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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.


Ryun Jung Lee - Faculty Liaision

Ryun Jung (a.k.a. “RJ”) Lee holds a Ph.D. 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.
2019 - 2020 Committee Directors

Chinelo K. Nsobundu - Co-Director

Chinelo K. Nsobundu, RN, BSN, MPH, CHES is a graduate research assistant at Texas A&M University School of Public Health and experienced clinician who is pursuing her Doctorate in Public Health degree with emphasis in health promotion & community health sciences. As a registered nurse, she has worked in the medical-surgical and telemetry floors as well as in the home health care field. As a graduate assistant, she works in the Center for Population Health & Aging where she teaches the Active for Life Workshops such as Diabetes Self-Management, Chronic Disease Self-Management and Chronic Pain Self-Management Program classes. Additionally, she serves as program coordinator for the School of Public Health’s Health & Wellness Committee where she encourages faculty, staff, and students to participate in preventative chronic disease lifestyle behaviors throughout the school. Her research interests include program planning, implementation and evaluation, chronic disease self-management, aging, and mixed methods. One of her focuses for this year as Co-Director of the Academy of Future Faculty is to encourage Health Science Center students to participate in CIRTL Programs.

Yupeng Zhang - Co-Director

Yupeng Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his bachelor's degree in engineering mechanics at Dalian University of Technology in 2015. Then Yupeng moved to Texas A&M University and received the Clearfield Materials Fellowship in 2015. His honors also include the Mitacs Globalink Research Award (2014), National Scholarship (2013), Qian Lingxi Mechanics Scholarship (2013), Outstanding Graduate (2014) and a number of other academic excellence awards. He served as a graduate mentor, reviewer, judge, student president, and department manager in a variety of organizations. He is a member of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi. His research focuses on characterization of plastic properties of materials from indentation tests. One of his goal as a Co-Director of the Academy for Future Faculty is to enhance students’ comprehension of research, teaching, and learning.

2019 - 2020 Committee Members
Kaelyn Barker

Kaelyn Barker is now pursuing her master’s in the Educational Psychology Department here at Texas A&M with an emphasis in childhood development. Kaelyn Barker works in the BASE lab and at a private placing agency for adoptive and foster children. Her research interests include children with low self-control. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee. Ms. Barker has experience tutoring children in elementary school, an after-school co-teacher, and lastly as a camp counselor. She wishes to continue her work with children after her program.


Karen Corleto
Karen Corleto is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in nutrition in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Texas A&M University. Her research interests are plant bioactive compounds and their effects on the development of chronic disease and the effects of chronic inflammation due to obesity on postmenopausal breast cancer. She holds a master’s degree in nutrition from Texas A&M University and Bachelor of Science in human nutrition and foods with a minor in kinesiology from the University of Houston.


Puskar Joshi
Puskar Joshi is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University. Before his admission into the current program, Puskar graduated from the University of Manchester in TESOL and Pokhara University in English studies. One of Puskar’s experiences include, leading a multi-year project to improve the teaching and learning of a remote public school in the Khumbu Region (also known as Everest Region) in Nepal. Previously, he led the academic department of a large school in Nepal after he had worked as a lead EFL/ESL teacher-trainer in the Secondary Education Project within the Ministry of Education Nepal and the US Peace Corps in Nepal. During his education and training career, Puskar Joshi encouraged students’ creativity, independent learning, and peer-observation among teachers. He emphasized learner-centered curriculum, clarity and completeness in classroom instruction, and equity to enhance the effectiveness of learning and minimizing the achievement gap in culturally diverse environments. Puskar intends to focus his doctoral dissertation on the effects of teacher-student ethnicity match on students’ learning performance. 
Ahmadreza Mahmoudzadeh

Ahmadreza Mahmoudzadeh is a Ph.D. student at the Civil Engineering Department of Texas A&M University. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran. His area of experience includes numerical and statistical analysis in transportation, modeling and optimization, and pavement engineering. He is currently working as a graduate research assistant at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI).

Debayan Mandal

Debayan Mandal is currently a graduate student pursuing an M.S. in water resources engineering at Texas A&M University. His current research interests include watershed modelling and watershed management. His most recent works and publications are in reputed peer-reviewed international journals and books; including quantifying uncertainty in streamflow, analyzing impact of climate change in river flow, promoting cultural continuity through vernacular architecture and comparative study of models for MIC. He is a student member of AGU, AOGS, ASCE societies and iSMART laboratory. His background includes a B.Tech in Civil Engineering at VIT University, India. He is keen on pursuing education related research and workshops and collaborating in them which would be essential for his career goals.
Sahba Samadi

Sahba Samadi is currently a teaching assistant at the College of Architecture, Texas A&M University (TAMUArch). She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Architecture with an emphasis on the correlation between Design Symbols, Daylight and Mental Health. Her research interests include psychology and design, Islamic architecture, daylight in architecture, parametric modelling, and computational design teaching. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from Pars University of Arts and Architecture, where she graduated with honors and awards.  Prior to coming to Texas A&M, she has been the manager and coordinator of a  psychology course taught by Prof. Seyed Kamran Alavi In Iran. Miss Samadi’s passion for developing future faculties  contributed in her working at the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Alyssa Wallis

Alyssa Wallis is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Health Education with an emphasis in Teacher Certification. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Alyssa’s research interest includes teaching pedagogy, teacher efficacy, pre-service teacher development, and health curriculum and instruction design. Currently, she is serving as a graduate teaching assistant for an online course in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. In addition to serving as an Academy for Future Faculty Committee Member, she is a counselor for Grad Camp and the president of Aggie Adaptive Sports.