• Rostom Mbarek

    Lead Teaching Consultant


    Rostom is a PhD candidate in Astronomy and Astrophysics, specializing in the propagation and detection of Cosmic Rays. He earned a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College in Physics and German Literature Studies. He likes to share his passion for science and has been a TA, mentor, or tutor since his second year in college. Rostom was also involved with teaching programs for newly-arrived refugees in the US

  • Alex Haskins

    Senior Teaching Consultant

    Alex is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago, specializing in the history of eighteenth and nineteenth century East Asian, European, and American political thought. He also works in the emerging field of comparative political theory. He has both interned and lectured in the Classics of Social and Political Thought sequence and has interned in the America in World Civilization sequence of the College Core. Additionally, he has served as a TA and a BA preceptor in the Political Science Department.

  • McKenna Goetz

    Senior Teaching Consultant

    McKenna is a PhD candidate in Chemistry in the Anderson Lab, specializing in synthetic inorganic chemistry. She is studying the synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of transition metal oxo complexes which are implicated as important reaction intermediates in a variety of synthetic and biological systems. McKenna is currently serving as the TA for the Collaborative Learning in Chemistry Program, which gives undergraduate students in general chemistry an opportunity to work on chemistry problems in a collaborative learning environment. She also has experience as a lab TA for general chemistry, a TA for inorganic chemistry, and as a facilitator for collaborative learning workshops.

  • Timothy Gutmann

    Senior Teaching Consultant

    Tim is a PhD candidate in Islamic studies in the Divinity School. He has taught introductory and topical courses on Islam and East Asian traditions at UChicago and elsewhere. In the winter of 2019, he will teach Reading Cultures in the Humanities Core.

  • Nick Asby

    Teaching Consultant

    Nick is a PhD student at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering where he researches the development of natural killer cells. He is committed to promoting inclusive and constructive mentoring practices within the laboratory environment.

  • Ryan Fuller

    Teaching Consultant

    Ryan is a PhD candidate in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. His research focuses on species delimitation, biogeography, and the origin and processes leading to whole genome duplication in the flowering plant genus Rhododendron in western China. At the University of Chicago, Ryan has worked as a TA for a non-major course in Biological Evolution and is the lab instructor for an introductory phylogenetics course for graduates and undergrads in Autumn 2019. He has also been the instructor of record for an introductory biology course and holds further TA experience across a myriad of courses including Introductory Biology, Human Anatomy, Parasitology, and Microbiology at the University of Northern Colorado. Ryan hopes to assist postdoc and graduate student instructors incorporate evidence-based pedagogical practices into their labs and lectures.

  • William Grubbe

    Teaching Consultant

    Will is a PhD student in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering whose researches focuses on protein engineering, immunology, and computational techniques for the study of biological systems. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Northwestern University where he was part of a pilot program establishing a first year seminar-style curriculum for engineering students, acting as an educator and course facilitator. Will has worked extensively in education for more than 10 years, including as a volunteer health teacher for the Chicago Public School system, a private tutor for elementary to undergraduate students, and as a TA and course designer in the University of Chicago engineering program. Additionally, he is passionate about improving STEM education and working towards making it more accessible, affordable, and graspable.

  • Alexandra Hoffman

    Teaching Consultant

    Alexandra is a PhD candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Her research centers on masculinities, corporeality, and emotions in Persian Literature from the 10th to the 15th century. Prior to her PhD program at the University of Chicago, Alexandra taught German as a Foreign Language to adults in Switzerland for five years and has been committed to professional pedagogical development ever since. At the University of Chicago, Alexandra has served as a teaching assistant in various roles and is looking forward to working with peers toward an engaged, active, and student-centered classroom.

  • Almaz Mesghina

    Teaching Consultant

    Almaz is a PhD student in Comparative Human Development with research interests situated at the intersection of cognition and emotion. Broadly, her current projects focus on non-cognitive factors that promote math learning for students from preschool to undergrad. Specifically, her dissertation work explores how emotion regulation interventions may improve young students’ math attitudes and learning. Almaz has taught five courses at the university, ranging from statistics courses to discussion-based psychology seminars, and is currently designing her own course. Having served as a teacher or mentor to fellow students since her first year of college, Almaz has a deep commitment to both formally and informally improving students’ educational experience.

  • Hilary N. Tackie

    Teaching Consultant

    Hilary is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Human Development specializing in education and race studies. Her research focuses on critical pedagogy, the educational experiences of marginalized youth, and discussion of race and racism in the k-12 classroom. Hilary is a TA in the Comparative Human Development department and a lecturer in the social science core. Hilary is dedicated to building inclusive classroom spaces and also serves as a co-coordinator for the Race and Pedagogy Working Group.

  • John Thomas III

    Teaching Consultant

    John is a PhD candidate in Political Science. His research interests are comparative race politics, social movements, and democratic consolidation. His dissertation examines the evolution of the social movements of black activists in Peru and Ecuador from 1980-2016 and their impacts on state institutions and broader society. At the University of Chicago, John has been a teaching assistant in various courses in the Political Science department and served as a BA Preceptor for the Public Policy Studies Program. He has also taught courses at Chicago State University in the History, Political Science and Philosophy department.