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CTL Announces 2023-24 TIDE Ambassadors Faculty Fellows

The Center for Teaching & Learning has announced the selection of the 2023-24 TIDE (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equity) Ambassadors Faculty Fellows. This highly competitive program provides 10 faculty members with the opportunity to explore how they can enhance students’ learning and academic success across cultural, social and learning differences by adopting a strength-based, inclusive and equitable approach to teaching and learning grounded in the value of diversity.

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    A collage of the 10 CTL TIDE Fellows
    Muge Capan, assistant professor, mechanical and industrial engineering, College of Engineering
  • Florian Hafner, lecturer, speech, language, and hearing sciences, School of Public Health and Health Sciences
  • Siobhan Mei, lecturer, Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences
  • Rosa Moscarella, senior lecturer, biology, College of Natural Sciences
  • Jing Qian, associate professor, biostatistics and epidemiology, School of Public Health and Health Sciences
  • Julia Ronconi, clinical assistant professor, Elaine Marieb College of Nursing
  • Gwyneth Rost, senior lecturer, speech, language and hearing sciences, School of Public Health & Health Sciences
  • Sravan Surampudi, senior lecturer, chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
  • Cheryl Swanier, senior lecturer II, Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences
  • Erika Zekos, senior lecturer, architecture, College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Selected from a competitive field of applicants, these 10 faculty members represent a wide range of disciplines and interests in advancing equity and inclusiveness on the UMass Amherst campus. As TIDE Ambassadors, they support the university’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts by sharing what they learn through the fellowship in their programs, departments or colleges and by supporting the CTL’s DEI programming.

Throughout the fellowship year, these faculty fellows will have the opportunity to learn new teaching strategies, new frameworks for course designs and collaborate with colleagues from diverse disciplines.

To learn more about the TIDE Ambassador program and how to support campus DEI efforts, visit