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Program Leadership and Staff

The INCLUDE program team is comprised of dedicated faculty and staff from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Neag School of Education, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL). The project is led by Department Head and Principal Investigator Maria Chrysochoou, Ph.D. and the educational research efforts are led by Rachael Gabriel, Ph.D. To learn more about our program, please email connie.syharat@uconn.edu.

Portrait of Dr. Maria Chrysochoou

Maria Chrysochoou, Ph.D. Professor Head of Department (860) 486-3594 Email

Portrait of Dr. Amvrossios C. Bagtzoglou

Amvrossios C. Bagtzoglou, Ph.D.
Professor
(860) 486-4017
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Peter C. Diplock, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
(860) 486-0457
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Portrait of Rachael Gabriel.

Rachael Gabriel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Neag School of Education
(860) 486-4397
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Nicholas Lownes
Associate Professor
(860) 486-2717
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Tim Vadas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Environmental Engineering Program
(860) 486-5552
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Portrait of Dr. Arash Zaghi

Arash Zaghi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(860) 486-2468
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Connie Syharat
Research Assistant
INCLUDE Project Manager
(860) 486-3785
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Caressa Wakeman
Graduate Assistant

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I-Team Members

I-Team faculty engage in an intensive professional development series centered around elements of inclusive teaching in the context of neurodiversity. Faculty meet regularly to discuss topics such as inclusive teaching practices, neurodiverse student experiences, implementation of a strengths-based approach toward neurodiversity, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), active learning, alternate assessments, and accessibility.  I-Team members engage in reflection and peer review as they redesign their courses to transform and personalize the educational experience for all students. A list of redesigned courses may be found here.

Portrait of Dr. Amvrossios C. Bagtzoglou

Amvrossios C. Bagtzoglou, Ph.D.
Professor
(860) 486-4017
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Nicholas Lownes
Associate Professor
(860) 486-2717
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Sarira Motaref
Associate Professor in Residence
(860) 486-2731
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Shinae Jang
Associate Professor in Residence
(860) 486-0540
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Manish Roy
Assistant Professor in Residence
(860) 486-5638
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Alexander G. Agrios
Associate Professor
(860) 486-1350
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Baikun Li
Professor
(860) 486-2339
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Christine J. Kirchhoff
Associate Professor
(860) 486-2771
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INCLUDE Advisory Board

Jamie Barr V.P. Langan Engineering
Susan Baum, Ph.D. Director, 2e Institute for Research and Professional Development
Daniel Burkey, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Donna Korbel Director, Center for Students with Disabilities
Angela Lanning Student Representative
Aaron Picking Student Representative
Shawn Smith Don't dis-my-ability, Neurodiversity Advocate & Consultant
Taddarrayl M. Starke, Ph.D. Associate Vice Provost, Institute for Student Success
Julia Webb Neurodiversity Specialist, WhiteFox Defense Technologies