Ross Metusalem was a Learning and Development Facilitator in the Academy of Teaching and Learning Excellence at the University of South Florida from 2016-2017. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in Linguistics at Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. While at UC San Diego as a graduate student and later as an instructor, Ross designed and taught courses in Cognitive Science and Psychology and worked as a consultant to first-time instructors with the Center for Teaching Development (now the Center for Engaged Teaching).
Ross advocates for a student-centered, interactive approach to teaching in which students master content and skills by tackling novel problems under the guidance of the instructor and the support of their peers. Coming from a cognitive science background, he firmly believes that teaching practice should be guided closely by what we know about how the mind/brain works.