University Teaching Chairs and Peer Learning

CBU is pleased to introduce our current University Teaching Chairs, who work with the CTL to support professional development. The goals of Teaching Chairs are three-fold: to provide faculty leadership in the development of a community of practice in the area of teaching and learning; to provide peer support to faculty members who wish to develop their research and practice in the area of pedagogy; and to engage in and share scholarship of teaching and learning research and best-practices across the university community and beyond.

Dr. Bishakha Mazumdar, University Teaching Chair in Culturally Responsive Learning Design



Dr. Bishakha Mazumdar, Assistant Professor of Organizational Management in the Shannon School of Business, recognizes the importance and value in understanding the fabric of a community. Her primary research interest is in the areas of diversity and equity with special focus on healthy and active aging, leadership-gender intersection and career challenges of immigrant women. During her two-year term as Teaching Chair, Dr. Mazumdar will explore ways to contribute her expertise to examine culturally responsive learning design.




Dr. Heather Schmidt, University Teaching Chair in Allyship and Decolonizing Educational Practices


Dr. Heather Schmidt is Chair of the Psychology Department and Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Science and Technology. She is also Chair of CBU’s Faculty Association committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Indigenization. As a Community Psychologist, Dr. Schmidt uses collaborative, decolonializing approaches to facilitate empowerment, inclusion and social justice for historically-marginalized communities, such as L’nu / Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+ post-secondary students, and individuals with mental health challenges. Dr. Schmidt looks forward to applying these approaches to inform educational practices and sharing her work through peer learning as Teaching Chair.



Dr. Jessica Whitehead, University Teaching Chair in Flexible Digital Instruction



Dr. Jessica Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Languages in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, is particularly interested in applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning within the realm of technology enhanced learning, whether that be online, hybrid, dual-mode, or more traditional on-campus courses. Through a commitment to student engagement and authentic assessment, Dr. Whitehead seeks to support the application of inclusive and accessible practices when considering digital teaching tools and methods.





Dr. Katherine Jones, University Teaching Chair in Digital Pedagogies

Dr. Katherine Jones, Associate Professor of Biology, School of Science & Technology, is building a knowledge base on the ways media intersect with effective teaching in her role as Teaching Chair in Digital Pedagogies (May 2022 – Present). This includes exploring how students can leverage digital platforms to build communication skills and how faculty can infuse digital media in assessment strategies. In this role, Dr. Jones is building on her previous experience in faculty development. In 2021, she created a training program for CBU educators and researchers focused on how to effectively communicate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts.