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Graduate Teaching Consultant Program

Program Overview

The Graduate Teaching Consultant Program supports the professional development in teaching of graduate students, and includes opportunities that support enhanced teaching experiences, 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. 

Learning Outcomes – Instructional Practice

Participants will…
  • Demonstrate a variety of evidence-based teaching strategies
  • Recognize the influence of situational factors (e.g., specific course context; learner and instructor characteristics) on course and lesson design decisions
  • Discuss personal teaching philosophies (e.g., beliefs, formative experiences, and assumptions) and how philosophies influence
  • Describe and recognize the value of learning communities, and how they impact student learning
Essential and Transferable Skills Development
  • Leadership; Teamwork; Critical and Creative thinking; Written and Oral Communication; Interpersonal and Intercultural Knowledge and Competence; Mentorship; and Management 

Nomination Process

The 2022 Call for GTC Nominations is open. To nominate an outstanding current or former teaching assistant in your department/college for the Graduate Teaching Consultant (GTC) program, please email the following to cte@tamu.edu.
     •   Student name (first and last)
     •   Student email address
     •   College, Department
     •   Brief statement specifying why you believe the nominee is qualified to be a GTC (100 words or less)

Up to 3 students from a department can be nominated! Following our receipt of your nomination email, the Center will email the nominees and provide them with a formal application for the GTC Program.

For more details, please click here: Overview and Eligibility.


GTC Support

Ana Emilia Nava

Department: Food Science and Technology
Degree: Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: new product development; nutraceuticals; sensory evaluation.
Favorite Educational Quote: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." – Dr. Seuss

Graduate Teaching Consultants

Arun Bhaskar

Department: Mechanical Engineering
Degree: Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: Radiation heat transfer, Optics, Photonics
Favorite Educational Quote: "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn."- Unknown

Jean Ferguson

Department: Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
Degree: Master of Science (expected graduation May 2022)
Research Interests: Motivation and Volunteerism in Youth-Serving Organizations
Favorite Educational Quote: "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." Plutarch

Kristen Jaramillo

Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Degree: Ph.D. Student 
Research Interests: discrimination, intersectionality, diversity
Favorite Educational Quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela

Madeline McMillan

Department: Aerospace Engineering 
Degree: Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: hypersonic boundary layers within complex fluid structures
Favorite Educational Quote: "Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." - Abigail Adams

April Paluka

Department: History
Degree: Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: Contemporary Latin America, Peru, the Nazca Lines, indigenous cultural heritage, Southwest Borderlands
Favorite Educational Quote: “True education is a kind of never-ending story — a matter of continual beginnings, of habitual fresh starts, of persistent newness.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)


Michael Portal

Department: Philosophy and History
Degree: Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: contemporary European philosophy; hermeneutics and phenomenology
Favorite Educational Quote: “We shall never learn what ‘is called’ swimming, for example, or what it ‘calls for,’ by reading a treatise on swimming. Only the leap into the river tells us what is called swimming.” - Martin Heidegger, What is Called Thinking?

Ranyue Xiao

Department: Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
Degree: Ph.D Student
Research Interests: parks and recreation; the impact of leisure activities on quality of life.
Favorite Educational Quote: “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity” – Dorothy Parker