Here is how we transform teaching

UB EXCITE (University at Buffalo Excellence in Course Instruction Through Enquiry) is CEI's initiative to promote innovation in teaching and learning at UB.


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

Selected faculty will form a professional learning community to collaboratively redesign their courses; the faculty will then teach the redesigned courses and collect data to evaluate the courses’ effectiveness. The collected data will guide further refinement of the redesigned courses.

Course redesign, implementation and revision will form iterative cycles.

University Teaching Fellows

University Teaching Fellows are faculty who have received UB EXCITE funding.


  • Arnd Pralle, assistant professor, Physics
  • 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

Please address all questions about UB EXCITE to:

Renee Crandall-Palcic, office manager, Center for Educational Innovation.

Email: reneecra@buffalo.edu