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Graduate Teaching Consultant Program

The Graduate Teaching Consultant Program supports the professional development in teaching of graduate students, and includes opportunities that support enhanced teaching experience, as outlined in the Model of Graduate Student Professional Development in Teaching. GTCs are graduate students exhibiting pedagogical skills and knowledge within their disciplines. GTCs, under the supervision of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), serve as instructional coaches and peer mentors to TAs across campus. GTCs are available to conduct classroom observations upon request. 

If you are interested in becoming a Graduate Teaching Consultant, please contact your department, and request a brief nomination statement (less than 100 words) be sent to cte@tamu.edu by March 10, 2017.

GTC Application

Graduate Teaching Consultants

Olabisi-Atoba.jpgOlabisi Atoba

Department: Psychology
Degree: Ph.D. Candidate
Research Interests Include: Personnel selection, subgroup differences and affirmative action, team processes and training effectiveness, and construct refinement.
Interests/Hobbies: Traveling and Making new friends.
Favorite Educational Quote"The mediocre teacher tells...the great teacher inspires" - William Arthur Ward
Other GTC Services: Facilitating TAI sessions, classroom observations,        and academic/teaching portfolio review

Elly-Espinoza.jpgElida Espinoza

Department: Entomology
Degree: Ph.D. Candidate
Research Interests Include: Eusocial insects, invasive species, insect-microbial interactions
Interests/Hobbies: Drawing, Hiking, Camping, Music
Favorite Educational Quote
"My dream is for my students to be able to think critically, to incorporate this thinking in their lives, and to share that knowledge and compassion with others in order to work towards a just world for all. To be able to think critically is to first realize that knowledge/truth is conditioned by power. What that means is that one's understanding of the world is biased by one's social location in society, and therefore, all perspectives are partial." - Dr. Gina Masequesmay, Professor  of Asian American Studies at California State University at Northridge

Ashleigh-Faris.jpgAshleigh Faris

Department: Entomology
Degree: Ph.D. Candidate
Research Interests Include: One area within forensic entomology in need of restructing is the approach to understanding error associated with making postmortem interval (PMI) estimates. My current research focus is to refine error associated with PMI estimates through different avenues. One is to identify potential sources of error through an ecological modeling approach. Another is through the validation of a laboratory-based blow fly development data to determine its accuracy in an outdoor environment. And lastly, molecular approaches through the evaluation of temporal patterns of gene expression during blow fly development to determine an individual's age within a stage.
Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Hiking, History
Favorite Educational Quote"The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you go." - Dr. Seuss
Other GTC Services: TAI Breakout Leader, Micro-teaching Feedback, AFF Workshop Leader

Chelsie-Huseman.pngChelsie Huseman

Department: Animal Science
Degree: Ph.D. Candidate
Research Interests Include: Whole body vibration and how it affects bone density in the horse
Interests/Hobbies: Horseback Riding, Horse Judging, and Woodworking
Favorite Educational Quote"Saddle up and follow your dreams." - Chris LeDoux

Erica-Malone-(1).jpgErica Malone

Department: Graduate Teaching Assistant: Veterinary Integrative Biosciences; Masters Student: Visualization
Degree: Masters of Science Candidate
Research Interests Include: Anatomy Education, specifically kinesthetics and concepts related to gross anatomy and biomechanics
Interests/Hobbies: Art, Anatomy, and Animals! "I ride horses (hunter/jumper), and I draw/paint/sculpt, but I haven't done either in a while because I have been busy with school and work."
Favorite Educational Quote"To teach is to twice learn."/"Anatomy is the only test that you get to bring a cheat sheet to every time!"
Other GTC Services: TAI, Workshops, and anything I can help with.

Charles-Peak.jpgCharles Peak

Department: Biomedical Engineering
Degree: Ph.D. Candidate
Research Interests Include: Injectable cell carriers, hydrogel mechanics, rheology
Interests/Hobbies: Reading, Running, Traveling ("I try to take a big trip every 4-5 years")
Favorite Educational Quote"I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world." - Margaret Mead and simply "Knowledge is Power."
Other GTC Services: I have done some other classroom work.