GRADUATE PEDAGOGY FELLOWS
The Graduate Pedagogy Fellows (GPF) program supports the development of peer leaders in 21st-century higher education pedagogy, with a particular focus on the significance of the Teaching Assistant (TA) role in supporting equitable outcomes in student learning.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Graduate students who participate in this interdisciplinary program strengthen their knowledge and application of effective and equitable teaching practices, craft an enhanced professional development opportunity for TAs in their departments, and receive a certificate in pedagogical leadership—with the goal of facilitating professional development for graduate student educators in their departments the following academic year. Through this program, CITL seeks to support graduate student professional development and undergraduate student success at UC Santa Cruz by cultivating TA trainers who are well-versed in effective and equity-minded teaching methods.
To this end, CITL Graduate Pedagogy Fellows are known for:
- advancing a more equitable culture of teaching and learning on our campus;
- creating more robust resources and support systems for peer graduate student educators in their teaching fields; and
- strengthening their own professional development in teaching and mentoring.
In Winter quarter, Fellows take a 10-week course with CITL organized around the following research-informed areas:
- prioritizing equity-minded, anti-racist, accessibility-aware pedagogies;
- understanding how learning happens and applying that knowledge to teaching strategies pertinent to the TA role;
- promoting active and collaborative learning;
- assessing student learning in accessible and equitable ways;
- encouraging effective communication among members of a teaching team; and
- cultivating peer-to-peer mentorship and community around teaching.
In Spring quarter, Fellows collaborate with CITL and their home departments to develop or refine a hands-on, discipline-specific pedagogy program for graduate students in their departments. Depending on departmental needs, Fellows may design a pedagogy course, workshop series, or mentorship program. Fellows also prepare to serve as facilitators of the professional development opportunities they create, with the objective of leading those programs in the following academic year. In Spring, Fellows commit to two group workshops and at least two one-on-one meetings with a CITL mentor.
With sponsorship from the Division of Graduate Studies and Division of Student Affairs & Success, each Fellow receives a $2,000 fellowship. Upon completion of the program, Fellows also receive a certificate, issued by the CITL, to indicate their leadership in utilizing and promoting effective and equitable teaching strategies in 21st-century higher education classrooms.
HOW TO APPLY
Each Fall quarter, all departments with graduate programs are invited to solicit applications from interested graduate students, and then select one candidate to nominate as their Graduate Pedagogy Fellow by passing along their application materials to CITL. From among the departmental candidates, CITL then selects a cohort of approximately 20 Fellows. Please review the 2020-21 Call for Applications for more information about the application process.
The 2021 cohort of Graduate Pedagogy Fellows was announced in December 2020.
2021 GRADUATE PEDAGOGY FELLOWS
Christian Alvarado is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Consciousness Department, with a designated emphasis in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. Christian’s dissertation will examine the history and historiography of Mau Mau within a transnational intellectual framework. He has taught courses in the history of education and pedagogical theory at San Jose State University and has served on teaching teams in History of Consciousness, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and Feminist Studies at UCSC. More broadly, Christian is interested in approaches to teaching African history that center understandings of the Continent’s definitional status, struggles against colonialism and neocolonialism, and challenge the field’s legacy of marginalization within the historical profession.
Christian AlvaradoGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in History of Consciousness (2021)
Miranda Apfel is an Astronomy and Astrophysics graduate student whose research focuses on how galaxies grow and change over time. Her teaching focus is on sharing scientific knowledge with a wide audience, so she particularly loves working on intro level classes. She also enjoys mentoring undergraduate and high school students and introducing them to research. Her goal is to make science accessible to anyone, no matter their circumstances or background, especially through the use of technology.
Miranda ApfelGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Astronomy & Astrophysics (2021)
Batu Aytemiz is earning his Ph.D. in Computational Media and is working to ensure no one feels helpless while playing videogames. He will spend one year traveling the world to teach game development after he gets his Ph.D. and he really really loves green apples.
Batu AytemizGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Computational Media (2021)
As a Ph.D. student in Philosophy, Ghoncheh Azadeh aims to create atmospheres, both inside and outside of the classroom, that are meaningfully and practically equitable and inclusive. It is especially important to them not only to help students from all backgrounds feel they belong in higher education but also feel supported in fields, such as philosophy, where individuals from underrepresented communities make up a small portion of the community. They relish opportunities such as the CITL Pedagogy Program that allow them to improve their teaching practices in collaboration with other passionate educators.
Ghoncheh AzadehGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Philosophy (2021)
Mareike Badstübner is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and studies the recruitment of the enzyme telomerase to telomeres. Mareike’s prior teaching experiences as a Tutor, TA and Graduate Mentor in her lab has inspired her interest in pedagogy and her desire to pursue a career in education. She is excited to have the opportunity to support the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department’s efforts to reshape their collective pedagogical thinking in order for their classrooms to be more equitable and inclusive.
Mareike BadstübnerGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Chemistry & Biochemistry (2021)
Lauren Bell is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology studying the impacts of climate change on high-latitude marine ecosystems. She is passionate about sharing the wonder and discovery inherent in studying the natural world, and since arriving at UCSC her exposure to CITL’s exceptional resources have motivated her towards a teaching career. Lauren is interested in pairing local and traditional ecological knowledge systems with western science perspectives in both her research and teaching pursuits. As a 2021 Pedagogy Fellow, she is particularly excited to expand her training in equity-minded and anti-racist pedagogy, with the goal of collaborating within her department to enrich the training resources available for graduate TAs.
Lauren BellGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2021)
Anthony Bencomo is a doctoral student in the Politics Department. Previously, he graduated from San Jose State University with a Master’s degree in Mexican American Studies. His research examines the way Latinx street gangs rival and replace the local government at the community level. As a CITL Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, he hopes to improve his inclusive teaching practices and learn student-centered strategies for community building in our current remote environments.
Anthony BencomoGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Politics (2021)
Genesis Berlanga is a Ph.D. candidate in Earth and Planetary Sciences working on Mars mineralogy and spectroscopy through rover instrumentation and machine learning applications. Genesis’ teaching incorporates interdisciplinary STEAM perspectives through active learning and the use of technology to facilitate these approaches in-person and remotely. Genesis seeks to encourage and celebrate in-class community and identity building, and harbors intersectional, equitable, and asset driven mindsets in learning environments.
Genesis BerlangaGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Earth & Planetary Sciences (2021)
Mario A. Gómez-Zamora
Mario A. Gómez-Zamora is earning his Ph.D. in Latin American & Latinx Studies. His research focuses on Indigenous P’urhépecha Sexualities and Gender in Michoacán, México, and the United States. As a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, Mario hopes to improve his teaching practices by better understanding the learning challenges that college students face at UCSC.
Mario A. Gómez-ZamoraGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Latin American & Latinx Studies (2021)
Brenda C. Gutierrez is a Ph.D. candidate in Developmental Psychology. Her research aims to understand the development of sexism within cultural communities from an intersectional feminist perspective. She is a first-gen college and graduate student from Los Angeles. Her goal is to become a professor that creates an equitable, inclusive, and engaging class and research space for all students. She is excited to work towards this goal with the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows Program.
Brenda GutierrezGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Psychology (2021)
Morwenna Hoeks is a Ph.D. student in Linguistics, and in her research she focuses both on developing formal theories of meaning, as well as investigating the way in which interpretations are built up and processed in real time. Since her research is very interdisciplinary in nature, she’s naturally interested in ways in which we can facilitate meaningful dialogue among people with a diverse set of backgrounds—whether that’s among researchers working in different (sub)fields, or among students in a classroom setting. As a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow she’s therefore looking forward to working with educators from other departments, and to learn more about how to foster equitable and inclusive teaching practices in her own department.
Morwenna HoeksGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Linguistics (2021)
David Laubner is a Ph.D. student studying astrophysics. He studies the relationship between galaxy evolution and star formation. David is passionate about equity and inclusion in the classroom, and hopes to become a professor in order to apply what he has learned throughout his graduate school career. He is excited to join a cohort of other STEM educators that share his enthusiasm for pedagogy, and in doing so help his department further develop its graduate TA training course for future educators.
David LaubnerGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Physics (2021)
shah noor hussein
shah noor hussein is a writer, visual artist, and scholar focusing on black feminism, art, diaspora, and liberatory pedagogies. They are a doctoral student and Cota-Robles Fellow at UC Santa Cruz in the Department of Anthropology, with a designated emphasis in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies. From 2016 – 2017, shah was a Writing Fellow at the California Institute of Integral Studies and from 2018 – 2019, served as a Teaching Fellow for the Peralta Community College System in Oakland. shah earned their B.A. from the University of South Florida, focusing on environmental policy and gender studies, and their M.A. in Anthropology and Social Change from California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis on Queer Black Feminism. With the support of the CITL Pedagogy Fellowship, shah’s research and teaching aim to (re)center marginalized voices in dialogues on alternative epistemologies and cultural reproduction.
image credit: Amina El-Kabbany
shah noor husseinGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Anthropology (2021)
Nathan Xavier Osorio
Nathan Xavier Osorio is the son of a Mexican grocer and Nicaraguan nurse. His poetry and translations have appeared in BOMB, The Offing, The Grief Diaries, Boston Review, and elsewhere. His reviews and interviews featuring poets such as Juan Felipe Herrera and Rigoberto González have appeared in Columbia Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Letras Latinas’ La Bloga. Before coming to UCSC, he was a community organizer partnering with parent leaders to improve educational experiences of Latinx, immigrant, and indigenous families in the South Bronx. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Literature and Creative/Critical Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is excited to support the instructional community in the Literature Department and beyond as a graduate pedagogy fellow!
Nathan Xavier OsorioGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Literature (2021); Graduate Student Researcher (Spring 2020)
Esra Ozban is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies. Their artistic, curatorial, and scholarly work intersects critical archival practices, sex work, pornography, feminist/queer film cultures among others. Esra holds a B.A. in Economics from Boğaziçi University and an M.A. in Film and Screen Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Growing from their interest in feminist/ queer pedagogies, Esra is glad to be a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow hoping to become a better mentor, educator, teaching assistant, and faculty member in the future.
Esra OzbanGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Film + Digital Media (2021)
Bhawandeep Singh Harsh
Bhawandeep Singh HarshGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Computer Science & Engineering (2021)
Linda Ulbrich is a Ph.D. student in History focusing on modern British History. Her research examines British First World War nurses, their diaries and letters, and their wartime experiences, particularly their experiences treating patients exposed to poison gas. Linda is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming learning environment for her students and works to include a variety of learning activities and experiences tailored to students’ diverse learning styles. She is excited to use her experience as a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow to support her fellow TAs and help to build a rich pedagogy community within the History department.
Linda UlbrichGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in History (2021)
Hannah Vicars is a Ph.D. student in the Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology program. She studies how cells cope with DNA damage during cell division using fruit flies as a model organism. She hopes to improve her teaching practices in inclusive and active teaching for S.T.E.M. topics. When she is not working in the lab, she enjoys taking her dog to the park, tending to her many houseplants, and painting.
Hannah VicarsGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology (2021)
Roxanna Villalobos is a Ph.D. student in Sociology with a designated emphasis in Latin American and Latinx Studies. Inspired by Women of Color feminisms, her research examines how rurality produces the spatial, temporal, and affective contours of the intersectional subjectivities of Latina girls. As a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, Roxanna hopes to improve her pedagogical practices by better implementing universal design in curriculums and classrooms to make courses accessible and equitable for our diverse student population.