Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship Program

The Center for Teaching Excellence Fellowship for full time faculty involves a commitment to work on a project for one semester in collaboration with the CTE team. Projects are related to teaching and/or learning and based on the fellow's teaching and research interests.

 Applications for Fall 2021 are due June 25, 2021.

Learn more about the program or read about previous Fellows below!


Center for Teaching Excellence

Faculty Fellows

Spring 2021


Kathryn Bojczyk, Ph.D. & Anita Shagnea, M.S.

Education & Mathematics


As CTE Faculty Fellows, Dr. Bojczyk and Professor Shagnea will collaborate to conduct a research study on students’ help-seeking behaviors in online college math courses. This research will lead to the development of a survey and video to support students in becoming more self-sufficient mathematics learners as well as training to help instructors promote their students’ help-seeking behaviors. Kathryn Bojczyk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education, and serves as the Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Program. Anita Shagnea is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Mathematics, Co-chair of University Research Day, and she runs the Applied Math in Action! Summer Program as well as the online precalculus review course.

Sarah Ferrario, Ph.D.

Greek & Latin


Sarah Ferrario is an Associate Professor in the Department of Greek and Latin, and also serves as Department Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies. As a CTE Faculty Fellow, Dr. Ferrario will design a thorough evaluation and assessment plan for the Greek and Latin Summer Program, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of these intensive online language programs and make evidence-based program improvements.

Guoyang Liu, Ph.D.



Guoyang Liu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics. As a CTE Faculty Fellow, Dr. Liu will design and develop a novel inquiry-driven, project-based course, Linear Algebra and Learning from Data, in which students across a variety of disciplines will learn matrix methods in data analysis, signal processing, and machine learning and will explore real-world problems and develop skills relevant to graduate studies and careers. Dr. Liu will focus specifically on how to differentiate the course to support students coming in with a variety of background knowledge and prior learning experiences.

Taryn Okuma, Ph.D.



Taryn Okuma is an Associate Professor of Practice and Associate Director of the Writing Program in the Department of English. Through the CTE Faculty Fellowship, Dr. Okuma will develop a series of Literary Magazine Production courses that will support a student-run online magazine for CatholicU. The courses will combine traditional classroom approaches to teaching literature and writing with experiential learning through training and visits from current professionals in creative writing and publishing.

 Center for Teaching Excellence

Faculty Fellows

Fall 2020

William Barbieri, Ph.D.

Religion and Culture


 William Barbieri is an ordinary professor in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, where he serves in the Religion and Culture and Moral Theology/Ethics academic areas. He is also the director of the interdisciplinary Peace and Justice Studies Program. Among the topics he teaches and writes on are comparative religious ethics, religion and public policy, ethics and film, environmental ethics, and the ethics of war and peace.

As a CTE Faculty Fellow, Dr. Barbieri will be developing a joint graduate and undergraduate course on race and religion. The course will aim to develop an anti-racist pedagogy integrating theology, religious studies, ethics, critical race theory, and community-based learning.

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Rona Frederick, Ph.D.


Rona Frederick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education specializing in curriculum and instruction, teacher education, and Africana studies. Dr. Frederick teaches Children’s Literature to future teachers and specializes in culturally responsive pedagogy.

 As a CTE Faculty Fellow, Dr. Frederick is conducting an evaluation study of eLearning Village, an online platform designed to provide culturally responsible enrichment classes by teachers of color for students all over the world. Through eLearning Village, master educators deliver enriching content to K-12 students in order to supplement their schooling experience. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, her evaluation study will examine the teaching and learning experience on this platform with the goal of improving instructional delivery.  Considerations for best practice will be put forth to inform teacher education.

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Maria Cecilia Ulrickson, Ph.D.

American Church History

Maria Cecilia Ulrickson is an assistant professor of American Church History in the School of Theology and Religious Studies. She teaches and writes on slavery and the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

As a CTE Faculty Fellow, Dr Ulrickson is using a video-based discussion tool, Flipgrid, to support student writing. As students prepare a term paper, they will brainstorm, develop argument, analyze sources, revise, and journal in video form in our Flipgrid classroom. The goal of the project is to make writing an oral, communal process.
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Peter Ulrickson, Ph.D.


Peter Ulrickson is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics specializing in algebraic topology. His research interests include graph theory, knot theory, and connections between algebraic topology and quantum field theory.

As a CTE Faculty Fellow, Dr. Ulrickson is implementing the use of digital whiteboards to provide timely, convenient, and personal feedback to students of calculus. The goal of the project is to make mathematics visual and tangible despite the logistical challenges of remote learning.
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Otto Wilson, Jr., Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineering

Otto Wilson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. At Catholic University, he established a research lab to enhance the healing and remodeling of hard tissue. He is also very active in K-12 educational outreach and promoting STEM education among young people.

As a CTE Faculty Fellow, Otto is designing a professional development program based on beehive and bee behavior so as to form fruitful connections and inform local educators that ultimately will impact the world. This semester Otto is leading four interactive and  virtual workshops for educators of the Friendship Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. The four pillars of his presentation focus on content delivery (bee sting), reaching beyond expectations (bee flight), sweetening and spicing up learning (honey) and innovative and inspirational ways to communicate/share information (bee dance).