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About us and meet the team

The TAG was initiated in 2017 as an interdisciplinary and interfaculty Community of Practice for lecturers. The TAG aims to contribute to more recognition and rewards for teaching and for lecturers, and the quality and innovation of education at the University of Groningen.

We do this by being a physical and online Community of Practice that promotes interdisciplinary and interfaculty knowledge exchange and collaboration, both internally and externally. Internally between lecturers, researchers, educational scientists, policy staff, and administrators; externally between alumni, relevant partners and organizations (regional, national, and international).

As of 2021, the Teaching Academy Groningen has an Academic Leader and Leaders of the Communities of Practice. The Community of Practice Leaders individually have their own expertise and focus. We would like to introduce the team to you:

Dr. M. (Mellie) Pullman (Academic Leader & interim CoP Blended Learning)

Mellie Pullman
Dr. M. (Mellie) Pullman

Dr. Mellie Pullman is a professor at the School of Economics and Business at University of Groningen. Her record in teaching innovation includes over 20 years of designing and implementing digital programs with various formats such as recorded classrooms, hybrid learning, and online courses.  In addition to her duties she is also currently Community of Practice Leader in the field of ‘Blended learning and hybrid education’ at the Teaching Academy Groningen (TAG).

Mellie has implemented digital interactive learning activities and supported other teachers in their efforts to adopt digital learning and innovation. Additionally, she has published multiple books and cases for teaching as well as articles on pedagogical approaches. Through these efforts, she has received teaching awards and grants for teaching innovation throughout her career.

Dr. L. (Līga) Klavina (CoP inclusion and diversity)

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Dr. L. (Līga) Klavina

Dr. Līga Kļaviņa is a lecturer at the Psychology department (UG), where next to course development, coordination and teaching, she implements and evaluates educational innovations on learning communities, intercultural competence, inclusion, and teachers’ professional development.

For Līga the events of TAG have been a source of inspiration and sharing of experience. Līga’s focus at TAG is on building a community devoted to creating an inclusive, diverse and safe learning environment. Challenged by online and hybrid teaching, the inclusion of all students through an explicit teaching and learning process strongly calls for joining our efforts and expertise across programmes and faculties.

Dr. O. (Oksana) Kavatsyuk (CoP Teaching innovation in STEM* Education)

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Dr. O. (Oksana) Kavatsyuk

Dr. Oksana Kavatsyuk is a lecturer at the UCG, implementing educational innovations in all courses she is teaching (physics and mathematics courses). In 2020 she received the Comenius Teacher Fellow scholarship for her project: “Gender inclusive education in the mathematics classroom”.

Oksana was impressed by the events organized by the TAG: it was inspiring, effective and uniting to meet lecturers from other faculties and exchange good practices and experiences. At the TAG her special attention will go to the topics of inclusiveness and new ways of teaching in (science) education: online, hybrid and live.

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dr. Marline Lisette Wilders

Dr. Marline Lisette Wilders is Assistant Professor Arts in Society at UCG and the Faculty of Arts. At UCG she teaches Artivism, Visual and Arts Based Methods, research skills and gives project-based education. At the Faculty of Arts she teaches research methods for Social Sciences and Humanities and is second year coordinator of the Research Master Cultural Leadership. At TAG she focuses on stimulating the dialogue on innovative practices in interdisciplinary teaching within the community of practice. Moreover, she is interested in exploring and encouraging new teaching collaborations that bridge faculties and disciplines.

Prof. dr. Joke Fleer (CoP Wellbeing)

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Prof. dr. Joke Fleer

Prof. dr. Joke Fleer, is an adjunct Professor in Health Psychology, UMCG/FMS.

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Goup picture TAG (Nov. 2021)

The Teaching Academy Groningen additionaly consists of the following teammembers:

Winny Bakker - Coordinator

Leonie Vos-Tiben - Project leader

Gerdi Sterenborg - Project leader

Feel free to contact us:, for questions, remarks or anything else.

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