CELT announces its first faculty fellows

Ann Gansemer-Topf and Monica Lamm have been appointed the first faculty fellows in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). Their two-year, 30-percent appointments begin Jan. 1, 2019.

"We are extremely excited for this opportunity to leverage Ann's and Monica's expertise to benefit faculty teaching practices and teaching scholarship across the university," said CELT director Sara Marcketti. "Their appointments are the result of feedback from the strategic planning process, particularly from faculty -- tenure-track, tenured and term -- who want to provide the best learning experience for Iowa State's students."

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Ann Gansemer-Topf

Gansemer-Topf, associate professor in the School of Education, will serve as faculty fellow for scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). She will work to enhance CELT's efforts around SoTL and assessment, including leadership of the SoTL Scholars program, and develop resources for departments to use for program evaluation.

Gansemer-Topf, who joined the faculty in 2012 after serving as Iowa State's associate director of research for admissions, earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Loras College, Dubuque; and a master's in higher education and Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Iowa State. Her research interests include assessment of student learning, effective pedagogy and student success.

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Monica Lamm

Lamm, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, will serve as faculty fellow for programming. She will expand CELT's faculty programming, including the development of a Teaching and Learning Academy for new faculty members and leadership of the Teaching Partners program.

Lamm joined the Iowa State faculty in 2003. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Syracuse University, New York, and master's and Ph.D. degrees from North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Lamm has received numerous Iowa State teaching awards and worked with CELT to develop team-based learning to enhance student success.