CTLD Peer Associate Program

What is the Peer Associate Program?

The goal of the CTLD Peer Associates Program is to develop additional expertise across campus for teaching-related ideas and support and to provide multiple overlapping resources and channels that instructors can call upon as needed.

Peer Associates become experts in “all things CTLD” to bring awareness of these resources back to the faculty in their departments. Additionally, Peer Associates bring their own teaching expertise to share with the other Associates, the CTLD, and potentially other groups on campus.

Broadly speaking the CTLD hopes that no instructor at MSU Denver ever feels like there is nobody to ask when they have a question about their work. Creating a saturation of support means having multiple overlapping resources and channels that instructors can call on as needed.

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CTLD Peer Associate Program

There are five main areas of responsibility. 

Learn –Peer Associates will gain in-depth knowledge about the various teaching-related resources available through the CTLD, as well as learn from their fellow Associates in other disciplines. 

Explore – Each Peer Associate will choose a small specific teaching-related topic in which they will collect information and develop expertise to add to the knowledge and expertise available on campus. 

Connect – Peer Associates will be asked to share insights from their departments and help inform the CTLD about faculty needs and practices regarding teaching. In addition, the Peer Associate becomes a departmental resource, inviting instructors to reach out to them and answering questions or referring instructors to the appropriate resources regarding teaching, learning, design, and accessibility. 

Deliver – The Peer Associate will create a small “deliverable” about their chosen topic to a share with the broader MSU Denver community, for example a short video, blog post, handout, or resources summary. 

Report – At the end of the term, each Peer Associate will record a final summary of what they did through a survey.  


Interested in becoming a Peer Associate?

Peer associates meet approximately every three weeks during one semester as a small cross-disciplinary learning community. The time commitment is roughly equivalent to a 1 credit course for one semester in which Peer Associates receive a stipend.

If you are interested in joining this program in the future, email Bridget Arend, [email protected], Associate Director of Teaching & Learning, with a brief statement (1-2 sentences) sharing why you want to be a Peer Associate.

Welcoming the Fall 2024 CTLD Peer Associates!

Fall 2024 Peer Associates

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Michael Botyarov

Aviation & Aerospace Science Department

Deanna Hirsch Portrait

Deanna Hirsch

Journalism and Media Production

Nicole Predki

Nicole Predki


Professor Kiyan Shafieizadeh

Kiyan Shafieizadeh


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Kathryn Young

Secondary Education

Past CTLD Peer Associates

Spring 2024 Peer Associates

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Ingrid Carter

School of Education

Topic: Approaches to Attendance in a Post-Pandemic Environment

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Elizabeth Medina, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Medina

Department of Biology

Topic: Student Interactivity with Pre-Class Videos

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Becky Prater

Becky Prater

Department of Management

Topic: Outcomes Mapping in Canvas

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Sarah Schliemann, PhD

Sarah Schliemann

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Topic: Online Student Engagement Beyond Discussion Boards

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"I have nothing but great things to say about this program and my experience! I met faculty I would never have otherwise met and learned with and from them." Shawn Tebben, Accounting

Fall 2023 Peer Associates


Amy Cardillo

Department of Accounting

Topic: Online Readiness Quiz

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MHA Professor

Amy Dore

Health Care Management

Topic: Creating Advisory Boards for Online Programs

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Charlie Butterworth, Ph.D.

Charles Butterworth

Department of Biology

Topic: Using AI for Alt Tags in Scientific Journals

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Sanaa Riaz

Sanaa Riaz

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Topic: Guide to Accessibility Support for Instructors

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Summer Trentin

Summer Trentin

Department of Art

Topic: Department-level Teaching Visit Exchange protocol

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Brooke Woolman

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Topic: Online Student Learning Contract

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"I enjoyed meeting colleagues from difference schools and learning about the challenges they see and how they are working to address them." - Laurel Lane, Marketing

Spring 2023 Peer Associates

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Christine Sheikh

Department of Sociology

Topic: Best practices for online learning in Sociology

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Cindy Dormer

Department of Nutrition

Topic: Encouraging students’ use of University resources

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Arlene Sgoutas

Arlene Sgoutas

Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy

Topic: Syllabus Social Annotation using Hypothes.is

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Greg Black

Department of Marketing

Topic: Experiential Learning in Online Courses

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Fatma Elseid

Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Topic: Retention of students in Engineering (Project info available upon request)

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Garvita Thareja

Department of Health Professionals

Topic: Online Engagement in Healthcare Courses

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Shalini Srinivasan, Ph.D.

Shalini Srinivasan

Department of Chemistry

Topic: Letter writing as civic engagement

This is an opportunity to create change within the classroom for students and faculty. The topics explored have real-time, often real-world applications." - Mikkilynn Olmsted, English

Fall 2022 Peer Associates (Pilot)

Garrett Chism, MHA Program Director

Garrett Chism

Department of Health Professions

Topic: Tracking Competencies Using the Canvas Outcomes Tool

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Shawn Tebben

Shawn Tebben

Department of Accounting

Topic: Empathy maps, A Tool for Inclusion

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Professor Mikkilynn Olmsted

Mikkilynn Olmsted

Department of English

Topic: Anti Racist Pedagogy: Seeking a Journaling/Notebooking App

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Laurel Lane

Laurel Lane

Department of Marketing

Topic: Communication Challenges in Asynchronous Online Teaching

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Cindy Heiss

Department of Nutrition

Topic: Storytelling as a DEI teaching method

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