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 and Coordinator of Learning Outcomes Assessment in Language, Literacy & Technology Education
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

Director of the Core Curriculum / Associate Professor in Social & Psychological Foundations of Education
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.

2016-2017 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.

Nicole R. Juersivich

Nicole R. Juersivich

Assistant Professor of Mathematics in Mathematics
Peckham Hall 212

Education: B.S., Mathematics, Salisbury University; M.S., Mathematics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Ph.D., Mathematics Education, University of Virginia

Teaching and Research Interests: Mathematical problem solving and thinking, the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, student and teacher use of multiple representations in the mathematics classroom, and mathematics teacher education. Most recently, I have enjoyed creating and investigating the application features of Visual Basic in Excel to transform spreadsheets into an applet-like environment for teaching mathematics.

Carolyn Lagoe

Carolyn Lagoe

Assistant Professor & Director of Communication and Media Program in English and Communication
Golisano Academic Center 491

Education: B.A., University at Buffalo; M. A., University at Buffalo; Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Teaching/Research/Scholarly Interests: Research and professional experience focuses on the use of health communication campaigns for behavior change. Work also examines the impact of online information seeking on health knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Takes an experiential approach to education by working with students on projects emphasizing service learning and civic engagement.

Kimberly J. McGann

Kimberly J. McGann

Associate Professor in Sociology & Anthropology
Golisano Academic Center 305

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

Teaching Interests: Sociology of mass media and popular culture, marriage and families, race and ethnicities, individuals in society, and social problems.

Research Interests: Interpersonal relationships and technology (e.g. effects of social media), social influences on romantic love, social construction of the news, Hurricane Katrina, stratification, the social construction of symbolic boundaries, and cognitive sociology.

Megan Colleen Tobin

Megan Colleen Tobin

Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 233

Education: Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, in Communication Sciences and Disorders; M.S., Nazareth College, in Communication Sciences and Disorders; B.A., Bates College, in Japanese Language

Teaching and Research Interests: Supporting community participation, social language development, and preparation for the transition to adulthood for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders.