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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.

2020-2021 Co-Directors

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.

Sakina Dixon

Sakina Dixon is a PhD candidate at Texas A&M University in the department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication. Her dissertation, “Community Effects on Girls’ Leadership Potential,” explores what characteristics of neighborhoods influence attributes of youth, and if they are associated with leadership potential. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Science in Education from Baylor University. Sakina’s research interests include youth development, resilience in youth, leadership, and community development.  Her professional experiences include serving as a Residence Hall Director, coordinating a residential Leadership Living-Learning Center, recruiting and managing volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and teaching leadership courses
2020-2021 Members


Bhagyashree Barhate

Bhagyashree Barhate is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Human Resource Development program in the Department of Education and Human Development. She acquired her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. She received her Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Nagpur, India. Her current research interests include career development and leadership development on women and Generation Z.

Amber Blazek

Amber Blazek is a Ph.D. student in sociology at Texas A&M University. She earned her master’s degree in sociology from Sam Houston State University and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Texas State University. Her areas of specialization include political sociology, organizational sociology, and environmental sociology. Her current research focuses on the organizational behavior of the oil and gas industry during the low-carbon energy transition. She currently works as a graduate student instructor. She has previously taught Principles in Sociology and Classical Sociological Theory, and she is currently teaching Social Problems.


Hamada Elfarargy

Hamada Elfarargy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department Educational Administration and Human Resource Development and works as a graduate research assistant for the Education Leadership Research Center (ELRC) at the College of Education and Human Development. He assists with research work and professional development for Preparing Academic Leaders (PAL) Project. Hamada has 15+ years of expertise as a teacher and an administrator in public schools in Egypt. He is also a British Council certified teacher trainer. He also prepared and presented educational episodes for Egypt television for six years in a row. He worked for the first STEM high school for gifted and talented students that was a part of a USAID project. He served in roles including a teacher, a department head, an education coordinator, a capstone project leader, and finally a STEM school principal. Hamada also participated as a trainer in the professional development programs for the new STEM leadership teams. Hamada’s research interests include Principalship, instructional leadership, teacher preparation, mentorship, school effectiveness and improvement, bilingual education, online learning and STEM education.

Huyen Nguyen

Huyen Nguyen is a Ph.D. student in the Human Resource Development degree program at Texas A&M University. She earns Bachelor's degree in Business English in Vietnam and a Master's degree in International Business and Management in the UK. Her current research interests include work-life interface among female faculty, organizational unlearning, and learning organization. She is currently serving as a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, College of Education & Human Development, at Texas A&M University.


Sharanee Sytha

Sharanee is a third year PhD student in the department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She has received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from San Diego State University. Currently, her research focuses on exercise training, the heart, and cardiovascular diseases. She has recently given an oral presentation at the national Experimental Biology conference and plans to do more presentations as her research progresses. Additionally, she is working on publishing a manuscript and writing research grants. She has a strong interest in not only teaching but learning as well.