Kathy Takayama

Executive Director

As the Executive Director of TLTC, Kathy oversees the strategic development of the center’s programs and initiatives, together with its partnerships across the university. She received her B.S. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Rutgers Medical School, and she was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a tenured professor of microbiology and molecular biology at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), she led both a microbiology research team, as well as a research team in science education and visualization. In 2003, she was selected as the first international Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and in 2008 she was named National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences by the US National Research Council. Kathy is the recipient of national and international teaching awards, and has received key grants in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and STEM education. She has served on several editorial boards, including the International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning; Teaching and Learning Inquiry; and the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (as Research Editor).  In 2002, she led the first multidisciplinary, international (pre-MOOC) online research course in genomics for students across 24 universities in 11 countries to celebrate the sequencing of the human genome, titled Visualizing the Science of Genomics. Kathy co-founded the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) in 2004 and was elected ISSOTL President from 2014-15. She has served as the Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning and adjunct professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry at Brown University, and founding Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Columbia University where she held a joint appointment as associate provost and adjunct professor of biology. Prior to UMD, she was invited by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as a Senior Fellow in Science Education to collaborate on the Inclusive Excellence initiative. In addition to her roles in US higher education, she serves in numerous international advisory capacities, including the international advisory board to Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and as external advisor for curricular enhancement and professional development to universities and programs throughout the US and in Europe, Japan, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Latin America, and Africa.