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Senate Teaching and Learning Committee

Senate Teaching and Learning Committee

The Senate Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC) is a university senate committee dedicated to promoting the teaching function and the learning process. To this end, the committee sponsors incentives for good teaching and significant ideas and approaches to teaching and learning.

The Teaching and Learning Committee awards Educational Development Grants and university-wide teaching awards: Online Teaching Excellence, and Teaching Excellence, and Excellence in Teaching awards respectively. As a standing committee of the university senate, TLC initiates campus-wide projects to provide for a more structured outlet for reflection on both the teaching and learning process and the aspirations and accomplishments of the teaching profession.

The committee is represented by OU Faculty, two Associate Professionals (Staff/APs), and student representation from Student Congress.

Activities sponsored by the committee include the CETL Instructional Faire.

According to Oakland University Senate legislation the Teaching and Learning Committee will consist of six faculty; four students; two administrative professionals; and the Vice President for Academic Affairs (or designee), ex- officio and non-voting.

NameDepartment Email Term 
Greg Giberson (co-chair)CASgiberso2@oakland.edu2015-2018
Nic Bongers (co-chair)AP Assemblybongers@oakland.edu2015-2018
Kasaundra TomlinSBAtomlin@oakland.edu2015-2018 
Mark Isken SBA isken@oakland.edu2014-2017
Ali WoernerCASwoerner@oakland.edu2014-2017 
Joanne FreedCASfreed@oakland.edu 2014-2017
Fabia Ursula BattistuzziCASbattistu@oakland.edu2016-2019 
John CebelakAP Assemblycebelak@oakland.edu2015-2018
Melissa McDonald CASmmmcdonald@oakland.edu 2016-2019
Victoria Lucia SOM lucia@oakland.edu 2016-2019
Sally TardellaCAStardella@oakland.edu2015-2018
 Judy Ablesar (ex-officio, non-voting) CETL ableser@oakland.edu 2015-2016
Luna Nasry Student Congress lnasry@oakland.edu 2016-2017
Ed. Dev. Grant Proposals

Educational Development Grant Proposal Guidelines

Purpose of Grant:

To provide funding (ranging from $100-$750) for the purchase of resources/materials that enhance the development of teaching and learning.
Acceptable Requests include, but are not limited to:
  • Registration and travel to Teaching and Learning Conference, seminar, symposium, consultation (other than the Lilly Traverse City Teaching and Learning Conference that is funded by CETL)
  • Travel costs to teaching and learning sites (i.e. observing innovative practices at other universities, centers, etc.)
  • Fees for participation in Teaching and Learning Webinares
  • Purchasing of books, software, materials to enhance teaching and learning
  • Honorarium for guest speakers/consultants on teaching and learning (up to $200)
This grant does not to support:
  • Faculty or student stipends
  • Accreditation preparation


(Open to Full and Part-Time Faculty)

Tenure-track, tenured faculty, full-time teaching instructors (i.e. special instructors, full-time adjunct and visiting professors), special lecturers and part-time instructors who have been taught a minimum of 24 credits at Oakland may apply for the grant. Each application must be supported (signature on cover sheet) by the applicant’s chair/program director. Two or more faculty working collaboratively may submit a proposal for a single grant with division of payment for each participant indicated. Individuals are eligible for a maximum of $750 in any academic year. 

Proposal will include:

  1. Name of faculty/instructor
  2. Rank/Position
  3. For Part-Time/Non-Tenure Track instructors- include how many credits have been taught at OU
  4. School or Department
  5. Request for funding
  6. Amount of Request- not to exceed $750
  7. Provide a rationale for how funding will be used and describe how this funding will enhance your teaching and learning or how it will add to your course design/delivery/assessment. 
  8. Potential for matching or additional funds from other sources. 
  9. Estimated date of use of funding and when final report will be submitted.
  10. Department Chair/Department Head signature

Final Report:

A one page report will be submitted within one semester of the use of the funds outlining how funding was used, total cost (including a copy of the receipts), and how this funding impacted your teaching and learning.

Proposal Submission:

To be submitted to TLC Committee on a rolling basis during the academic year. Awards will be granted until the funding has run out. Approval will be provided within 45 days of the request.

Submission Procedure:

All grant applications should be submitted in pdf. format to the chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee (or chair of grant sub-committee). Name and email of chair will be updated each year.

Please submit the completed and signed proposal as a pdf file to Nic Bongers ( bongers@oakland.edu). Questions and/or comments should be directed to Nic Bongers.

Past grant recipients:

  • Christina Moore, Great Lakes Teaching and Learning Conference Attendance
  • Terressa Benz, Environmental Justice/Toxic Tour of Detroit class transportation
Teaching Excellence Awards

Oakland University Senate Teaching Excellence Awards (TEA)

Oakland University Senate recognizes Teaching excellence for both Online, Tenure track, and Non-tenure track faculty. Faculty winners are announced at the annual Founder's Day Luncheon where other OU awards are also given. Winners are inscribed onto a plaque, and a cash stipend is given.  More award details below.


The Senate Teaching and Learning Committee is pleased to announce a  call for nominations for the Teaching Excellence Awards.  The nominations for all TEA Awards is open year-round. Consideration for the 2019 year will end in mid-October. Nominations after mid-October are then considered fro the 2020 award.


Nominations may be made by any member of the Oakland University community, including students, faculty, alumni, administrators, and staff. Student nominations are a highly valued component of this process. Faculty may not self-nominate for the Award. Faculty are encouraged to announce this nomination process in all classes. Students are encouraged to consider a faculty member who has facilitated their progress during their undergraduate course work or during graduate study.

Nomination details should address the nominee's accomplishments based on the following criteria:

  • Excellence in teaching methodology
  • Innovation in teaching
  • Continued growth and development in teaching
  • Distinction in the ability to stimulate critical thinking and facilitate student understanding
  • Inspiring role model to students
  • Exemplary service to students and teaching profession


  • If you are nominated, the Teaching & Learning Committee will contact the you about how to submit the required materials for consideration.
  • Previous winners may be nominated and will be eligible to win the award again if four years have passed since winning the award. For example, winners from 2015 and prior will be eligible to win the award again.
  • Current members of the Teaching & Learning Committee may be nominated but will not be eligible to win the award.
  • A plaque showing previous Teaching Excellence Award winners is on display in the lobby of the Kresge Library.
  • The Committee will contact the nominees and chairs of their departments to request additional information.
  • All TEA nominees are invited to an annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon hosted by the Senate Teaching and Learning Committee.
  • Nominees for the Online Teaching Excellence award will also be invited to a recognition lunch hosted by e-Learning & Instructional Support.
  • Due to the amount of support materials, preparation, and evaluation procedures, nominees for both a Teaching Excellence Award and an Online Excellence award must choose only one award for consideration.
  • Each TEA award winners are announced at the annual Founders Day luncheon. Award winners are also presented with a money stipend. TEA winners receive:
    • $2500 for Tenure Track
    • $1500 for Non-Tenure Track Faculty
    • $2000 for Online Faculty

Past Recipients

The Teaching Excellence Award recognizes superior teaching, innovative instructional practice, high educational standards, the creation of productive learning environments, and the ability to inspire and motivate students. Nominations may be made by any member of the Oakland University Community. Nominations are reviewed by the Teaching and Learning Committee. 

A plaque showing previous Teaching Excellence Award winners is on display in the lobby of the Kresge Library.

* = Excellence in Teaching Award Winner (Non-Tenure Track)
**= Online Teaching Excellence Award Winner

YearFaculty Member


2018Jennifer Matthews
Victoria Shively*
2017John Krauss
Michele Plattenberger*
2016Anthony Tuf Francis
Helena Riha*
2015Tanya Christ
Peter Markus*
 2014Dana Driscoll
Vanessa Stauffer*
 2013Barbara Oakley
 2013Mark Doman*
 2012 Jeffrey Insko
 2012 Doris Plantus*
 2011 Mary Bee
 2011 Jenifer Wenson*
2010Mary Shannan McNair
2009Barbara Penprase
2008Susan Hawkins
2007Peter Bertocci
2006Dagmar Cronn
2005Carlo Coppola
2004Djamel Bouchaffra
2003Mary T. Stein
2002Jude V. Nixon
2001Todd Estes
2000Peter J. Binkert
1999Darrel P. Schmidt
1998Natalie Bell Cole
1997Dyanne M. Tracy
1997Toni s. Walters
1996Andrew Rusek
1995Brian F. Murphy
1994Jaqueline I. Lougheed
1994Ronald L. Cramer
1993Brian A. Connery
1992Jerrold W. Grossman
1991Anne H. Tripp
1991Bruce J. Mann
1991David L. Lau
1991Richard F. Barron
1990Ka Chai Cheok
1990W. Dorsey Hammond
1990Keith E. Stanovich
1990Jane M. Bingham
1989Carl R. Osthaus
1988Virginia Rader Blankenship
1987Robert T. Eberwein
1986Robert I. Facko
1986Richard B. Stamps
1985Delores M. Burdick
1985Gilbert L. Wedekind
1984Nigel Hampton
1983David J. Downing
1982Sheldon L. Appleton
Nomination Form

At the end of each academic year the chair of the Teaching Learning Committee submits an annual report to the university senate reporting the activities of the committee to the university.