Martina G. Ramirez, Director


Paulina Antounian, Senior Administrative Coordinator

Paulina Antounian joined the LMU staff in the spring of 2018 as Senior Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Teaching Excellence. Providing comprehensive administrative support to the Director for CTE, she facilitates office operations, monitors and analyses departmental budgets, and organizes special events, committee meetings, and conferences. She also manages the upkeep of the CTE classroom, maintaining the audio and visual equipment in working order.

Paulina Antounian graduated from LMU in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies.

Emily Jarvis, CTE Faculty Associate, 2018-19

Emily Jarvis is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at LMU.  Her main area of teaching includes thermodynamics, kinetics, and quantum mechanics, but she also enjoys teaching the Chemistry of Wine and other special topics.  Emily received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UCLA.  After graduate school, she worked as a science policy fellow in the U.S. Senate on a variety of issues including the space program, antimicrobial resistance, organic and food safety standards, wireless technology, communicating science topics, promoting STEM and reading skills in K-12 education, and research funding.  She worked as a research scientist funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and later at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  She was a professor on the East Coast prior to joining LMU in 2010.  Her research involves developing fundamental understanding of materials and molecules for clean, alternative energy applications employing first principles quantum mechanical calculations collaborating with experimental scientists and engineers domestically and internationally.  Her experience in science policy, collaborative research, and teaching technical subjects has made her particularly interested in developing courses that draw on expertise from varied disciplines and promote student engagement and critical thinking.  These topics will be the focus of her CTE events as a Faculty Associate.  Emily lives in Santa Monica with her husband Jason and sons Lincoln and Peter and enjoys swimming, running, biking, travel, reading, food and wine, art and music.

Faculty Associate
Patricia Oliver, CTE Faculty Associate, 2018-19

Professor Oliver, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, currently teaches courses in communication studies on pro-social behavior and the rhetoric of women.  These focus on the values inherent in building relationships and communities for individual and collective growth.  Emphasis is on understanding behaviors that promote effective and cooperative communication and developing a working knowledge of the communication theory behind pro-social behavior.  Professor Oliver is an experienced evaluator of the communication skills of student teachers.  She has taught intercultural communication in urban settings and courses on mainstreaming children with disabilities into regular classrooms. She was the first female chair of LMU’s Communication Arts Department (School of Film and Television), and former chair of LMU’s Communication Studies Department.  Professor Oliver served as LMU’s first University Sexual Harassment Compliance Advisor, Vice President and Member of the Executive Board of the Faculty Senate, and member of the Sexual Harassment Committee and Racial Discrimination Mediation Panel.  She has served on the LMU Committee on Excellence in Teaching.  Last year she served as Chair of the University Grievance Committee.  Professor Oliver received the LMU Teacher of the Year Award, the Crimson and Blue (student) Outstanding Teacher Award and the Michael Mulvilhill Difference Maker Award.   Professor Oliver's research is on developing mentoring to facilitate learning and build communities, particularly among the underprivileged. Her research has taken her from religious communities in Northern California to villages in rural Namibia. She has mentored countless students, student organizations, and faculty. However, her mentoring focuses on the classroom and the encouragement of collaboration through shared assignments, group research and reporting, and small group discussions within class.  These approaches are designed to promote community building in and out of the classroom and to contextualize scholastic achievement within a community setting.  Professor Oliver’s work documents successful mentoring and peer mentoring strategies for students and instructors. Her research aims to identify teaching methods that help students build academic skills and foster classroom interaction.   She continues to gather data from participant observations and interviews at WLAC (West Los Angeles College) and LMU and to theorize about those aspects of interpersonal and instructional communication, central to mentoring, that improve students’ confidence, performance and grades, especially for students struggling with academic success.  She also examines how exposure to underrepresented students can provide insight and understanding to more privileged students about underrepresented communities and their struggles for representation and power. 

Patricia Oliver