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The University of Toledo is committed to providing opportunities to help prepare future academic leaders, and I am writing to invite faculty who are interested to consider applying to serve as a University of Toledo Fellow in the Mid-American Conference (MAC ) Academic Leadership Development Program (ADLP) for the 2021-2022 academic year.   

The University of Toledo has joined other colleges and universities in the Mid-American Conference to participate in the MAC Academic Leadership Development Program.  Initiated in 2017, the mission of the MAC leadership program is to identify, develop, prepare and advance faculty as academic leaders from MAC member institutions.  The program provides an opportunity for faculty to gain valuable knowledge and experience in academic leadership by working closely with faculty and administrative colleagues from other MAC colleges and universities. 

The MAC leadership development program has two components:  participation in a University-level leadership development program at the fellow’s home institution; and participation in monthly virtual developmental meetings with all the MAC Fellows.

Nominations and applications are currently being accepted for tenured faculty to serve as fellows and should be submitted by Monday, May 10, 2021, with a completed application form,  a letter of recommendation from the faculty member’s dean, and a copy of the faculty member’s curriculum vitae.  Up to four UToledo MAC Fellows will be selected and announced by the end of May, 2021. 

For additional information regarding the MAC academic leadership program, please contact Dr. Amy Thompson, Sr. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at

Click the button to access the MAC-ALDP Nomination Application:  Application period is closed.

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2020-2021 Fellows

FerreiraViviana Ferreira 

Dr. Ferreira is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences (COMLS). She received her D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chile and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Texas. Dr. Ferreira joined COMLS in 2009 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2015. Dr. Ferreira's research, which focusses on part of innate immunity (i.e. the complement system), has been published in internationally-recognized scientific journals and has been continuously funded over the years, mainly by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health. She has recently completed a 4 year term as a standing member on an NIH study section panel. Dr. Ferreira also has a passion for teaching and mentoring; thus, she has served as major advisor to graduate students while pursuing their Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., and Masters degrees, she participates in the COMLS teaching mission for Medical School and Graduate students, and serves as mentor for underrepresented students. Dr. Ferreira has obtained the 2013 Dean's Teaching Excellence and the 2014 Dean's Research Excellence Awards, and was named a 2019 American Association of Immunology Career in Immunology Fellow. She participates in several leadership roles at UToledo and in the national and international scientific communities including, but not limited to, co-direction of the Infections course for M1 students, direction of the Advanced Immunology graduate course, Councilor on the International Complement Society Board, and Program Committee member for the American Association of Immunologists.


Tavis J. Glassman

Tavis J. Glassman, PhD, MSEd, MPH, CHES, CCPH serves as a  professor at The University of Toledo in the School of Population Health. He earned his doctorate from the University of Florida and Masters in Public Health from The Ohio State University. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and a Certified Communicator in Public Health. He teaches Drug Awareness, Human Sexuality, Mental Health, Social Marketing, Health Communication and Health Behavior courses. His research interests involve the prevention of high-risk behaviors among college students. For example, he has designed interventions to reduce the excessive alcohol consumption associated with tailgating on game-day, 21st birthday celebrations, spring break, etc. Further, he designs, implements, and evaluates health communication messages, which promote healthy lifestyles. He is an inductee of the Start High School Hall of Fame and a Jefferson Community Service Awardee. In January 2021, Dr. Glassman will begin his appointment as Associate Chair.

SextonMarty Sexton 

Dr. Marty Sexton serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Interim Director of the Learning Resource Center, Simulation and Interprofessional Education in the College of Nursing (CON). She also served the college as Chair of the Department of Adult, Family and Population Health for 4 years. Recently, she led the CON 2019 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation self-study and on-site visit. Maximal accreditation was granted to all programs. Dr. Sexton has been a leader in the development, implementation and evaluation of the University’s Interprofessional Education Program (IPE) which provides didactics, simulation and experiential opportunities for over 550 students from 11 different healthscience disciplines every year. She is active in the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) and National Academies of Practice (NAP) serving in leadership roles in both organizations. The focus of Dr. Sexton’s research has an overarching purpose of improving interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPE/C). Within that domain she has published and presented with colleagues on topics such as: interprofessional education pedagogy, interprofessional conflict resolution, emergent evacuation techniques, and active shooter awareness. She is the Co-PI of a joint CON and COMSL Collaboration Grant entitled” Assessing and Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Simulation-based, Comprehensive Approach to Active Shooter Training”. In addition, Dr. Sexton is the principle investigator for an Ohio Board of Nursing Education Grant entitled “Increasing Enrollment in the University of Toledo’s Competency-Based (CBE) RN to BSN Program”. 

Sari Youssef Sari

Dr. Youssef Sari received his MS in Biomechanics and Physiology of Movement from Orsay University (France) and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Pierre and Marie Curie University (Sorbonne University), Institute of Neurosciences (France). He subsequently held postdoctoral fellowship and faculty research positions at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana. He then moved to The University of Toledo in 2010. Dr. Sari is a Professor of Pharmacology and Vice Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is currently severing as Director of Graduate Program in his Department. He has been also serving as the Chair of the department’s personnel committee over the past six years, and this involves promotion and tenure processes as well as faculty mentoring. He has been active and successful in the recruitment of talented international students to the graduate programs in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is also teaching pharmacology to medical students in the College of Medicine, and he has just been assigned as a Mission Director to mentor medical students. Dr. Sari’s research has contributed significantly to the field of drugs of abuse, including alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, opioids, and methamphetamine. He has over 105 publications in good- to high-quality, peer-reviewed research journals and over seven published book chapters. Based in his outstanding achievement in his field, he is now listed as Top #1 Expert Worldwide in the area of Excitatory Amino Acid Transporter 2 in the brain by Expertscape Inc. He has received several awards and honors in recognition of his excellent contributions to the scientific literature in the field of drugs of abuse. Among these awards are the Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award, the President’s Research and Scholarship Award, Shining Star Award, and the Outstanding Faculty Research and Scholarship Award.  Dr. Sari’s research programs have been funded for several years by prestigious awards from the National Institutes of Health. Based on his meritorious scientific achievements, he has secured several NIH funding for the last 15 years. He is member of several editorial boards, including Frontiers in Neuropharmacology. He has an incredible record of mentoring and tirelessly interacting with his mentees and other junior colleagues in and outside the laboratory. Most of his mentees are currently holding the title of Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor/Head of the Department at International Universities. 


2019-2020 Fellows

BossenbroekJonathan Bossenbroek

Dr. Jonathan Bossenbroek is a Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo and serves as the Director of the Office of Competitive Fellowships and Undergraduate Research.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Calvin College, his M.S. from the Univ. of Wisconsin – Green Bay, and Ph.D. in ecology from Colorado State University.  Prior to coming to Toledo, he had a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame.  During the 2013-14 academic year, he spent his sabbatical in Trinidad and Tobago on a Fulbright Scholarship. His research focuses on applying the theories and concepts of landscape ecology to investigate issues such as invasive species biology, conservation biology and ecosystem management. The investigative approach of his lab is primarily based on predictive modeling and then linking these predictions with field and laboratory studies. Through this approach, he has undertaking projects on zebra mussels, emerald ash borer, hydrilla, yellow perch, and lake sturgeon.  The applied nature of Dr. Bossenbroek's work has enabled him to interact with regional, state, and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations to improve the management and policies that influence the regions natural resources.


ColemanMaria Coleman

Dr. Maria Coleman received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.  She is a Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering and Associate Director of the Polymer Institute at the University of Toledo.   She is committed to student learning and development and has been very involved in mentoring graduate students and young faculty.  Her research focuses on polymers and nanocomposites and has been funded through federal, state and industrial sources including the prestigious NSF  Presidential Faculty Fellowship.  She currently works with multidisciplinary teams to develop renewable, recyclable polymers aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of plastics.

MollitorScott Molitor

Dr. Scott Molitor earned his B.S.E. in Engineering Science at the University of Michigan and later earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Following his Ph.D., he completed two postdoctoral fellowships in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery; the first at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the second at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Molitor joined the University of Toledo Department of Bioengineering in 2000.  He was named as the Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Director in 2001, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006 and Professor in 2018.  Between July 2014 – January 2019, he served as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the University of Toledo College of Engineering.  As of February 2019, Dr. Molitor has been serving as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Molitor's previous research interests include molecular mechanisms of cellular excitability, computational modeling of neuronal function, auditory neuroscience and treatments for traumatic brain injury.  He has supervised the thesis and dissertation work of numerous graduate students working in these research areas.  Besides his teaching and administrative responsibilities in the College of Engineering, his current educational interests include preparing high school and first year college students to study engineering mathematics, and the teaching of science and engineering to young children. 

SchneiderRebecca Schneider

Dr. Rebecca Schneider is a Professor of science and teacher education, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the Judith Herb College of Education at the University of Toledo. She received her Ph.D. in Science Education from The University of Michigan and is a Judith Daso-Herb Endowed Co-Chair in School-University Partnerships in Teacher Education. Her design-based research explores how teachers and those who educate them gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective and how guidance can support their development. Her work includes examining pedagogical content knowledge as a construct from a teacher educator's perspective and within a learning progression framework; developing programs to prepare teachers to be culturally responsive and ambitious educators who can meet the learning needs of all their students; and exploring how e-learning environments can support professional conversations, learning, and partnerships for novices and their mentors.

2018-2019 Fellows

HuntleyJason Huntley

Jason Huntley received both his M.S. in Microbiology and Ph.D. in Veterinary Pathology from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Huntley joined the faculty in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences in 2010.  Dr. Huntley currently is a tenured Associate Professor and leads research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, and Ohio SeaGrant to develop new vaccines/ treatments against bacterial pneumonia and to develop new methods to remove the harmful algal bloom toxin microcystin (MC-LR) from drinking water supplies.

GrudenCyndee Gruden

Dr. Cyndee Gruden is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo and presently the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Graduate Studies. She was raised and educated in New Hampshire. She obtained her doctorate in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000 and subsequently served as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Michigan in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. In 2003, she became a member of the faculty in the College of Engineering at the University of Toledo to pursue her passion for teaching and mentoring students. Dr. Gruden and her students study urban stormwater management and modeling in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. She advocates for the implementation and optimization of green stormwater infrastructure. Her research group collaborates widely with non-profits, municipalities, community members, private sector consultants, and other academic institutions.  She is engaged in extensive service to her profession through mentoring and outreach activities toward the inclusion of diverse groups in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

KeithKristen Keith

Dr. Kristen Keith is an Associate Professor of economics at the University of Toledo where she also serves as assistant to the EVP/CFO of Finance and Administration and Faculty Associate. She earned her undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Montana and her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from The Ohio State University. As a microeconomist, whose field of specialty is labor economics, her research has focused on the impact of individual behavior on labor market outcomes such as employment and earnings. She has published in highly ranked economic journals including The Review of Economic and Statistics and Economic Inquiry. As a member of the department of economics, she served as its undergraduate advisor and won the University's Outstanding Adviser Award in 2013. She has held several faculty leadership positons including chair of LLSS's College Council, chair of the Outstanding Advisor Award Committee, president of Faculty Senate, chair of the Senate Committee on Academic Regulations, and faculty representative for the Tuition Guarantee Taskforce.

2017-2018 Fellows

MonsosHolly Monsos

Holly Monsos joined the Department of Theatre and Film in 1991. She received an MFA in costume design from the University of Montana and a BA in theatre with secondary teaching certification from Michigan State University.  Before joining the UT faculty, she taught and designed at the Dillard School of Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and spent several years as a cutter/draper in professional theatre including work with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, and the San Francisco Opera. Her design work has been seen locally at the Toledo Rep.  She has designed for Ms. Unseen Productions in New Zealand, for the Montana Repertory  Theatre, and for the Glacity Theatre Collective here in Toledo, where she also serves as Executive Director.  Holly Monsos is active in her professional organization, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). 

ThompsonAmy Thompson

Dr. Amy Thompson is the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs at the University of Toledo. She is the former UT Faculty Senate President, has co-chaired the UT Sexual Assault Prevention Taskforce, and is the current co-chair for UT Opioid Taskforce. In 2017-2018, she was selected into the prestigious MAC Leadership Program, where she represented UT at various leadership trainings. She has served as the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Fellow and the Provost's Fellow. In these roles, she helped to create such programs as the Scholar Institute Program (SIP) and the Associate to Professor Program (ATP). Dr. Thompson received her B.S. in Public Health from Central Michigan University, her MS & Ed. in Public Health and her Ph.D in Health Education from the University of Toledo. In addition to her nine years of service at the University of Toledo, she was also a faculty member at Mississippi State University and Kent State University. Dr. Thompson is the former national president of Eta Sigma Gamma, Health Education Honorary and is the current National Advocacy Trustee for the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). She has published over 70 peer reviewed journal articles and secured nearly $800,000 in grant funding. Her work has been presented and published both nationally and internationally.






Last Updated: 5/11/21