Erin Sanders O’Leary, Ph.D.

Director of CEILS
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Academic Administrator, Life Sciences Core Education Department

Program Coordinator, UCLA Postdocs Longitudinal Investment in Faculty Training (UPLIFT), NIH IRACDA Program
Administrative Co-Leader, UCLA’s Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL@UCLA)
Implementation Leader, Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

Email: erins@ceils.ucla.edu
Office Location: 126 Hershey Hall
Ph:
(310) 825-1783

Bio

Erin Sanders is an accomplished leader in the development and assessment of innovative strategies for undergraduate STEM education both in the classroom and laboratory. Dr. Sanders earned her B.S. in Chemistry from DePaul University in Chicago, IL in 1998 and her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from UCLA in 2005. Her research interests and experience span a variety of life sciences disciplines including molecular systematics of plastid genes in green algae, mechansims of site-specific DNA recombination in bacteria, and composition studies of bio-energy relevant microbial communities. As a faculty member in UCLA’s Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (MIMG), Dr. Sanders pioneered the development of an innovative curriculum for MIMG undergraduates and coordinated the creation of new upper division courses that provide authentic course-based research experiences (CUREs) and apprentice-based research experiences for all MIMG majors. Dr. Sanders is the author of a popular textbook for the microbiology CURE, has published on her assessment-informed curricular reform efforts, and is a recognized scholar in STEM education.

As the founding director of CEILS, Dr. Sanders works with the Associate Deans Blaire Van Valkenburgh and Albert Courey as well as the Faculty Advisory Committee to coordinate CEILS activities to meet the needs and interests of participating faculty in departments and interdisciplinary programs responsible for instruction of undergraduate courses in the Life and Physical Sciences. By conferring with CEILS participants, leadership, and cross-campus units, Dr. Sanders helps promote and support education and diversity initiatives that strengthen the teaching community at UCLA.

MARC LEVIS-FITZGERALD

Director, Center for Educational Assessment at UCLA’s Office of Instructional Development (OID)

Email: MLEVIS@OID.UCLA.EDU 
Office Location: 210 Hershey Hall
Ph:
(310) 206-5409

Bio

Dr. Marc Levis-Fitzgerald was hired in 1999 as the Director of the newly established Office of Undergraduate Evaluation and Research. The office was renamed in 2009 and is now called the Center for Educational Assessment. Marc earned a B.A. in Economics and French at UCLA and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Higher Education at UCLA. His research interests include curriculum reform and evaluation, student and faculty development, and institutional transformation. He is particularly interested in documenting the experience of undergraduate students, and directs the development and implementation of the UCLA Senior Survey. He heads several undergraduate science initiative assessment projects funded by NSF and HHMI. In addition, he leads program review efforts related to the Transfer Alliance Program, a partnership between UCLA and community colleges in California. His recent work with large data sets and increased expertise in learning analytics are responding to the latest campus calls for more contextual, comprehensive, and long-term data, integrated and readily available from multiple sources. In responding to this call, Marc’s work is primed to evolve with the needs of research collaborators, increasing his capacity to measure and improve student outcomes.

Jess Gregg, M. ED.

Associate Director of CEILS for Educational Development
Academic Coordinator, Life Sciences Core Education Department

Project Coordinator, SoCal Regional Collaborative, CIRTL INCLUDES

Email: jessgregg@ceils.ucla.edu
Office Location: 210 Hershey Hall
Ph:
(310) 825-6694

Bio

Jess works closely with Erin Sanders, CEILS Director, on multiple initiatives involving the use of data analytics to inform curricular improvements and drive conversations with faculty and college leadership around student success in the sciences. She co-facilitates and leads the coordination of CEILS educational programs and training workshops targeting faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars including the annual train-the-trainer Educational Development Workshop for Teaching Assistant Consultants and Faculty Advisors in the Life and Physical Sciences, the annual Faculty Workshop on Best Practices in STEM Teaching, and local  5-day Summer Institute for Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education starting in 2017.  Jess also organizes and facilitates smaller “Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP)” workshops offered throughout the year. She supports CEILS collaborative initiatives with regional community college and 4-year institutions,  supports local CIRTL program development and marketing initiatives, and provides individual support to faculty including classroom observation, consultation on course design and active learning, and training on educational technology implementation. She collaborates with the Life Sciences Core Media Center, a newly developed multimedia studio and grant funded project to redesign the Life Sciences Core curriculum utilizing high quality interactive video to implement a flipped classroom model.

Jess holds Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University in Counseling Psychology with emphasis on multicultural competence in organizations and institutions. Her interests include group dynamics, active learning pedagogy, educational research and assessment, and cultivating equitable and inclusive classrooms.