Faculty Affairs Staff
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
As the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Director of the OTL, Jenn Bellamy works to advance and support campus-wide and unit-based programs that amplify the educational mission of the University; initiate and sustain partnerships with academic units to foster engaged teaching and learning; use innovative strategies to deepen the pedagogical knowledge and teaching effectiveness of DU faculty; and create and facilitate a holistic faculty professional development plan.
Leslie Cramblet Alvarez
Assistant Vice Provost & Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Learning is the heart and soul of my work. As the director of the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL), I strive to bring our office’s mission to life. We “foster innovation and strengthen practices in teaching, course design, and curriculum development to improve learning across the university.” After over a decade as a faculty member, I came to DU to engage in the work of faculty education full-time. The OTL serves as the central resource for faculty in reaching their teaching goals. We envision our work as that of curator, collaborator, incubator of ideas, and our office as a sanctuary for all who care deeply about teaching and learning.
Faculty Development is a critical piece of the OTL’s work. We offer educational programming related to inclusive teaching, course design, enhancing learning through technology in the classroom, integrative learning, classroom innovation, assessment of learning, and more. Through institutes, workshops, webinars, Faculty Learning Communities, and individualized consultations, we engage with faculty as thought partners and serve as curators of best educational practice.
Faculty Lifecycles for the OTL means that we engage with faculty learning and development at all points of their careers and across series. We provide onboarding support through our Teaching @DU short course and offer a rich portfolio of programming supporting growth at every point in a faculty’s career arc.
Faculty Relations is a smaller part of the OTL’s role in the VPFA office, however, the OTL works to create connections among faculty through our programming and learning communities. We highlight and amplify the faculty voice through our Faculty Fellows and peer-to-peer programming. Where appropriate, the OTL serves as an advocate for policy change, most visibly with our involvement in campus-wide initiatives such as the Teaching Excellence Task Force.
Project Manager, Office of the Provost
As Project Manager for the Office of the Provost, Terese Rainwater dedicates part of her time to Provost priorities, faculty affairs ,and key initiatives and events. Terese joined DU in April 2022 after 20 years in public policy where she worked with legislators, university system heads and presidents, and faculty to increase access to and success in postsecondary education.
Elise Rosado Brewer
Web Content Designer
Elise Rosado Brewer joined the OTL and VPFA offices as the Web Content Designer in 2022. Prior to DU, Brewer worked as a theatrical lighting and costume designer for six years, where she used visual design as a tool for narrative. Brewer received her BFA in Theater Design, Technology and Management from CU Boulder and earned a certificate in User Experience and User Interface Design from DU. Her intersectional arts and tech background allows her to take an empathetic and human-based approach in everything she does. Brewer believes that complex problems require creative solutions, and creative solutions require creative people. In this role, Brewer will be generating and maintaining web-based content for faculty educational and development resources, and tackling special projects that require creative problem solving for digital user needs. When she’s not at work, you can find her in dark theaters playing with stage lighting or spending time with her eccentric Puerto Rican family.
Megan J. Kelly
Teaching Professor and Coordinator for Faculty Writing Support
Megan J. Kelly is Teaching Professor in the Writing Program at the University of Denver. Her pedagogy is deeply influenced by her time working in writing centers, both as a graduate student and as the former Assistant Director of the DU Writing Center. She teaches classes on storytelling for social change, writing for well-being, and training peer tutors in antiracist and anti-ableist practices. In her service and scholarship, she is further committed to supporting students and faculty as writers. Her current research centers the experiences of disabled and neurodivergent students in writing classes. The founding faculty advisor for the student organization Divest DU, she is also invested in the rhetorical work of student activists in the climate justice movement. As Program Coordinator for Faculty Writing Support, she organizes and facilitates faculty writing groups and retreats.
Faculty Fellow of Mentoring Initiatives
Heather Martin joined the VPFA’s office as Faculty Fellow of Mentoring Initiatives (FFMI) in 2021. As FFMI, Heather’s mission is to collaborate with faculty mentors from across ranks and series on research-based mentoring initiatives that enrich faculty experiences, cultivate community, and promote faculty wellbeing.
Heather is a Teaching Professor of Writing and the Faculty Director of the First-Year Seminar program. She began her DU journey as a graduate student in the English department in 2002. Since then, she has had many mentors. Heather is seeking other faculty champions to join her in institutionalizing high-quality mentoring experiences for faculty from across campus.
Lina Reznicek- Parrado
Faculty Fellow for Workload Equity
Lina M. Reznicek-Parrado is Teaching Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of the Spanish Program for Heritage/Bilingual Students at the University of Denver. Her scholarly interests center around Spanish in the U.S. and Spanish Heritage Language Pedagogy, with an emphasis in peer-to-peer learning and academic literacy development. As Faculty Fellow for Workload Equity, Lina supports the institutional effort to establish clearer and systematic processes surrounding workload equity—that is, the way faculty work is understood, distributed, and rewarded. Lina can facilitate conversations, support brainstorming ideas, and help troubleshoot departments, department leaders and/or administrators interested in jumpstarting, developing or furthering workload equity efforts.
Laura E. Sponsler
Resident Scholar for Teaching and Professional Faculty
Laura E. Sponsler, Ph.D is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Denver. Dr. Sponsler integrates her teaching, scholarship, and service in service of the institutional mission to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. Her work broadly examines the role of colleges and universities in creating more democratic practices for all constituents and institutionalizing the civic mission of higher education. As the Resident Scholar for Teaching and Professional faculty, Dr. Sponsler’s research and work supports faculty off the tenure track – the Teaching and Professional Faculty (TPF) – through faculty development initiatives and organizational change to institutionalize a respectful, inclusive, and collegial culture for all faculty.
Digital Archivist and Residency Librarian, Assistant Professor
Lauren (she/her/hers) is the Digital Archivist Residency Librarian at University Libraries, where she works to make institutional recommendations on the preservation of born-digital university records. Before beginning her faculty role in August 2023, Lauren earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Morgridge College of Education, where she continued to develop her data analytics and visualization skills. Working alongside the VPFA office, Lauren will tackle the production of various original data visualization projects in support of institutional initiatives, including the dissemination of the 2023 COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey data. When not at work, she enjoys baking bread with her dog Satchmo.
Graduate Assistant, Events and Project
Emily Brenner graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC with a B.A. in History, a minor in Religious Studies, and a certificate in Cultural Heritage Studies. During undergrad, she worked on multiple projects, including helping to recreate virtual landscapes of the local Gullah Geechee communities and helping create two museum exhibits. Currently, Emily is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master in Library and Information Science with the hope to work in archives and archival outreach in the future.
Graduate Assistant, Communications
Loisa Fenichell holds a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from SUNY Purchase College and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. She is now a PhD student in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver, having moved to Denver from Brooklyn, NY. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets, and has been featured in a variety of literary journals. She also has a debut full-length collection forthcoming this September from Ghost Peach Press, called Wandering in all directions of this earth.
Graduate Assistant, Events and Project
Alayna Fuller received her BA in International Studies, with an emphasis in Development, from West Virginia University in 2018. After graduation, Alayna lived in Uganda for one year, implementing small infrastructure projects at the Bright Kids Uganda dormitories. From there, Alayna moved back to her hometown in NJ. She became the Family Services Manager at the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB). After three and a half years working at PRAB, Alayna moved to Denver, Colorado. She is a first-year Grad student at Denver University pursuing her master’s in Global Environmental Sustainability.
Graduate Assistant, Events and Project
Caitlyn Goodrum is pursuing a master’s degree in Media and Public communication, with a concentration in Strategic Communication. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations in 2021 and has lived in Denver for a year now. When not working on schoolwork or her job at the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, she enjoys hiking, walking her dog Atlas, and reading non-fiction books, or simply watching her favorite shows.