About Us

Innovate. Invigorate. Inspire.

Innovate. Invigorate. Inspire.  These are just three of the goals that many UCI instructors come to the Center for Engaged Instruction to achieve.

At the CEI, our staff are here to engage in conversations with instructors about what they want their students to learn and then to collaborate with them to find ways that are likely to increase their students’ learning.  We share what we know about evidence-based teaching practices, and the instructor decides which practices she or he will explore and implement.  The discussion may indeed lead to an “innovation”; maybe it will invigorate a long career of successful teaching for a new audience; and hopefully, both the instructor and the students will be inspired to keep on learning.

CEI’s mission is…

CEI Staff:

Andrea Aebersold, Ph.D.
Faculty Instructional Development
Anteater Instruction & Research Bldg., #3016
Zot Code: 4150
andrea.aebersold@uci.edu

Andrea manages CEI programs for faculty instructional development and facilitates the Engaged
Learning Institute and the New Faculty Teaching Academy. Contact Andrea if you would like to
participate in a program, attend/schedule a workshop, or would like to schedule a consultation
to discuss your teaching strategies.

 DMann_ProfessionalPhoto (2) Daniel Mann, Ph.D.
Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Instructional Development
Anteater Instruction & Research Bldg., #3012
Zot Code: 4150
dmann@uci.edu

Danny manages the CEI programs and teaches the University Studies 390 courses for graduate students and
postdoctoral scholars. Contact Danny if you have any questions about these programs or courses,
if you’d like to discuss your teaching and related materials, if you’d like support on the teaching job market,
or if you’d like support in developing your own grad/postdoc teaching services.

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De Gallow, Ph.D.
(Executive Director Emerita)
Special Consultant for Faculty Development
Vice’s Provost’s Office
Division of Engaged Instruction
Aldrich Hall, 6th Floor
Zot Code: 5670
dgallow@uci.edu

The CEI’s consultative services provide a neutral, confidential space to discuss what instructors feel they
are doing that is aiding their students’ learning and what they feel might benefit their students even more.
Perhaps it’s the addition of an instructional tool, a new delivery format, or even a slight or major tweaking of
a teaching strategy.  Instructors also benefit for analyzing why something is working well and need not be
tweaked. This type of analysis does not only aid the instructor and students, but it can further serve as
useful evidence in one’s tenure and promotion file.  A strong teaching self-statement is a reflective
self-statement that includes analysis, assessment, and discussion of how the analysis has changed one’s
teaching.

  Christopher Bobier, Graduate Student (Philosophy)
Instructional Development Associate
Anteater Instruction & Research Bldg., #3000
Zot Code: 4150
cbobier@uci.edu

Chris can help out anyone who has questions about the CEI’s programs or certificates or anyone 
interested in participating in workshops.

Matt Mahavongtrakul, Graduate Student (Neurobiology & Behavior)
Instructional Development Associate
Anteater Instruction & Research Bldg., #3000
Zot Code: 4150
mmahavon@uci.edu

Matt can help out anyone who has questions about being in the Pedagogical Fellows Program or anyone
interested in the Course Design Certification Program.

 Brenda Brenda Fisher
Office Manager
Anteater Instruction & Research Bldg., #3000
Zot Code: 4150
blfisher@uci.edu

Brenda is responsible for responding to all inquiries about CEI’s numerous services and assisting in the
facilitation of those services.

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Division of Engaged Instruction Faculty Advisory Board

Division of Engaged Instruction Faculty Liaisons

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