Instructional Innovation Advisory Council

The Instructional Innovation Advisory Council (IIAC) is comprised of actively engaged faculty who serve as an advisory group to the Dean. Their work focuses on increasing student learning and preparation for life-long success by developing, collecting and promoting creative and effective approaches to instruction. Expert faculty representatives will solicit ideas and expert advice from their peers and share information about best practices and instructional opportunities with the Dean and the larger faculty.

The Council shall also be responsible for advising on support activities for faculty related to innovations in all forms of instruction, including online, hybrid and face-to-face courses, as well as helping to define and promote a key tenant of the McMicken experience: experiential learning.


Zvi Biener
Assistant Professor, Philosophy

"My interests are in online pedagogy, particularly in using simple tools to encourage a student’s ability to self-teach. I like to think about how to guide a student through complicated content in a way that allows her to make choices, but is constrained enough to follow a logical path, one that minimizes possible errors and confusion."

Amber Gee
Educator Associate Professor, Communication

"I am interested in active learning in the classroom as well as assisting/mentoring faculty new to online instruction."

Marla Hall
Professor, Psychology

"I am presently responsible for coordinating the internships for the College. We are looking to grow the number of internships offered as well as the number of students completing internships. In addition, I am working on developing a more functional structure and process for the college that will incorporate best practices of departments with robust internship programs and provide more assistance to small departments and those wanting to develop internship opportunities."

Warren D. Huff
Professor, Geology

"I have taught intro-level and advanced geology classes at UC since 1963, and have enjoyed both the continuing change in student backgrounds and the emerging technologies that increase the diversity of instructional methods. I started teaching online classes in 2006 using Camtasia for lecture capture followed by Podcast Producer and now Echo360, and I continue to enjoy and appreciate the challenges of maintaining course quality as student interest in online instruction continues to expand.”

Fenfang Hwu
Associate Professor, Romance Languages

"I enjoy studying and researching the science of human learning and creating optimal learning environments to benefit student learning. My scholarship in learning and instruction encompasses two disciplines: Second Language Acquisition and Computer Assisted Language Learning. My recent research projects include developing different instructional techniques to accommodate individual learner differences in language learning aptitudes, using learner-behavior tracking technology to gain insights into learning process, and providing meaningful and motivating language practice through a comic-creation software."

Sarah E. Jackson
Associate Professor, Anthropology

"In my classes, I am especially interested in students learning discipline-related methods in addition to topical material (i.e., focusing on “how do we know what we know?”), and establishing relevance by drawing connections between material inside and outside of the classroom (exploring and collaboratively developing answers to “so what?” questions about the topics we study). I also have experience with offering study abroad/international experiences for students and involving students in hands-on research experiences."

Kay Kinoshita
Professor, Physics

"My interest is in broadening faculty use of research-based methods toward better learning for their students. Although the value of active learning is well established, actually achieving improved learning outcomes is not straightforward, and overstretched research faculty are loath to invest additional time for no clear gain. I have worked to accelerate my department's collective experience, wisdom and buy-in through regular informal meetings that mix presentations, sharing of experiences, and robust discussion."

Laura Micciche
Associate Professor, Rhetoric and Composition, English and Comparative Literature

"I teach primarily writing, rhetoric and pedagogical theory courses. I’ve come to believe that, above all else, effective teaching is characterized by change. To that end, my methods are various: I prompt students to engage with course materials through formal, informal and reflective writing assignments; close readings of texts; collaborative projects; multimedia projects; kinesthetic and experiential methods; and oral presentations. My hope is that this variety creates sparks, facilitating student connection with material, while also acknowledging and valuing different modes of learning."

Michal Raucher
Assistant Professor, Judaic Studies

"As a member of the inaugural “Backpack project” at UC, I incorporate various technologies into my teaching, both in lectures and in background course prep. Students in my classes learn in a variety of settings and through different methods: classes, discussions, reflections, group projects, visits to museums and archives, engagement with scholars and interviews with “primary sources” around the world. I firmly believe that each student has the potential to succeed and it is our responsibility to facilitate learning through the incorporation of different modes of teaching and analysis."

Cynthia Nitz Ris
Educator Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature

"I am serving on the IIAC’s online learning subcommittee. I am especially interested in working with A&S colleagues to develop policies that reflect best practices for online learning and to help determine the most useful methods for sharing resources to implement such practices. My own teaching and research has concentrated on developing effective pedagogies for online writing intensive courses."

Elissa Yancey
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications

"I was inspired to become a teacher after tutoring teens who were at least two years off grade-level. What I learned from them surpassed what they learned from me. I discovered that students want to be engaged in relevant topics and have much wisdom to share as long as we take the time to listen as we learn from each other. I co-founded the local non-profit WordPlay Cincy based on these principles. I am excited to learn about A&S innovations and help share those stories with a broader audience."

Yu-Chin Fu
Director, A&S Information Technology Services

"With three master’s degrees in Education, Educational Psychology and Computer Science, 18 years of Information Technology experience in industry, 10 years of Information Technology services at A&S, almost two years of eLearning involvement at UC, and 10 years of Toastmasters where leaders are made, it’s the right time and right place for me. How we help faculty adapt technology to enhance teaching and facilitate student’s active learning is challenging yet will be rewarding. I believe that we can do if each of us commit to this Council’s common goals and the upper management gives us strong support."

Erinn Leary Green
Educator Associate Professor, Psychology

"I am interested in innovative classroom teaching. Specifically, how to infuse active learning techniques into the large lecture classroom. My goal in all of my classes is to encourage students to actively apply the class material to their own lives and the greater world around them. This promotes intrinsic motivation to learn. Students learn to engage with the material not just for the promise of a good grade, but also because they feel the material is relevant to them and important for them to learn."

Josh Heinrich
Sr. Instructional Designer, Center for Excellence in eLearning

"I am an instructional designer as well as instructional design faculty. I bring with me my experience in teaching and designing engaging instruction in both online and face to face classes. I am hoping to help build a vibrant community of scholarship and practice through increased learner engagement."

Sean Hughes
Educator Associate Professor, Journalism

"As a visual journalist and professor, engaging my students in active, experiential and effective learning is mandatory. My pedagogical strategy is based on a hands-on approach, applying skills learned in the classroom and through prerecorded materials to prescribed experiences, with complementary aspects of reflection, generalization and growth. As a member of the IIAC, it is my intention to champion the 'one size does not fit all' approach to instruction, as well as learning other pedagogical approaches from progressive educators, and ultimately sharing and inspiring innovation within the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences."

Ivan Dinev Ivanov
Educator Assistant Professor, Political Science

"My participation in the IIAC is driven by two separate motivations: First, I teach a large introductory course on International Relations (130-150 students) and would like to offer and collect ideas about innovative ways to approach successfully large classes. Second, I also lead a study abroad program in Brussels and the Hague and would like to discuss with other faculty and administrators how this and other study abroad opportunities can be better integrated into experiential learning and the McMicken Experience that includes various research and internship opportunities for our students."

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Vernon L. Jackson
Business Relationship Manager, UCIT

"My area of expertise is technology, and I’ve spent 14 years here at the University of Cincinnati. With the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years, I am able to leverage those skills to partner with faculty to help remove impediments that may hinder their ability to fulfill their pedagogical mission."

Mary Koshar
Educator Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences

"I am interested in inquiry-based learning and any type of methods that get students doing mathematics, developing rigorous and engaging quantitative reasoning courses, and mathematics and art."

Tina Meagher, Online Video Specialist, Center for Excellence in eLearning

"I lead the implemenetation and promote the usage of the enterprise video tools (Echo360, Kaltura and Webex) in and outside of the classroom."

LaSharon Mosley
Educator Assistant Professor, Biology

"I am serving on the IIAC to help broaden faculty approaches to creative and experimental learning techniques. My overall purpose is to foster applications that will improve students' engagement, classroom enrichment and critical thinking/inquiry-based hypotheses that will build life-time learning skills."

Pat Reid
Director of Instructional Innovation, Center for Excellence in eLearning

"As the CEeL Director of Instructional Innovation and CET&L Associate Director of Integrated Instruction, I am strongly interested in supporting A&S faculty in identifying and adopting innovative instruction based on research-based pedagogical approaches."

Dan Waddell
Educator Assistant Professor, Chemistry

"I want to reach as many students as possible to help them learn how to learn, become better lifelong learners, and be better equipped for whatever is in their future. I am interested specifically in the use of technology in the classroom and how this can foster learning. I am also interested in how creating a more inquiry based and experience driven curriculum will affect the learning process."

Jeff Zalar
Assistant Professor, History

"I enjoy collaborating with others on the enhancement of student learning culture. My special interest is working out the details of integrated learning among 1) the dissemination of disciplinary knowledge, 2) training in pre-professional cognitive skills (analysis, oral disputation, higher-order reading comprehension, targeted and convincing writing, etc.) and 3) the inculcation of intellectual and social virtues. To me, this is what it means to educate the 'whole student.' "