TA Orientation – Summer 2013


UDaily 2013 Article

TA Fellows & Conference Session Facilitators

Concurrent sessions on instructional topics were facilitated by TA Fellows across disciplines. These Fellows brought considerable teaching experience and knowledge of the UD undergraduate students to their sessions, and they modeled various ways of student engagement. They welcomed new appointed TAs to the UD graduate student community and eased their transition into their critical instructional role.

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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