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CTE- Center for Teaching Excellence: Speakers

Speakers sponsored by the CTE

Milagros Castillo-Montoya - February 2019

As an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs in the Educational Leadership  Department at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, her research focuses on equitable experiences and outcomes for racially minoritized and historically underserved college students. 

Milagros Castillo-Montoya (2017) Deepening understanding of prior knowledge: what diverse first-generation college students in the U.S. can teach us, Teaching in Higher Education, 22:5, 587- 603.

Students also have ‘funds of knowledge’ or the skills, abilities, ideas, practices, and ways of knowing accumulated and internalized from everyday life and from social and cultural interactions (p. 589).

The "Where I'm From" template & background information about the source / poet George Ella Lyons.  


Sara Goldrick-Rab  - February 2018

A Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable.

Paying the price : college costs, financial aid, and the betrayal of the American dream / Sara Goldrick-Rab

Hungry and Homeless in College: Results from a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education 

It’s Hard to Study if You’re Hungry -  New York Times, 1/14/18


Terrell Strayhorn, Ph.D - February 2017

Elizabeth Whardel, Ph.D - January 2017

Michael Spencer - November 2016 

University of Michigan, Fedele F. Fauri Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, whose research examines disparities in physical and mental health and service use of populations of color, as well as interventions for reducing disparities.

Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D. - September 2016

Professor emerita of Teaching and Learning at Penn State Berks and won Penn State’s Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching in 2005. Dr. Weimer has a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Penn State.