Terri is a fourth-year PhD student in the School of Psychology. Her fields of research include the neurodynamics of team learning, education in systems thinking, new methodologies in team research, and computerized text analysis. Terri has several semesters of teaching experience as an instructor of record for human factors psychology, a lab instructor for research methods in psychology and statistics in psychology, and a teaching assistant for cognitive psychology and general psychology. Last spring, Terri completed the foundation level of the Tech to Teaching program and hopes to finish the teaching capstone this year. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow, Terri plans to help future and current teaching assistants identify students at risk of failing their course and provide the students with the appropriate resources needed to succeed.
Madeline is a second-year PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences. Her current research interest is in how the environment shapes the evolution of quorum sensing social interactions in bacteria. Madeline has 4 semesters of teaching experience as a Teaching Assistant (TA); 1 semester as an undergraduate student and 3 as a graduate TA at Tech. She has worked as a tutor as well as a lab, lecture, recitation, and curriculum development TA. She is currently enrolled in the Tech to Teaching program and hopes to complete the foundation level of the program this spring. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow, Madeline hopes to help future TAs feel more prepared for their assignments by compiling school-specific TA materials, expectations, and establishing a discussion community on Canvas for TAs in the School of Biological Sciences.
Ian Helfrich is a second-year PhD student in the department of economics, focusing on topics in international trade theory. Always captivated by the way people make decisions under stress, he is also studying the emerging field of neuroeconomics. Ian has served as a TA for courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, finance, and game theory at Indiana university and Georgia Tech. Additionally, he served as an associate in research with the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was a TA for several MBA courses including global macroeconomics and corporate strategy. His teaching style involves techniques, rooted in cognitive science, that are designed to inspire student creativity and collaborative thought, both with each other and across disciplines. As a CTL Graduate Teaching Fellow, Ian plans to facilitate motivational programs designed to increase graduate students’ confidence in areas of communication, design, and in their personal lives.
Rebecca Watts Hull
History and Sociology
Rebecca is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the School of History and Sociology (HSOC). Her research interests include social movements, organizational change, and the role of college campus-based activism in broader social change. She has been a nonprofit director, high school science teacher, curriculum director and consultant, and environmental educator. During her time at Tech she has served as a teaching assistant for introductory and upper-level history and sociology courses. She completed the Tech to Teaching program and the HSOC Teaching Apprenticeship Program, has co-taught and also independently taught the course Social Movements, and has developed and taught a course in U.S. Environmental History. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow, Rebecca plans to identify and disseminate evidence-based best practices for facilitating reading for understanding and effective classroom discussion.
Sidni is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the School of Psychology. Her research investigates the impact of social contingent interactions in infancy on later developmental outcomes (e.g., development of communicative and social skills, education placement) and broader topics in visual attention in special populations (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, deaf). At Tech, Sidni has gained extensive experience with research methods and introductory psychology, serving as a teaching assistant for these courses across multiple semesters. She also served as instructor of record for General Psychology and Human Development courses for which she was awarded the 2018 School of Psychology Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year as well as one of the institute-wide Graduate Instructor of the Year awards. This year CTL Sidni plans to complete the Tech to Teaching program, and as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, hopes to help current TAs offer a variety of quality resources and support in recitation and tutoring.
City & Regional Planning
Evan is a fifth-year PhD student in the School of City & Regional Planning and a researcher in the Urban Climate Lab. His research interests center on climate adaptation planning and urban heat mitigation. Evan also manages the Georgia Tech Climate Network, a dense collection of sensors monitoring Georgia Tech's diverse microclimates. Before coming to Tech, Evan volunteered as an organizer and instructor for Ann Arbor's ReSkilling Festival, where he taught classes on pressure cooking. At Tech, Evan has completed the Tech to Teaching certificate and gained extensive teaching experience. He has served as the TA and instructor of record for a Master's-level Urban Environmental Planning & Design course, and later developed and led the undergraduate Sustainable Cities Studio. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow, Evan will work with faculty to align the Planning curriculum and teaching methods to address emerging challenges that were recently identified by a series of listening labs with students, employers, and industry leaders.
Elaine is a fourth-year PhD student in the School of Physics. Her research interests at Georgia Tech include development of a solid state particle detector that would allow for better detection of neutrons. Additionally, she is interested in acoustics research, particularly the areas of physiological and psychological acoustics. Before starting her graduate studies, Elaine completed her undergraduate degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she taught a variety of physics laboratory courses and served as the Head Teaching Assistant of Physics Labs for 3 academic years. At Georgia Tech, Elaine served as an introductory physics 1 teaching assistant for three semesters and the head teaching assistant for introductory physics 1 for four semesters. Last fall, Elaine completed the foundation level of the Tech to Teaching program and will complete her capstone during the spring 2019 semester. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow, Elaine plans to develop support programs and resources for teaching assistants who are assigned to non-introductory classes.
Angela is a sixth-year PhD student in the School of Psychology. Her research interests include both formal and informal learning experiences, nonprofit workplaces and technologies, and educational advocacy and social impact. Before starting her graduate studies, Angela spent over a decade working in education and education-related nonprofits. She has been a classroom teacher, museum educator, and nonprofit manager. She continues her service activities as a volunteer ESL teacher for refugees at the International Rescue Committee. During her time at Tech, she has served as a teaching assistant for a variety of undergraduate psychology courses and has co-developed and facilitated a psychology summer camp for high school students in partnership with the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics & Computing (CEISMC). As a GT Fellow and a founding member of the College of Science Graduate Student Diversity Council, she hopes to assess the needs of instructors and TAs in creating more accessible courses and help to provide the appropriate resources and support.