November 20, 2008

Glennan Fellows Work Toward Developing New Programs for Undergraduate Education

Nominations for 2009-10 Fellows due in February


The academic fields and disciplines of the 2008-09 Glennan Fellows vary as widely as the projects they are engaged in.

Awarded each spring, Glennan Fellowships are administered by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) and designed to reward excellence in faculty and to nurture their growth as teachers and scholars.

This year's Fellows are Darin Croft, anatomy; Lisa Huisman Koops, music; Kelly McMann, political science; Leena Palomo, periodontics; and Gregory Tochtrop, chemistry. The subjects of their work include areas of study in anthropology, child development, undergraduate research, periodontics and technology and curriculum development.

Today, learn about Darin Croft's project:

Darin Croft, assistant professor of anatomy

"Exploring the Mammalian Family Tree"

Through the Glennan Fellows program, Croft is developing a new course that will put human's place in nature in perspective through an exploration of the mammalian family tree. His goal is for students to recognize that they are merely one branch among many that comprise one of the most diverse and interesting radiations Earth has ever witnessed: mammals. In addition to gaining a familiarity with the major groups of modern and fossil mammals, students will learn how evolutionary trees are built by participating in hands-on lab experiences using modern phylogenetic software. The course will help students become proficient at scientific research, emphasize written and oral communication skills, and use the unique resources at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to complement lecture and lab experiences.

Glennan Fellowships Background

Glennan Fellowships are funded by an endowment established by T. Keith Glennan, a former university president (CIT 1947-66), and awardees must be tenure-track faculty members who show exceptional promise in both teaching and scholarship.

Nominees are faculty, who are on the tenure track. Fellows must demonstrate a balance of teaching and scholarship, evidenced by research publications, books, grants, artistic achievements or other accomplishments. Contributions to teaching can range from curricular and academic program development to participation in education-related activities.

Nominations for the 2009-2010 Glennan Fellows are due in February and winners will be announced towards the end of the spring semester.

For more information on the program and the nomination/application process, go online or contact UCITE at (216) 368-1224 or

For more information contact Jason Tirotta, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, November 20, 2008 02:17 PM | News Topics: HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Research, School of Medicine, news

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