The Teaching Integration and Innovation Lab (TIIL) in Smyth 165 is created by and for faculty to support innovative and integrative teaching practices. While informal networks of support for teaching, mentoring, and collaboration exist at Nazareth, the TIIL is a faculty-led support system for formative development of teaching, encouraging collaboration, feedback, innovation, and integration of ideas and techniques. It is meant to be a physical space of exploration, support, and discovery, but also an idea that makes explicit the culture of teaching on campus as one of sharing, dialogue, and communication.

TIIL-Sponsored Activities

  • Open Classroom Week (#openNaz) — photo album
  • peer-to-peer teaching evaluations
  • guest lectures
  • discussion groups
  • hands-on workshops
  • presentations of faculty scholarship on teaching and learning
  • TIIL events calendar »
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Teaching the Teachers

More than 100 faculty and staff participated in the Teaching Integration and Innovation Lab's first project: Open Classroom Week.

TIIL Facilitators

Maria Baldassarre Hopkins

Maria Baldassarre Hopkins

Associate Professor, Director of the Marie Callahan Reading Clinic, Director of the Graduate Literacy Program in Education, School of
585-389-5194
mhopkin8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 285
Bio

Education: Ph.D. in literacy, Ed.M., B.A., State University of New York Buffalo

Teaching and Research Interests: Current issues in literacy education, including multicultural literature, social justice and educational equity, and new literacies.

Read how she motivates the motivators.

Rachel Bailey Jones

Rachel Bailey Jones

Associate Professor in Education, School of
Co-Director in Honors Program
585-389-5139
rjones3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 259
Bio

Education: Ph.D. Curriculum and Teaching with a Specialization in Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Teaching and Research Interests: Colonial and post-colonial forms of education, gender and sexuality in education, and the relationship between popular culture and education. She has a special fascination with Disney and its role in shaping and educating us about normal and appropriate gender and sexual roles.

2019-2020 TIIL Fellows

TIIL activities are coordinated and facilitated by TIIL Fellows, a rotating group of invested faculty members who apply for the role.

The Fellows serve as coordinators and ambassadors and are integral to TIIL's operation and success. Working closely with one another and with TIIL facilitators, they lead faculty learning opportunities based on their areas of interest and expertise. They also help to design and participate in other TIIL-sponsored activities such as the TIIL kick-off, peer feedback groups, guest speakers, etc. Fellows receive a stipend and partial support for travel to a teaching conference.

Kimberly J. McGann

Kimberly J. McGann

Professor of Sociology and Department Chair in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-5136
kmcgann5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 305
Bio

Education: Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo (Sociology); M.A., Rutgers University (Sociology); B.A., Skidmore College (Sociology)

Teaching Interests: Mass Media and Popular Culture, Medical Sociology, Individual & Society, Race & Ethnicity, Intro to Sociology, Senior Seminar, Marriages & Families. Undergraduate student research opportunities.

Research Interests: Social influences on romantic love, online dating, the social construction of the news, power and social inequality, innovative pedagogy, student retention.

Kerry A. Dunn

Kerry A. Dunn

Associate Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Assistantships in Education, School of
585-389-5138
kdunn4@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 229
Bio

Education: B.A., Saint Michael's College; M.A., City College of New York; Ed.D., NOVA Southeastern University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Differentiated instruction; Literacy assessment; Supporting new teachers; Integrating UDL across all learning environments; Community relations: home/school connections; Self-reflection as a means to inform teaching and learning.

Melissa A. Johnson

Melissa A. Johnson

Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders
585-389-4412
mjohnso2@naz.edu
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 234
Bio

Education: Ph.D. Health Practice Research, University of Rochester; M.A. Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University; B.A. Speech-Language Pathology, SUNY Geneseo

Clinical, teaching and research interests: neurogenic communication disorders in adults, including right hemisphere dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, aphasia and self-perception of language performance in older adults.

Keith A. Koster

Keith A. Koster

Associate Professor in Music
585-389-5164
kkoster8@naz.edu
Arts Center 1D
Bio

Education: Ph.D., University of Missouri; M.M., Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University; B.S., Quincy College

Teaching and Research Interests: Exploring the art and science of effective teaching, music literacy, music teaching methodologies, and gender and music. 

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J.J. Mowder-Tinney

J.J. Mowder-Tinney

Professor in Physical Therapy
585-389-2901
jmowder3@naz.edu
York Wellness & Rehabilitation Institute 177
Bio

Education: B.S. Psychology, University of Colorado; M.S. Physical Therapy, University of Miami in Florida; Ph.D. Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University; certified clinical specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS); certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT); Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) from the American Stroke Association; and Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults (CEEAA) from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Teaching and Research Interests: Neuromuscular deficits, balance and falls assessment, neurological interventions, and clinical reasoning skills.

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Linda Riek

Linda Riek

Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy
585-389-2132
lriek9@naz.edu
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 152
Bio

Education: B.S. Physical Therapy, Ithaca College; Clinical Doctorate, A.T. Still University; Ph.D. Health Practice Research, University of Rochester.

Teaching and Research Interests: Neurological rehabilitation and geriatrics. 

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