FACET Fellows

The FACET Research and Teaching Fellowships programs provide full-time faculty members with opportunities to lead campus-wide initiatives in their respective areas of expertise and help to shape faculty professional development programs throughout TU.

Meet the 2021–2022 FACET Fellows

Under the mentorship of Assistant Provost Patricia Westerman and in collaboration with center staff, the 2021-2022 FACET Fellows will offer programming, mentoring, confidential teaching observations, and private consultations. See below for our FACET Fellow specialties.

Jennifer Potter

Jennifer E. Potter | FACET Faculty Mentoring Fellow

Dr. Jennifer Potter joined the faculty at Towson University in 2008 as an assistant professor after earning her Ph.D. from Howard University. She is an established scholar in intercultural communication, publishing in nationally recognized journals including Communication and Critical/Cultural StudiesWomen & Language and Communication, Culture, & Critique. Her work examines public discourse and public memory of culturally significant events in the United States.

Faculty Page for Dr. Potter

 

Barry Margulies

Barry J. Margulies | FACET Faculty Mentoring Fellow

Dr. Margulies received B.S. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he did research with Drs. Eyal Ron and Robert Langer in controlled release technology. He earned his Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Wade Gibson, where he studied the G protein-coupled receptors encoded by human cytomegalovirus. He did his post-doctoral studies also at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with Dr. Janice Clements, studying CD4-independent entry of human and simian immunodeficiency viruses.  He has been a faculty member at Towson University since 2001, where he established the Towson University Herpes Virus Lab.

Faculty Page for Dr. Margulies

 

Ryan Murray

Ryan Murray | FACET Emerging Technology Fellow

Ryan Murray (Associate Professor, Electronic Media & Film) creates conceptually-driven artwork that combines digital and physical media, and his teaching includes video editing, virtual reality, and immersive media. His FACET focus areas will include creating virtual reality video and integrating emerging technology into teaching and research/scholarship/creative activity.

Faculty Page for Mr. Murray

 

Kristin Frank

Kristin Frank | FACET Teaching Fellow

Dr. Kristin M. Frank received her undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Architecture from Virginia Tech and completed her Masters and Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at Arizona State University.  Dr. Frank’s research focuses on students’ thinking in secondary and undergraduate mathematics. Specifically she studies how students coordinate their meanings for graphs with their images of varying quantities. Her teaching responsibilities at Towson University include content courses for pre-service elementary and secondary mathematics teachers.

Faculty Page for Dr. Frank
Cody Sandifer

Cody Sandifer | FACET Teaching Fellow

Dr. Cody Sandifer is a Professor of Science Education in the Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences. He has been at TU since 2001, and has a Ph.D. in Science Education from San Diego State University and UC San Diego (joint program). Dr. Sandifer has extensive experience with active learning instruction, undergraduate learning assistant programs, observing and providing instructional feedback, and other aspects of university life - including faculty mentoring, promotion and tenure, manuscript and book editing, and core course assessment. He has received USM and Fisher College awards for teaching and a Fisher College award for mentoring.

Faculty Page for Dr. Sandifer
Kelly Elkins

Kelly Elkins | FACET Research Fellow

Dr. Elkins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry who joined TU in 2012. Dr. Elkins earned a Ph.D. from Clark University in Chemistry, was a Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT, and served as a Fulbright Scholar in the European Media Laboratory (Heidelberg, Germany). Dr. Elkins is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the author of three books, and has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. She is a Tri-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Forensic Science Education and editor for four books in production. She has served as the principal investigator or co-PI of almost $2 million in grant awards from the NIH, NSF, Maryland Technology Development Corporation, Forensic Sciences Foundation, American Chemical Society, and private funders. She developed a CURE course with the HHMI-funded TU-REP program and is co-PI of the TU Bridges to the Baccalaureate program grant and faculty mentor for students in the program. Since 2005, she has mentored 35 undergraduate and fifty-five 55 graduate students in research, 41% of whom are coauthors on publications.

Faculty Page for Dr. Elkins

 

2020-2021 Fellows

Desirée Rowe | FACET Research Fellow

Desirée Rowe (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) is a Fulbright Scholar and an expert in qualitative research methods. Her research includes autoethnography and currently focuses on creative participatory methods that explore how women communicate negativity and failure. Her FACET focus areas will include interdisciplinary collaborations and translating research results into public scholarship.

Faculty Page for Dr. Rowe

Ronald Hermann | FACET Teaching Fellow

Dr. Hermann directs the Earth-Space Science program. He teaches Physical Geology (GEOL 121) as well as the science education courses Teaching Science in the Secondary School (SCIE 380), Teaching Science in the Middle School (SCIE 381), Student Teaching in Secondary Education (SCIE 393), and the physical science course Earth-Space Science (PHSC 303).

Faculty Page for Dr. Hermann

Ryan Murray | FACET Emerging Technology Fellow

Ryan Murray (Associate Professor, Electronic Media & Film) creates conceptually-driven artwork that combines digital and physical media, and his teaching includes video editing, virtual reality, and immersive media. His FACET focus areas will include creating virtual reality video and integrating emerging technology into teaching and research/scholarship/creative activity.

Faculty Page for Mr. Murray

Inaugural Fellows

The 2020 FACET Fellows started in spring 2020 term.  In addition to offering a full calendar of programming, mentoring, and consultations, the inaugural fellows served as leaders through the transition to remote learning and teaching online. They are available through summer of 2020 in collaboration with the new fellows.

Samuel Gerald Collins, Ph.D. | FACET Research Fellow

Sam Collins (Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice) is a Fulbright Senior Scholar and book author.  His FACET focus areas include: grant writing, book proposals, research design, and collaborative research.

Faculty Page for Dr. Collins

Karla Kubitz, Ph.D. | FACET Teaching Fellow

Karla Kubitz (Associate Professor, Kinesiology) will support colleagues on topics including: active learning, discussion facilitation, backwards design, effective multiple-choice assessments, and team-based learning, about which she is an scholar and mentor. 

Faculty Page for Dr. Kubitz

Mary L. Slade, Ph.D. | FACET Teaching Fellow

Mary Slade (Professor, Early Childhood Education) has focused much her career and scholarly activity on pedagogy and professional development. Her FACET topics areas include: engagement in both small and large classes, rubric development, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, service-learning, and online and blended learning.

Faculty Page for Dr. Slade

Questions?

Please direct questions to Patricia Westerman, Assistant Provost and the Director of the Faculty Academic Center of Excellence at Towson via email,  or call 410-704-6068.