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.


Sarah M. Ginsberg, Lead Faculty, Student-Faculty Partnership Initative

Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

I have been on the faculty at Eastern Michigan University for over 20 years. I have a B.A. and an M.A. in communication sciences and disorders from Case Western Reserve University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership-Higher Ed from EMU. My research has focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), within my field and across higher education. In addition to serving as the Founding Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders (2016-2021), I have co-edited and/or co-authored Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: Evidence- Based Education (Plural Publishing, 2012), Xerostomia: An Interdisciplinary Resource for Practitioners (Slack Incorporated, 2020), Evidence-Based Education in the Classroom: Examples from Clinical Disciplines (Slack Incorporated, 2021), Simulated Learning in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Moving from Theory to Practice (Slack Incorporated, In Press), and Clinician’s Guide to Applying, Conducting, and Disseminating Clinical Education Research (Slack Incorporated, forthcoming). I rely on collaborative approaches to education and it has become the focus of much of my work in both my teaching and my research. I have had the privilege of working with the FDC supporting faculty interested in engaging in evidence - based education as well as SoTL numerous times over the years and look forward to working on this initiative with student colleagues and faculty colleagues to create stronger partnerships between students and faculty both inside and outside of the classroom.

Uttara Manohar, Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

I am an assistant professor in the School of Communication,  & Theatre Arts. I was born and raised in India and moved to the United States in the year 2009 to pursue my graduate studies. I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the Ohio State University. My identity as an international faculty member, and a woman of color, has shaped my journey in higher education. Advocacy is an integral part of my role as an educator, scholar, and a member of the EMU community. Currently, I serve on the Faculty Senate Committee for Action on Intersectionality, AntiRacism, and Equity (CAIRE). I have designed and facilitated workshops about equitable and anti-racist teaching practices, racial microaggressions, and effective ways to talk about race in different contexts. I teach courses about interracial and intercultural communication and encourage my students to think about the impact of systemic inequities on our daily communication practices. My research examines how communication can reinforce as well as resist systems of oppression. Particularly, I examine the impact of racial microaggressions and ways in which people of color cope with them by seeking support from friends and family members. I am excited to utilize my experience and expertise in my new role as the FDC’s faculty fellow for diversity, equity, and inclusion. I look forward to being in community with students, faculty, and staff who are committed to create an inclusive and equitable environment at EMU.

Hannah Bollin, Graduate Assistant

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. I am a Ph.D. student in the Educational Studies program here at EMU and I am also a member of Leadership in the Project BIG Mentor Program based here in Ypsilanti as well.  My research interests include mentorship, intersectionality in the classroom, and trauma-informed teaching. As a first generation high school graduate, I take both of my roles as a life-long student and an educator very seriously. 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 take part in 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.

Lauren Silvia, Undergraduate Assistant

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.

Trinity Perkins, Undergraduate Assistant

Hi! I am Trinity Perkins. I am a freshman here at Eastern and I am studying Criminology and Criminal Justice pursuing a career in law enforcement specifically in the FBI. I am new to Eastern, I am originally from West Michigan, specifically the Grand Rapids area, but I already feel welcomed by the FDC to my new town, and new school.  I am immensely appreciative of this opportunity to work here and get to know the school, the faculty, and help with improving the learning experiences that we as students have. 

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