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CETL Staff Members

Belinda Braunstein, M.A. (TESOL)
English Language Institute, Coordinator

Belinda came to the center from UC Santa Barbara Extension, where she was Academic Coordinator of the English Language Program for seven years. She has worked with different groups of English language learners, including first-generation and international students in the university context. She has loved teaching English and working with international students in the U.S. and Mexico since 1994. Her work at the center includes assessing the language skills of incoming international graduate students, providing language skill workshops to graduates and undergrads, and developing the ELI to better serve the UC Merced community. | (209) 228-4762 | AoA 112

Anali Makoui, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Prior to coming to Merced, Anali owned and operated a successful tutoring business. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. At UC Merced, Anali has taught at the School of Natural Sciences, where she was a Lecturer for mathematics and physics courses. As a former international student, she has first-hand experience about the unique challenges facing graduate students and faculty new to the North American academic system. In the Center she oversees the Teaching Matters Series and the Instructional Internship Program, and she works with graduate students and faculty in the STEM fields. | 209-228-2310 | AoA 112

Adriana Signorini, M.A. (TESOL)
Educational Assessment Unit
SATAL Program, Coordinator

Adriana's primary responsibilities in the Center entail coordinating the Students Assessing Teaching and Learning (SATAL) program and consulting with faculty on evidence-based teaching and learning. As assessment coordinator, she looks forward to supporting teaching assistants, faculty, academic programs and administrative units gain a better sense of their students' learning experiences. Prior to joining the CETL, Adriana was a lecturer in the Merritt Writing Program and supervised the Peer Mentoring Program. Before coming to Merced, Adriana directed for many years an English-language school in her hometown of Rafaela, Argentina. | (209) 228-4766 |AoA 111

James Zimmerman, Ph.D

Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

After beginning his career as a chemist at the University of Wisconsin - Marinette, Dr. Zimmerman joined the faculty at Missouri State University in 2002, receiving tenure in 2006. In 2007, he joined Ken Bain as the Associate Director of the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair State University. He has joined UC-Merced after a six-year stint directing the Christian A. Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching at Rollins College.

Dr. Zimmerman has participated in professional development activities at the local, national, and international level. These activities have included developing a theory-based intergrative model for learning and motivation in higher education, actively serving on the POD research committee, and judging the IBM Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award. He has implemented a reflective teaching partnership program that pairs retired faculty master teachers with current faculty, and designed assessment protocols for NSF funded REU programs and other multi-college initiatives.

In his capacity as Rollins College CAJ Institute director, Dr. Zimmreman led many college-wide projects. He cotnributed to Rollins' 2015 successful SACS reaccreditation as a member of the college-wide Accreditation Leadership Team, chair of the QEP Assessment committee, and as a curriculum development advisor for numerous academic departments. Dr. Zimmerman launched several faculty development programs that helpf faculty acquire, strengthen, and assess a beneficial pedagogical literacy. He co-chaired the general education committee charged with the design, implementation, and assessment of RIllins' new core curriculum - Rollins Foundation in the Liberal Arts.

Dr. Zimmerman has mentored faculty team projects designed to address issues that often discourage women and minorities from pursuing study in the STEM fields, and has presented the NSF-sponsored Multi-Initiative Dissemination (MID) project curriculum to multiple cohorts of science faculty from a wide-range of academic institutions. Dr. Zimmerman has taught undergraduate courses in first-year programs, honors programs, and multidisciplinary curricula as well as graduate courses in nuclear and physical chemistry. His scholarly agenda currently includes program, project, and classroom assessment, integrative learning theory, applied motivation theory, and creative approaches to traditional faculty development. | (209) 228-4761 | AoA 113

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