The Office of Faculty Development has announced Tammy Rahhal, senior lecturer II and associate chair of teaching and chief undergraduate advisor of psychological and brain sciences, as a recipient of a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship for the 2022-23 academic year.
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Tricia Serio says “I am thrilled to work with and learn alongside the Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows this year. Their projects integrate their expertise and knowledge of our campus with a new context to advance both their leadership development and our mission in new and creative ways.”
The Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship (CLF) program seeks to cultivate future campus leaders by offering a half-time, one-year temporary appointment to an administrative area on campus and providing mentoring from the leader of the host unit. In addition, fellows are expected to launch a significant program during their fellowship year.
Tammy Rahhal, senior lecturer II and associate chair of teaching and chief undergraduate advisor of psychological and brain sciences, will focus on developing pedagogy and resources to enhance hybrid classrooms. Rahhal will be working with Claire Hamilton, associate provost and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Heather Sharpes-Smith, executive director for Online Educational Technology.
Rahhal’s primary focus as a faculty member is teaching and advising for all undergraduate psychology majors. In her leadership roles, she has worked to help create a new undergraduate curriculum, grow available advising services, increase the department’s online course presence, and provide mentoring and professional development opportunities for psychological and brain sciences instructors.
“My hope is to both build on my own existing knowledge and practice using flexible/hybrid pedagogy in large, general education courses and also educate other instructors of these methods so that UMass can provide all students accessibility to excellent classroom experiences that will lead to greater student success,” says Rahhal.