October 15, 2012

Dr. Marcio Oliveira, assistant dean for educational innovation, and Dr. Stephen Roth, associate professor, associate chair, and graduate director, Department of Kinesiology, were both selected for 2012-13 Faculty Lilly Teaching Fellowships with the university's Center for Teaching Excellence.

This year's cohort of Faculty Lilly Fellows will focus on "Making the Most of Class Time in a Digital World." Both Oliveira and Roth were selected for the fellowship because of their commitment to developing innovative teaching methods that enhance student learning and their leadership in support of this effort on the University of Maryland campus. The CTE-Faculty Lilly Program has for more than twenty years provided opportunities for faculty to form lasting cohorts among colleagues from across campus as they address critical issues in teaching and learning at the University of Maryland. Many of the Lilly projects have had lasting impact on undergraduate education and the culture of teaching and learning on campus.

In their role as Lilly Fellows, Oliveira and Roth will be part of a cohort of teaching faculty who are tasked with answering questions including:

  • What should we be doing in the classroom?
  • What can students obtain from face-to-face class time that is difficult to attain from other mechanisms?
  • How do we adapt our instructional methods to maximize the use of face-to-face class time?

The fact that two of this year's Lilly Fellows are from the School of Public Health reflects that the school is becoming a leader in educational innovation. Dean Jane Clark is chairing the Provost's Committee on Blended and Online Learning and the school is poised to implement new learning technologies and methods in support of the educational mission of the new collaborative School of Public Health which is being formed with the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.