MTI Coordinators


The Master Teacher Initiative (MTI) is a University-wide program to enhance the quality of teaching within CSU's colleges and libraries. The objectives of the MTI are to:

  • underscore the importance of quality teaching within the context of the University's overall mission
  • provide opportunities for faculty from across a college to address common teaching interests and concerns
  • contribute to the creation of a culture where the scholarship of teaching is valued and appreciated

Brief History

The Master Teacher Initiative was developed in 2005 by Dr. Doug Hoffman, professor of marketing in the College of Business. Dr. Hoffman—appointed a University Distinguished Teaching Scholar in 2007—now serves as the University coordinator for the initiative and as the MTI leader for the College of Business.

In Fall 2006, the College of Natural Sciences launched its own teaching initiative, the Best Practices in Teaching lunches, led by Dr. Frank Vattano. When TILT began to work with Dr. Hoffman to make the MTI a campus-wide initiative, the College of Natural Sciences brought its existing initiative into the program.

Today, faculty leaders in each of the Colleges, the Library, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs develop MTI programs each semester for their colleagues, allowing each MTI to respond to the needs and interests of faculty in specific disciplines.

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Meet our Current MTI Coordinators

Andrew Norton
College of Agricultural Sciences

Position: TBA, College of Agricultural Sciences

phone number (970) 491-7421 email

Andrew Norton has been a member of the Colorado State University faculty since 2002. Dr. Norton’s research is on the ecology, evolution and management of pest species, with a particular emphasis on non-native, invasive plant species. Dr. Norton teaches large section undergraduate courses. He works with Graduate Teaching Assistants and other instructors to develop classroom approaches that increase student engagement and retention. A particular interest of his is the use of active learning exercises and writing assignments to improve student learning and critical thinking skills. Dr. Norton received a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Doug Hoffman
College of Business

Position: Professor of Marketing, College of Business

Doug Hoffman specializes in the field of services marketing. Dr. Hoffman's teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels spans over 20 years while holding tenure track positions at Colorado State University, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Mississippi State University. He has achieved several teaching-related milestones, including co-authoring the first Services Marketing textbook targeted exclusively at the undergraduate market and teaching the first services marketing courses at Mississippi State University, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Colorado State University. In addition, Dr. Hoffman developed and taught the first E-Marketing and online Principles of Marketing courses at Colorado State University.

Becki Atadero
College of Engineering

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Becki Atadero is an Associate Professor in the area of structural engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University and a Fellow of the CSU Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence. Dr. Atadero's technical research focuses on extending the safe and useful life of civil engineering structures, particularly concrete bridges. She is also PI of an NSF funded Improving Undergraduate STEM Education grant focused on educating engineering students on the benefits of diversity to engineering and how to work in inclusive ways. She teaches courses in structural engineering such as concrete design and civil engineering materials to upper division undergraduates and graduate students.

Dan Baker
College of Engineering

Position: Faculty Instructor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dan Baker is a full-time teacher and is the primary instructor for both the on-campus and online sections of CIVE 260 Statics and CIVE 261 Dynamics which are taken by all Civil, Environmental, Mechanical, and Bio-Medical engineering students. He has a keen interested in active learning and has a particular interest in both physical and virtual interactive learning tools. He learned of his love for teaching as a tour boat captain during his college summers. Dan has a PhD from Colorado State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado.

Barb Hooper
College of Health & Human Sciences

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Health and Human Sciences

Barb Hooper is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Ocupational Therapy Education (COTE) at Colorado State University. She has been honored with distinguished teaching and scholar awards, including admission to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Roster of Fellows in 2008. Informed by her own and interdisciplinary scholarship, the mission of COTE is to promote excellence in teaching effectiveness, curriculum design and educational research in order to graduate therapists who form community, create knowledge, use evidence and forge paths with clients toward satisfactory engagement in daily life.

Pamela Coke
College of Liberal Arts

Position: Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts, Department of English

Pam Coke teaches courses in adolescents' literature, intermediate composition, teaching composition, teaching reading, teaching language, and teaching methods. Her research interests include the transition from elementary to secondary school, gender and education, teacher collaboration, and teacher education. She has published articles in English Journal, Statement, SIGNAL Journal, California English, The Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, Academic Exchange Quarterly, and Education.

Richard Conant
Warner College of Natural Resources

Position: Associate Dean

Richard Conant is an ecosystem ecologist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Professor of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Warner College of Resources at Colorado State University.

Conant's research focuses on understanding the feedbacks between human activities and ecosystem biogeochemistry. Specifically, he is interested in how land use and land management practices impact carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural and grassland ecosystems.

Dr. Conant has worked closely with scientists from diverse disciplines to understand the characteristics of scientific information that best informs decision making, and has worked to integrate those conclusions into his own research. He has helped build this approach into the Master if Greenhouse Gas Management & Accounting. He is a participant in national and international efforts to quantify human impacts on carbon cycling.

Dr. Conant earned his Ph.D at Arizona State University in 1997.

Deborah Garrity
College of Natural Sciences

Position: Associate Professor

Deborah Garrity runs an NSF-funded research lab focused on the genetics of heart formation in the vertebrate embryo. This includes the training and mentoring of PhD and MS graduate students, as well as undergraduate research and honors students in the Department of Biology.

She also instructs Developmental Biology with ~145 students, and Attributes of Living Systems with ~280 students, as well as smaller graduate or upper division courses that emphasize student participation. "I like the challenge of helping students to be engaged and effective learners—in different instructional formats—at all stages of their college career."

Deborah obtained her PhD in Genetics/Developmental Biology at Cornell University (1998), followed by post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.

Erica Suchman
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Position: Associate Professor, CVMBS, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

Erica Suchman has been a member of the CVMBS faculty since 1995. She teaches microbiology and is the 2000-2001 N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation winner and an inductee into the George H. Glover Distinguished Contemporary Faculty Gallery. Dr. Suchman is an internationally recognized expert and lecturer on using active learning techniques to foster critical thinking skills while teaching science in large lecture halls.

Andrew West
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Position: Education Development Manager, CVMBS

Andrew West is the Education Development Manager for CVMBS. His primary role is to support faculty in the College in any areas related to their teaching. Prior to joining CSU in 2015, Andrew was a high school science teacher in southern Colorado and an Assistant Professor of Science Teacher Education at Western Kentucky University, where he helped prepare future k-12 science teachers. Andrew is passionate about supporting faculty in the development of classrooms/clinical experiences where students play an active role in constructing understandings and developing critical thinking skills. Andrew earned a PhD in Science Education from the University of Missouri in 2011.

Naomi Lederer
University Libraries

Position: Professor, University Libraries

Naomi Lederer is one of the College Liaison Librarians located in Morgan Library. She currently is departmental liaison to Art, Design & Merchandising, English, History, and Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts. In addition, she is the depository Government Information Librarian, a position which covers nearly all subject areas to some degree. She is available for specialized guest instruction in her areas.

Even though she has written a book, Ideas for Librarians Who Teach: With Suggestions for Teachers and Business Presenters (Scarecrow, 2005), she knows there is always something new to learn about teaching (and pretty much everything else, for that matter)! She has an extensive Web presence, with guides to doing library research on various subjects in general to specific topics. Lederer has a M.S. in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in English Literature from Arizona State University.

Amy Dinise-Halter
Division of Student Affairs

Position: Student Success Projects Manager

Amy Dinise-Halter views on education are informed by his experiences growing up near the U.S./Mexico border and being a first-generation student. He has been involved with education since 1997 and has interacted with a broad range of students in multiple settings including private school 8-11 year-olds, high school freshman, community college students (both traditional-aged and adult learners), and Colorado State University students. He continues to explore facets of teaching and how it weaves in to his work providing academic guidance as an Academic Support Coordinator and his work organizing and delivering CSU Campus Advisor Training.