TA Fellows

 phillip_barnes Philip Barnes is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the School of Public Policy and Administration. He loves to challenge students to examine carefully, think critically, and write concisely.
Jon Bauer Jonathan Bauer is originally from Chicago and completed his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan. He is starting his 5th year at UD as a PhD student in chemical engineering. His research focuses on the development of self-assembly routes using toggled external fields.
 Martha_Black Martha Black currently serves as a TA in Spanish for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures where she is also an MA candidate in Foreign Language Pedagogy. She has experience with teaching Spanish as a Foreign Langauge and English as a Second Language in both the United States and abroad. Black has also facilitated various study abroad programs.
 Rachael Beyer - Museum Studies Rachael Beyer is a Hagley fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in history with a certificate in museum studies. She is interested in utopian communities and the mass media. Rachael has TAed for five semesters, and her favorite activity to do with her students is “Barbarian World Council” in Western Civilization I.
Samantha Brannick is currently a 5th year graduate student in Joseph Fox’s group in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department. She has been a teaching assistant for 5 semesters thus far. She has mainly taught the honors organic chemistry labs for chemistry/engineering majors. She has also taught bioorganic chemistry for nursing majors.
castillo Chris Castillo is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mathematical Sciences where he studies group representations using permutation polynomials over finite fields. Outside of academia, he remains active with the Boy Scouts in Baltimore as a staff member for various youth and adult leadership training activities.
DiTrani Andrea Di Trani is a 3rd year Biomechanics and Movement Science doctoral student currently serving as a teaching assistant in the Athletic Training (AT) Program, Coordinator of the Athletic Training Interest Program, and an academic advisor. Andrea received her BS in AT from Marist College and MS in AT from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Ashley Ashley Farmer is working towards earning her Ph.D. in Criminology and has been a TA for five semesters at UD. She has provided guest lectures on various topics in Disasters, Criminal Justice, and Sociology classes, was a lab instructor for social science research courses, and taught her own upper-level course during the summer.
Laura Finan Laura Finan is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Studies department at UD. Prior to entering the program, she received a master’s degree in Psychological Science from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her research interests focus on how family and community relationships promote adolescent adjustment. She has served as a TA for multiple courses and recently taught her own course.
 Isaac Harris Isaac Harris is a fifth year graduate student in the department of Mathematical Sciences. He graduated from Kean University in 2010 with a B.A. in Mathematical Sciences, Magna Cum Laude. He currently works with Dr. Fioralba Cakoni on Inverse Scattering and Analysis
Zachary Jackson is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, studying American Politics and Jurisprudence. He also teaches Introduction to Drama with the Department of Theatre, in addition to guest performing in other classes.
Ashutosh Khandha Ashutosh Khandha is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Biomedical Engineering. He has been a Teaching Assistant for multiple courses in the past, and during each course, has learnt something new. He looks forward to sharing his experiences with you.
Ashley Kilmer is working towards her doctoral degree in Criminology in the department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. She has completed training to become a qualified Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program instructor. Her research interests include understanding the impact of criminal justice policies and practices on formerly incarcerated individuals’ reentry experiences.
sophie le blanc Sophie Le Blanc obtained a B.A.in 2007 and an M.A. in 2010 in political science from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has been a graduate student at UD since 2010, working on issues of migration, entrepreneurship and the garment industry of Brazil. She has been both a TA and an Instructor of Record at UD.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Headshots Andrew Mercante received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from UDel in 2013. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering while working in Dr. Dennis Prather’s research group.
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Brock Overmiller is a PhD candidate in the field of Electrical Engineering. His research revolves around the design and operation of imaging systems for security and defense purposes.

Victoria Sanchez is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Her diverse teaching experiences have brought her to work with undergraduates at UD and the University of Georgia, international students at the English Language Institute at UD, gifted middle and high school students through a program with Duke University, and elementary students in Atlanta.
WBSchreiber Will Schreiber is a 5th year graduate student in the Behavioral Neuroscience division of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. He has served as a TA across many of the core class requirements for the Psychology and Neuroscience undergraduate majors, and will be teaching the class “Brain and Behavior” during Winter 2015.
 Jen_Snyder Jennifer Snyder is a second year PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Her current research interests include social media usage in missing children investigations, mass media, cyborg theory, and research methodology/statistics.
Patrick Spanninger Patrick Spanninger is a Ph.D student in the Department of Animal and Food Science. He graduated with a B.S in Animal Science concentrating in Pre-Vet Medicine. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked as a backcountry camp cook in Jackson, WY.  His Ph.D research is focused on experiments evaluating current food safety metrics regarding fresh leafy greens and tomatoes, investigating novel water filtration technologies, and monitoring foodborne pathogens in animal feces. His research findings have been presented at local and international scientific meetings.
 Nadia_Stepicheva Nadia Stepicheva is working on a PhD in Biological Sciences. She has obtained two Master’s degrees (Moscow State Academy of Fine Chemical Technology, 2008 and University of Arkansas, 2011) and has been a TA for 7 semesters. In 2014 she received an excellence in teaching award.
 jason_vermette Jason Vermette is a PhD student in mathematics doing research in spectral graph theory.
TanyaWhittle Tanya N. Whittle is a doctoral student in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department. She is an Inside-Out Prisoner Exchange Program facilitator, and her research is on prisoner reentry, collateral consequences to felony convictions, drug policy, and street-level bureaucrats’ legal consciousness and discretion within the criminal justice system.
 Benjamin Wollet Ben Wollet is a second-year PhD-track student in the Department of History. He is also a fellow in the Hagley Graduate Program in History. He taught his own Western Civilization course in Ohio in Spring 2013 and served as a TA for the same course at UD in Fall 2013
Jackie_Yang Jackie Yang is a 5th year PhD student in the department of Mathematical Sciences majoring in applied mathematics with research interests in electromagnetic theory and inverse scattering problems. He has obtained a Master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach and has been working here at UD for the past five years as a teaching assistant for 8 semesters and as an instructor for 5 different math courses. He will complete his PhD degree by the end of next summer and pursue academic posts in mathematics after graduation.

 2013 TA Fellows

Alex Jones is pursuing a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Molecular Biology and Genetics. As a member of the Papoutsakis research group at DBI, he is currently investigating transcriptional control of sporulation in solvent-producing anaerobic bacteria. Alex has taught lab sections for Microbiology.
Jackie_Yang Ashley Farmer is working towards earning her Ph.D. in Criminology and has been a TA since she began her graduate studies at UD. She has provided guest lectures on various topics on Disasters, Criminal Justice, and Sociology, and is a lab instructor for social science research courses.
Chris Castillo grew up in Baltimore and remains active with the Boy Scouts through camping and leadership training activities. He has a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Music Performance from Towson University and is current a Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics.
Christopher Suiter is a fifth year graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Tatyana Polenova in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Christopher Volker is from Baltimore, MD and received his B.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware in 2012. As a graduate student, he focuses primarily on agenda setting and framing practices of the mass media, particularly within sports broadcasting. Chris hopes to pursue a Ph.D. focusing on media effects.
Colin Kearney came to UD in Fall 2012. While at UD, he has been the primary course instructor for Oral Communication in Business (COMM 212). Colin takes a multifaceted approach to teaching by engaging students in various ways.
Dana Anderson graduated from James Madison University in 2012 and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at UD. She works as a research assistant for Dr. Rachel Davidson on “Modeling Post Earthquake Fires in Japan.”  Academics has always played a huge role in her life and she hopes of one day becoming a university professor so she can instill her love for learning in others.
David Kalb completed his Master’s degree at UD in 2010 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology. He has been a TA for six semesters and has been the instructor of several courses.
David Rowan is currently a graduate student in Mathematics at UD. He enjoys teaching mathematics at all levels and helping students to reach the ‘A-ha!’ moment. His other hobbies include triathlon, guitar, and percussion.
Faith Okpotor is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Political Science and International Relations. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international politics, international security, and U.S. foreign policy. Her publications include an essay in a forthcoming edited volume on U.S. foreign policy toward Africa and a co-authored journal article on women cabinet members in Africa. She has been a TA (or lab instructor) for six courses at UD.
Jane Chandlee is a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at UD. She has a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Penn State and a Master’s of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Boston University.
Janet Josephson is a Ph.D. candidate studying Special Education at UD. She has served as a graduate and undergraduate course instructor for five semesters and has nine years of experience in K-8 education and staff development.
Jennifer Cichocki graduated from UD in 2012 with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Communication. Her role as course instructor for courses in Communication has inspired in her a love of teaching. She enjoys the deliberate and continuous evolution of both her instruction technique and the information presented in her classroom.
Jonathan Bauer is currently a graduate student in Chemical Engineering. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering form the University of Michigan in 2010.  He works with magnetic field self-assembly, viewing how magnetic particles rearrange themselves in response to differing external stimuli.
Kristen Hefner is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Sociology & Criminal Justice.  Her primary research interests include gender, law & society, feminist theory, and criminal justice law/policy. Kristen has been a TA for six semesters and independently taught a summer course.  She has also completed the Higher Education Teaching Certificate program at UD.
 Kornkamon Nopmongkol is a graduate student in Biological Sciences at UD. She has ben a TA for three semesters and has other teaching experience from Thailand.  She enjoys teaching, in part, because it helps her develop professional skills.
Kyle Takayama completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from UD in 2010 and worked for two years as a nutrition educator for the Food Bank of Delaware. He is currently a TA for the Behavioral Health & Nutrition department and is working on a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition.
Laura Finan is a doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Studies department. Her research interests focus on how family and community relations promote healthy development among racially/ethnically diverse adolescents who face challenges related to poverty and other adverse contextual situations. Her ultimate career goal is to become a professor.
Michaele Myers is a native of the West Coast, having lived in Seattle before attending UD. She is a second year M.A. student in Communication, focusing on the effects of political comedy on viewer candidate evaluations. When not in her own classes, Michaele is a course instructor of public speaking.
Nadezda Stepicheva was born in Moscow, Russia. In 2008, she graduated from Moscow State Academy of Fine Chemical Technology (cub laude) and received a M.S. at the University of Arkansas (cum laude) in 2011. She is currently a doctoral student in the Biological Sciences department at UD and has been a TA for five semesters.
Philip Barnes is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the School of Public Policy and Administration. He has taught an array of different subjects (math to public policy), at a variety of academic levels (primary school to university), in multiple languages (English and French), in three different countries (U.S., France, and Burkina Faso).
Rachel Marine is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences.  Her research involves investigating the temporal variability of viral and bacterial populations in aquatic environments.  She has served as a lab instructor and group tutor at UD.
Samantha Brannick is a fourth year graduate student in Dr. Joseph Fox’s lab in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department. She has been a TA for five semesters where she has mostly been a lab instructor for the organic chemistry for majors lab courses. She has also been a discussion facilitator for both Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry for Nursing Majors.
Stephanie Kistler is a Master’s degree candidate in Music Education with nine years of teaching experience with students of all ages. Her research interests include music literacy, teacher preparation, and parent education in early childhood music.  She is also a mom to twin daughters.

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