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AFF Executive Committee

Dr. Ra'sheedah Richardson - Advisor

Ra'sheedah Richardson, Ph.D. has demonstrated a commitment to preparing future collegiate faculty and K-12 teachers. Her diverse teaching experience has helped her to develop a pedagogical approach that allows her to relate to and engage learners of various demographic backgrounds and intellectual experiences. Dr. Richardson has been involved in several years of program management and policy research in science education in Texas.
Dr. Richardson currently serves as assistant director at the Texas A&M University Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). She coordinates several graduate student programs such as the Teaching Assistant Institute (TAI), and the Graduate Teaching Consultant (GTC) Program. Dr. Richardson is the advisor to the Academy for Future Faculty (AFF) and a campus representative for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). Dr. Richardson is devoted to the development of a national faculty committed to advancing effective teaching practices in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Keith M. Graham - Graduate Assistant

Keith M. Graham is currently a graduate assistant at the Center for Teaching Excellence and is responsible for assisting with the facilitation of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) programs at Texas A&M University.  He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on English as a Second Language. His research interests include international content-based language teaching, ESL/EFL teacher training, educational technology, and culture. He holds a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on international literacy from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Houston. Mr. Graham has experience teaching K-12 both in the United States and in Taiwan. Before coming to Texas A&M, he was the professional development coordinator at a bilingual school in Taiwan. He is very excited about continuing to help develop teachers through his work at the Center for Teaching Excellence.


2017 - 2018 AFF Committee Directors
Louis Addae-Wireko  - Co-Director

Louis Addae-Wireko is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. He has a MS in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation and a BS in Natural Resources Management from ITC, the Netherlands and KNUST, Ghana respectively. He has been a lecturer of the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; helping train natural resources managers and conservationists for the past 5 years. His interests are in conservation biology, climate change, biogeography, range management and the application of GIS and remote sensing tools in solving environmental issues. His current studies focus on modeling the rangeland environment using GIS and remote sensing tool.


Ruaa Al Mezrakchi - Co-Director

Ruaa is a Ph.D. candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department. She has 5 years of teaching experience as a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Material Engineering in the University of Technology, Baghdad. She has been selected as a judge for several events in and out of TAMU, in addition to leading a research group of undergraduate students in Texas A&M University through the Aggie Research Scholars Program and Aggie Research Leadership Program. She is currently a departmental representative of Material Science and Engineering in the Energy Research Society (ERS). She also serves as a vice president of the society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) and a member of several other organizations such as SPE, MEGSO, WE, and MEENgirls. Ruaa enjoys teaching and doing research and believes that good teaching strategies are the first step in the learning process and would lead to big success in the academic field.


Yashwant Prakash Vyas - Co-Director

Yashwant Prakash Vyas is a graduate student at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. His areas of specialization are Public Management and Nonprofit Management with an emphasis on Higher Education Policy and Management. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Leadership Studies from Texas A&M University and graduated as a leadership scholar. He also holds academic certificates in Diversity, Business Management, and Nonprofit Management from Texas A&M University. Yashwant is currently serving as the graduate assistant for MSC CAMAC, a latinx programming board that works on uniting students from diverse backgrounds. He also serves as the primary adviser for the Texas A&M University chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society. In the past he has served as the director of Student Research Week at Texas A&M University, the largest student-run single-university research symposium in the USA. His other leadership roles include the chartering president of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars – Alpha Eta Chapter at Texas A&M University, and the founder and president of the Brazos Valley Worldfest Ambassadors, a service learning ambassador program at Texas A&M University. 

Committee Members
Hussam Alawadi
Hussam Alawadi

Hussam Alawadi is from Iraq and holds a Masters degree in Agriculture in Agronomy for the University of AL-Anbar. He has seven years of teaching experience at the University of AL-Qadissiyah. Hussam is currently a doctoral student studying plant breeding in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M. Hussam likes to help people as much as he can. He believes science is a key to a better life.


Jiling Liu

Dr. Jiling Liu is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Sport & Health Pedagogy within the Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University. His teaching methods classes focus on preparing preservice health and physical educators. His strategies to foster effective teachers include observations, discussions, scenario analyses, cooperative learning, reflective writing, and field-based practices. Technology use is an important and integrative part of his teaching. His research interests include self-regulated learning, effective teaching, and measurement and evaluation. In addition to serving AFF, Dr. Liu is also a POWER consultant supporting graduate students’ academic writing.

Hoonchong Yi
Sewwandi Rathnayake

Sewwandi Rathnayake is a Schlumberger Faculty for Future Fellow and doctoral student in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. She earned her undergraduate degree in Agriculture Technology and Management from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and her Master’s degree in Environmental Soil Chemistry from the University of Kentucky.
Her research interests include fate, transportation, chemical speciation and ecotoxicology of metals, metalloids, and manufactured nanomaterials in terrestrial ecosystems. She was the President of the Sri Lanka Association at Texas A&M University for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Donna M. Druery

Donna M. Druery is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development.  Donna has a Masters in Educational Administration from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelors in English with double minors in Speech Communication and Business Administration from Texas A&M University.  She has served as an English Teacher in a high school and an Assistant Principal in a middle school.  She has also attended the Harvard Principal Summer Institute.  Donna holds certificates as a Fellow, as well as a Practitioner in the Center for Teaching Excellence & Office of Graduate and Professional Studies. Her research interests include charter schools and school choice; parental and family involvement; leadership and management in higher education; education law and policy; interventions for at-risk students; and examinations of race, class and gender in education.  She enjoys traveling and meeting new people.  Donna has completed study abroad trips to Africa and Japan, has presented at conferences in Atlanta, Belize, Jamaica, Texas (at Wakonse).             


Zahra Mohammad

Zahra Hassan Mohammad is a Ph.D. candidate and a Food Safety and Microbiology specialist. She has broad work experience in agricultural research and management. She has seven years of research experience while pursuing graduate degrees at Texas A&M University focusing on food safety and microbiology and worked as an Executive Director of the Agricultural Research and Training Center in the Ministry of Agriculture in Iraq for two years. Zahra has gained certificates in Produce Safety, Food Safety, Produce Safety Alliance Train the Trainer, HACCP, FDA Food Safety for Carriers Awareness Module, Aggies Professional Development Advanced Level, Communication & Leadership, and Awareness of ISO Standard 9001. She was awarded a Cochran Fellowship Program for Agricultural Professionals in 2008, Borlaug Institute Full Scholarship to attend a Master’s program in USA 201, 1IEFS Graduate Scholarship for outstanding graduate student, and 4th Annual International Livestock Forum Student Travel Fellowships. Zahra holds a master’s degree in Food Science & Technology, majoring in Food safety and Microbiology, from Texas A&M University, and she gained her Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Technology in Baghdad, Iraq.


Ryun Jung Lee

Ryun Jung (a.k.a. “RJ”) Lee is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Urban and Regional Sciences. With her ongoing dissertation research looking into the effects of urban vacant land in gentrifying neighborhoods, her major interests are in land use planning, community development, vacant land regeneration, and urban design. Her background includes a B.S. and M.S. in urban planning focusing on urban design at Yonsei University, South Korea. RJ has been actively involved in a local Toastmasters club in College Station (Club #1620) since 2014 and is excited to continue her journey to spread the benefits of the growth mindset.