The Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite the Columbia community to celebrate 10 years of teaching innovation by faculty who are transforming their courses and pedagogies through the Office of the Provost’s Teaching and Learning Grants.

Event Schedule

Join us for online panels on February 1 and February 7, and an in-person panel and reception on February 13 in Low Library, featuring Columbia faculty. 

Each event requires separate registration.

ONLINE | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Generative AI and the Science of Learning 

12:00PM – 1:00PM

From the Office of the Provost’s Science of Learning Research Initiative (SOLER), this panel will explore the intersection of generative AI, higher education, and the learning sciences. Professor Kathleen McKeown (Computer Science) will discuss large language models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT and how research can clarify their utility in academic contexts. She will also address the potential of LLMs to facilitate the process of education research and social science research in general. Associate Professor Christopher Munsell (Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning) and Director of Academic Integrity Victoria Malaney-Brown, an interdisciplinary team that received a 2023-2024 research grant from SOLER, will discuss their investigation of ChatGPT as a learning support in a real estate finance course. The course provided an intriguing opportunity to study LLMs in an academic context with implications for professional practice. Moderated by SOLER Program Director Adam Brown.   

Victoria Malaney-Brown, Director for Academic Integrity
Kathleen McKeown, Henry And Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science
Christopher Munsell, Glascock Associate Professor of Professional Practice of Real Estate Development Finance

ONLINE | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

Faculty Innovations through Provost’s Teaching and Learning Grants: A Panel Conversation

12:00PM – 1:00PM

This panel explores faculty innovations in teaching and learning made possible through the Office of the Provost’s Teaching and Learning Grants. Ashli Carter, Lecturer in the Discipline of Management will discuss her funded project, “Collaborative Art & Play as Inclusive Practice: Redesigning the Leading Teams Course Module with AI-generated Art,” which utilizes a novel pedagogical strategy for delivering concrete lessons of inclusive leadership in the MBA classroom: using generative AI to create art in diverse student teams. Rachel Cummings, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, will share insights from her funded project “Introducing Case-Based Teaching into Interdisciplinary Data Privacy Education,” which aims to improve the discussion of real-world privacy policy scenarios by introducing the use of case-studies into the course Policy for Privacy Technologies. Joseph Howley, Associate Professor of Classics, will discuss his funded project “Aristotle and AI: Thinking Tools from Antiquity to Today,” which integrates generative AI into his undergraduate course and aims to equip students with an intellectual and analytical framework for their ongoing encounters with generative AI tools in daily life. The panel will be moderated by Amanda Irvin, Senior Director of Faculty Programs and Services, Center for Teaching and Learning.

Ashli Carter, Lecturer in the Discipline of Management, Graduate School of Business
Rachel Cummings, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Joseph Howley, Associate Professor of Classics 

IN-PERSON, LOW LIBRARY | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Celebrating 10 Years of Provost-Funded Teaching Innovations at Columbia: A Faculty Panel

3:00PM – 4:00PM

The Office of the Provost Teaching and Learning Grants have seeded teaching innovations that have flourished into transformative learning experiences for Columbia students across the University. This panel of faculty grant recipients will reflect back on the arc of their journeys as innovators and discuss how their practices have evolved since receiving a Provost’s grant. Moderated by Catherine Ross, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Laurel Abbruzzese, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine
Jay Sethuraman, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Brent StockwellWilliam R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Chemistry and of Pathology and Cell Biology
Susan Witte, Professor of Social Work

Celebratory Reception

4:00PM – 5:30PM

After the panel, Provost Dennis Mitchell will give remarks to recognize grant recipients since 2014 and to celebrate teaching and learning at Columbia. 

Refreshments will be served.

Meet the Panelists

Generative AI and the Science of Learning

Victoria Malaney-Brown

Director for Academic Integrity

Victoria Malaney-Brown is the Director for Academic Integrity at Columbia University to help foster a campus culture that is committed to academic integrity. Dr. Malaney-Brown created the educational campaign, “Wear the Crown with Honor” at Columbia to cultivate a strong academic community that values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage in upholding our Honor code and pledge. She facilitates in-person and online workshops during the New Student Orientation Program and during the academic year to help students understand both their rights and their responsibilities as academic citizens of Columbia. Dr. Malaney-Brown completed her PhD in Higher Education in the department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on race, racism, and multiracial college students. Dr. Malaney-Brown has a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English-Spanish and minors in Dance and Latin American Studies from Skidmore College.

Kathleen McKeown

Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science

Kathleen R. McKeown is the Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University and the Founding Director of the Data Science Institute, serving as Director from 2012 to 2017. In earlier years, she served as Department Chair (1998-2003) and as Vice Dean for Research for the School of Engineering and Applied Science (2010-2012). A leading scholar and researcher in the field of natural language processing, McKeown focuses her research on the use of data for societal problems; her interests include text summarization, question answering, natural language generation, social media analysis and multilingual applications. She has received numerous honors and awards, including 2023 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award, American Philosophical Society Elected member, American Academy of Arts and Science elected member, American Association of Artificial Intelligence Fellow, a Founding Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics and an Association for Computing Machinery Fellow. Early on she received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and a National Science Foundation Faculty Award for Women. In 2010, she won both the Columbia Great Teacher Award—an honor bestowed by the students—and the Anita Borg Woman of Vision Award for Innovation.

Christopher Munsell

Glascock Associate Professor of Professional Practice of Real Estate Development Finance

Christopher Munsell is the Glascock Associate Professor of Professional Practice of Real Estate Development Finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Chris teaches both core and elective real estate finance courses and has assisted in restructuring and developing courses in the program. He is interested in new forms of financial structuring as well as investment opportunities that feature a lower barrier to entry. Chris is also a Principal at APRE Consulting, providing acquisitions, asset management and capital markets services to APRE’s clients. Chris has over a decade of real estate experience in both the debt and equity sides of the business with positions at Citizens Bank, Arbor and CBRE. He has structured and managed more than $3 billion in real estate across all asset types and in more than 20 states. Chris holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.

Faculty Innovations through Provost’s Teaching and Learning Grants: A Panel Conversation

Ashli Carter

Lecturer in the Management Division at Columbia Business School

Ashli Carter is a Lecturer in the Management Division at Columbia Business School (CBS). She received a Ph.D. in Management from Columbia and a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University. Currently, she teaches topics in leadership and negotiations in the MBA and Executive Education programs, and prior to rejoining CBS as a faculty member, she taught leadership and professional ethics at NYU Stern. Ashli’s favorite topics to discuss are ways to practice a growth mindset and cultivate curiosity within ourselves and with others. Recently, she has begun to explore ways that technology and art can help make abstract concepts real in the classroom. In addition to her teaching and research, she works with professionals one-on-one and in small groups as a leadership coach to share simple, research-backed strategies that help individuals better understand themselves and others, align their everyday behaviors with their underlying values, and expand into their highest potential self.

Rachel Cummings

Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Rachel Cummings is an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and (by courtesy) Computer Science at Columbia University, where she is also a member of the Data Science Institute and co-chairs the Cybersecurity Research Center. She is also a Fellow at the Center for Democracy & Technology. Before joining Columbia, she was an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and (by courtesy) Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests lie primarily in data privacy, with connections to machine learning, algorithmic economics, optimization, statistics, and public policy. Dr. Cummings is the recipient of numerous awards including an NSF CAREER award, a DARPA Young Faculty Award, a DARPA Director’s Fellowship, an Early Career Impact Award, multiple industry research awards, a Provost’s Teaching Award, two doctoral dissertation awards, and Best Paper Awards at DISC 2014, CCS 2021, and SaTML 2023. Dr. Cummings also serves on the ACM U.S. Technology Policy Committee, the IEEE Standards Association, and the Future of Privacy Forum’s Advisory Board.

Joseph Howley

Associate Professor of Classics

Joseph Howley is Associate Professor of Classics and a scholar of ancient Rome with interests in intellectual culture and the history of the book and reading. He has published on ancient Roman essay collections, tables of contents in fifteenth-century printed books, and phonograph recordings of Greek and Latin from the early twentieth century, and is currently writing a book about enslaved labor and Roman book culture. He has previously served as chair of the A&S Junior Faculty Advisory Board, a member and subcommittee co-chair on the Provost’s Advisory Committee for Libraries, and a Senator in the University Senate, and is currently the Paul Brooke Program Chair for Literature Humanities in Columbia College, a course he has taught for over a decade.

Celebrating 10 Years of Provost-Funded Teaching Innovations at Columbia: A Faculty Panel

Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese

Associate Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine in the Programs in Physical Therapy

Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese is Associate Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine in the Programs in Physical Therapy at Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S). She also serves as the program’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Director of the Performing Arts Fellowship in partnership with West Side Dance Physical Therapy. She serves on the Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine DEI committee, serves on the executive committee of the VP&S Anti-racist Transformation in Medical Education Project and co-chairs the Anti-racist curriculum sub-committee. Dr. Abbruzzese is on the planning committee for the CUIMC Anti-racist Educator Institute and on the Steering Committee for Interprofessional Education at CUIMC. Dr. Abbruzzese has collaborated extensively with CUIMC colleagues and partners in the Center for Teaching and Learning and was recognized as a Columbia University Provost Senior Faculty Teaching Scholar in 2022. She is committed to dismantling systemic racism in health professions education, promoting Interprofessional collaborative practice, and advancing health equity.

Jay Sethuraman

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 

Jay Sethuraman is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Columbia University. He is currently the chair of the IEOR department. His research interests are in market design, discrete optimization and its applications, scheduling theory, and applied probability. A major focus of his current interests is the role of operations research methods in public decision-making problems. Sethuraman received a Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in 1991, a Master’s degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Science in 1994, and a Ph.D. in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999.

Brent Stockwell

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Chemistry and of Pathology and Cell Biology

Brent R. Stockwell, PhD, is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, Professor of Chemistry in Arts & Sciences, and Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. His research involves the discovery of small molecules that can be used to understand and treat cancer and neurodegeneration, with a focus on biochemical mechanisms governing cell death. In a series of papers from 2003-2012, Dr. Stockwell discovered a new form of cell death known as ferroptosis. Dr. Stockwell has received numerous awards and has been in the top one percent of highly cited researchers the last four years and was named as one of the 50 most influential life science individuals in New York. Professor Stockwell has developed a blended learning approach to teaching biochemistry, performed randomized controlled trials to examine the effectiveness of teaching methods, and introduced the use of virtual reality and augmented and mixed reality into his biochemistry course. He founded the biopharmaceutical companies CombinatoRx Incorporated, Inzen Therapeutics, and ProJenX, Inc., and is the author of The Quest for the Cure: The Science and Stories Behind the Next Generation of Medicines and is a top-ranked writer on Medium.

Susan Witte

Professor of Social Work 

Susan Witte is a social worker, professor, and research scientist whose work is informed by her background in feminism, feminist theory, and women’s studies. Dr. Witte’s contributions to developing and sharing evidence-based interventions for HIV/STI prevention have been invaluable, particularly in the context of women’s health on a global scale. For over 30 years, she has been a collaborator in the study of HIV prevention, reproductive health and justice, and related social determinants of health. Her work emphasizes the importance of translational science, where the outcomes of community-collaborative, relevant, and accessible evidence-based intervention science become implemented in community service programs. Her collaborations have extended internationally, notably in Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Uganda, where she has focused on health promotion among women engaged in sex work, incorporating financial literacy and economic empowerment. Her practical experience in community agencies, and research, informs her innovation in the classroom. Dr. Witte holds a BA from Duke University, an MSW from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD from Columbia School of Social Work.

Past Provost’s Teaching and Learning Grant Projects

Launched in 2014, the Provost’s Teaching and Learning Grants provide funding opportunities for faculty looking to integrate new educational methods and technologies into their classrooms and learning environments. Browse through a sampling of past highlighted projects below!

For a complete list of past funded projects, visit the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation’s website

Beth Barron

Professor of Medicine 

Self-Directed Learning Resources for Clinical Skills

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Lila Davachi

Professor of Psychology

Cultivating Science Identity and Increasing Persistence in STEM: Expanding Access, Training, and Support for Undergraduate Researchers

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Ashley Graham-Perel

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Colloquium for Nursing History and Anti-Racist Affirmation

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Alfredo Spagna

Lecturer in the Discipline of Psychology

Do’s and Don’ts in Cognitive Neuroscience: Promoting Critical Thinking using a Hybrid Neuropsychology Course 

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Angelina Craig-Florez

Senior Lecturer in Spanish

Beyond the Textbook: A Hybrid Redesign for Spanish Intermediate II

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Yi Zhang

Lecturer in the Discipline of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Adopting Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) for Computational Subjects

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Karol DiBello

Associate Professor of Nursing

Flipped Classroom Redesign Proposal for Care Coordination

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Sarah Hansen

Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Chemistry

The Hybrid Chemistry Lab: Increasing the Depth of Interaction and Collaboration through Online Modules and Electronic Laboratory Notebooks

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Silvia Martins

Professor of Epidemiology

Principles of Epidemiology: a Flipped Classroom Proposal

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Natalie Voigt

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Increasing Student Critical Thinking Through Case-Based Learning Modules in Medical Surgical Nursing Education

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Denise Cruz

Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Reimagining the Humanities Lecture in a Transnational, Post-Pandemic World

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Ari Goldman

Professor of Journalism

Covering Religion

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David Helfand

Professor of Astronomy

Frontiers of Science: Climate & Us

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Caroline Marvin

Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies; Lecturer in Psychology 

Engagement through Exploration and Experimentation: Building “21st-Century Skills” in an Introductory Neuroscience Course

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Yevgeniy Yesilevskiy

Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering

Introducing Experimental Design to Promote Active Learning

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