The Faces of CAFE:
CAFE Faculty Associates:
Dr. Randy Magen, Making Learning Visible (MLV) Inquiry Project Leader
Randy is Professor of Social Work, Program Evaluator for the Social Work Evaluation Program (SWEP) and Associate Dean for Curriculum in the College of Health. He was one of the original Scholarship of Teaching and Learning team that launched the Making Learning Visible initiative at UAA in 2001.
Deborah Periman, Making Learning Visible (MLV) Book Group Leader
Deborah is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Legal Studies Program at UAA’s Justice Center. She was a recipient of the coveted CAFE COW Award, which recognized her contributions to UAA’s Books of the Year, MLV, Difficult Dialogues and New Faculty Orientation programs.
Dr. Elizabeth (Betty) Predeger, Making Learning Visible (MLV) Inquiry Project Leader
Betty is Professor of Nursing in the College of Health. She has been a member of the CAFE Advisory Council since 2009 and was one of the original Scholarship of Teaching and Learning team that launched the Making Learning Visible initiative at UAA in 2001.
Diane Erickson, Making Learning Visible (MLV) Inquiry Project Leader.
Diane is the Director of Academic Affairs at Matanuska-Susitna College. She has been involved in UAA’s MLV project from the outset, in addition to being a Ford Foundation Fellow in both Difficult Dialogues programs. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Adult Education at UAA and she taught for the Honors College; she has also taught for the College of Rural and Community Development at UAF.
Shawnalee Whitney,Team Based Learning Faculty Learning Community Leader.
Shawnalee is an Associate Professor of Communication who has conducted workshops on Dealing with Academic Dishonesty, Handling Student Harassment in the Classroom, and Improving Student Presentations, led a faculty book discussion group on higher education topics, served on CAFE's Advisory Council, participated in the Information Literacy Interest Group, and led the Team-Based Learning Faculty Learning Community. She is one of three UAA faculty being trained to offer TBL workshops to her colleagues beginning in 2015.
Don Rearden, Difficult Dialogues/Indigenous Ways of Teaching.
Don Rearden is an Associate Professor of College Preparatory and Developmental Studies at UAA. He grew up in southwestern Alaska and is both a novelist and a produced screenwriter. His award-winning novel The Raven’s Gift was published by Penguin Books in 2013.
Ilarion (Larry Merculieff), Difficult Dialogues/Indigenous Ways of Teaching.
Ilarion Merculieff was born on the Pribilof Island of St. Paul, raised in a traditional Aleut community, and has served indigenous peoples over a 35 year career. He has co-taught or led a wide range of courses and projects at UAA related to indigenous education and is co-author of the UAA book, Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education.