Meet the Team


Houssein El Turkey

Tiffany Martinez

Lisa Scranton

Director of Center for Teaching Excellence

Administrative Assistant 
Provost's Office

Director of Faculty Support Services & Administrative Process Improvement

Dr. Houssein El Turkey is currently the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and an associate professor of Mathematics at the University of New Haven. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma in 2014, after which he joined the University of New Haven, CT.  

He works on qualitative and quantitative research in undergraduate mathematics education (RUME). One of his main interests in this area is studying ways of fostering mathematical creativity in the undergraduate classroom. In the classroom, he is an advocate for active learning methodologies that provide students with opportunities to ‘do mathematics’.   He teaches a wide variety of mathematics courses such as the Calculus sequence, Discrete Mathematics, Intro to Proofs, and Number Theory.   

In terms of serving the CTE, he has shared his research expertise as RUME researcher to work with interested faculty in starting research in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Building on his experience with active-learning methodologies, he is interested in working with faculty on identifying changes we can make in our teaching methods to allow for an active classroom. Tangentially, he is interested in exploring with faculty equitable, inclusive, and reflective teaching practices. To achieve these goals, he has organized interactive workshops, guest lectures, or panel discussions on these different topics.  

Outside of academics, he enjoys cooking Lebanese food and being on the tennis court. To learn more about him, please visit his page. You can reach out to him directly at 

Lisa has an M.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from University of New Haven and holds a CAPM in Project Management.

Lisa blends her knowledge of workplace psychology with the hard skills of computer program use. Since 2003, she has worked across the university to streamline administrative processes and inspire faculty and staff to use systems confidently. 


She is the administrator for Interfolio and Faculty Success, and trains faculty and staff on various other systems.


Lisa assists with collaboration opportunities and provides support for CTE programming.

Lisa will help faculty through processes such as:

  • Orientation

  • Reviews

  • Award processes 

She will provide training on:

  • Faculty Success

  • Banner Student

  • Degree Audit

  • Argos Reports

  • MS Teams