TEFD Announces 2016-17 Lilly Fellows

The Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD) has announced the selection of the 2016-17 Lilly Fellows for Teaching Excellence.

The eight fellows are:

  • Zlatan Aksamija, electrical and computer engineering, College of Engineering.
  • G. BradleyBennett,accounting, Isenberg School of Management.
  • Jasmine Kerrissey,sociology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Jennifer McDermott,psychological and brain sciences, College of Natural Sciences.
  • Alexandra Meliou, computer science, College of Information and Computer Sciences.
  • Mazen Naous,English, College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
  • Mecca Jamilah Sullivan,women, gender, sexuality studies, College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
  • Rodrigo Zamith, journalism, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Lilly Fellowship is a competitive award program, established in 1986, that enables promising junior faculty to cultivate teaching excellence in a special yearlong collaboration. The fellows attend bi-weekly seminars on pedagogy, develop a new course or substantially redesign an existing one, assess their teaching and their students’ learning through classroom visits, work with mentors to anticipate many of the challenges and rewards of faculty life at UMass Amherst, and design a teaching-focused workshop or program to share the benefits of the Lilly Fellowship with colleagues at the department, school-college, or campus-wide level. 

For more information about the Lilly Fellowship, contact Jung Yun, director of new faculty initiatives at TEFD, at jungy@umass.edu or 413/545-1699.