Director

Kirk Ambrose

Kirk Ambrose

Founding Director • Professor, Art History
Kirk Ambrose is a professor of art history and founding director of the Center for Teaching & Learning. In addition to dozens of scholarly articles, book chapters, and reviews, he has published three books on the medieval art of Europe . In addition, he has curated museum exhibitions on the art of the American West, including Pioneers: Women Artists in Boulder, 1898-1950 , which was the basis of a feature-length...

Staff

Becca Ciancanelli

Becca Ciancanelli

Inclusive Pedagogy Lead
Becca Ciancanelli has been on the CU Boulder campus since 1998 when she started her graduate program with the chemistry department. After completing her doctoral degree, she taught chemistry for 17 years at CU Boulder as an instructor for the Student Academic Success Center (SASC), a multicultural learning community that serves underrepresented, first-generation, low-income, and other non-traditional students by providing equal opportunity for academic, personal, and career success. Becca became...
Preston Cumming

Preston Cumming

Professional Development Lead
Dr. W.F. Preston Cumming received his PhD in Geography in 2013 from the University of Colorado Boulder. Although he now focuses mainly on teaching and learning, Preston’s primary scientific research interests lie in ecology and biometeorology, working on micro- and macro-climatic variability and how both native and non-native plant species respond. His post-doctoral work was in Botany at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Prior to becoming a...
Stephanie Foster

Stephanie Foster

Assessment Lead
Stephanie Foster supports the CU Boulder community to create and use strategies for student learning assessment. She has extensive experience in educational assessment and program evaluation, particularly in the areas of general education and high impact practices such as undergraduate research, service-learning, and Honors education. Dr. Foster has been the assessment scholar on several grant-funded projects, including an NSF IUSE initiative to integrate active learning into introductory STEM classrooms. Dr...
Nelson Guerra

Nelson Guerra

Budget & Finance Coordinator
Nelson started at CU in 2016 and joined the Center for Teaching & Learning in 2020. He has an international hotel management background, enjoys different cultures from around the world, speaks three languages and currently learning a fourth! Nelson is originally from Chile. He likes skiing, mountain biking, traveling and LOTS of chocolates. His perfect day is simple, hanging from a tree in his hammock.
Jason Lagapa

Jason Lagapa

Professional Development Lead
Jason Lagapa earned his doctoral degree in English from the University of Arizona. Before joining the Center for Teaching & Learning at CU Boulder, Jason was Professor of English at the University of Texas – Permian Basin, where he taught courses for sixteen years in modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, critical theory, and global literature. His publications include a book entitled Negative Theology and Utopian Thought in Contemporary American...
Ashley Lawhorn

Ashley Lawhorn

Event Planner & Communications Coordinator
Ashley is the communication coordinator and event planner for the Center for Teaching & Learning. She started working at CU in 2020. With a background in English Writing, Rhetoric and Technology, as well as Digital Studies, she is excited to support the mission of improving teaching and learning at CU Boulder. Outside of work, she enjoys working on her healthy lifestlye website - Habitly Life, taking walks with her two...