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2012 CRLT Faculty Associate for Online Collaboration: Mika LaVaque-Manty
In the 2012 calendar year, CRLT is partnering with a Faculty Associate, Professor Mika LaVaque-Manty, on a current strategic priority, developing best practices for using the Google suite of collaboration tools for teaching and learning. In his role as a Faculty Associate, Professor LaVaque-Manty also presents at CRLT events–such as orientations, workshops, and Provost's Seminars–and participates on faculty committees dealing with educational innovations.
Mika LaVaque-Manty, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, associate professor of political science and associate professor of philosophy, is known for his cutting-edge pedagogy and technological innovation. In his classroom, he uses live broadcasts, podcasts, and the online teaching system LectureTools to actively engage students and to create the feeling of a small classroom in a large lecture hall. Professor LaVaque-Manty, whose Introduction to Political Theory class was noted by President Mary Sue Coleman in her State of the University address, also plays a central role in promoting teaching innovation in political science and at the university, more broadly.
2012 CRLT in Engineering Faculty Associate: Joanna Millunchick
In the 2012 calendar year, CRLT in Engineering is partnering with a Faculty Associate, Dr. Joanna Millunchick. Joanna has demonstrated commitment and ongoing dedication to the programs at CRLT in Engineering and has collaborated on a current strategic priority, developing a Teaching Circle on Large Engineering Courses. Besides planning the teaching circle and co-facilitating its multiple sessions, she consults with and provides advice for faculty participants, assists with disseminating results of the project through CoE and beyond, and will help to plan the next version of the project. She also continues to present and facilitate programs for CRLT in Engineering as needed.
Joanna Millunchick, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is CRLT in Engineering Faculty Associate and is affiliated with the Applied Physics Program at U-M. She earned a B.S. degree in Physics from DePaul University in Chicago in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston in 1995. Prior to arriving at U-M in 1997, she held a postdoctoral position at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Millunchick’s general research interests involve manipulating matter on the nanoscale in order to enable the design of new electronic materials for optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications. Specifically, she is fascinated by the details of atomic surface structure of compound semiconductors, self assembly of epitaxial nanostructures, and in situ characterization. More recently, Dr. Millunchick has taken her expertise in nanotechnology to move into a new line of work that involves the manipulation and characterization of nanowires. For the past few years, Dr. Millunchick has also conducted pedagogical research examining the efficacy of internet-based resources in student learning. She has received several awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Sloan Foundation Pre-Tenure Fellowship, and the John F. Ullrich Education Excellence Award from U-M.