About CETL

Touro prides itself on its historic commitment to excellence in teaching. The mission of the CETL at Touro University is to advance, support, and sustain a robust and inclusive culture of excellence in teaching and learning across the university, serving its entire faculty so as to achieve distinction in student success for the University.

Strategic Responsibilities:

  • Promote a campus culture that values faculty learning and development.
  • Cultivate relationships with all relevant stakeholders with regard to faculty development at the university—including schools, faculty, administration and students—so that the university can collectively enhance student success.
  • Strategize and organize (1) workshops on pedagogical topics (2) individual and group consultations on teaching and pedagogy (3) classroom visitation and (4) faculty mentoring; these activities will also provide opportunities for faculty to network and collaborate with their colleagues.
  • Educate faculty on evidence-based teaching and learning research through workshops and seminars.
  • Encourage the development of scholarship by faculty in the area of teaching and learning and provide opportunities to further their work through presentations and publications.
  • Facilitate collaborative initiatives with schools and other areas of the university such as Research Councils, Faculty Councils, instructional technology services and libraries.
  • Architect resource platforms such as a Center website, university library books/articles, periodic online newsletter.
  • Connect current and potential resources together to advance faculty initiatives such as outreach work and grant writing.
  • Develop new faculty orientation programs and provide an ongoing space for current faculty to network and collaborate with their colleagues

Faculty Advisory Committe

Gena Bardwell, MFA
Director of General Education Undergraduate Division
Chair, Department of Speech and Communication
Touro University New York School of Career and Applied Studies

Marcella L Bullmaster-Day, PhD
Associate Professor, Education & Special Education
Touro University Graduate School of Education

 Joyce Brown, DO, CHSE
Vice Chair of Primary Care & Director of Simulation  
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-Middletown Campus

Tara K. Collins, DHS, OTR/L
Senior Academic Fieldwork Coordinator 
Community Engagement Coordinator
Occupational Therapy Department
Touro University School of Health Sciences

Susan Courey, PhD
YAM Project Director/Associate Professor of Special and General Education
Touro University Graduate School of Education

Brian P Chiswell, PhD
Deputy Chair & Associate Professor
Touro University New York School of Career and Applied Studies

Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, JD
Professor of Law & Director of Academic Development and Bar Program
Touro University Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Meira L. Orentlicher, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, CRA
Director of Research & Faculty Scholarship
Director of Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Associate Chairperson for Research and Scholarship & Professor, Occupational Therapy
Touro University School of Health Sciences

Lena Q Richardson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Touro University New York School of Career and applied Studies

Elizabeth J Unni, PhD, MBA, BPharm
Associate Professor & Chair of Social, Behavioral and Administrative Sciences
Director, PharmD/MBA Collaborative Program
Director, Health Disparities and Outcomes Research Fellowship Program
Co-Director, Academic Fellowship Program
Touro University College of Pharmacy

Michael Verderame, PhD, JD
Professor & Assistant Dean, Beis Midrash and Men’s College
Touro University Hebrew Theological College


Stanley Boylan, PhD
Vice President, Undergraduate Education and Dean of Faculties
Touro University

Rabbi Moshe Krupka
Executive Vice President and University Ombudsman
Touro University

Patricia E. Salkin, PhD, JD
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Provost, Graduate and Professional Divisions
Touro University