The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning is delighted to announce the continuation of its project-based Faculty Fellows Program. Each academic year we partner with two faculty members from different divisions to advance a specific pedagogical innovation or teaching-related initiative.
Our Faculty Fellows for the 2019-20 academic year are Mari Jo Velasco and Kasey Wagoner.
MARI JO VELASCO is a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows and teaches in the Music Department University. Her research lies at the border between music history and ethnomusicology, studying the musical and devotional practices of lesser-known regions of France. Her scholarly interests include minority languages and cultures within France, oral histories and folk traditions, trans-border identity and exchange, popular devotional music, and musical resistance in times of revolution. This fall, she will be teaching a freshman seminar on revolutions and music, and in the spring she is looking forward to exploring the many intersections of French music and society with her students.
KASEY WAGONER earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis, where he worked on laboratory tests of the gravitational force. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, he became a Lecturer at Washington University. While there he overhauled the introductory lab sequence, creating 18 new labs that applied physics to real-world situations (e.g. “physics of baseball” lab). In 2016, after one year at Philadelphia University, he became a Lecturer in the Princeton Physics Department. In both positions he has continued to work on introductory physics lab curricula, with a specific interest in creating experiments that are instructive and applicable to real-world situations.