President’s Teaching Scholars joined by two new members

President Saliman honors faculty excellence in learning, teaching, scholarly work
By Staff

President’s Teaching Scholars joined by two new members
From left, Michael Lightner, vice president for academic affairs; Wendy Glenn; President Todd Saliman; Marcelo Perraillo; and Raphael Sassower. Glenn and Perraillo are the newest President’s Teaching Scholars; Sassower chairs the program’s council.

University of Colorado President Todd Saliman recently welcomed the two newest members of the President’s Teaching Scholars Program (PTSP), which recognizes CU faculty who skillfully integrate teaching and research at an exceptional level.

The title of President’s Teaching Scholar honors excellence in and commitment to learning and teaching, as well as active, substantial contributions to scholarly work. President Saliman solicits annual nominations of faculty across the four campuses for the designation, which is a lifetime appointment.

The 2023 President’s Teaching Scholar designees are:

  • Wendy Glenn, Ph.D., professor, School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Marcelo Perraillo, Ph.D., associate professor, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado Denver

Members join an active society of scholars and teachers who collaborate with and learn from faculty colleagues and faculty peers in departments, schools and colleges across the four campuses.

Wendy Glenn is professor of literacy studies and chair of the Secondary Humanities Teacher Licensure program at CU Boulder. Her research centers on literature for young adults and how story can be used to both foster connection and invite disruption in students, teachers and the learning environments they share. Glenn’s teaching is guided by the assumption that inviting classroom spaces and genuine student learning are predicated on the creation of a community in which each member feels valued, supported and capable. When students and teachers work together to build trusting relationships growing from knowledge of and respect for individual needs and interests, opportunities for authentic learning, growth and humanistic connection are fostered.

Marcelo Perraillo is an associate professor in the Department of Health, Systems, Management & Policy at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Economics at CU Denver. His research focuses on the evaluation of the effects of health care policy on costs, quality and outcomes. His areas of interest include long-term care, Medicare/Medicaid policy evaluation and cancer care. Much of his work involves statistical modeling using large medical claims datasets and methods to obtain causal estimates using observational data. Before obtaining his doctoral degree at the University of Chicago, focusing on health economics and biostatistics, he was a researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He co-directs the Population Health Share Resources core at the CU Comprehensive Cancer Center and the doctoral program on health economics, a partnership between his department at CU Anschutz and the economics department at CU Denver.

He teaches graduate-level classes on statistical/econometrics methods, economic evaluations and a class on health economics. He is interested in teaching methodological classes to students from different fields and levels of mathematical preparation, which, in his experience, requires a combination of approaches to convey how a solid theoretical understanding of methods prepares students to apply them to new research questions.