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From 2016-18, UB EXCITE (University at Buffalo Excellence in Course Instruction Highneck Moda Vmjuta Ginger Vero Curve Jumper Misty Rose Through Enquiry) was CEI's initiative to promote innovation in teaching and learning at UB.

Much of the content from this intitiative is now part of CEI's Core Curriculum.


As part of UB EXCITE, faculty could apply for funding to redesign their courses and the support needed to teach them.

Misty Curve Rose Ginger Vero Vmjuta Highneck Moda Jumper Selected faculty formed a professional learning community to collaboratively redesign their courses; the faculty then taught the redesigned courses and collected data to evaluate the courses’ effectiveness. The collected data guided further refinement of the redesigned courses.

Course redesign, implementation and revision form iterative cycles.

University Teaching Fellows

University Teaching Fellows are faculty who received UB EXCITE funding.


  • Arnd Pralle, assistant professor, Physics
  • Misty Moda Rose Ginger Vmjuta Vero Curve Highneck Jumper Troy Wood, associate professor, Chemistry
  • Stacey Gulde, lecturer, Chemistry
  • Tilman Baumstark, research associate professor, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Lance Rintamaki, associate professor, Communication


  • Carl Alphonce, teaching associate professor, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Christine Human, lecturer, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
  • Lara Hutson, clinical assistant professor, Biological Sciences
  • Ashima Krishna, assistant professor, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Jessica Poulin, clinical assistant professor, Biological Sciences
  • Sarahmona Przybyla, clinical assistant professor, Community Health and Health Behavior
  • Angela Samul, clinical assistant professor, Mathematics
  • M. V. Sivaselvan, assistant professor, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering