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Faculty Advisory Board Members, 2020-2021

CELT formed a Faculty Advisory Board in the Spring of 2012 to guide their strategic programming.

Paul Bergen

Director Educational and Online Technology Services.

Paul’s career spans more than 20 years of work with university faculty on the uses of computing technology in teaching and research. He has hands-on experience as an educational software developer and had been a leader in the collaborative development of enterprise educational systems and services. Between 1993 and 1995, he served as the founding director of the University of Virginia’s Social Sciences Data Center and GIS Lab.  From 1995 through 2007, as the founding Director of the Instructional Computing Group in Harvard’s Faculty and Arts and Sciences, he played a key role in the emergence of Web and digital video technology across Harvard’s undergraduate curriculum. He assumed a university-wide role at Harvard in 2007 as the director of “iCommons,” the academic computing group of Harvard’s central administration charged with providing shared software and academic IT services to all of Harvard’s schools.

Tom Downes

Associate Professor, Department of Economics

Professor Downes received his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Bowdoin College in 1982 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1988 and was a faculty member at Northwestern University from 1988-1994. His research focuses on the evaluation and construction of policies to improve the delivery of publicly-provided goods and reduce inequities in these services, with particular attention paid to public education. He has also pursued research on the roles of the public and private sectors in education provision. Among his current projects are papers that document the implications for student outcomes, community composition, private school enrollment, and non-education spending of school finance reforms and property tax limitations and that quantify the extent to which charter schools draw from private schools. He served on the Panel on Formula Allocations of the Committee on National Statistics of the National Academies, participated in symposia sponsored by the New York State Board of Regents that resulted in Educational Finance to Support High Learning Standards and Educational Finance and Organizational Structure in New York State Schools, and recently completed a term as co-editor of Education Finance and Policy.

Boris Hasselblatt

Professor of Mathematics

Boris Hasselblatt works primarily in the area of teaching, learning, and faculty development. As such, he co-chairs the University-wide Committee on Teaching and Faculty Development whose purview includes the Tufts Innovates seed grant program and the Teaching and Learning Engagements elements of the T10 strategic plan and Educational and Online Technology Services. This includes work on the evolving University-wide strategy on online and digital initiatives. He is also the Provost’s liaison with the Tufts libraries, the Digital Collections and Archives, and the Tufts Institute of the Environment and provides support with the establishment of institutional affiliation agreements and of centers at Tufts.

Jeffrey Hopwood

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering

Hopwood earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1990 where he studied electron cyclotron resonance plasmas. He also received the M.S. and B.S. degrees from MSU in 1987 and 1985, respectively. He joined IBM at the T. J. Watson Research Center in 1991 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Advanced Materials Laboratory. Following this Post-Doc, he joined Northeastern University in 1993 and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2006. He became a member of Tufts’ Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in September 2006. Dr. Hopwood has worked primarily in the fields of plasma processing and plasma source design.

Y. Natalie Jeong, DMD, MA

Associate Professor of Periodontology, Tufts School of Dental Medicine

Natalie Jeong is Assistant Professor of Periodontology and has been on faculty at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine since 2000.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree (Biology) and Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology) from Northeastern University.  She earned her D. M. D. and her Certificate in Periodontology from Tufts University and receiver her M.A. in Health Professions Education from The University of Pacific.  She is a Diplomate of American Board of Periodontology and currently teaches in both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral program at Tufts University school of Dental Medicine. She is a graduate of ADEA LI (American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute).

Jette Steen Knudsen

Professor of Policy and International Business; Shelby Collum Davis Chair in Sustainability, The Fletcher School

Jette Steen Knudsen is Professor of Policy and International Business and holds the Shelby Collum Davis Chair in Sustainability. She has also been appointed as a Velux Fellow at Copenhagen Business School. Her research centers on the interface between government regulation and business actions with a particular focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She studies the ability of governments in economically advanced industrialized nations to promote social change through regulation of social practices of home country multinationals in developing countries. From 2003-2007 Knudsen headed a government-sponsored think tank, The Copenhagen Centre for CSR. She then served as project leader of a CSR task force for the CEO at Maersk, a shipping, oil and retail conglomerate. Knudsen graduated from MIT in 2001 with a PhD in Political Science.

Keith Maddox

Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Keith Maddox is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Tufts University Social Cognition Lab. He received his A.B. in psychology from the University of Michigan, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Maddox is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including grants from the National Science Foundation, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, and an SPSP Distinguished Service Award. His lab is focused on research programs examining social cognitive aspects of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

Jeff Marchant

Associate Professor of Medical Education, Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Jeff Marchant is a Research Assistant Professor of Immunology at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. He received his B.S. in Biology from St Lawrence University, his M.S. in Plant Biology from Indiana University, and Ph.D. in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology from the Sackler School at Tufts University. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester and Tufts School of Medicine. His major research interests focus on the eye with emphasis on the aqueous humor outflow pathway and its role in intraocular pressure (IOP) regulation and glaucoma.



Dorothy Meaney

Director of Library, Tisch Library

Dorothy Meaney is the Director of the Tisch Library at Tufts University. Prior to arriving at Tufts in 2014 she served as the Director for University Planning and Assessment at Drew University. She received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Georgetown University, and her MLIS, LIS from Rutgers University.

Peggy Morris, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Senior Lecturer, Program Coordinator, School of Arts and Sciences

Peggy received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University, her M.S. in Therapeutic Studies from Boston University, and her doctoral degree (OTD) from Tufts University. She is Board-Certified in Pediatrics through the American Occupational Therapy Association. Peggy has over 30 years of experience providing pediatric occupational therapy services in private practice and in schools and currently lectures at Tufts University in the Occupational Therapy department. Peggy has 12 years of experience with the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, Pre-K through fifth grade and is a Certified National Presenter for Handwriting Without Tears.

Heather Nathans

Chair, Professor, School of Arts and Sciences

A former Jumbo who earned her doctorate from the department, Nathans’s primary areas of scholarly interest include American theatre and drama, African American theatre, Jewish American theatre, musical theatre, 17th and 18th century French theatre, theatre historiography, English Restoration drama, and directing. Nathans holds numerous professional affiliations. She is the past-president of the American Society for Theatre Research and the American Theatre and Drama Society. In addition, she is affiliated with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education; the Society of Early Americanists; and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

Norman Ramsey

Associate Professor, Computer Science, Engineering

Norman Ramsey was a CELT Fellow in 2009–2010.  He teaches in Computer Science, where students say that his courses push them to their limits and give them confidence in their own abilities. His teaching interests include technical writing and curricular development.

Ed Saltzman

Academic Dean for Education, The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Edward Saltzman is the Academic Dean for Education at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, and a scientist at the Energy Metabolism Laboratory in the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Dr. Saltzman’s research focuses on obesity and body weight regulation in humans. He received his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Chris Schonhoff

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Schonhoff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  He received a PhD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.  He completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Medicine.  Much of his research has centered on studying signal transduction pathways in both neuronal and hepatic systems.  He currently studies the effects of opioids and sex differences in hippocampal neuronal differentiation.  He serves as course director and lectures extensively in the first year biochemistry and physiology courses at the Cummings School.

Chris Swan

Associate Professor and Dean of Undergraduate Education, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Dr. Swan received a Doctor of Science (ScD) degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT in 1994 and both Bachelor (BS) and Master (MS) of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. An initiator of explicitly using service-learning in department courses, Dr. Swan continues to champion the development, implementation, and assessment of community engagement efforts in engineering education. Dr. Swan’s current research interests lie in the areas of engineering education, waste reuse, and unique soil behaviors.

Roger Tobin

Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Roger Tobin came to Tufts in 1995 from positions at Michigan State University and AT&T Bell Laboratories. His research is in the area of experimental condensed matter physics, studying the interactions of gases with metal surfaces.  He has taught physics classes at all levels from introductory mechanics to graduate quantum theory, and is a recipient of the Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising. He has strong interests in methods of engaging students as active participants in learning and in improving pre-college science education, especially at the elementary school level.