxStudent  
Nathan CateyStudent  
Allyson DekovichStudent  
Kayla BaszczukStudent   
Contact Us
If you have a comment or question about the Teaching and Learning Committee, please fill out and submit the form below. When you do, your submission will be sent to the chair of the committee. Make sure you supply a valid e-mail address, otherwise, we won't be able to reply to you.


Each semester the Teaching and Learning Committee solicits faculty to write articles for the bi-annual newsletter. The newsletter is distributed to faculty during the Fall and Winter semesters. View the fall 2014 newsletter and the 2013 newsletter.
6th Annual  Leading Educational Change and Innovation conference
May 13-14, 2015
Call for

2015-2016 Educational Development Grant Proposal Guidelines

Purpose of Grant: To provide funding (ranging from $100-$750) for the purchase of resources/materials that enhance the development of teaching and learning.

Acceptable Requests: Include, but not limited to:
  • Registration and travel to Teaching and Learning Conference, seminar, symposium, consultation (other than the Lilly Traverse City Teaching and Learning Conference that is funded by CETL)
  • Travel costs to teaching and learning sites (i.e. observing innovative practices at other universities, centers, etc.)
  • Fees for participation in Teaching and Learning Webinares
  • Purchasing of books, software, materials to enhance teaching and learning
  • Honorarium for guest speakers/consultants on teaching and learning (up to $200)
This grant is not to support:
  • Faculty or student stipends
  • Accreditation preparation
Eligibility: (Open to Full and Part-Time Faculty)

Tenure-track, tenured faculty, full-time teaching instructors (i.e. special instructors, full-time adjunct and visiting professors), special lecturers and part-time instructors who have been taught a minimum of 24 credits at Oakland may apply for the grant. Each application must be supported (signature on cover sheet) by the applicant’s chair/program director. Two or more faculty working collaboratively may submit a proposal for a single grant with division of payment for each participant indicated. Individuals are eligible for a maximum of $750 in any academic year. 

Proposal will include:
  1. Name of faculty/instructor
  2. Rank/Position
  3. For Part-Time/Non-Tenure Track instructors- include how many credits have been taught at OU
  4. School or Department
  5. Request for funding
  6. Amount of Request- not to exceed $750
  7. Provide a rationale for how funding will be used and describe how this funding will enhance your teaching and learning or how it will add to your course design/delivery/assessment. 
  8. Potential for matching or additional funds from other sources. 
  9. Estimated date of use of funding and when final report will be submitted.
  10. Department Chair/Department Head signature
Final Report: A one page report will be submitted within one semester of the use of the funds outlining how funding was used, total cost (including a copy of the receipts), and how this funding impacted your teaching and learning.

Proposal Submission: To be submitted to TLC Committee on a rolling basis during the academic year. Awards will be granted until the funding has run out. Approval will be provided within 45 days of the request. 

Submission Procedure: All grant applications should be submitted in pdf. format to the chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee (or chair of grant sub-committee). Name and email of chair will be updated each year.

Fall 2015-Winter 2016: Please submit the completed and signed proposal as a pdf file to Rebecca Cheezum ( Questions and/or comments should be directed to Rebecca Cheezum. 

This years winners:
  • Thayer Jonutz, Aikido to Modern Dance.
  • Dikka Berven, An Evening of Fairy Tales. 
  • Leslie Little, Costume Society Symposium Attendance
The Senate Teaching and Learning Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the Teaching Excellence Awards. Each award includes a cash stipend and will be presented at the Annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon.

Nominations may be made by any member of the Oakland University community, including students, faculty, alumni, administrators, and staff. Student nominations are a highly valued component of this process. Faculty may not self-nominate for the Award. Faculty are encouraged to announce this nomination process in all classes. Students are encouraged to consider a faculty member who has facilitated their progress during their undergraduate course work or during graduate study.

The letter of nomination should address the nominee's accomplishments based on the following criteria:
  • Excellence in teaching methodology
  • Innovation in teaching
  • Continued growth and development in teaching
  • Distinction in the ability to stimulate critical thinking and facilitate student understanding
  • Inspiring role model to students
  • Exemplary service to students and teaching profession
Nominate someone using the online form by December 8, 2014.  The Teaching & Learning Committee will contact the nominee about how to submit the required materials. 
Previous winners and current members of the Teaching & Learning Committee are not eligible for nomination. A plaque showing previous Teaching Excellence Award winners is on display in the lobby of the Kresge Library.

The Committee will contact the nominees and chairs of their departments to request additional information.

A luncheon to honor nominees for teaching awards will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 in the OC Gold Rooms B and C from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. View the flier.

Current Recipients
2015 Teaching Excellence Award Winner:
  • Tanya Christ, Associate Professor in Reading & Language Arts School of Education and Human Services and 2014
  • Excellence in Teaching Award Winner Peter Markus, Special Lecturer of English College of Arts and Sciences

Past Recipients
The Teaching Excellence Award recognizes superior teaching, innovative instructional practice, high educational standards, the creation of productive learning environments, and the ability to inspire and motivate students. Nominations may be made by any member of the Oakland University Community. Nominations are reviewed by the Teaching and Learning Committee.

* = Excellence in Teaching Award Winner

YearFaculty Member
 2014Dana Driscoll
Vanessa Stauffer
 2013Barbara Oakley
 2013Mark Doman*
 2012 Jeffrey Insko
 2012 Doris Plantus*
 2011 Mary Bee
 2011 Jenifer Wenson*
2010Mary Shannan McNair
2009Barbara Penprase
2008Susan Hawkins
2007Peter Bertocci
2006Dagmar Cronn
2005Carlo Coppola
2004Djamel Bouchaffra
2003Mary T. Stein
2002Jude V. Nixon
2001Todd Estes
2000Peter J. Binkert
1999Darrel P. Schmidt
1998Natalie Bell Cole
1997Dyanne M. Tracy
1997Toni s. Walters
1996Andrew Rusek
1995Brian F. Murphy
1994Jaqueline I. Lougheed
1994Ronald L. Cramer
1993Brian A. Connery
1992Jerrold W. Grossman
1991Anne H. Tripp
1991Bruce J. Mann
1991David L. Lau
1991Richard F. Barron
1990Ka Chai Cheok
1990W. Dorsey Hammond
1990Keith E. Stanovich
1990Jane M. Bingham
1989Carl R. Osthaus
1988Virginia Rader Blankenship
1987Robert T. Eberwein
1986Robert I. Facko
1986Richard B. Stamps
1985Delores M. Burdick
1985Gilbert L. Wedekind
1984Nigel Hampton
1983David J. Downing
1982Sheldon L. Appleton
At the end of each academic year the chair of the Teaching Learning Committee submits an annual report to the university senate reporting the activities of the committee to the university. View the 2013-2014 annual report.