January 16, 2019

Announcing 2019-2020 Tang Institute Fellows, Projects

Fellows will work on projects that support student learning in five areas, including a new school within a school pilot.
by Jenny Barker

The Tang Institute is excited to announce 24 new and continuing fellows who will work individually and collaboratively on projects that seek to support student learning and engage with central questions in education today. Following are our 2019-2020 fellows in five areas of focus, including a new effort to pilot a school within a school at Andover.

School within a School

In the spring term of the 2019-2020 academic year, the Tang Institute and a group of Tang Fellows will pilot a term-long, project-based school within a school. We will focus in depth on one subject, exploring it from a number of perspectives. This approach will allow students to make deep and durable connections across the academic curriculum. Our undertaking will help us better understand how students learn, how faculty can teach even more effectively, and how we might best incorporate research about cognitive science and assessment into our academic program.

We will collaborate closely with LaShawn Springer, director of community and multicultural development and associate director of college counseling, and Monique Cueto-Potts, director of community engagement, on this endeavor. For more information and an invitation for interested faculty and staff to join a related working group, please visit our Blog post about the school within a school pilot.

Andrea Bailey, Instructor in Biology

Chris Jones, Chair of the History and Social Science Department

Rafael Kelman, Instructor in Art

Corrie Martin, Instructor in English

Nicholas Zufelt, Instructor in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

Equity and Inclusion

Projects in this area will continue to advance the work of equity and inclusion on campus, with the goal of nurturing the academic and personal growth of all students as they navigate a complex, intentionally diverse learning community. We support Andover’s continued progress toward full equity by helping to enhance the educational program and support systems to prepare students for life at and beyond Andover.

Quiet Schools

Tracy Ainsworth, Instructor in History and Social Science (Continuing)

Anti-Racist Advocacy in Education Systems

Allen Grimm, Instructor in Theater and Dance

Teaching Religious Studies: A Digital Resource

Kurt Prescott, Chair of the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department (Continuing)

The Rainbow at PA

Marisela Ramos, Instructor in History and Social Science (Continuing)


The Institute continues to support Andover’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in increasing interdisciplinary-learning opportunities for students and embedding intellectual inquiry into race-class-gender-sexuality and other aspects of identity into the academic program. This year’s new Tang Fellows in this area are exploring interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning in foundational courses at Andover. Projects bring together two (or more) academic departments.

Teaching Ethics in Computer Science

Kiran Bhardwaj, Instructor in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Nicholas Zufelt, Instructor in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

Project-Based Statistics

Noureddine El Alam, Instructor in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (Continuing)

Redesigning Bio100: Creating an Accessible and Inclusive Model for Inquiry-Focused Learning

José Peralta, Instructor in Biology

Catherine Kemp, Instructor in Biology


Fellows in this track will continue to explore innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Action Research: Alternative Assessments in Chinese Classes

Lilia Cai-Hurteau, Chair of the Chinese Department

Enhancing STEM 100: Preparing Our Youngest Students for Success

Patrick Farrell, Instructor in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

Purpose and Proficiency in Spanish Curricula

Clara Isaza-Bishop, Chair of the Spanish Department (Continuing)

Katherine Matheson, Instructor in Spanish (Continuing)

Mindfulness and Performance: On the Field and in Life

Lani Silversides, Instructor in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

Promoting Mastery and Metacognition through Portfolio Assessment

Heidi Wall, Instructor in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (Continuing)

Instructional Coaching

Instructional coaches will collaborate with colleagues, observing their classes and offering feedback in a supportive, non-evaluative manner. These coaches will be able to offer an extra set of eyes in their classrooms, helping faculty reflect on their teaching practice and better support student learning.

Leon Calleja, Instructor in English

Patrick Rielly, Instructor in English

Juan Gabriel Sanchez, Instructor in History and Social Science

Therese Zemlin, Instructor in Art

About the Tang Institute Fellows Program

The Tang Institute’s annual Call for Fellows opens each fall and a deadline for proposals is announced. Andover faculty members are invited to submit proposals as interdisciplinary teams or as individuals with plans to collaborate in specific areas. Fellowship notifications are sent out during the current academic year, and new fellows set to work on a range of exciting projects at the start of the next academic year.

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