“Teaching is at the center of my work as a university professor” Sandholtz said. “In addition to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, I conduct research on K-12 teachers and their professional development, and seek service activities related to teaching and learning. For me, teaching is an ongoing form of learning.”
Associate Dean Elizabeth van Es commended Sandholtz’s commitment to her students’ experiences both inside and out of the classroom.
“Her courses are organized around active learning principles, with students participating in fieldwork experiences to examine how educational theories play out in practice, as well as developing a range of assessments to provide multiple forms of evidence of student learning," van Es said. “She’s a wonderful mentor who always makes time for her students and colleagues, and is well-known for sharing her love of dark chocolate.”
Throughout her teaching and field work activities, Sandholtz encourages undergraduates to engage in research and mentors their projects through completion. She advises students in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, a program that encourages and facilitates research and creative activities by undergraduates from all schools and academic disciplines at UCI.
In 2017, Sandholtz developed a graduate course, University Teaching - Concepts and Practice, which focuses on preparing doctoral students for university teaching with an emphasis on inclusive teaching and learning.
Sandholtz also serves as a member of the campus-level faculty reading groups. These groups, sponsored by the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation, are means to gain best teaching practices from faculty across disciplines.
Sandholtz will be honored at a university-wide celebration later this year.