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 »

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 in Education, School of
Golisano Academic Center 285

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
Golisano Academic Center 259

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.

2018-2019 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.

Hettie Barnhill

Hettie Barnhill

Assistant Professor in Professional Practice in Theatre and Dance
Arts Center 47

Broadway actress, director, choreographer, and founder of Movement & Characters — a school dedicated to providing industry level, professional classes in the performing arts for students of all ages, levels, and financial backgrounds, in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Nominated for a 2017 New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Choreography, she has performed on Broadway in Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, Tony Award winning FELA! (original cast), and the Tony award nominated Leap Of Faith (original cast). Other selected credits include: NYIT Award nom., A Cabaret At The End Of The World (choreographer); The Metropolitan Opera’s Romeo & Juliet, Elektra, and Lulu; Dallas Theater Center’s FLY, A New Musical; Face-Off Unlimited Improv NYC’s Batsu, Pillow Fight (choreographer); The St. Louis Muny Opera’s Hairspray, Aida, Camelot, and Meet Me In St. Louis; Riverside Theater’s La Cage Aux Follies and St. Louis Black Rep, Guys and Dolls. Television and Film include Law & Order SVU, The Knick and King Bolden. She has taught at Stephens College, MO; Mark Morris NY; SUNY Ulster NY Theater Department; JCC Triple Threat; Mohonk Mountain House; SUNY New Paltz, NY Music Department; and judged Encore Dance Competition for the Stars NJ. Offstage, Hettie has received awards for using her art as therapy/service. Since 2006, Hettie has been involved with A Long Walk Home nonprofit for survivors of rape and violence. In 2016, Hettie cofounded Create A Space Now, an interactive social platform that uses performing arts and multimedia to further discussion around #blacklivesmatter, recent events, and race relations.

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Kerry A. Dunn

Kerry A. Dunn

Associate Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Assistantships in Education, School of
Golisano Academic Center 229

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
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 234

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.

Samantha Nolte-Yupari

Samantha Nolte-Yupari

Assistant Professor & Director of the Art Education Program in Art
Arts Center 170B

Education:  B.A., Mercyhurst University; M.A.E, Virginia Commonwealth University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University.

Areas of Academic Interest: The experiences of beginning teachers, maps as a qualitative research methodology, sensory ethnography, curriculum studies, and classroom management.

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