2020 GRADUATE PEDAGOGY FELLOWS
Ian Allen graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Applied Physics. He became a high school Physics and Mathematics teacher in Phoenix, Arizona while working on a Master of Education at ASU. His thesis investigated ‘gamification’ of curriculum as an alternative teaching method to reach more diverse types of learners. Now, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics, with research focusing on disparities in public school funding.
Ian AllenGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Economics (2020)
As a graduate student in the Literature Department, Shane Baker’s work revolves around narratives of disenchantment and re-enchantment as related to definitions of “nature” and environmental ethics discourses. Shane sees “the disenchantment of the world,” endemic to the modern Western mind, as a causative agent in our ethically fraught relationship with the more-than-human world, and therefore ask if a re-enchantment of the world is possible or ultimately desirable, and what forms it could take. His interests include American nature writing, Romanticism, Transcendentalism, (eco)mysticism, deep time and evolutionary theory, deep ecology, (post)secularity, and new religio-social movements like ayahuasca shamanic tourism and “green religion.” He is also very interested in writing studies, and is excited to be a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow so as to–among other things!–grow into a more effective writing instructor.
Shane BakerGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Literature (2020)
Yasmin ChowdhuryGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Psychology (2020)
Joseph “Zippy” Connell is a Ph.D. student studying theoretical particle physics. He aims to become a college professor or lecturer in a place similar to Santa Cruz, where Nature and the ocean bedazzle us daily. Joseph most enjoys intertwining scientific principles with psychology, philosophy, and surfing and writing songs about it.
Joseph ConnellGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Physics (2020)
Ben Eischens is a Ph.D. student in Linguistics whose research focuses on San Martín Peras Mixtec, an Oto-Manguean language of Oaxaca, Mexico. He is interested in using evidence-based teaching strategies in the classroom to better support students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education, as well as making inclusive teaching resources easily available to educators.
Ben EischensGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Linguistics (2020)
Alberto is a Ph.D. student in the Politics Department. He holds a Master’s degree in Media Studies from Erasmus University Rotterdam and his research interests include sub-state nationalism, migration, media, European politics, and comparative politics. He looks forward to working with the CITL to learn the best pedagogical practices to implement in his teaching and in his department. His goal is to become a university professor.
Alberto GanisGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Politics (2020)
Xiangjian Gao is a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. His research focuses on wireless communications related to RF energy harvesting and 5G telecommunications. He hopes to improve his teaching strategy to increase student participation and to create active and positive classes through the Graduate Pedagogy Fellow program, and he wants to support his department in creating an equitable and supportive learning environment.
Xiangjian GaoGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Electrical & Computer Engineering (2020)
Kathryn (Katie) Gougelet is a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology studying the ways that communities make sense of their health, wellbeing, and futures while living amid petrochemical pollution from fracking sites across the United States. She employs an interdisciplinary approach in her research, drawing from medical anthropology, feminist studies, critical race and ethnic studies, and creative writing to understand the science and experiences of exposure — as well as transformative politics for futures beyond fossil fuels. As a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, she aims to explore her passion for teaching, learn best practices for teaching social sciences, and hone her skills as a writing instructor.
Kathryn GougeletGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Anthropology (2020)
Alexandra Grundler is a Ph.D. student in Philosophy. Her highest intention is to become the best facilitator of growth and learning that she can be, and is grateful to be a part of the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows community. She hopes to learn tools to employ inclusive teaching practices such as encouraging respectful, open-minded dialogue and meaningful, accessible participation through activities. She hops to apply this directly to her teaching and share it with the Philosophy graduate community.
Alexandra GrundlerGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Philosophy (2020)
Theresa Hice Johnson
Theresa Hice Johnson is earning her Ph.D. in Sociology with designated emphases in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and Feminist Studies. Her transdisciplinary research focuses on Black American youth racial identity formation in the context of global travel. As a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, Theresa hopes to improve her teaching practices by better incorporating active learning strategies and more confidently facilitating community building in the classroom.
Theresa Hice JohnsonGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Sociology (2020)
Isaac Karth is a Ph.D. student in the Computational Media Department, working in the Design Reasoning Lab with Adam M. Smith. His research primarily focuses on procedural generation and related areas, with a particular emphasis on developing frameworks for evaluation and the poetics of generativity. He has an M.F.A. in Arts and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas and a B.F.A. in Digital Media from Kendall College of Art and Design. He is currently co-organizing the 11th Workshop on Procedural Content Generation.
Isaac KarthGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Computational Media (2020)
Katie Kobayashi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Freshwater and Coastal Ecology Lab and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. Her research asks how life history diversity in steelhead and rainbow trout can influence food web dynamics in stream ecosystems. Since starting grad school at UC Santa Cruz, Katie has found a passion in teaching and working with undergraduate students. She looks forward to using her experience as a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow to foster equitable and inclusive teaching practices in her department and career.
Katie KobayashiGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2020)
Allison Laubach is a Ph.D. student in Ocean Sciences focusing on marine particle geochemistry. She began teaching as a TA as an undergrad, and is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with students with many different backgrounds. As a Pedagogy Fellow, she hopes to further expand the impact of her department’s existing TA training program.
Allison LaubachGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Ocean Sciences (2020)
Rachel Maxwell is a Ph.D student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, focusing on lunar magnetism and gravity. She is also a leader in the GEODES (Geoscientists Encouraging Openness in Diversity in the Earth Sciences) group that aims to build community, provide professional development opportunities, and raise awareness of diversity issues within the Geosciences. Rachel’s ultimate goal is to become a professor at a research institution where she can advise and mentor students on research projects in addition to teaching classes. She enjoys teaching for the excitement and understanding that gets passed on to students and hopes to improve her skills through the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows Program.
Rachel MaxwellGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Earth & Planetary Sciences (2020)
Jonas Oppenheimer is a Ph.D. student in Biomolecular Engineering, working in the UC Santa Cruz paleogenomics lab. His research focuses on understanding the evolutionary dynamics of Beringian megafauna through ancient DNA, investigating the consequences of climate, population history, and hybridization on these species. As a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, he is excited to obtain a broad background in pedagogical techniques, in particular learning how to make an education in science accessible to all. He is also looking forward to sharing these techniques with other graduate students in his department and building a strong community of educators.
Jonas OppenheimerGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Biomolecular Engineering (2020)
Amanda Quirk is a Ph.D. student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics department. She studies the dynamics of stars in nearby galaxies. After graduate school, Amanda plans to have a career in education with a focus on making classrooms and curricula more accessible to students. She is excited to join a community of educators through the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows Program and plans to help her department evolve its graduate TA training course to focus on best practices for inclusivity.
Amanda QuirkGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Astronomy & Astrophysics (2020)
Maureen McGuire is a graduate student in the History of Art and Visual Culture department. She currently researches the cultural patronage of Late Antique and Byzantine royal women. She loves art history and wants to foster a similar interest in students. She has taught online and face-to-face since 2011 and relishes sharing her skill set with colleagues.
Maureen McGuireGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in History of Art & Visual Culture (2020); Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor (2020)
Meleia Simon-Reynolds is a Ph.D. student in History with a designated emphasis in Visual Studies. Her research focuses on U.S. imperialism, migration, and labor in the Philippines and Hawai’i. She is interested in how imperial policy and practice affected Filipino migrant laborers who moved from one colonized space to another. Meleia is passionate about inclusive and creative teaching pedagogy. She strives to implement creative, fun activities to support her students’ learning and foster a welcoming environment in her classrooms.
Meleia Simon-ReynoldsGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in History (2020)
Kara Stone is an artist and scholar interested in the affective and gendered experiences of psychosocial disability, debility, and healing as it relates to art production, particularly videogames. Her artwork has been featured in The Atlantic, Wired, and Vice. She is a member of the Different Games Collective. She holds a B.F.A. in Film Production and master’s degree in Communication and Culture from York University, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz.
Kara StoneGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Film & Digital Media (2020)
Taylor Wondergem is a Ph.D. candidate in Feminist Studies with an emphasis in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. She is a committed and passionate teacher who continues to be convinced that academic classrooms can be transformative learning spaces when grounded in a feminist love praxis. Her research focuses on the relationships between the US military and the institution of psychiatry to consider the production of a normative subject through warfare, medicalization, and pathologization.
Taylor WondergemGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Feminist Studies (2020)
Christina Yang is a Ph.D. student in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, where she aims to understand how bacterial pathogens modulate the host immune response and cause disease. Her experience as a TA and graduate student mentor to undergraduate students in the lab has fueled her interest in pedagogy. She is excited to use the knowledge from the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows Program to start a pedagogical training program to help graduate students mentor a diverse body of undergraduate students in the lab using inclusive and equitable teaching practices.
Christina YangGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology (2020)
Alessandra Rodriguez y Baena
Alessandra Rodriguez y Baena is a Ph.D. student in the Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology department where she studies blood development under stress conditions. Her prior teaching experiences at San Jose State University (B.S.) and at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (M.S.) inspired her to pursue a Ph.D. to learn more about pedagogy and gain more hands-on experience with teaching at the university level. Through CITL’s Graduate Pedagogy Fellow Program, she is continuing her department’s efforts in providing TA pedagogical training to develop more effective, equitable, and inclusive teaching practices.
Alessandra Rodriguez y BaenaGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology (2020); Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor (2020)
2019 GRADUATE PEDAGOGY FELLOWS
Rebecca Davis is a Ph.D. student in the Anthropology department, focusing on historical archaeology. Rebecca was selected for the year-long Campus Fellows program (formerly Chancellor’s Graduate Intern Program) to work with CITL throughout 2020-21 on the topic “Divisional Anti-Racist Pedagogies: The Development of Resources to Facilitate Inclusive, Equitable and Anti-Racist Frameworks into Teaching Practices.”
Rebecca’s research is rooted in the African diaspora and black feminist perspectives, and Rebecca studies enslaved spaces of colonial Saint Domingue (present-day Haiti), the site of the only successful large-scale rebellion by enslaved populations. As a future educator, Rebecca’s primary goal is to keep the pipeline into the field of archaeology and anthropology diverse and accessible—specifically, diversity in its student populations, accessibility to opportunities, the courses being offered, and the individuals doing the teaching.
Rebecca DavisCITL Campus Fellow (2020-21); Graduate Pedagogy Fellow in Anthropology (2019)
Paloma Medina is a scientist and artist based in Santa Cruz, CA. Paloma holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Scripps College and is currently a Ph.D. student in Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. Paloma is interested in evolutionary genomics, bioinformatics, and creative mediums to explore sex and gender diversity in nature. Paloma is an award recipient of the U.S. Fulbright student research scholarship and the National Institute of Health T32 Training Program. Paloma’s creative projects have been recognized by the Santa Cruz Arts Council, the UCSC Norris Center for Natural History, and the UCSC Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development. Paloma feels deeply committed to education, and is working with feminist theory and science to create spaces for students to learn and grow. As a Lead Mentor, Paloma is excited to develop engineering-specific active learning strategies and learn from pedagogy techniques from other departments. They are excited to foster community among GSIs on campus and within the Summer Mentorship Program.
Paloma MedinaGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Biomolecular Engineering (2019); Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor (2019); Lead Graduate Pedagogy Mentor (2020)
Bristol Cave-LaCoste is a Ph.D. candidate in History with a Designated Emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies. She studies how immigrant women navigated anti-prostitution laws within U.S. immigration policies in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. During summers she teaches Queer Pasts, a class on U.S. LGBTQ history. She believes passion and emotion (even anger) have a place in historical inquiry and aims to cultivate an affective, student-centered pedagogy.
Bristol Cave-LaCosteGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in History (2019); Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor (2020)
Jason ChewGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Mathematics (2019)
Adrian Drummond-Cole is a doctoral candidate in the History of Consciousness. His research explores the entanglements of sovereignty, finance, infrastructure, and landscape in the oil and agriculture rich Tulare Lake Basin region at the southern edge of the Central Valley. As a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, he is excited to learn more about inclusive and effective interdisciplinary pedagogy.
Adrian Drummond-ColeGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in History of Consciousness (2019)
Ellie Frazier is a doctoral student in the Politics Department. Her research focuses on law, politics, and social movements in Africa. Her teaching interests include comparative politics, international relations, and legal studies. Through the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program, she hopes to expand her understanding of inclusive teaching practices within her own teaching, as well as support her department in creating equitable and supportive learning environments.
Ellie FrazierGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Politics (2019)
Anna Johnston is a graduate student in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Ph.D. program who researches conjugated poly-electrolyte complexes as soft materials for light harvesting applications. Anna’s teaching interests involve inclusive teaching techniques applied to large lecture style and small discussion style classrooms. Through the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows Program, she hopes to aid her department in developing an effective TA training program, and in growing a supportive pedagogical community centered around undergraduate education.
Anna JohnstonGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Chemistry and Biochemistry (2019)
Bhishek Manek is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Applied Mathematics. Bhishek’s research focuses on the study of formation and transport of magnetic fields in the solar interior using large-scale magnetohydrodynamic numerical simulations. Through the GPF program, Bhishek is interested in learning about effective teaching practices and creating an inclusive environment for students from diverse academic backgrounds.
Bhishek ManekGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Applied Mathematics (2019)
Michelle Gomez Parra
Michelle Gomez Parra is a Sociology Ph.D. student at UC Santa Cruz with an emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies. Throughout her educational studies she has spent time researching the gender and sexual lives of working-class Latinas. Her future goal is to become faculty at a public institution where she can work closely with marginalized students. Being a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow will help her continue learning about interdisciplinary research-informed teachings approaches, such as feminist and culturally relevant pedagogy.
Michelle Gomez ParraGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Sociology (2019)
Karina Ruiz is a doctoral student in Latin American and Latino Studies. Her research explores governance and the mixed-status family, looking specifically at the role of children. As a teacher, Karina aims to foster student engagement through storytelling. As a CITL Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, she develops inclusive teaching practices which support critical dialogues.
Karina RuizGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Latin American and Latino Studies (2019); Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor (2020)
Nicholas Santer studies adolescent and emerging adult online identity development. Nicholas is interested in how youth learn to navigate authenticity and self-expression online, and how this shapes their offline narratives about their own lives. Nicholas’ goals for the CITL GPF program are to help build workshops or curriculum within the Psychology department to harness technology to develop inclusive teaching practices for faculty and teaching assistants. Nicholas is excited to use the skills and knowledge from this program to design content that is accessible for all.
Nicholas SanterGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Psychology (2019)
Claire Urbanski is a doctoral candidate in Feminist Studies with a designated emphasis in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. As a scholar and social justice activist invested in collective liberation, her work considers how settler colonial ideologies of Indigenous dispossession and gendered violence structure and inform relationships between place, identity, and land. Her doctoral research examines how knowledges of spiritual afterlife have shaped ongoing material structures of United States settler colonial empire.
Claire UrbanskiGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Feminist Studies (2019)
Regina Spranger is a Ph.D. student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. She studies how amphibians will react to our changing climate and if they will acclimate to rising temperatures. As a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, Regina has focused on inclusive teaching and aims to integrate inquiry-based activities into her department’s TA training program.
Regina SprangerGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2019), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Physical & Biological Sciences (2019)
Kirstin Wagner is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Literature’s Creative/Critical Writing Program. Her research concerns inherited trauma in families organizing around domestic violence, and she writes weird poems about bodies, mothers, daughters, and the ocean. Before coming to UC Santa Cruz, she received an M.A. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University and an M.F.A. in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University, where she also served as Manager of the Naropa Writing Center and as a Curriculum Consultant for the Undergraduate Writing Program. She loves teaching in all forms and is thrilled to have developed an archive of resources surrounding faculty, graduate, and undergraduate mentorship at the CITL. She also serves a CITL Graduate Pedagogy Fellow in the Literature Department and focuses on animating the embodied aspects of teaching and learning.
Kirstin WagnerGraduate Student Researcher, Graduate Pedagogy Fellow in Literature (2019)
Atesh Worthington is a Ph.D. student in Molecular, Cell, & Developmental (MCD) Biology. Her research focuses on blood development from hematopoietic stem cells and the unique capacity of fetal stem cells to generate the immune system. She received her B.S. from UC Santa Cruz and returned for her graduate studies because of the university’s emphasis on teaching. Her teaching interest include introductory biology and stem cell biology. Through the CITL Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program, she focused on learning inclusive and equitable teaching practices and on cultivating such practices in introductory MCD classes to better serve incoming students.
Atesh WorthingtonGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology (2019), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Physical & Biological Sciences (2019)
2018 GRADUATE PEDAGOGY FELLOWS
Yulia Gilichinskaya is a Film & Digital Media Ph.D. student. She is a media artist and theorist whose interests revolve around border studies, critical geography, affect theory as well as surveillance studies and militaristic technology. As an educator, she is dedicated to practicing inclusive teaching as well as collaborative and active learning.
Yulia GilichinskayaGraduate Student Researcher, Graduate Pedagogy Fellow in Film + Digital Media (2018), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Arts (2019)
Brittany Caldwell is a Ph.D. student in the department of Education. Her research interests include early elementary mathematics, teachers and teaching, and professional development. Brittany has teaching experience in both early education settings as well as in the university and plans to continue on to work with both prospective and in-service elementary teachers. Since completing CITL’s Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program, Brittany has developed a deeper understanding of her own pedagogical approach to teaching and also gained skills to support others as they grapple with the complexities of teaching. Related to mentorship, Brittany has engaged in both formal and informal mentoring positions working with teachers and teaching assistants.
Brittany CaldwellGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Education (2018), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Social Sciences (2018, 2019)
Daniel Rodríguez Ramírez
Daniel Rodríguez Ramírez is a Peruvian Ph.D. student in Social Psychology with a designated emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies. He holds a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, as well as teaching certification and experience in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. As a volunteer in the UC Santa Cruz Women’s Center MINT program in 2016, he mentored women-identified students in the process of applying to graduate schools. He also coordinated and redesigned the curriculum of the Graduate Division’s Graduate Student Leadership Certification Program in 2017–18, by incorporating inclusive, participatory, collaborative, and counter-hegemonic leadership styles. He was a 2019 Koret mentor, through which he offered guidence for an undergraduate student to conduct a qualitative research study. He was an instructor on the Global Preparation Program, where he taught a course on Research Skills for incoming international graduate students to satisfy the English proficiency requirement to work as TAs at UCSC. As a 2018 CITL Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, he focused on ways to critically engage students in active learning. As a CITL Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor, he has worked with other graduate students in mentoring summer GSIs in the Social Sciences. He uses a horizontal approach in mentorship, looking forward to create learning communities in horizontal and participatory ways. He is inspired by teaching resources fostering inclusivity in the classroom.
Daniel Rodríguez RamírezGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Latin American & Latino Studies (2018), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor (2018, 2019, 2020)
Erik Bernardino is a fourth-year doctoral student in the History department. His research interests include the intersections of migration, labor, and gender in the US-Mexico borderlands in the twentieth century. Through the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program, he hopes to learn more about inclusive teaching practices and further his pedagogical training with a community of scholars interested in creating welcoming learning environment
Erik BernardinoGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in History
Caileen Brison is a fifth-year graduate student in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry who researches the activation of a central protein in cancer and developmental biology. Caileen’s pedagogy is rooted in active learning and encouraging peers to educate one another. Through the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program, Caileen hopes to help research scientists develop and refine the skills they acquire in the laboratory and scientific community setting in their own teaching practices
Caileen BrisonGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Chemistry (2018)
Megan Boivin is a graduate student in the Computer Engineering department with an emphasis in Robotics and Controls. Her research focuses on the modeling, simulation, and analysis of stochastic processes, and the application of optimization algorithms for the control and navigation of medical robotic applications with haptic devices. While participating in the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program, she sought to apply her pedagogical practices toward a more equitable learning environment for students. As a peer mentor, she looks forward to offering support and sharing pedagogical practices with her fellow graduate students through open and collaborative discussions on how presentation of course material can be most effective and engaging for the students.
Megan BoivinGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Computer Engineering (2018), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Engineering (2018)
Ryan Lambe is a doctoral student in cross-cultural musicology and is currently conducting field work in queer open mics in the United States while writing his dissertation on social-textual interpretation and communities of queer activism. His ongoing interest in pedagogy motivated him to earn an undergraduate degree in music education, teach in Idaho and New Jersey public schools, and complete research on the pedagogical issues we face in large lecture teaching situations. Hoping to improve teaching at UC Santa Cruz overall, Ryan is excited both to offer mentorship to his teaching colleagues this summer and to receive mentorship as a teacher himself.
Ryan LambeGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Music (2018), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Arts (2018, 2019)
Suzanne da Câmara
Suzanne da Câmara is a Computer Science Ph.D. student working in Human Computer Interaction. Her research is focused on using technology to reinforce social and emotional learning. Suzanne has worked both as a teaching assistant and as a graduate student instructor. She looks forward to learning new ways to engage and motivate her students to learn and is particularly interested in teaching practices that serve to encourage women and other students from non-traditional CS groups to succeed in the major.
Suzanne da CâmaraGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Computer Science (2018)
Dana Faiez is a third-year graduate student in the Physics department. Her research interests include quantum thermodynamics and cosmology. Dana has been pursuing a passion for science and teaching by tutoring a wide range of students in terms of age and background, and has learned quite a lot about how to communicate with students in a one-on-one interaction. As a graduate student, she has also been TAing both physics and non-physics students at UC Santa Cruz. The challenges she herself encountered while TAing, and knowing the importance of her job as a TA, are what brought her to the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program. She hopes to gain more insight on active learning and other teaching techniques from this program and from the other graduate students involved in it.
Dana FaiezGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Physics (2018)
Lin Jin is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering. Her research interests include RF and analog integrated circuit design. Lin has served as a teaching assistant for different levels of courses and is working toward creating an efficient and enjoyable learning environment for the students.
Lin JinGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Electrical Engineering (2018)
Courtney Kersten is a Ph.D. student in the Literature Department where she studies in the Creative/Critical writing concentration and works on a project that explores spirituality, feminism, and healing in American narratives of grief. At the University of Idaho, she taught Rhetoric and Composition and mentored graduate students in their teaching as a Graduate Teaching Mentor, and she currently teaches Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz. As a Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, she learned more about active learning, inclusive instruction, and building community. As a Summer Mentor, she is excited to help her fellow graduate students grow in their teaching.
Courtney KerstenGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Literature (2018), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Humanities (2018)
Kristen Laciste is a Visual Studies Ph.D. student in History of Art & Visual Culture. She studies contemporary art from Africa and its diasporas, researching Black dandyism, transatlantic slavery and the slave trade, apartheid in South Africa, and British Victorianism. Her teaching interests include art and visual culture from Africa, and museum studies. After completing CITL’s Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program, she is delighted to partner and work with Arts Division graduate students during the summer.
Kristen LacisteGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in History of Art & Visual Culture (2018), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Arts (2018)
Julian Rodriguez is a doctoral student in Sociology. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of media, sexualities, gender, and research methods. During the program, he hopes to further his knowledge of inclusive, compassionate teaching practices that contribute to the success of underrepresented student groups.
Julian RodriguezGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Sociology (2018)
Mickey Rosenthal is a graduate student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics department, studying planets outside of our solar system. His research focuses on theoretical modeling of the formation and dynamics of exoplanetary systems. As a teacher, he loves seeing students getting excited about Astronomy, and he enjoys helping students of all levels of expertise learn more about Astrophysics. During the GPF program, he looks forward to learning more about how to create a learning environment where TAs are equipped to help all students succeed.
Mickey RosenthalGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Astronomy & Astrophysics (2018)
Rachel Shellabarger is a third-year Ph.D. student in Environmental Studies, with research focused on dairy production in California. Her experience as adjunct faculty and as an ESL instructor in the San Francisco Bay area has taught her how important it is to continually analyze and improve her instructional skills. Since her professional goal is to continue teaching at the university level, she is eager to learn about structuring courses to respect and build on the range of student skills and experiences that exist in any classroom. She is excited to participate in the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program so that she can build her teaching skills with a cohort that is likewise committed to inclusive teaching, and to use the experience to enhance her department’s TA training program so they can help all their students succeed.
Rachel ShellabargerGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Environmental Studies (2018)
Veronica Urabe is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Molecular, Cell, & Developmental (MCD) Biology. Her research focuses on the Spliceosome, a macromolecular complex involved in Eukaryotic gene expression. During the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows Program, she hopes to learn more about equitable teaching practices and how to create an inclusive learning environment.
Veronica UrabeGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology (2018)
Cynthia Tibbetts is a doctoral student in the Philosophy department. Her research focuses on the relation between ethical responsibility and sociopolitical obligation. During the 2018 Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program, she focused on learning more about teaching methods that are responsive to students as individuals as well as effective with respect to the goals of the contemporary academic institution. As a Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor, her goal is to provide support and resources to help instructors accomplish their course goals using engaging and effective pedagogical practices.
Cynthia TibbettsGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Philosophy (2018), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Humanities (2018, 2019)
Jacob Noone Wade
Jacob Noone Wade is a Ph.D. student in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. He studies fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics with the goal of gaining a better understanding of the solar dynamo. He attributes his educational success to the enthusiastic and encouraging professors he has had over the years, and aims to be this type of influence on his students. As a 2018 Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, he focused on learning creating a positive learning environment in the classroom. As a 2018 Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor, he is excited to provide mentorship support to fellow graduate students by utilizing the experience and knowledge he has gained through tutoring, teaching, and studying pedagogy.