Center for Teaching and Learning


Paul diehl Dr. Paul F. Diehl
Associate Provost, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
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PAUL F. DIEHL is Associate Provost, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas-Dallas. Previously, he was Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He formerly served as Director of the Correlates of War Project, the largest data collection effort on international conflict in the world. He is also Founding Director Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Academy and Founding Director Emeritus of the Office of Undergraduate Research, both at the University of Illinois. He is also past Editor in Chief of International Interactions. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Michigan in 1983.

Some of his books include The Puzzle of Peace (Oxford University Press, 2016), International Mediation (Polity Press, 2012), The Dynamics of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Evaluating Peace Operations (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010), Peace Operations (Polity Press, 2008), The Scourge of War (University of Michigan Press, 2004), War and Peace in International Rivalry (University of Michigan Press, 2000), A Road Map to War: Territorial Dimensions of International Conflict (Vanderbilt University Press, 1999), The Dynamics of Enduring Rivalries (University of Illinois Press, 1998), International Peacekeeping (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994), and Territorial Changes and International Conflict (Routledge, 1992). He is the editor of thirteen other books and the author of over one hundred and fifty journal articles and book chapters on international security matters.

He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including those from the National Science Foundation, United States Institute of Peace, and the Lilly Foundation. He was the 1998 recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award given by the International Studies Association to the leading young scholar on peace and conflict issues. He has received ten awards for his teaching, including the LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, as well as being a four time winner of the Clarence Berdahl Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction. He is the recipient of the inaugural award for teaching and mentoring given by the International Studies Association-Midwest. He is past President of the Peace Science Society (International) and past President of the International Studies Association. His areas of expertise include the causes of war, UN peacekeeping, and international law.

Huxtable2013Dr. Karen Huxtable
Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
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Karen Huxtable began teaching in 1988, and has served as Associate Director of the UT Dallas Center for Teaching and Learning since its launch in January 2016. She also is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and has taught courses including Educational, Social, and Developmental Psychology to over 9000 students since 2000. For Behavioral and Brain Sciences she served as Teaching Support Coordinator from 2012-2015 and received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005 and the Seniors’ Choice Award in 2009. In 2013, Dr. Huxtable was awarded the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA).

beverly Beverly Reed
Administrative Assistant II
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Administrative Assistant, Beverly Reed, supports the Director and Associate Director, manages events and projects, and acts as liaison to process the flow of information from Faculty, CTL’s Team Leaders, Graduate Teaching Assistants, and staff to ensure the efficient day-to-day operations in the Center for Teaching and Learning. Beverly received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and has over 25 years administrative experience.

Teaching Leaders

Supplementing the core personnel are “teaching leaders,” one from each of UTD’s eight schools. These are selected by the individual school deans and the leaders are responsible for liaison with the Center and for organizing a minimum number of events or programs each semester within their school.

Dr. Noah Sasson
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Dr. Noah Sasson studies how social cognitive differences in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder contribute to their social difficulties. He currently is pursuing a large-scale project comparing social cognitive profiles between autism and schizophrenia, and how they relate to general cognition, social behavior, and social functioning. Dr. Sasson’s other work within autism research involves face processing, non-social motivation (i.e., circumscribed interests), eye-tracking, and studies of the Broad Autism Phenotype. Dr. Sasson earned his bachelor’s degree at Franklin and Marshall College and his PhD at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Rebekah Nix
School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Rebekah Nix centers her teaching and research on enhancing learning environments, focusing on information technology and professional development. Combining a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques, she has developed, documented, delivered, and evaluated innovative case studies and longitudinal research programs that leverage information and communication technologies to foster long-term training programs with sustained learning environments. Through varied collaborations, she aims to serve the full spectrum of educational leaders and lifelong learners – primarily with online options, experiential training activities, holistic assessments, and development of practical evaluation tools.

Armed with a BS in Geosciences, MAT degree in Science Education, and experience in international petroleum exploration and high-tech industry sectors (including RF-ID, remote sensing, simulations and video), she completed her PhD in Science Education on Virtual Field Trips: Using Information Technology to Create an Integrated Science Learning Environment (2002) at Curtin University of Technology.

Now pursuing innovative ideas to merge educational theory and scientific practice through strategic applications of technology, she created MT SCIENCE (Mobile Technology for teaching and learning SCIENCE in the real world), a collection of electronic probeware. In 2004 (with a second cohort in 2005), she designed and delivered a hybrid Teacher Quality program for middle school science teachers called Taking them to the top! Cultivating an ISLE with applications of IT and environmental education. As PI for the Master of Arts in Teaching – Science Education Online program launched in 2006, she co-authored and taught 10 new online graduate courses; the online Evaluating Research in Science Education course received the UT-System Library Director’s Award for library integration. Recipient of the 2010 UT System Innovations in Online Teaching Award and 2007 USDLA Best Practices Gold Award for Distance Learning Teaching Online, she has taught her completely online Educational Technology courses since 2000. Her most recent discovery in academic/scientific research.

Shelby Hibbs
School of Arts and Humanities

In the classes Hibbs teaches, students learn to find their own voice, what inspires them, and how to unfold their future artistic path. As a part of the theatre faculty, she is eager to mentor students to find their creative interests, whether through playwriting, acting, or directing. Hibbs is still very much involved with professional theatre in Dallas and elsewhere, and looks for opportunities to connect students to professional work. Her work in Dallas ranges from feminist theatre, Shakespeare, creative dramatics, immersive performance to devised theatre. She enjoys working on new plays and scripts that allow for significant creative freedom. Her plays have won the DFW Critics Forum Award and the Steven Lovett Award for Outstanding New Work. She is currently a member of Echo Theatre, Dead White Zombies, Cry Havoc Theatre and Dallas Theater Center’s Playwright’s Workshop.

Her research focuses include creative dramatics (developmental theatre for children), youth theatre pedagogy, immersive theatre, and new play development. Her writings on these can be found in Texas Theatre Journal, HowlRound, and Theater Jones.

Before joining the team at UTD, she was a freelance artist in Dallas and an adjunct at Mountain View College. Hibbs worked with many theatre companies here including: Echo Theatre, Dead White Zombies, Cry Havoc Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, Nouveau47, Shakespeare Dallas, Dallas Children’s Theatre, and Capers for Kids. Before moving to Dallas, she lived in New York and worked on various projects for: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Berkshire Theatre Group, Slant Theatre Project, CollaborationTown, Target Margin Theatre, Edge in Motion, Adrienne Westwood, and Robert Wilson. She received her MFA in Directing from Baylor University.

Dr. Randall Lehmann
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Lehmann is a Sr. Lecturer of Electrical Engineering in the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. In addition to his teaching responsibilities he also serves as a Faculty Advisor for both undergraduate and graduate engineering students. He has received several teaching awards while at UTD, including the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2014. Prior to his full-time Sr. Lecturer appointment in 2006 he spent nearly 30 years in industry working for companies such as Texas Instruments, Raytheon and TriQuint Semiconductor (now Qorvo). He has authored or presented more than 30 publications and holds 6 patents. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He has held various offices in IEEE, both at the local and the national level, served on a number of IEEE International Symposia Steering Committees and served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT). He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from SMU in Dallas and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. McClain Watson
Naveen Jindal School of Management

McClain Watson, PhD is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Business Communication Programs in the Naveen Jindal School of Management. He leads an 18-person team of enthusiastic and innovative educators who collectively reach over 2000 students each semester. He has received the UT-Dallas President’s Teaching Excellence Award and the UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Dr. Galia Cohen
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Dr. Galia Cohen is a Senior Lecturer in the school of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences. She is also Associate Director of the Justice Administration and Leadership (JAL) program. Her education includes a PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research is in the fields of human resource management, leadership, and organizational behavior.

Dr. Kristin Drogos
School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Dr. Kristin L. Drogos is the Teaching Leader for the school of Emerging Media and Communication. She is an assistant professor, and earned her B.S. in psychology and Ph.D. in communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the role of media in the socialization of youth, especially the ways in which social network site use is related to the identity formation of adolescents, and the content of children’s television programming. She teaches Children and Media, Media and Culture, Communication Research Methods, and Social Networks, Social Scientific Perspectives on EMAC, and Media Psychology. From 2004-2013 she was listed as one of the Teachers as Rated Excellent by Students at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Gregg Dieckmann
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Dr. Gregg Dieckmann is an associate professor of biophysics and inorganic chemistry in the school of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. He received two bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and computer science from DePauw University, as well as a master’s degree & Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan. He conducted post doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania from 1995-99. The Dieckmann Lab utilizes protein design to engineer new peptide-based materials, bio/nano hybrid systems, and models for more complex biomacromolecules.