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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. 
Nomination Process

The 2022 call for nominations will open in February.
GTC Support

Batra, JaskiratJaskirat Batra

Department: Materials and Science Engineering
Degree: Ph.D. Candidate
Research Interests: soft robotics; 3D printing; micro-/nano-fabrication; engineering education; scholarship of teaching and learning
Favorite Educational Quote:
 "The questions of the students are often the source of new research." - Richard Feynman

Kitzman, FaithFaith Kitzman

Department: Teaching, Learning, and Culture
Degree: B.S. Student
Research Interests: educational technology; effective teaching strategies

Favorite Educational Quote: “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” – Carl Jung

Graduate Teaching Consultants

Olabisi-Atoba.jpgLinzi Berkowitz

Department: Sociology
Degree: Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: Political-economy; social class; homebuilding; social theory
Favorite Educational Quote: "One cannot conceive of objectivity without subjectivity" -  Paulo Freire

Olabisi-Atoba.jpgCiana Bowhay

Department: Animal Science
Degree: Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: agriculture; agriculture education
Favorite Educational Quote: “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts” – C.S. Lewis

Olabisi-Atoba.jpgLeah Buchman

Department: Entomology
Degree: Ph.D Candidate
Research Interests:
 Insect ecology; microbial ecology; plant-insect-microbe interactions; agricultural and environmental policy; biotechnology policy
Favorite Educational Quote: "If we knew what we were doing it would not be called research, would it?" - Albert Einstein 

Olabisi-Atoba.jpgAndrew Garcia

Department: Liberal Arts
Degree: Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: crime; law; deviance track
Favorite Educational Quote: 

Olabisi-Atoba.jpgAmit K. Ghoshal

Department: Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
Degree: Ph.D. Candidate
Research Interests: management; law; and tourism solutions for sustainability issues
Favorite Educational Quote:  "The mind is everything-what you think you become." - Buddha.

Olabisi-Atoba.jpgAmy King

Department: Hispanic Studies
Degree: Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: Latin American revolutionary figures; secular saints; 19th & 20th century Latin American literature
Favorite Educational Quote: "Life doesn't come with four choices." - Linda Darling-Hammond

Olabisi-Atoba.jpgDimitrios "Jim" Loufakis           

Department: Materials Science & Engineering 
Degree: Ph.D. Candidate
Research Interests: structural energy storage; electrochemo-mechanical coupling effects
Favorite Educational Quote: “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” – Alexander the Great

Olabisi-Atoba.jpgMadeline 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

Olabisi-Atoba.jpgMichael 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?

Allessandra Ribota.JPGAlessandra Ribota

Department: Hispanic Studies
Degree: Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: second language acquisition; heritage language acquisition; open educational resources
Favorite Educational Quote: “Transformation occurs when a learner’s engagement is such that it broadens their horizons of knowledge and capability.” - Mary Kalantzis and William B. Cope

Damian Robles.jpgDamián Robles Garcia

Department: Hispanic Studies
Degree: Ph.D. Student 
Research Interests: historical pragmatics; the Linguistics of Cervantes; language contact
Favorite Educational Quote: "Education for me is more than books; it is an act of kindness; it is an ongoing transformation of the self." - Unknown

Olabisi-Atoba.jpgFrances Thielman

Department: English 
Degree: Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: Victorian literature
Favorite Educational Quote: “Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”
― John Dewey