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Matthew Matthew Garrett, Associate Professor of Music Education, Director of Choirs, and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music and Music Education, joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in 2009. Over the past two years, he has worked closely with the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) as Faculty Facilitator for the Learning Fellows program. Most recently, Garrett worked with outgoing Interim Director Sarah de Swart to create a new teacher education initiative with Learning Fellows 2.0.

As Interim Director of UCITE, Garrett will draw upon his background in education and learning pedagogy with more than 20 years of classroom teaching experience to help faculty members explore the art and science of teaching. UCITE will continue to offer the Learning Fellows, Glennan Fellows, and topical lunch-time seminars through the 2017-18 academic year. In addition, UCITE is launching new collaborative initiatives with other University Centers this fall.

Garrett explores the development and utilization of critical thinking skills in music classrooms and LGBTQ+ issues in music education through his research. 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 music text series from Hal Leonard and McGraw Hill Education, Voices in Concert. 

Originally from South Carolina, Garrett earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education from Florida State University. Before joining the Case Western Reserve faculty, he was a music educator in Central Florida and Southeast Massachusetts public schools at the middle and high school levels for more than ten 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

Sarah de SwartSarah de Swart is the former Interim Director of UCITE and the current 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. You can contact her in the Office of Faculty Development in Thwing Center at (216)368-8874 or email her at

Mano SinghamMano Singham, Director Emeritus of UCITE and Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics, is a theoretical nuclear physicist and the author of three books: Quest for Truth: Scientific Progress and Religious Beliefs (2000), The Achievement Gap in US education: Canaries in the Mine (2005), and God vs. Darwin: The War Between Creationism and Evolution in the Classroom (2009).

You can contact him via the UCITE office or email him at His personal blog deals with science, history and philosophy of science, religion, politics, the media, education, learning, books, and films.

James ZullJames Zull, Professor Emeritus of Biology, is Director Emeritus of UCITE and is the author of The Art of Changing the Brain (2002)
You can contact him at 216.368.3572 or email him at

Blaine Martyn-Dow is the Administrative Assistant of UCITE. You can contact her in the UCITE office or email her at

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Fax: 216.368.0197

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