Faculty Fellows in support of Faculty Development

Sheena Carey Dinorah Cortés-Vélez Leah Flack Drew Stathus
Sheena Carey Dinorah Cortés-Vélez  Leah Flack
J. Drew Stathus

We understand that making connections and building relationships with other faculty can be an important path to your teaching success. The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) wants to provide a mechanism to easily get that support to you in a variety of ways. We want to create opportunities for dialogue and reflection about teaching, foster a sense of faculty community, and provide tangible advice and guidance that can help promote a culture of pedagogical excellence at Marquette University.

The CTL will offer this 2022-2023 academic year one-on-one or group consultations with your fellow faculty that focus on teaching-related needs you may have. Consultations, by appointment, can be about any teaching-related questions; however, below are the most common needs of faculty.

  • Scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)
  • General course design
  • Community engagement within your class
  • Syllabus (re)design 
  • Student engagement techniques
  • Inclusive teaching
  • Teaching philosophy statements
  • Classroom observations
  • Student feedback/MOCES
  • Classroom management
  • Ignatian pedagogy
  • Educational technology
  • Group work
  • Service learning

Please contact the CTL to make an appointment.  We will do our best to match you with a faculty fellow that has expertise in your area of need.  You may also consider reviewing the following faculty fellow information to determine if a particular person might meet your needs.

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Ms. Sheena Carey

Ms. Carey is longstanding member of the Marquette community, serving as the internship coordinator for the College of Communication and lecturer of courses that include argumentation and debate; intercultural communication; cross-cultural communication; communication ethics; corporate advocacy, and many more. Sheena serves on many local community boards including Ko-Thi Dance company, Inc., YMCA Black Achievers, in Tandem Theater, Center for the Deaf and hard of Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. Her research interests include rhetorical and literary criticism, Africana Philosophy, cultural competency and workforce diversity initiatives and organizational development and cultural change.

 Ms. Carey is available for:

  • Inclusive Teaching
  • Teaching large enrollment classes
  • Group work
  • Case study teaching
  • Service learning in the sciences

Dr. Dinorah Cortés-Vélez 

Dr. Cortés-Vélez is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Marquette University. She specializes in Colonial Latin American literatures and cultures. Her secondary field of research is Puerto Rican literature and culture. She has published several articles on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz regarding gender, epistemology, philosophy, and theology. She has also published articles on topics such as poetics, gender, sexuality, and race in contemporary Puerto Rican literature.

 Dr. Cortés-Vélezis available for:

  • Ignatian pedagogy
  • Anti-Racist pedagogy
  • Vulnerability as a tool for promoting educational equity
  • Creativity and artistic approaches as tools for effective learning
  • Student-centered teaching strategies
  • Latinx pedagogies
  • Promoting diversity in the classroom through inclusive teaching practices

Dr. Leah Flack

Dr. Leah Flack is a professor of English. She has published two books examining why writers across Europe between the World Wars used ancient stories to respond to political and personal crisis and to defend the enduring value of literature. She is currently working with Narrative 4, a global community-engaged storytelling nonprofit organization aimed at building empathetic communities, and she directs Marquette’s N4 efforts. Trained in comparative literary studies, she enjoys teaching a wide range of classes, from ancient epics to James Joyce, the Russian novel, war fiction, and twenty-first century historical fiction. She gravitates to discussions about teaching and is excited to be part of the CTL as a faculty fellow.

She is available for:

  • Building community in the classroom.
  • Running effective discussions.
  • Aligning classroom practices and policies with your values and objectives.
  • Building trust and promoting honesty in classrooms.
  • Storytelling in the classroom.
  • Providing useful feedback on student writing and designing assignments that move past the traditional essay.
  • Power-up consultations that help faculty to own their accomplishments in their professional statements for promotion, awards, and publication.
  • Supporting faculty interested in experimenting with new pedagogical practices.
  • Classroom observations and consultations.
  • Collaborative problem-solving for challenging classes.

Mr. Drew Stathus

Mr. Stathus joined the College in the fall of 2010 and is the BUAD in-house academic technology specialist. He works with faculty to improve and develop online learning opportunities for the college.

 Mr. Stathus is available for:

  • Furthering the use of technology in teaching and learning