2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR
GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS
August 21, 2012
TA Fellows & Conference Session Facilitators
Concurrent sessions on instructional topics are facilitated by TA Fellows across disciplines. These Fellows bring considerable teaching experience and knowledge of the UD undergraduate students to their sessions, and they model various ways of student engagement. They look forward to welcoming you to the UD graduate student community and easing your transition into your critical instructional role.
LaTanya S. Autry is a PhD student in the Art History department at the University of Delaware. She studies aft of the United States, photography, and museums. As a teacher, LaTanya strives to promote critical thinking and collaboration. To provide the best student-centered learning experiences, she uses active learning techniques.
Erin Baugher is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science and International Relations specializing in American politics, social movements, and political theory. In addition to serving as a teaching assistant and instructor at UD, Erin is a trained secondary education teacher and has worked as a public education advocate.
Steven Beighley is a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology and has been working as a program assistant for UD’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program since 2009. While obtaining his MA in philosophy at Georgia State University, Steve taught undergraduate level courses.
Samantha Brannick is currently a third year student working in Dr. Joseph Fox’s lab in the organic chemistry division. She has taught at UD for the first four semesters of my graduate career, in which she has mostly taught the organic chemistry labs under the direction of Dr. Doug Taber.
Kevin Currie-Knight is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Education department. He has served as instructor of record for two UD Undergraduate courses (History of Education in America, Law and Ethics in Education). Before that, he was a special educator at New Town High Schools in Owings Mills, MD.
Erica Dashner is a sixth year doctoral candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences. During her time at UD, she has had the opportunity to TA laboratory sections as well as guest lecture for both undergraduate and graduate course.
Qunhui Han is a 5th year PhD student in applied mathematics, with research interests in biological mathematics and stochastic. She has been TA or instructor for various courses (eg. calculus, statistics, and finite mathematics)offered by the math department.Her future career plan is to seek a faculty position in a liberal arts college.
Annalee Kodman is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education studying the revising practices of first-year composition students from a learning goals framework. Recently she taught the History of Education in America at UD, but she also has experience teaching developmental writing, first-year composition, and literature at the university and community college levels.
Brian Kronenthal is entering his sixth year as a graduate student in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. In addition to being a TA for numerous semesters, with responsibilities including leading discussion and Maple lab sessions, he has been the sole instructor for five courses. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in academia.
David Lane is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology. He has taught upper and lower level courses at community colleges and large universities. His teaching methods are informed by phenomenological philosophy and a drive to reduce the power dynamic between teacher and student in order to increase effective learning.
Mosi London is a Brooklyn, New York native, specifically from the Bedford- Stuyvesant area. Currently, he is entering his third year as a graduate student, pursing a doctorate degree in Transportation Engineering. He obtained his Master’s of Civil Engineering from UD in 2011 and is also a GAANN fellow.
Zofia Maka is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science and International Relations. She has been a TA at UD for five semesters. Last semester she taught her own course. Upon graduating from UD she plans to apply for a teaching position at a small liberal arts college.
Dacey McGinty was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Here, she studies and teaches in UD’s Communication department. Last year, Dacey taught Oral Communication in Business to all non-Communication majors. This fall, her classes will be geared specifically towards Business majors.
Amunoo Mohamed is a graduate student in the communication department, going into her second year of the MA program. She is originally from Uganda and has been in the U.S. for a little over 10 years, living in Seattle, WA. She received her undergraduate degree in communication with an interest in interpersonal communication from Eastern Washington University.
Susanna Molitoris Miller earned a master’s degree in mathematics at UD and is currently pursuing a PhD in mathematics education. She is passionate about teaching and eager to share what she has learned from research and her own teaching experie3nces with future TAs for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Sara Patterson graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009 with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from UD in 2012. Currently she is working on her PhD with a concentration in infrastructure systems and transportation as a GAANN fellow. Her research focuses on complete streets.
Stephanie Stotts has a B.S. in Biology from Baker University, a M.S. in Natural Resource Management from Delaware State University, and is currently A.B.D. in the Department of Geography. The focus of her research is identifying and quantifying the impact of trees on eroding river banks. Her teaching experience includes a variety of science and math courses ranging from early high school level through introductory courses at the university level.
Christopher Suiter is currently finishing up his third year of his PhD in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry under the supervision of Dr. Tatyana Polenova. Before attending UD he did his undergraduate studies at West Virginia University.
Wiseley Wong is a PhD student in mathematics, with research interests in graph theory. His future plans are in academia because he enjoys teaching. He likes that he will have the opportunity to work with new students every semester and teach different courses.
Matt Zumbrum is entering his fifth year of graduate studies in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. He has served as a teaching assistant during regular semesters and as an instructor during special sessions for various courses offered within the department.