• Borja Sotomayor

    Teaching Mentor

    Borja Sotomayor (SM’07, PhD’10) is a Senior 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.

  • Nicole James

    Senior Teaching Consultant

    Nicole is a PhD candidate in the Chemistry Department who works in the Jaeger Lab in the Physics Department, where she studies non-Newtonian fluid dynamics. She began at UChicago in 2013 as an Honors General Chemistry TA, for which she received the Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She has been the Collaborative Learning in Chemistry (CLiC) program TA since 2014. Nicole is particularly interested in active engagement techniques and pedagogical strategies to promote writing and communication skills in STEM fields.

  • Sara Massey

    Senior Teaching Consultant

    Sara is a Physical Chemistry Ph.D. student in the Engel Group. She has experience as a general chemistry TA at both UChicago and UT Austin. Sara also teaches an after school science club at NKO elementary through the Science and Technology Outreach and Mentoring (STOMP) program.

  • Stephen Parkin

    Senior Teaching Consultant

    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.

  • Jessica Robinson

    Senior Teaching Consultant

    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.

  • Melanie Zeck

    Senior Teaching Consultant

    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.

  • Adam Brown

    Teaching Consultant

    Adam's passion for science education originates from a love of nature and a fascination with the intellectual and social environment in which we live. His PhD research examines the neurobiology and behavioral dynamics of foraging in the nematode C. elegans. Similarly, Adam enjoys foraging his way through Chicago's culinary scene.

  • Dawn Chow

    Teaching Consultant

    Dawn Chow is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy, and is writing a dissertation on the problem of religious language. At the University of Chicago, she has taught in the Humanities Core and in the Department of Philosophy, and has also served as a writing tutor and writing intern. She is currently a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

  • Thomas Dannenhoffer-Lafage

    Teaching Consultant

    Thomas is a Theoretical Chemistry Ph.D. student in the Voth group. He studies coarse-grained methods for making molecular models. Thomas has previously been part of the Science Literacy Program at the University of Oregon where he helped teach science courses for non-science majors by employing active learning techniques. At the University of Chicago, Thomas has been a teaching assistant for both comprehensive general chemistry and honors general chemistry.

  • Emily Dreyfus

    Teaching Consultant

    Emily Dreyfus is Ph.D. student in the Department of Germanic Studies. Her work focuses on the meaning of 19th-century German music in 20th-century literature and film. She has taught numerous stand-alone courses in the College, including the first year German sequence, and served as the Graduate Assistant and Instructor for the Study Abroad program ‘Vienna in Western Civilization’ earlier this academic year. In 2015, she was awarded the Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

  • Nate Earnest

    Teaching Consultant

    Nate is a PhD student in the physics department working with Professor David Schuster, focusing on the dynamics and stability of the quantum world with tiny circuits. Through a variety of different paths, Nate has consistently pursued the goal of helping people learn, most recently through the after school outreach program “Science Technology Mentoring Program” and now as a teaching consultant with the CCT. Coming from Colorado, he enjoys hikes in wooded areas and enjoys taking macro photos of anything small.

  • Christian Ferko

    Teaching Consultant

    Christian loves working on hard problems and discussing them with people who are smarter than him. The former interest has led him to his current vice, an addiction to PhD research in the high energy theory group of the physics department. The latter has led, among other things, to a fascination with teaching: Christian has worked as a TA and STEM outreach volunteer at MIT, Harvard, UChicago, and beyond. He is especially interested in data-driven teaching, quantitative measures of student engagement and other classroom metrics, and in learning as an equal partnership (indeed, he hesitates to use terms like "instructor" and "student"; really we are all students, striving together for deeper understanding).

  • Nell Hawley

    Teaching Consultant

    Nell is a fourth-year PhD student in South Asian Languages and Civilizations, where she studies Sanskrit literature and is teaching the first two quarters of the introductory Sanskrit language sequence. Before coming to Chicago, Nell worked in elementary education in New York City.

  • Julie Hanlon

    Teaching Consultant

    Julie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. Her research is interdisciplinary and combines analysis of archaeological and textual evidence to reconstruct the socio-economic role of Jain communities in South India in the early centuries CE. She has spent much of her graduate career teaching as a writing intern in the UChicago Humanities Core and as a lecturer in the Power, Identity, and Resistance sequence of the Social Sciences Core. She has also designed and taught courses on Indian archaeology and classical Tamil literature at UChicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she was awarded the Karen Dinal Memorial Award for excellence as a teacher of writing in 2013.

  • Maeve Hooper

    Teaching Consultant

    Maeve is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Germanic Studies, where she studies nineteenth century novellas and frame narratives. She began teaching stand-alone courses in the University’s German language program in 2011, and has since developed and taught her own syllabi for second- and third-year level language and literature courses. She has been a Teaching Consultant since June of 2015, and currently works in the Writing Program as well.

  • Kevin Kimura

    Teaching Consultant

    Department of English

  • Monica Phillips

    Teaching Consultant

    Monica is a PhD Candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, where she is completing her dissertation on a collection of Sumerian temple hymns from ancient Iraq during the 2nd millennium BCE. In her time at the University of Chicago, she has been a Course Assistant, a Writing Intern in the Humanities Core sequence "Language and the Human", a Lector for "Academic and Professional Writing", a NELC BA Preceptor, and an MA Preceptor for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She also helped to design and coordinate the advanced pedagogy course for NELC in 2015, has taught in the Museum Education program of the Oriental Institute Museum, and was an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University in 2012 and 2014.

  • Jessica Resvick

    Teaching Consultant

    Jessica is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Germanic Studies. She is currently teaching the first-year German language sequence. She joined the Center in April of 2015.

  • Rebecca Thompson

    Teaching Consultant

    Becca is a physical chemistry PhD student in the Sibener lab. She has many years of experience as both a TA and tutor for general (and sometimes organic) chemistry at UChicago and, previously, at Amherst College. Before graduate school, she worked for two years as a team leader in the technical services division of a healthcare software company.

  • Z Yan Wang

    Teaching Consultant

    Committee on Neurobiology