Faculty Programs

A divisional core value is to work in partnership with all areas of the university, a critical component being our academic colleagues. SAEM/AISS provides numerous resources to all UA faculty, a sampling of which is represented here.

Our Goals

Engaging our academic colleagues in ongoing collaborations is a divisional core value. To that end, the SAEM/AISS offers two signature programs - Faculty Fellows and Student/Faculty Interaction (SFI) Grants – that strive to:

  • Connect UA students to the faculty and to the UA community
  • Create an individual experience for students 
  • Help students apply their classroom knowledge to real world situations

 

How We Do It

Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows is a group of over 55 outstanding UA faculty dedicated to undergraduate student engagement. Each appointed Faculty Fellow is assigned a site varying from residence halls to cultural centers or resource centers. Faculty Fellows:

  • Create avenues for student/faculty relationship building;
  • Help make a large school feel much smaller; and
  • Foster students’ connection to UA as a whole.

 

Student/Faculty Interaction (SFI) Grants

Student/Faculty Interaction (SFI) Grants award grants to instructors to fund activities that enhance their course curriculum and deepen learning and the student/faculty relationship. SFI Grant funded programs:

  • Bring the classroom to life
  • Make a large class feel smaller 
  • Aid career readiness

Contact Us

Caitlin Kerrigan
Campus Life
Coordinator, Faculty Programs
ckerrigan@email.arizona.edu 
520-621-0961

Amanda Kraus 
Assistant Vice President for Campus Life
akraus@email.arizona.edu 
520-621-6505

Stefon Faison
Lead Intern, Faculty Programs
stefonfaison@catworks.arizona.edu
 
Troy Ventre
Intern, Faculty Programs
tdventre@catworks.arizona.edu

Mailing Address

University of Arizona 
Admin 402
1401 E University Blvd 
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066

SFI GRANTS

Student/Faculty Interaction (SFI) Grants award grants up to $500 to instructors to fund activities enhancing the curriculum being taught in their courses, deepening learning and enhancing student/faculty relationships.

Each SFI Grant funded activity accomplishes one of more of the following:

  • Brings the classroom to life
  • Makes a large class feel smaller
  • Aids career readiness

WHAT WE FUND

Examples of SFI Funded Activities

  • The “Science of Baseball” class going to apply the concepts at a Diamondbacks home game
  • Science Journalism students spending a weekend at Biosphere 2 conducting interviews and taking photos to publish their own science magazine
  • English students collaborating to create a hand-bound, hand-stitched, letterpress-cover class anthology featuring prose from each student in the class.
  • Engineering students building solar ovens
  • Early Childhood Program students planning and implementing a “Day of the Dead” celebration for elementary students from the larger Tucson community to learn about the holiday and culture
  • Archery practice for horn players after studies demonstrated the direct corollary between archery and brass playing
  • English students attending a performance of a publication they read in class and discussing it with the director and cast after the performance

PROCESS

The SFI Grant awards process:

1) Submit application at least one month prior to your event date

  • Keep our goals in mind when crafting your proposal!

    1. Bring the classroom to life
    2. Make a large class feel smaller
    3. Aid career readiness
  • Applications must be submitted by an instructor (faculty or graduate teaching assistant)

2) Receive email decision from program coordinator within 3 weeks of application submission date

3) Event preparation

  • Prior to event, print rosters of attendance provided by program coordinator
  • Obtain itemized, original, paid receipts from each vendor
  • Record all faculty and staff attendance at your event

4) Post-event, submit documentation to program coordinator within 5 days of your event date. Required documentation includes:

  • Rosters of attendance for faculty and students
  • Itemized, original, paid receipts

HOW TO APPLY

Application must:

  • Be submitted at least one month prior to event date

    • We do not award retroactively
  • Be submitted by an instructor (faculty or graduate teaching assistant)
  • Achieve one or more of the following:
    • Bring the classroom to life
    • Make a large class feel smaller
    • Aid career readiness

Click Here to Apply For A SFI Grant

* Questions about SFI Grant applications can be directed to Caitlin Kerrigan.

SFI GRANTS / FAQ

Application Phase

Can students apply/host the event?

  • Due to the learning outcomes of our program, all applications must be submitted and events hosted by instructors (faculty or graduate teaching assistants).

What types of items/expenses are not covered?
We do not award: 

  • Honorariums/travel for guest lectures
  • Departmental meet and greet events
  • College/department recruitment events
  • Fundraising events
  • Club meetings
  • Orientation programs

When should I apply? When will I receive a decision?

  • All applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the event date. The application review process can take several weeks and we do not award retroactively. Please plan accordingly!

Do you make exceptions?

  • Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Can I make changes in my application after submission?

  • Yes. To submit revisions to your application, email coordinator Caitlin Kerrigan.

 

Pre-Event Phase:

Once I receive my award, what steps are required before my event occurs?

  • Use the student and faculty roster of attendance templates to your event to record attendance at your event!
  • Collect originals, itemized, paid receipts from each vendor for all SFI Grant expenses
  • Work with coordinator Caitlin Kerrigan on any specific logistical issues.

What expenses are and are not covered by SFI funds?

  • We will fund food, supplies, and motor pool travel for your event.

We cannot fund:

  • Gifts/Awards
  • Raffle prizes
  • Alcohol
  • Honorariums/Guest Travel
  • Lectures
  • Hotel accommodations

Contact coordinator Caitlin Kerrigan with any specific questions. 

Where can I find the SFI Grant account number to pay for Arizona Catering Company, motor pool, etc.?,

  • For any UA internal purchases, please contact Coordinator Caitlin Kerrigan for the appropriate SFI Grant account number(s).

 

Post-Event Phase:

Where is your office?

  • We are located on the 4th Floor of the Administration Building.

What is the procedure for university reimbursements?

  • Caitlin Kerrigan will work with you directly to process all reimbursements. Once we have received all required post-event documentation, we will submit a request for your reimbursement that will auto-reimburse to same account as your paycheck. You will receive an automated email when this amount has been reimbursed to your account. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your reimbursement.

What if I paid for my event with a department P-Card?

  • If you paid for expenses with your department P-Card, please provide copies of your event evaluations, rosters of attendance, and receipts to Caitlin Kerrigan. All originals must go to your business manager. We will accept both hard copies and electronic copies – whichever is easiest for you!

Do you accept electronic copies of post-event documentation?

  • We always accept electronic copies of your event evaluations and rosters of attendance.
  • We cannot accept electronic copies of your receipts (unless you used your department P-Card) – originals only.
  • Department P-Card original receipts go to your business manager with copies (either hard or electric) to us.

CONTACT US

For any general SFI questions:

Caitlin Kerrigan
Campus Life
Coordinator, Faculty Programs
ckerrigan@email.arizona.edu 
520-621-0961

Mailing Address

University of Arizona 
Admin 402
1401 E University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066

FACULTY FELLOWS

Dedicated to undergraduate student engagement, and informed by research indicating that students tend to be more academically successful when they are immersed in a supportive campus environment with tailored guidance, the University of Arizona established the Faculty Fellows program decades ago.

Faculty Fellows is a group of 55 outstanding UA faculty dedicated to student engagement. Faculty Fellows work to effectively involve students in research, collaborative projects, career-readiness efforts and community outreach. Each Fellow is assigned a campus site for the academic year (whether a residence hall, a cultural center, or a resource center) and spends time at that site each week, building connections and relationships with students outside of the classroom.

Faculty Fellows:

  • Foster students' connection to UA as a whole
  • Help make a large school feel much smaller
  • Create avenues for student-faculty relationship building

OUR IMPACT

Faculty Fellows reaches about 10,000 students each year! Here is what some students are saying about the relationship with their Faculty Fellow:

  • “I love visiting with my Faculty Fellow because she is the friendliest woman and always has a smile on her face. I remember one time I was so excited to see her dog and we began talking about my dog at home, and I could really tell she cared.”
  • “I had lunch with him and met his family. He has since helped me with conflicts I faced with other professors.”
  • “We had an event where he made ice cream out of liquid nitrogen! He taught me how making ice cream out of liquid nitrogen works. It was so great because he made sure everyone got some ice cream after his demonstration.”
  • “I went on a community bike ride with my Faculty Fellow and have since started having conversations with him unrelated to chemistry. He now plays more of an advisor role, which is nice. I can tell he genuinely cares.”

Furthermore, the majority of students who engage with Faculty Fellows report:

  • Feeling more comfortable approaching other faculty members on campus
  • Becoming more connected to the University of Arizona
  • Discovering what it means to be a college student
  • Appreciating knowing a faculty member cares about them as a student

MEET OUR FELLOWS

Bruce Bayly
Associate Professor
Assignment: Transfer Student Center
Department: Mathematics
ENR2 N203
520-621-4766
Rick Bennett
Associate Professor
Assignment: Disability Resources Center
Department: Geosciences
Gould-Simpson, Room 208
520-621-2324
Paul Blowers
Distinguished Professor
Assignment: Office of Sustainability
Department: Chemical and Environmental Engineering
John W. Harshbarger, Room 105B
520-626-5319
Cheryl Brodersen
Lecturer
Assignment: Arizona Sonora
Department: Management and Organizations
McClelland Hall, Room 405J
520-626-5639
Meg Lota Brown
Professor
Assignment: Villa del Puente
Department: English
Modern Languages, Room 445
520-621-7393
Jane Carrington
Associate Professor
Assignment: Arizona-Sonora
Department: Nursing
Nursing, Room 327
520-626-3071
Bryan Carter
Associate Professor
Assignment: CATS Academics
Department: Africana Studies
LSB, Room 242
520-621-0110
Aurore Chabot
Professor
Assignment: Maricopa
Department: School of Art
Art, Room 110
520-621-3136
Cholik Chan
Professor
Assignment: Asian Pacific American Student Affairs
Department: Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
AME, Room N723
520-621-2503
Albrecht Classen
Distinguished Professor
Assignment: La Aldea
Department: German Studies
LSB, Room 310
520-621-1395
Zoe Cohen
Assistant Professor
Assignment: Cochise
Department: Physiology
Ina A. Gittings Building, Room 112
520-621-5485
Pearce Paul Creasman
Curator
Assignment: Pima
Department: Tree Ring Lab
Bryant Bannister Tree Ring, Room 403
520-621-2414
Lisa Elfring
Associate Professor
Assignment: SALT center
Department: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Life Sciences South, Room 252
520-621-1671
Ed Franklin
Associate Professor
Assignment: Stadium
Department: Agricultural Education
Saguaro Hall, Room 210C
520-940-3718
Athena Ganchorre
Assistant Professor
Assignment: Kaibab-Huachuca
Department: Cellular and Molecular Medicine
AHSC, Room 2106
520-626-2203
Faten Ghosn
Associate Professor
Assignment: VETS Center
Department: School of Government and Public Policy
Social Sciences 315
520-621-7600
Cindi Gilliland
Professor of Practice
Assignment: Colonia de la Paz
Department: Management & Organization
McClelland Hall, Room 405M
520-621-3178
Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante
Associate Professor
Assignment: Coconino
Department: Journalism
Marshall, Room 336
520-621-3189
Amy Graham
Lecturer
Assignment: Hopi Graham-Greenlee
Department: Chemistry/Biochemistry
Chemistry, Room 225
520-621-3428
Eleni Hasaki
Associate Professor
Assignment: Yuma
Department: Anthropology and Classics
Emil W. Haury Anthropology Bldg. #30A
520-626-1398
Scott Hessell
Professor of Practice
Assignment: Coronado
Department: Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences
McClelland Park, Room 406B
520-621-1140
Mark Jenks
Assistant Professor of Practice
Assignment: Transfer Student Center
Department: Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies
Education, Room 817
520-626-8801
Jess Kapp
Associate Professor of Practice
Assignment: Transfer Student Center
Department: Geosciences
Gould-Simpson, Room 208
520-626-5701
Kasi Kiehlbaugh
Lecturer
Assignment: Árbol de la Vida
Department: Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Engineering, Room 200
520-626-1266
Barbara Kosta
Professor
Assignment: Pueblo de la Cienega
Department: German Studies
Learning Services Building, Room 304
520-621-1799
Jill Koyama
Associate Professor
Assignment: Women's Resource Center
Department: Educational Policy Studies and Practice
Education, Room 228
520-621-7313
Jerry Lopez
Assistant Professor and STEM Extension Specialist
Assignment: Arizona Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars (ASEMS)
Department: School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Life Sciences South, Room 552
520-834-2795
Melissa Lowe
Professor
Assignment: Arts Coordinator
Department: School of Dance
Ina A. Gittings, Room 8
520-621-1387
Katie Maxwell
Senior Lecturer
Assignment: UA BookStores
Department: Accounting
McClelland Hall 302
520-621-3713
Don McCarthy
Distinguished Professor, University Outreach
Assignment: Coronado
Department: Steward Observatory
Steward Observatory, Room N404
520-621-4079
Ellen McMahon
Professor
Assignment: Apache Santa-Cruz
Department: School of Art
Art, Room 207A
520-621-1493
Marisa Michaels
Lecturer
Assignment: Manzanita-Mohave
Department: Eller
McClelland Hall, Room 405
Katrina Miranda
Associate Professor
Assignment: Arizona Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars (ASEMS)
Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
CSML 518
520-626-3655
Bill Neumann
Professor of Practice
Assignment: CATS Academics
Department: Management Information Systems
McClelland Hall, Room 430
520-621-5169
Sheilah Nicholas
Associate Professor
Assignment: Native American Student Affairs
Department: American Indian Studies & Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies
Education, Room 521
520-621-9102
Matt Ostermeyer
Associate Professor of Practice
Assignment: Campus Recreation
Department: Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies
Education, Room 815
520-621-1531
Vic Piscitello
Lecturer
Assignment: Likins
Department: Marketing
McClelland Hall, Room 322
520-626-7011
Ed Prather
Associate Professor
Assignment: VETS Center
Department: Astronomy
Steward Observatory, Room N208
520-621-6530
Ed Reid
Professor and Director
Assignment: Manzanita-Mohave
Department: School of Music
Music, Room 229
520-621-1348
Louise Roth
Associate Professor
Assignment: Árbol de la Vida
Department: Sociology
Social Sciences 400
520-621-3531
Joellen Russell
Associate Professor
Assignment: Student Engagement & Career Development
Department: Geosciences
Gould-Simpson, Room 208
520-626-2194
Justine Schluntz
Lecturer
Assignment: Think Tank
Department: Engineering
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Room 301
520-621-1063
Lisa Schrenk
Associate Professor
Assignment: Gila
Department: Architectural History
Architecture, Room 104
520-626-3545
Beverly Seckinger
Professor
Assignment: Hopi Graham-Greenlee
Department: Theater, Film & Television
Louise Foucar Marshall Bldg. Room 229
520-621-1239
Billy Smith
Assistant Professor
Assignment: Babcock
Department: Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies
Education, Room 709
520-621-1481
Crystal Soltero
Associate Professor of Practice
Assignment: Posada San Pedro
Department: Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies
Education 715
520-626-6976
Armin Sorooshian
Assistant Professor
Assignment: Arizona Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars (ASEMS)
Department: Chemical and Environmental Engineering
John W. Harshbarger Building, Room 146C
520-626-5858
Ryan Straight
Assistant Professor
Assignment: UA South
Department: UA South
1140 N. Colombo
520-626-2422
Frans Tax
Distinguished Outreach Professor
Assignment: Arizona Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars (ASEMS)
Department: Molecular and Cellular Biology
520-626-1186
Michelle Tellez
Assistant Professor
Assignment: Guerrero Student Center
Department: Mexican American Studies
Cesar E Chavez Building, Room 228
520-621-7551
Russ Toomey
Associate Professor
Assignment: LGBTQ Resource Center
Department: School of Family & Consumer Sciences
McClelland Park, Room 235F
520-621-4009
Ron Trosper
Professor
Assignment: Native American Student Affairs
Department: American Indian Studies
Richard P. Harvill Building 237A
520-621-5083
Stephanie Troutman
Assistant Professor
Assignment: Rawls-Eller
Department: English
Modern Languages, Room 445
520-621-1836
Ricardo Valerdi
Associate Professor
Assignment: Transfer Student Center
Department: Systems and Industrial Engineering
Engineering, Room 225
520-621-6561
Desiree Vega
Assistant Professor
Assignment: Thrive Center
Department: Disability & Psychoeducational Studies
Education, Room 413
520-621-6689
Praise Zenenga
Associate Professor
Assignment: Yavapai
Department: Africana Studies
Learning Services Building, Room 240
520-626-9828
Karen Zimmermann
Professor
Assignment: Transfer Student Center
Department: Art
Art Building & Art Museum, Room 108
520-621-7003