Jeffrey L. Bernstein, Director

Professor of Political Science and Director of Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center

Welcome to the Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center at Eastern Michigan University.  I'm Jeff Bernstein, and I have been director of the Center since the summer of 2021, and on the faculty at Eastern in political science since 1997. I hold a B.A. from Washington University and an M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of Michigan. My research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly on how to foster my students' effective civic engagement.  I also study collaborative teaching, and how to enhance the role of teaching in the academy.  My most formative professional experience was as a 2005-06 Carnegie Scholar with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Palo Alto, California. I am the co-author of Vital Statistics on American Politics (CQ Press, 2022), and am co-editor and contributing author of Citizenship Across the Curriculum (Indiana University Press, 2010), Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Collaborative Structures (Jossey-Bass, 2016), and Teaching Research Methods in Political Science (Edward Elgar, 2021).   Some of my favorite research projects have been those done with my remarkable students, who make being a professor so much fun, and so rewarding. I am particularly honored to have been named a recipient of the Ronald Collins Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching II in 2020.


Jessica Argiero, Graduate Assistant

Welcome to the Faculty Development Center! My name is Jessica Argiero, and I am pursuing my M.A. in the Educational Leadership-Higher Education/Student Affairs program. I received my B.A. in Women's Studies in 2011 from the University of Michigan, later joined Teach for America, and taught high school English for five years. I am excited about the transition into working in higher education. I look forward to contributing to the great work here at the FDC, building relationships with faculty and staff, and supporting professors, instructors, and graduate instructors in the growth of their teaching practices. 

Hannah Bollin, Graduate Assistant

Hello! My name is Hannah Bollin and I am a Ph.D. student in the Educational Studies program. I recieved my BA in English - Literature from Concord University and my MA in Women's and Gender Studies with an emphasis in Educational Leadership here at EMU. My research interests include mentorship, intersectionality in the classroom, and trauma-informed teaching. Through my time here at Eastern I have received so many great opportunities to help me reach both my career and educational goals. Through my role here at the Faculty Development Center, I am excited to learn more about providing the necessary resources to ensure the success of both students and faculty here at EMU!


Jessi Kwek, Undergraduate Assistant

Hello! My name is Jessi Kwek, I'm in my third year as an undergraduate at EMU. I'm majoring in Political Science and Sociology and I'm interested in work related to social justice and community organizing. Throughout my time here I've had positive experiences with almost every single one of my professors, whether in my department or outside of it, and I'm grateful to be a part of the important work that the Faculty Development Center does here at Eastern.

Hannah LaFleur, Undergraduate Assistant

Hi, my name is Hannah LaFleur, I am a sophomore here at EMU. I am on the Secondary Education Social Studies/History track and I am excited to become a high school teacher when I graduate! I have a passion for learning and have enjoyed my experiences with the professors at Eastern. I have found that most are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed, which has been particularly encouraging throughout my time here. I am looking forward to working with more faculty members through the FDC, and furthering my education through these interactions.

Lauren Silvia, Student Intern

Hi! My name is Lauren Silvia and I am in my final year here at Eastern studying Public and Nonprofit Administration with a double minor in Social Work and Management. Throughout my time here at Eastern I have been involved on campus and look forward to potentially working in higher education after graduation.


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