SUMMER GRADUATE PEDAGOGY MENTORS
A collaboration between CITL, Summer Session, the Division of Undergraduate Education, and the Division of Graduate Studies, the Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentors program provides graduate student peer-to-peer mentorship in teaching.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
During the Summer Sessions, graduate student mentors provide an enhanced teaching support network for graduate students teaching summer courses as Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs). While faculty members remain the primary supervisors of summer GSIs, this program provides an additional resource for teaching support through a peer-centered teaching and learning community model.
Each Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor supports a group of approximately 10 GSIs in related fields of study, offering weekly teaching community meetings, the opportunity for class observations, and individual consultations to discuss GSI teaching goals related to assignment design, grading and assessment, facilitating active learning, and ensuring an inclusive learning environment.
All mentors participate in mentorship preparation workshops and receive the ongoing support of CITL staff throughout the summer sessions.
2019 SUMMER GRADUATE PEDAGOGY MENTORS
Gillian Bogart is a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department. Her current research project examines heterogeneous salt worlds in Indonesia and the intersection of salt ecologies and property regimes. Gillian has an Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Certificate in Effective College Instruction and looks forward to working collaboratively with Graduate Student Instructors to improve the learning experience of undergraduate students in the Social Sciences.
Gillian BogartSummer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Social Sciences (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)
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 Pedagogy Fellow in Film + Digital Media (2018), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Arts (2019)
Jolene Gregory is a Ph.D. student in Education. Her research explores the intersection between teacher education, bilingual education, and the integration of language and mathematics. Jolene holds a Masters in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and taught at the K-12 as well as university level for 15 years in Mexico. At UC Santa Cruz she has held TA and GSI positions in the Education department and also in the Applied Linguistics (Spanish) department. As a mentor, she hopes to walk beside you to support and encourage you as you develop your course.
Jolene GregorySummer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Social Sciences (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.
Paloma MedinaGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Biomolecular Engineering (2019), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Engineering (2019)
Taylor Kirsch is a PhD student in the History Department studying Indigenous History and Early America. She was a History TA for fourteen quarters before teaching her own Summer Session History course, and three quarters of Writing 2 as the instructor of record. Taylor has refined her own teaching through involvement with CITL, the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), and the Writing Program at UC Santa Cruz, and by serving as a member of the History Department Pedagogy Guide Committee. Throughout these experiences she has focused on teaching for transfer, and developing efficient, inclusive, and flexible pedagogy. As a Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor, her goal is to support other GSIs in reaching their course goals, and developing their own unique voices and styles as educators.
Taylor KirschSummer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Humanities (2019)
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)
Nora Lang is a Ph.D. candidate in Education. Her research explores efforts to integrate language and content area learning for recent immigrant students at the secondary level and those students’ language practices and experiences in classrooms. Nora has worked as a language teacher in a variety of international contexts and as both a Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Instructor at UC Santa Cruz. As a peer mentor, she hopes to to engage with fellow instructors in open and supportive conversations about how to expand opportunities for our students through the design of our courses and instructional activities and through reflection on our own practice.
Nora LangSummer 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 (TEFL) in universities in Peru. 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. As a 2018 CITL Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, he focused on ways to critically engage students in active learning, and as a Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor, he works with other graduate students to keep seeking ways to better serve undergraduate students in the Social Sciences.
Daniel Rodríguez RamírezGraduate Pedagogy Fellow in Latin American & Latino Studies (2018), Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor in Social Sciences (2018, 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)
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)
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.