Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Directory


Contact Us
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
368 Fairfield Way, Unit 4001
Storrs, CT 06269-4001
Phone: 860-486-0457
Fax: 860-486-1766


Peter Diplock
Assistant Vice Provost CETL

Peter provides unit-wide leadership for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), including thought leadership for the University’s online initiatives, teaching and learning initiatives, and online and blended programs.

Lauren Schlesselman

Lauren Schlesselman
Associate Director CETL

Lauren provides strategic and operational leadership for faculty development, instructional design, and educational technology.  Lauren is also responsible for student-facing services (Q Center, Writing Center, Testing Center), Large Course Redesign, and other major initiatives with academic departments and regional campuses. 



Kathleen Carnelli
Executive Assistant to Assistant Vice Provost CETL
Kathleen provides direct administrative support to the Assistant Vice Provost, CETL including calendar management, meeting coordination, and managing day to day inquiries and correspondence.


Michael Jones
Director of Finance
Rowe Center, UNIT 4001
Michael supports the Assistant Vice Provost for CETL by providing financial and operational guidance for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).  He serves as a business liaison with university administration and academic departments.


Beverly Salcius
Administrative Support CETL
Beverly manages facilities and works with CETL units to support personnel related issues including student employment, hiring, and payroll.

Faculty and Teaching Assistant Development


Aynsley Diamond
Director of Faculty Development Programs
Aynsley provides leadership and university wide support for programs that are designed to enhance teaching effectiveness in faculty and teaching assistants.

Stacey Valliere

Stacey Valliere
Admin. Assistant to the FDP Director
Stacey provides direct support to the director, coordinates FDP meetings as well as lunchtime seminars, orientations, and receptions.


Suzanne LaFleur
Director of Teaching Enhancement 
Suzanne’s focus is Faculty Development. She consults with faculty and teaching assistants on teaching and learning issues, individual courses, mid-semester formative evaluations, SETs, and documentation of teaching. She also develops resources and programs related to teaching and learning.

Cynthia Roma

Cynthia Deroma
Academic Specialist
(860) 486-2686
Cynthia supports international faculty, TAs, and postdocs in addressing linguistic and cross-cultural issues that affect teaching and academic life in general. Among the services she provides are observations, individual or small-group consultations, workshops, pronunciation work, and practice for presentations.

Wayne Trembly

Wayne Trembly
Academic Specialist

Wayne spent 50 years teaching everything from 4th grade through graduate courses, along with his career as an actor and community theater director. He assists faculty through observations, consults, and workshops, particularly on using actor's skills in the classroom.

Tom Wolf

Thomas J. Van Hoof, MD, EdD
Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Pedagogy
(860) 486-0575

Tom is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Medicine & Health Care in the School of Medicine.  He oversees UConn’s Certificate in Health Professions Education, teaching courses in evaluation, planning, and implementation. Tom also teaches courses in health care leadership and quality improvement.  His scholarship is application-focused, relating to the use of educational interventions to change clinician behavior and to improve patient outcomes. As Assistant Director of Faculty Development, Tom works with faculty to use teaching strategies grounded in learning science, which also informs his work with undergraduate students in STEM fields to develop effective habits of learning in preparation for professional careers.


Amit Savkar
Assistant Director of Faculty Development Programs
Amit's focus is on classroom instruction using technology to enhance pedagogy. He helps in faculty observation of teaching in the classroom, interpreting SETs and creating action plan for faculty to enhance teaching. His unique background in engineering, mathematics and education helps in teaching and learning programs for teaching assistants and distance learning programs through ITL.

Tom Wolf

John Redden, PhD
Assistant Director, Faculty Development
(860) 486-4708
Torry Life Science Building, Unit 3156
John is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the department of Physiology and Neurobiology. In his role as Assistant Director of Faculty Development, John works with faculty working to integrate technology into large course formats and those interested in service learning, 


Xinnian Chen
Assistant Director, Faculty Development
(860) 486-6169
Xinnian is an Associate Professor in Residence in Physiology and Neurobiology. She teaches Enhanced Human Anatomy and Physiology and runs a Scientific Teaching training program for Teaching Assistants and interested faculty. Her teaching and research interests include the creation of course-based research experience, promotion of an inclusive classroom, and assessment of student engagement and learning gains. As Assistant Director of Faculty development, she works with other faculty on student centered and evidence based approaches to learning, and systematic assessment of pedagogical innovations. 

Michael Finiguerra

Michael Finiguerra, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Faculty Development
(860) 405-9082
University of Connecticut- Avery Point
Michael Finiguerra is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department. Dr. Finiguerra conducted his graduate and doctoral research in the Department of Marine Sciences at UConn. There he studied the evolutionary ecology of zooplankton. It was during his graduate work that he fell in love with undergraduate teaching and mentoring. As Assistant Director, Dr. Finiguerra will work alongside his colleagues at CETL to offer graduate students opportunities and experience in undergraduate instructional design. Specifically, helping to give graduate students who want to pursue teaching the pedagogical background and support to make them successful in the classroom.

Tom Wolf

John-Andrew Ballantine, PhD
Assistant Director, Faculty Development
(860) 486-2579
Andy is an Associate Professor in Residence in the Department of Geography.  In his role as Assistant Director of Faculty Development, Andy works with other faculty in areas of service learning and innovative educational technologies (e.g. VR for field trips). 


Sarira Motaref, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Director of Faculty Development
(860) 486-2731
261 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3037
Sarira is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering. As Assistant Director of Faculty Development, she collaborates with CETL to enhance teaching and learning effectiveness of engineering courses. she works closely with faculty to improve the quality and accessibility of Continuing and Distance Engineering Education program. Sarira is interested in implementing innovative teaching and latest educational technologies.

eCampus Program Development and Support


Donna Lee Campbell
Enrollment Service Specialist
Donna works with program partners to implement Customer Relationship Management (CRM) plans for graduate certificate programs. She works to ensure consistency and transparency in the enrollment inquiry process and supports faculty and staff in promoting student retention and success.


Neal Olderman
Director, State Authorization
Neal is responsible for securing state authorization for UConn’s distance learning programs.  He works closely with eCampus staff, Academic Program Directors, Office of General Counsel, Office of the Provost, and various state regulatory and professional licensure boards.



William Page
Marketing Coordinator
Bill provides marketing support for academic program partners, including survey research, planning, search engine optimization, customer relationship management, website development, tracking, and analysis.

Sue Schadt

Susan Schadt
Senior Digital Marketing and Web Strategist
Rowe Center, UNIT 4001
Sue is responsible for planning, developing, executing graphic design, web-design, and marketing strategies needed to support the marketing and communication plans of all CETL units and eCampus partner Academic Programs. 


CETL Data Analytics


William Wan
Data Systems Analyst, Office of Summer
and Winter Programs



Jeff Winston
Data Base Systems & Solutions

Rowe Center, UNIT 4001

Jeff is responsible for the development and maintenance of applications related  to data capturing, sharing, and analysis, in support of faculty and TA training programs and university advising practice. 


eCampus Instructional Design and Development

Desmond McCaffrey

Desmond McCaffrey
Associate Director, eCampus
Desmond leads institutional initiatives and processes necessary for the design, development, and delivery of quality online, blended, and flipped courses. He oversees the instructional design team, designs and delivers faculty development and training programs, and collaborates on process improvements across University units that work to enhance online learning and teaching outcomes.

Cheryl Sellers

Cheryl Sellers
Administrative Assistant, eCampus
Cheryl provides direct support to eCampus administrators and staff, and administrative support for faculty working with eCampus staff, including coordination of calendars and eCampus meetings. She also maintains online course databases.

David Des Armier

David Des Armier
Instructional Designer
David works with faculty to design and develop online, blended, and flipped courses. He is currently finishing his PhD in adult and postsecondary education. He conducts research focusing on active learning, student connectedness, and online adult learners. He has extensive experience teaching both face-to-face and online in higher education.

Betsy Guala

Betsy Guala
Instructional Designer
Betsy works with UConn faculty to design and develop student-centered instruction for fully online and blended courses. Betsy has a special interest in accessibility, ADA compliance and Universal Design of Instruction (UDI).


Cathy Healy
Instructional Designer
Cathy works with faculty to design and develop high-quality online and hybrid courses for students. In addition, she collaborates with her eCampus colleagues to develop and facilitate faculty development workshops on a variety of topics related to online teaching and learning. Cathy enjoys working with faculty and helping them achieve their teaching goals.


David Morrow
eLearning Developer
David works with faculty and instructional design staff to develop and implement online and blended courses. He recommends and implements instructional solutions through the use of technology grounded in educational theory and instructional design precepts

Jennifer Parker

Jennifer Parker
Instructional Designer
Jennifer provides faculty instructional design and technology support for the creation and implementation of online, hybrid, and flipped courses.

Tim Stubbs

Tim Stubbs
Instructional Designer
Tim collaborates with faculty members to design and develop online and blended courses.


Eileen Stuyniski
Instructional Designer
Eileen uses her pedagogical and technological expertise to collaborate with UConn faculty as they transform their traditional face-to-face courses and programs into high quality online and blended learning experiences.

Educational Technologies


Gordon Daigle
Media Producer
Gordon produces custom, high-definition media in support of education and instruction.


Michael Illuzzi
Media Producer
Mike produces custom, high-definition media in support of education and instruction.

Karen Skudlarek

Karen Skudlarek
Computer Tech Support
Karen provides IT support to departments in Undergraduate Education, CETL, and Global Affairs.

Daniel Facchinetti

Daniel Facchinetti
LMS Faculty Development Specialist
Dan provides guidance to faculty on learning HuskyCT and using it as a complement to their teaching. He conducts workshops, demonstrations, and individual training sessions for faculty on the use of the learning management system and its application to pedagogy, as well as providing day-to-day LMS support.


University Advising

Katrina Higgins

Katrina Higgins
Director, University Advising
860 486-0457
Rowe Center, UNIT 4001

Katrina is the University Director of Advising.  Through assessment, coordination and programming, Katrina provides advising support for faculty and staff advisors at all UConn's schools, colleges and campuses.


Testing Center

Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson
Program Manager, CETL
Arjona Bulding, Room 110, Unit ?
Gary is responsible for the daily operation of the University’s Testing Center located in Arjona 109 and 115 where more than 10,000 exams are administered each semester.  The Testing Center is also an authorized MCAT Testing Facility. 



Quantitative Learning Center

Alvaro Lozano-Robiedo

Alvaro Lozano-Robledo
Director, Q Center
Alvaro is the director of the Quantitative Learning Center. He supervises the educational operations of the Q Center – tutoring, workshops, review sessions, training programs – and provides feedback for academic departments across the university about their quantitative courses, based on the visitor data gathered at the Q Center.

Diane Briody

Diane Briody
Program Assistant, Q Center
Diane coordinates the day-to-day operations of the Q Center. She handles the hiring, supervising and scheduling of the tutoring staff, manages the budget, organizes review sessions, and facilitates training workshops for tutors.

Writing Center

Tom Deans

Tom Deans
Director, W Center
Tom oversees all Writing Center operations and leads workshops for faculty and graduate instructors on how they might more effectively teach writing in the disciplines; he is also a professor in the English Department, where he teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, and literature.


Kathleen Tonry
Associate Director, W Center
Kathleen leads tutor staff development and training. She is also a professor in the English department, with research interests in medieval literature and Writing Center studies.

Margie Ouimette

Margie Ouimette
Program Assistant, W Center
Margie manages the daily operations and scheduling in the Writing Center. She also coordinates and maintains the website, manages personnel, payroll, and budget records, and schedules tutor talks.

Early College Experience


Brian A. Boecherer
Executive Director, OECP
Brian provides leadership for the Office of Early College Programs (OECP) and is the Director of the Early College Experience (ECE) program. Prior to assuming leadership of OECP, Brian was responsible for program expansion and improvement, technology advancement, and providing on-site outreach to high schools.


Erin Blanchette
Administrative Coordinator, OECP
Erin provides administrative support to the ECE Director. She is also responsible for administrative and fiscal management as well as student billing.


Stefanie Malinoski
Instructor Certification Coordinator
Stefanie is responsible for maintaining program records and ECE professional development workshops. She also manages the instructor certification process.

Melanie Ochoa

Melanie Ochoa 
Program Assistant, Academic Standards
Phone: 860-486-3419

Melanie Ochoa is the Program Assistant for Academic Standards at the Office of Early College Programs. Melanie is responsible for supporting accreditation standards by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships to improve course comparability of the UConn courses offered at the high schools.



Jessica Dunn
Registration Specialist, OECP
Jessica is the Registration Specialist for the Early College Experience Program (ECE). Jessica is responsible for managing the student registration process, and providing program and administrative support to ECE students and faculty.

Nella Quasnitschka

Nella Quasnitschka
Associate Director OECP
Nella is responsible for developing and strengthening the Early College Experience Program's academic relationships with the more than 170 partner high schools throughout Connecticut.  In addition, she provides leadership for UConn's Pre-College Summer Program.  


Office of Summer and Winter Programs


Susanna Cowan
Director, Office of Summer
and Winter Programs

860 486-7120
Susanna is the director of the Office of Summer and Winter Programs. She administers the day-to-day operations of summer and winter intersession classes.

Mary George

Mary George
Faculty Contracts Coordinator,
Office of Summer and Winter Programs

Mary is the Faculty Contracts Coordinator for the office of Summer and Winter Programs. Her responsibilities include working with Human Resources to process Special Payroll Authorization requests, the distribution of offer letters to instructors and payroll.


Kelly Gilbert
Administrative Services Support,
Office of Summer and Winter Programs

Rowe Center, UNIT 4227

Kelly provides direct administrative support to the Office of Summer and Winter Programs Director and staff. She collaborates with many campus departments in scheduling summer and winter courses and serves as the primary office resource for communicating programmatic information. 

Kelly Racine

Kelly Racine
Business Manager, Office of Summer
and Winter Programs

Kelly supports the office in areas of operations, budgetary and financial related matters.  She serves as a liaison with the administration at the Regional Campuses, business office staff within the University’s Schools and Colleges, and with the University’s many student service and program offices.  She also oversees the faculty payroll process for the office.  In addition to the business and financial functions, Kelly works very closely with faculty and staff within the University’s academic departments and regional campuses with regards to the planning and scheduling of course offerings.