Cynthia LaBrake is a former Chair of the Provost's Teaching Fellows.
Cynthia was instrumental in the design and creation of the Provost's Teaching Fellows program, first as a faculty affiliate of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and then as a member of the 2015 cohort of Teaching Fellows. She served as 2017 Chair.
Cynthia's PTF initiative improved the Peer Learning Assistants course that trains and employs undergraduate chemistry students to serve as learning coaches.
The large (300-500 students) general chemistry courses have replaced the straight lecture model with active, student-centered learning. Active learning requires coaching, and in a large class it is impossible to implement with only one instructor and one teaching assistant.
The Peer Learning Assistant Program trains and employs undergraduate chemistry students to serve as learning coaches within these large blended courses. The focus of this PTF initiative was to further develop the content of the CH372C: Peer Learning Assistants course.
Through this project, new resources were developed to: test student learning and show that students participating in our program have gains in their mastery of core chemistry concepts; create curricula to satisfy the Ethics and Leadership Flag criteria, which the course now carries—only the second in CNS to do so; and develop high-quality online course and program materials that are found on the CNS TIDES website and archived in a Box folder.