Lindsey A. Conklin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Human Development. As CHDV Preceptor, she has taught research seminars, mentored undergraduate theses projects, and advised students on course selection. She has also interned in the Social Sciences Core and the Writing Program. Lindsey received a Neugarten Prize Lectureship for this academic year and will be teaching in spring. As a CCT Fellow, Lindsey is particularly interested in how to teach effective interdisciplinary courses while still communicating disciplinary conventions, such as methods and writing styles, to students.
Senior CCT Fellow
Yaqub Hilal is a PhD candidate in the department of Anthropology. He has lectured in the college core curriculum, and this academic year, he will be teaching at the Center for Human Rights and the Center for the study of Race. As a CCT fellow, Yaqub seeks to bring an anthropological approach to the classroom and is committed to developing pedagogical tools specific to the discipline of Anthropology.
Senior CCT Fellow
Carmen is a doctoral candidate in the department of English. Her fields of study include twentieth-century American literature and visual culture, contemporary art history, and cultural studies. Working in these fields has led to her commitment to developing inclusive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative teaching practices. As a Senior CCT fellow, she hopes to facilitate the creation of spaces in which graduate student teachers can work together to refine their pedagogical skills and tackle barriers to inclusive teaching.
Johnny Alfaro-Perez is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) program. His research in the de Pablo group focuses on the development and optimization of processes that can extend the lifetime of probiotic bacteria for industrial applications. At the University of Chicago, he has served as TA in the Materials Science course for the Molecular Engineering minor, which is open to all undergraduate students. Before joining IME, he lectured several courses in the Chemical Engineering Department at Universidad de Costa Rica. As a CCT Fellow, Johnny hopes to foster a positive and encouraging environment, in which his peers can build and nurture their teaching abilities.
Amanda is a PhD Candidate specializing in Comparative Politics. A Wyoming native, she attended the University of Wyoming, concentrating in Chemical Engineering and Political Science (B.S., 2008). After college she coordinated a sexual assault response team and worked as a victim advocate for a domestic violence shelter. Amanda's research and teaching interests include armed conflict, political violence, feminist theory, African politics, and social science research methods. In addition to being a Teaching Fellow, this year she is also a Preceptor for the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS). Amanda has taught an array of courses on armed conflict and social science research methods. She also has experience advising masters and undergraduate students’ theses in political science, as well as instructing undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students across disciplines in academic writing.
Hyesang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology. Her current research involves understanding various cognitive and affective factors that relate to learning and performance in mathematics and how students can achieve their highest potential. At the University of Chicago, Hyesang has taught as a teaching assistant for a variety of courses in the Psychology department and as a stand-alone instructor at Graham School. As a Center for Teaching fellow, Hyesang is particularly interested in developing pedagogical tools that engage students in a collaborative classroom environment.
Madeleine Elfenbein is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, with teaching and research interests in modern Islamic and European social thought. At the University of Chicago, she has taught in the Classics of Social and Political Thought sequence of the Core as well as the Writing Program, and this year will teach a course on “Islamic Political Thought in the Global Era.” In addition to co-leading the Fundamentals of Teaching in the Humanities workshop, she serves as a coordinator of the Race & Pedagogy Working Group. Her writing about teaching and university life has appeared in Inside Higher Ed, n+1, and elsewhere. More about her research and teaching is available on https://maddyelfenbein.wordpress.com/ .
Lindsey is a PhD candidate in the Development, Regeneration and Stem Cell Biology (DRSB) program within the Biological Sciences Division (BSD). Her work in Robert Ho's lab involves studying the dynamics of heart precursor cell migration in the developing zebrafish embryo. Lindsey has developed her teaching skills in the sciences for many years and is eager to take on her new role as CCT Fellow. This year, Lindsey hopes to bring better basic pedagogical training and awareness of the CCT to fellow PhD candidates in her division.
Sam Harris is an archaeologist and PhD student in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He is also the Mesopotamian Content Specialist for the Education Department at the Oriental Institute. He researches the late prehistory and early history of Mesopotamia, with a focus on food production and consumption, and he has excavated in Iraq, Israel, and Turkey. In addition to teaching classes on Mesopotamian archaeology, Near Eastern mythology, and Hittite history, he has worked as an Arabic instructor at the George Washington University, Georgetown University, and the University of Chicago. As a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Georgia he worked as a primary and secondary English language educator.
Miquela is a fifth year PhD student in the Geophysical Sciences studying the geological evolution of the Tibetan Plateau. When she's not galavanting with mountain goats in rural China, she can be found running long distances along the lakeshore path with her dog.
Nick Kryczka is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of history. Before coming to the University of Chicago, Nick worked for ten years as a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. As an instructor and course lead, he taught history and sociology and developed high school curriculum in historical literacy and social science research. Here at UChicago, Nick has interned in the America in World Civilizations Core and worked as a TA in the history department’s Black Chicago course. As a CCT Fellow, Nick looks forward to bringing a K-16 education perspective to history pedagogy in his department.
Woo Chan (Chaz) Lee is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Music. At the University of Chicago, Chaz has lectured in the Civilizations Core and Arts Core and also taught as a Writing Intern in the Humanities Core and Lector in the Writing Program's course on academic and professional writing.
Heather Mangelsdorf is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology and a Preceptor for the undergraduate psychology program. Her current research focuses on how gesture and other forms of movement influence learning and problem solving. At the University of Chicago, she has been a teaching intern and lecturer in a core course on how the mind works and has also been a teaching assistant for Psychological Statistics and an advanced seminar. Heather is passionate about helping researchers become student-focused teachers and using creative methods to engage and motivate students.
Amanda Shubert is a PhD student in English. She has worked as a TA for undergraduate English courses at the University of Chicago, including surveys of dramatic literature and narrative fiction, and has trained as a writing tutor through the U of C’s Writing Program. Before coming to Chicago, she worked in museum curatorship and academic outreach. She brings to the CCT a background in object-oriented pedagogies and an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary teaching practices.
Sarah Weicksel is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History and a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. From 2012-2014, she held a Bessie Pierce Prize Preceptorship. In that role she taught historical methodology seminars and served as the preceptor for 19 BA Theses in United States History. Weicksel has also interned and taught as a lecturer in the America in World Civilization sequence, and as a lector for the University of Chicago Writing Program. In the classroom, she teaches with material and visual culture in addition to texts, and has implemented digital course assignments. Sarah is currently completing her dissertation, “The Fabric of War: Clothing, Culture and Violence in the American Civil War Era.”