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Center for Teaching and Learning

Center for Teaching and Learning


The Center for Teaching and Learning proposes to develop as well as provide training and support programming to support faculty as they enhance and expand their pedagogical skills with the effective use of technology in and out of the classroom. Additionally, the Center will offer training and professional development experiences for students to support an accumulation of learning moments on campus.


The Center hosts various faculty-focused workshops that cover a variety of topics, from how to use online resources and learning platforms, to new and emerging teaching strategies and research.

The schedule of workshops for each semester will be housed here, as will archived copies of the video or PowerPoint presentation and materials distributed to faculty at each session.

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Dr. Rosianna Gray

Dr. Rosianna R. Gray

Associate Provost for Instructional Development/Director of Center For Teaching and Learning

Meet the Director

Dr. Rosianna R. Gray has been in postsecondary education for over 15 years with extensive experience and service related to faculty development and first-year freshmen student success in STEM related disciplines. 

She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from our very own Stillman College and went on to The University of Alabama to receive a master’s degree and PhD in biology with a concentration in bacterial genetics research.  She has served as an Assistant Professor and Dept. Chair of Natural Sciences at Stillman College, an Assistant Professor of Biology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an Assistant Professor of Biology at The University of Alabama, where she also served as the Director of Community Education.

Dr. Gray’s love for research has always been accompanied by an additional love for science education and instructional pedagogy.  This passion serves as the foundation for her work with metacognition and associated strategies as tools for increasing student learning and enhancing the overall learning experience in and out of the classroom. 

“Teachers are the academic angels of the world shaping and providing these amazing learning experiences for students,” she says.

Dr. Gray has used this thought as motivation to do extensive work in the area of metacognition which led to the development of a pedagogical strategy she calls “Grandma’s Recipe for Accountable Learning and Time Management”. She emphasizes that this strategy along with many others like it, provide a means of “evening the playing field” for those students that are often not as prepared as others when they transition from high school to college as first-time college freshmen. 

“Grandma’s Recipe” along with other initiatives created by Dr. Gray, have been incorporated at various institutions as a means of resources for both faculty and students.  She believes that equipping faculty with instructional tools and encouraging student accountability for learning are two pillars that serve as “Golden Willie Wonka Tickets” that embody success for all involved: faculty, students and the institution. 

Dr. Gray had the prestigious honor of serving as a Fulbright Specialist and completed a 2-month Fulbright appointment in Nove’ Hrady, Czech Republic at the Center for Nanobiology and Structural Biology, the Institute of Microbiology and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.  She worked collaboratively on research projects, panels and discussions related to metacognition initiatives and promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM related disciplines with researchers and educators in nearby areas and countries.

Dr. Gray is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated as well as a member of Beautiful Zion A.M.E. Zion Church.