Leadership and Foundations



Matthew Garrett, PhD


Matthew Garrett, PhD, associate professor of music education and coordinator of undergraduate studies in music education, joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in 2009. Garrett has been involved with UCITE programming since 2016, having served as faculty facilitator for the Learning Fellows program, and as interim director of the center. As director, Garrett continues to draw upon his background in education and learning pedagogy with more than 20 years of classroom teaching experience to help faculty members and students explore the art and science of teaching.

Garrett's research interests include LGBTQ issues in music education and the development and utilization of critical thinking skills in music classrooms. Oxford University Press will publish his most recent work, Honoring Trans and Gender-Expansive Students in Music Educationwith co-author Joshua Palkki–in August 2021. Garrett's scholarship has also been published in national and international music education journals. He has been interviewed regarding his work on developing critical thinking skills for articles in the national music education journal Teaching Music. His strategies for incorporating critical thinking strategies in choral music rehearsal environments were published as part of a hybrid print/online music text series from Hal Leonard and McGraw Hill Education, Voices in Concert.

Garrett has been nominated twice for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He has spoken on the CWRU Power of Diversity Lecture Series and, most recently, on the Social Justice Institute Research Lunch Series. In 2016, Garrett was honored with a CWRU Prism Award for outstanding contributions to the campus LGBTQ community.

Originally from South Carolina, Garrett earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education from Florida State University. Before joining the CWRU faculty, he was a music educator in Central Florida and Southeast Massachusetts public schools at the middle and high school levels for more than 10 years. He continues to work with students and teachers in public schools across the country, as a clinician and guest conductor.  You can contact him at mgarrett@case.edu.



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Assistant Director 

Jennifer Hadingham, PhD joins the CWRU community in 2020 with over 20 years of experience in faculty educational development.

Hadingham began her career at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Center for Learning, Teaching and Development in South Africa. In 2011, she became the Assistant Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Rochester, New York. At Rochester, Hadingham  expanded faculty development offerings to include teaching and mentoring training, graduate teaching assistant training, and undergraduate peer-led team learning classes.

Hadingham leads the UCITE Learning Fellows, Assessment Learning Community, and Teaching Assistant Training programs.  You can contact her at jennifer.hadingham@case.edu.



Case Western Reserve's University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) was founded in 1994 by James Zull, Professor Emeritus of Biology, with the support of the Faculty Senate, and with major gifts from former CWRU President T.Keith Glennan, Evan and Eric Nord, and S. Sterling McMillan.  The goal of UCITE is to support and catalyze faculty activities which lead to innovative teaching and educational programs.  Underlying this goal is the concept of the "teacher-scholar".  Teacher-Scholars are expected to be creative contributors to their disciplines and to the teaching of that discipline.  As leading scholars in their fields, CWRU faculty are positioned to develop leading educational programs and to utilize and contribute to the development of the most effective ways to teach their various disciplines.  Their desire to be a member of the academic community at CWRU presumes an underlying committment to these objectives, and UCITE was created to provide a supportive environment in which they can flourish.

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James Zull (1939-2019)

Professor Emeritus, Biology

Director Emeritus, UCITE

The Art of Changing the Brain (2002)

From Brain to Mind (2011)



Mano Singham

Mano Singham, PhD, Director Emeritus of UCITE and Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics, is a theoretical nuclear physicist and the author of four books: Quest for Truth: Scientific Progress and Religious Beliefs (2000), The Achievement Gap in US education: Canaries in the Mine(2005), God vs. Darwin: The War Between Creationism and Evolution in the Classroom (2009), and The Great Paradox of Science: Why Its Conclusions Can Be Relied Upon Even Though They Cannot Be Proven (2019).

You can contact him via email at mano.singham@case.edu. His personal blog deals with science, history and philosophy of science, religion, politics, the media, education, learning, books, and films.



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Sarah de Swart, PhD, is the former Interim Director of UCITE and a former Director of the Office of Faculty Development. She is an organizational and communications consultant, certified executive coach, team facilitator and professional voice and speech coach with more than 20 years experience in the areas of personal and professional development. A graduate of Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree cum laude in History and Literature, de Swart holds a Master’s degree in Theater Arts and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. She is also a professional actress who performs on local and national radio and television commercials and training videos. 



elise geither

Elise Geither, PhD, is the Associate Director of Spoken English Programs in Graduate Studies.  

Her research focuses on: support for international students in higher education, orientation programming for international students, incorporating culture in the English language learning classroom, and supporting international students in counseling and disability resources.

You can contact Dr. Geither at: ejg65@case.edu.