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CETL Staff Members


Belinda Braunstein, M.A. (TESOL)
Coordinator, English Language Institute

Belinda came to the center in 2008 from UC Santa Barbara Extension, where she was Academic Coordinator of the English Language Program. She has worked with different groups of English language learners, including first-generation and international students in the university context. She has loved teaching English and working with international students in the U.S. and Mexico since 1994. Her work at the center includes assessing the language skills of incoming international graduate students, providing language skill workshops to graduates and undergrads, and developing the ELI to better serve the UC Merced community. | (209) 228-4762 | AOA 112

Eileen Kogl Camfield

Eileen Kogl Camfield, Ed.D.
Faculty Associate

Eileen has a degree in English (B.A.) and graduate degrees (M.A. and Ed.D.) in Higher Education. Since 1997, she has been an instructor, curriculum designer, and faculty pedagogy coordinator. She spent five years as director of a university writing program, which included chairing the Developmental Writing Department, overseeing the Student Writing Center, and leading faculty learning communities for Writing in the Disciplines. She subsequently served as the Executive Director of Student Academic Success Services. In these roles, she collaborated closely with the General Education Program and with the University Assessment Committee. Eileen’s deep commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion connects with her research interests pertaining to student success, writing self-efficacy development, resilience theory, and authentic assessment. At UC Merced, she has a dual appointment, as a teaching professor in the Global Arts, Media, and Writing Studies Department and in the CETL. She supports faculty and graduate student pedagogy with specific expertise in developing discipline-based writing instruction (WiD) and in using writing to activate and support student learning (WAC-W2L). | ACS 152

Joan Holmquist
Director, Academic and Emerging Technologies
Interim Co-Director, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning

As the Director or Academic and Emerging Technologies in the Office of Information Technology, and the Interim Co-Director in the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning, Joan oversees an amazing team who support faculty in the use of classroom spaces, CatCourses LMS and other instructional tools, media services and the development of courses and instructional materials for online and hybrid courses. She is passionate about using innovative technology and research-based pedagogy to craft learning experiences that engage students' imagination and propel them to deeper levels of understanding. She enjoys working with instructors to articulate a vision, develop strategies to use classrooms spaces effectively for learning, develop digital assets for courses, evaluate efficacy of learning delivery, and iteratively enhance student learning opportunities. Before joining UC Merced in 2016, Joan worked as the Educational Technology Manager under Academic Affairs at UC San Diego.

With a BA in Justice Administration from American University and an M.Ed. from Oregon State University, she has been involved in the development and delivery of faculty training for numerous learning management systems and instructional tools, the design and evaluation of learning spaces, the design and development of two Faculty Centers for Teaching, the design and production of high quality multimedia course resources, professional development for faculty and staff members, and online and hybrid program creation. Joan enjoys strategizing on the implementation of new instructional technologies, building and developing high-performing teams, collaborating with instructors on course design and sharing findings with the broader academic community.  | KL 227

Cathy Pohan

Cathy Pohan, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Director, Center for Engaged Teaching & Learning

Dr. Cathy Pohan holds a Ph.D. in Psychological and Cultural Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition she holds a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.A. in Liberal Studies/ Education. She brings over 27 years of experience in higher education to the CETL team, with specializations in learning, development, curriculum, assessment, and instructional design.  Prior to arriving at UC Merced, Dr. Pohan held professorships and various leadership roles at the University of Northern Colorado, San Diego State University, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and National University. Her classroom experiences include teaching in face-to-face, hybrid, and online environments. She is a well-published scholar-practitioner. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2015, Dr. Pohan spent five months living in Chile and working with university faculty and public school teachers throughout the country. She continues to consult with Chilean faculty and support the development of school-university partnerships in Santiago. As a first generation college student herself, Dr. Pohan understands the challenges and opportunities facing many college students today. She enjoys the opportunity to support faculty and graduate teaching assitants in their efforts to improve teaching and learning here at UC Merced.  | KL 227


Jackie Shay

Jackie Shay, M.Sc.
Associate Director, Center for Engaged Teaching & Learning

Jackie is an inaugural UC Merced Bobcat and earned her degrees in Biology (B.S.) from UC Merced, Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation Biology (M.Sc.) from San Francisco State University, and Quantitative and Systems Biology (Ph.D. candidate) from UC Merced. After her undergraduate work, Jackie joined the Peace Corps in Morocco where she partnered with local nurses and teachers to develop peer-health education programs focused on fostering leadership and creative peer-based learning in her community. Jackie has 8 years of experience with teaching, pedagogy, and science education and specializes in graduate student professional development, student engagement in STEM-based classes, and developing and organizing effective online and hybrid courses. As a CETL Associate Director, Jackie is dedicated to expanding support for faculty and graduate student teachers, motivating educators to use evidence-based teaching practices, and creating opportunities for both faculty and graduate students to build inclusive learning environments for our unique undergraduate community. Jackie is excited to offer her enthusiasm and guidance and is looking forward to working with you.

Adriana Signorini, M.A. (TEFL & Applied Linguistics)
SATAL program coordinator & Assessment coordinator

Adriana's primary responsibility in the Center entails coordinating the Students Assessing Teaching and Learning (SATAL) program and consulting with faculty on the assessment of the student learning experiences in their courses. As SATAL coordinator, she looks forward to supporting teaching assistants, faculty, and academic programs collect the student perspective through various assessment tools and help the community of instructors move from evidence, to meaning, to action. | (209) 228-4766 | AOA 111

James Zimmerman

James Zimmerman, Ph.D
Senior Associate Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPDUE)

After beginning his career as a chemist at the University of Wisconsin - Marinette, Dr. Zimmerman joined the faculty at Missouri State University in 2002, receiving tenure in 2006. In 2007, he joined Ken Bain as the Associate Director of the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair State University. He has joined UC-Merced after a six-year stint directing the Christian A. Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching at Rollins College.

Dr. Zimmerman has participated in professional development activities at the local, national, and international level. These activities have included developing a theory-based intergrative model for learning and motivation in higher education, actively serving on the POD research committee, and judging the IBM Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award. He has implemented a reflective teaching partnership program that pairs retired faculty master teachers with current faculty, and designed assessment protocols for NSF funded REU programs and other multi-college initiatives.

In his capacity as Rollins College CAJ Institute director, Dr. Zimmreman led many college-wide projects. He cotnributed to Rollins' 2015 successful SACS reaccreditation as a member of the college-wide Accreditation Leadership Team, chair of the QEP Assessment committee, and as a curriculum development advisor for numerous academic departments. Dr. Zimmerman launched several faculty development programs that helpf faculty acquire, strengthen, and assess a beneficial pedagogical literacy. He co-chaired the general education committee charged with the design, implementation, and assessment of RIllins' new core curriculum - Rollins Foundation in the Liberal Arts.

Dr. Zimmerman has mentored faculty team projects designed to address issues that often discourage women and minorities from pursuing study in the STEM fields, and has presented the NSF-sponsored Multi-Initiative Dissemination (MID) project curriculum to multiple cohorts of science faculty from a wide-range of academic institutions. Dr. Zimmerman has taught undergraduate courses in first-year programs, honors programs, and multidisciplinary curricula as well as graduate courses in nuclear and physical chemistry. His scholarly agenda currently includes program, project, and classroom assessment, integrative learning theory, applied motivation theory, and creative approaches to traditional faculty development.