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UTSA Teaching and Learning Center announces University Teaching Fellows
(April 25, 2013) -- The UTSA Teaching and Learning Center announces 10 selections for the 2013-2014 University Teaching Fellows. The program helps doctoral student develop their teaching and other academic skills by providing service to their departments and the university.
Each fellow also receives a $25,000 award and a 50-percent appointment as a graduate assistant in exchange for 20 hours per week toward their professional development and service.
"We had an overwhelming response this year with 34 nominees -- the most applicants since the program began," said Barbara Millis, director of the Teaching and Learning Center. "Unfortunately, we can accept only a certain number, but I welcome those interested to resubmit their application next year."
The selected 2013-2014 University Teaching Fellows are:
- Tanjima Bhuiyan, Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Jennifer Bonavia, Anthropology
- Snigdha Boppid, Chemistry
- Virak Chan, Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
- Don Davis, Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
- Diane Elizondo, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
- Nima Kordzadeh, Information Systems and Cyber Security
- Jitin Samuel, Mechanical Engineering
- Sonia Valencia, English
- Griette van der Heide, Anthropology
A committee including Daniel J. Gelo, dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts; Dorothy A. Flannagan, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School; Krisellen Maloney, dean of the UTSA Libraries; Nancy K. Martin, associate vice provost for University College; and Millis reviewed the application packets. Martin also interviewed the candidates.
In the fall, six fellows -- Bonavia, Chan, Davis, Kordzadeh Valencia and van der Heide -- will support the pilot academic inquiry courses, which will replace the freshman seminar courses.
The graduate students' departmental work will involve a variety of projects including developing teaching assistant led discussion sections, examining and critiquing current course content, developing instruction manuals, supporting recitation sections, designing a digital archive for teaching resources, helping to develop an Internet-based approach to teaching and supporting faculty efforts to teach effectively.