May 7, 2020

Academy of Teachers inducts new members

Wayne State University’s Academy of Teachers (AoT) has selected three faculty members to join its esteemed ranks. Introduced in 2018 by the Office for Teaching and Learning, the Academy of Teachers works to promote the shared value and culture of teaching excellence at WSU by engaging faculty, students and staff in improving the educational experience and encouraging policies that support teachers and reward effective teaching at all levels.

Additionally, the Academy of Teachers serves as an advisory group to the provost on matters relating to teaching and learning. It also helps assess and promote structures across campus that foster a culture of teaching and learning. “The Academy of Teachers works together to engage colleagues, students and staff in conversations about learning, and to move from conversations to concrete actions that improve the educational experience for all students,” said Sara Kacin, director of the Office for Teaching and Learning. “We look forward to welcoming the new inductees who will help further that mission.”

The 2020-21 Academy of Teachers inductees are:

• Susanne Brummelte, associate professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

• Richard Pineau, senior lecturer for mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

• Kelly Young, associate professor of communication in the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts

The Academy of Teachers, which now includes 12 members, represents the rich array of teaching and learning environments at WSU, including traditional, hybrid and online classrooms, as well as studios, labs and clinical settings. Members can self-nominate or be nominated by their peers based on evidence of instructional excellence, leadership and impact on the WSU undergraduate learning experience.

To learn more about the Academy of Teachers, visit

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