About Us

William Rando

Director

William Rando

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Elizabeth Chandler

Senior Associate Director

Elizabeth Chandler

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Staff

Jennifer Nolan

Program Coordinator

Jennifer Nolan

Jennifer joined the Center for Teaching in 2014 after nine years in teacher education program assessment and accreditation. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and has taught courses at the undergraduate level. Email Jennifer

Chandani Patel

Program Development Specialist

Chandani Patel

Chandani is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, where she studies the literature of the South Asian diaspora in Africa. She has taught as a writing intern, course assistant, and standalone instructor, and she coordinated her department's pedagogy course, the first of which she co-led in the fall of 2013. She joined the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2012, and she works on the development of new teaching and professional development programs for graduate students. Email Chandani

Brady Smith

Research Assistant, Midwest Faculty Seminar

Brady Smith

Brady Smith is a PhD student in the Department of English at the University of Chicago. He joined the Center for Teaching in the summer of 2011, and handles research, writing and communications for the Midwest Faculty Seminars. Email Brady

Teaching Consultants

Britni Ratliff

Britni Ratliff

As a graduate student, Britni served as a teaching consultant for three years and is currently a lecturer in the college. She teaches Introductory General Chemistry and leads the Collaborative Learning in Chemistry Program.

Borja Sotomayor

Borja Sotomayor

Borja Sotomayor (SM'07, PhD'10) is a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, and the Academic Director of the Masters Program in Computer Science. Borja has been involved in the Center for Teaching since 2008, where he currently teaches workshops on collaborative learning and other subjects.

Darrel Chia

Darrel Chia

Darrel is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English. His research and teaching focuses on global Anglophone literature and postcolonial theory. As a Preceptor in the M.A. Program in the Humanities, he has the opportunity to teach graduate students and mentor thesis projects across various disciplines.

Brandon Cline

Brandon Cline

Brandon is a PhD candidate in New Testament and Early Christian Literature in the Humanities Division. In addition to being a Teaching Consultant and regularly running the Center's Workshop on Assignment Design, he is the Program Coordinator for the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion, the Divinity School's program of pedagogical and professional development for its graduate students.

Elizabeth Fagan

Elizabeth Fagan

Elizabeth went into grad school because she wanted to teach, and so when she became an instructor in the College, she also began reading books on pedagogy and blogging about them—not to mention applying the techniques in her own classes. She is a dual-degree Ph.D. candidate in the History and Anthropology Departments, giving her a solid interdisciplinary foundation for teaching in the Social Sciences Core.

Zachary Hund

Zachary Hund

Zack Hund is an Illinois native and Elmhurst College alum. Zack is now a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, pursuing his PhD in Physical Chemistry. In addition to being a teaching consultant, Zack also works for the College Core Tutoring Program and is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chemistry.

Joela Jacobs

Joela Jacobs

Joela is a Ph.D. student in Germanic Studies who has taught extensively on all levels of the German curriculum. She was the recipient of a teaching grant by the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, and she has been a Teaching Consultant since Spring 2012.

Kathryn Malecek

Kathryn Malecek

Kate is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Ruthenburg Lab. Kate has been a teaching consultant since 2013. Kate currently guest lectures in graduate molecular biology courses. She received the Biological Sciences Division Teaching Award in 2012, and organized the Molecular Biosciences Teaching pedagogy course in 2014. Kate is interested in inquiry-based STEM education strategies, and expanding teaching opportunities for graduate students in the biological sciences.

Emily Marker

Emily Marker

Emily is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History. She has interned and taught in multiple sequences in the Social Sciences Core, served as a Preceptor for undergraduate history majors writing theses in European and International History, and lectured in a course of her own design for the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture. She is currently completing her dissertation on multicultural and transnational education in postwar France and Francophone Africa.

Sam Meehan

Sam Meehan

Sam is a graduate student in the physics department studying particle physics and working on the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland for research. During his time at the university, he has taken a keen interest in teaching in its many facets through being a teaching assistant for various undergraduate classes, developing a pedagogy course for the physics department, and engaging with youth from Chicago Public Schools as the instructor of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics Space Explorers educational outreach program. He feels that by exploring education from many perspectives it can only help to improve your own teaching.

Santiago Mejia

Santiago is a PhD candidate in Philosophy. He has been a Teaching Consultant since 2011. He also helped develop, and is now the current coordinator of, the Philosophy Pedagogy Program, a program designed to enhance participants' pedagogical preparedness, specifically in the field of philosophy.

James Nemiroff

James Nemiroff

James is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. James teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced Spanish language and literature courses at the University of Chicago and in Barcelona for their Civilizations Program. He also lectures in the Humanities CORE and leads academic writing seminars for the Writing Program.

Stephen Parkin

Stephen Parkin

Stephen Parkin is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Literature. Before coming to Chicago, he taught English as a Foreign Language at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an, China. He has taught stand-alone courses in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, and he habitually leads academic, professional, and business writing seminars and workshops through the Writing Program and the Graham School. He is currently the BA Preceptor for Comparative Literature. In 2014, Stephen won the Excellence in Course Design award and the Francis X. Kinahan award for teaching undergraduate writing.

Aleksander Prigozhin

Aleks is a PhD Candidate in the English Department. He has been a teaching consultant since Winter 2013.

Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson

Jessica is a PhD Candidate in the department of Anthropology, where she is working on a dissertation that explores environmental stewardship in the Bahamas. She has extensive teaching experience at the University, having taught undergraduate classes in the Common Core, an Anthropology department Starr Prize Lectureship, and is currently a Preceptor in the MA Program in the Social Sciences. She has been a Teaching Consultant since 2010.

Felipe Rojas

Felipe Rojas

Felipe is a Spanish Ph.D. from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. At the University of Chicago, he has taught first- and second-year Spanish grammar courses, and also co-taught Problems in the Study of Sexuality (GNDR 10200) in the Gender Studies department. His work in the classroom at the University of Chicago was recognized by his students when he became the recipient of the 2013 Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Mijo Simunovic

Mijo Simunovic

Teaching plays an integral part in Mijo’s research, as the student perspective often makes him rethink the challenges in his own field. He has instructed and TA-ed several courses in Chemistry and Biophysics, mentored high school students for the International Chemistry Olympiad for 5 years and tutored for the past 11 years. He joined the Center as a teaching consultant in 2011. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Chemistry at the University of Chicago and in Physics at the University of Paris. While at the UofC, he has won two research and three teaching awards.

Megan Tusler

Megan Tusler

Megan is an advanced graduate student in the English department. She has taught courses for the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and English Department, as well as working as a writing intern in the Humanities Core sequence. Her dissertation, on text-image projects in the United States in the 20th century, is titled American Snapshot: Urban Realism from New Deal to Great Society.

Chalcey Wilding

Chalcey Wilding

Chalcey is a Ph.D. student in the English department, where she studies the overlap of 20th c. American poetry, photography, and trauma theory. Within her department, she has been a course assistant, a stand-alone course instructor, and a BA preceptor. She also interns and tutors for the Writing Program, and is co-editor of Chicago Review.

Melanie Zeck

Melanie Zeck

Melanie a PhD candidate in music history. In addition to serving as a Teaching Consultant, Melanie co-designed and subsequently coordinated the Graduate Music Pedagogy Course for three years. Melanie has taught Western art music courses for undergraduate non-majors since 2011 as well as Advanced/Professional Writing for the Little Red Schoolhouse since 2013, for which she won the 2013 Francis X. Kinahan Award for excellence as a teacher of advanced undergraduate writing. She has also served as an instructor in Columbia College’s music department since 2011.