SOLER Faculty Committee

Co-Chair: Soulaymane Kachani, Senior Vice Provost

Co-Chair: Janet Metcalfe, Department of Psychology

Samantha Garbers, Mailman School of Public Health

Sarah Hansen, Department of Chemistry

David Helfand, Department of Astronomy

Garud Iyengar, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Bruce Kogut, Management Division, CBS

Caroline Marvin, School of General Studies

Malia Mason, Management Division, CBS

Ellen Meier, Teachers College

Letty Moss-Salentijn, College of Dental Medicine

Brent Stockwell, Department of Biological Sciences

Gregory Wawro, Department of Political Science

Tian Zheng, Department of Statistics 


Sandesh Tuladhar

Sandesh Tuladhar

Associate Provost for Online Education

Merrell Norden

Merrell Norden

Associate Director of Online Education

Program Director Adam Brown

Adam Brown

Program Director

SOLER Student Assistants (SSAs)

Read about the SSA position here.

Niharika Telrandhe is a 2nd-year master's student in Epidemiology with a certificate in Applied Biostatistics & Public Health Data Science at the Mailman School of Public Health. She is an internationally trained dentist and holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College & Hospital in India. She is also an intern at Eldera, helping to build evaluation tools and design research to promote intergenerational health and learning outcomes via a virtual platform. Furthermore, she is writing a review in collaboration with colleagues at CUIMC on the economics of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication for HIV in low- and middle-income countries. At SOLER, she seeks to further understand the application of discipline-based education research in diverse academic settings. In her free time, Niharika is most likely found at the Met, reading a book in Central Park or wandering the city in search of her next Instagram post.

John Thorp is a 4th-year PhD candidate in Psychology in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a BA in the Philosophy of Cognitive Neuroscience from the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies as well as a BA in Jazz Studies. John is currently pursuing his PhD with Dr. Lila Davachi, investigating the ways that motivational and affective states shape our memory. During the 2021-2022 academic year, he is also serving as a Lead Teaching Fellow in the Center for Teaching and Learning; John is looking forward to complementing his advocacy and liaison work in that role with efforts to address the mechanistic questions SOLER is built to ask. In the evenings, John is most likely to be found at the Jazz Gallery, Roulette Intermedium, or Film at Lincoln Center.

Chenyou Wu is a 2nd-year master's student in Instructional Technology and Media at Teachers College. She completed her BA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages at Fujian Normal University in China. Chenyou has worked in different settings within and outside of schools on the development of second languages and educational equity issues in various countries including the Philippines and Poland. She is passionate about using a design-focused mindset to create inclusive learning environments. As part of her studies, Chenyou is investigating how art, humanity, technology, and innovation can transform education in the future; in particular, she is examining the learning process in nontraditional settings such as the "metaverse", museums, and nature. Through her work with SOLER, Chenyou aims to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations and combine research-based learning design with pedagogical innovations. She enjoys visiting museums and immersive exhibitions in her spare time. 

Former SSAs:

  • Byung Cheol Lee (Marketing)
  • Ksenia Rybkina (Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies)