Fellows

Representing multiple disciplines, the Graduate Fellows present sessions for other graduate students and participate in various programs pertaining to the scholarship of teaching and learning. The Faculty Fellows are respected academic leaders who work to spread enthusiasm about the importance of good teaching. Click on a Fellow's name for more information about their teaching philosophy and research interests.

Graduate Fellows

Mohamed Abdellatif

Mohamed Abdellatif

Computer Science

Teaching Philosophy: I think of teaching as a two-way process and find it more effective to engage the students in interactive discussions rather than one-way lecturing. So my teaching philosophy is for the students to become active participants, and the teacher to coordinate, motivate, validate, facilitate and be a time-keeper.

Research: Computers see pictures as bunches of numbers. My research focuses on making computers gain higher-level understanding of pictures.

Matthew Charnley

Matthew Charnley

Mathematics

Teaching Philosophy: Even in mathematics, teaching is a conversation. In order for one to learn anything, the student must be engaged with the material, and the easiest way to do that is by having a back-and-forth discussion about the material. The instructor and the student both play a necessary role in making this happen.

Research: My research is in Partial Differential Equations and Inverse Problems. In particular, I am looking at the detection and analysis of small inhomogeneities in material, with potential applications to cloaking.

math.rutgers.edu/~mpc163

Eva Erber

Eva Erber

German

Teaching Philosophy: My goal in teaching German is to excite my students for other languages and cultures, and to help them successfully navigate in the multicultural world we live in. By using various media, I strive to create an authentic environment, wherein questions as well as discussions are welcomed and encouraged.

Research: My transdisciplinary research currently focuses on the hand as motif and metaphor in early 20th century art, literature, film, and design.

Lauren Frazee

Lauren Frazee

Ecology & Evolution

Teaching Philosophy: My goal as a teacher of the ecological and biological sciences is to not only encourage students to think about nature in their everyday lives but also to be a guide in learning about the diversity of life and how ecosystems function from multiple points of view.

Research: My research focuses on determining how urbanization impacts the characteristics of wild plant communities and populations in cities, suburbs, and other disturbed landscapes.

Rita Grunberg

Rita Grunberg

Ecology & Evolution

Teaching Philosophy: I teach science as a progression of ideas to facilitate the understanding of research methods and concepts in ecology. My lessons encourage creativity and critical analysis of scientific paradigms to promote confidence and literacy in the realm of science learning.

Research: My research uses the metabolic theory of ecology as a framework to explain patterns in parasite abundance, distribution and energetics based on life history attributes.

rci.rutgers.edu/~sukhdeo/

Kristina Howansky

Kristina Howansky

Psychology

Teaching Philosophy: I believe in the importance of fostering an environment where students feel capable of success and where the material they learn directly applies to their lives. Finally, I believe that students will focus and learn more quickly and thoroughly when the process is enjoyable.

Research: My research explores perceptual and attentional routes to prejudice and discrimination. I also explore perceptual biases in the way people view themselves.

ramplab-rutgers.com/people

Janna Kline

Janna Kline

Psychology

Teaching Philosophy: I believe in fostering a mutually respectful community between myself and my students, recognizing that we each bring valuable and unique contributions to the learning environment. I also encourage students to make real-world connections with course material; this engages them more deeply and they become more motivated to succeed.

Research: Why do people give in to temptations? My research explores the factors that contribute to successful self-control in goal pursuit.

ramplab-rutgers.com/people

Tamra lepro

Tamra Lepro

Literatures in English

Teaching Philosophy: In teaching literature I want my students to understand the value of the skills that they’re learning and how it goes beyond knowledge of a particular text. Close reading, analysis, research, and writing are all skills that are highly sought in every work environment.

Research: I’m interested in an ecocritical reading of 17th century drama as the English colonial project took shape and representations of nature in drama become heightened.

Sandra Medina

Sandra Medina

Spanish

Teaching Philosophy: Pedagogy should always keep transforming; that is the key for successfully teaching a generation that is constantly connected to the Internet the skills necessary to succeed in today's world. For that reason, I believe instructors should always implement teaching methods that include technology, group work, open discussions, games, music, and visuals.

Research: My project interprets the representation of violence-mutilation, torture, pain, trauma, and displacement-perpetrated by armed groups in Colombia through films produced since 2000.

Ariel Otruba

Ariel Otruba

Geography

Teaching Philosophy: The words engaging, transformative and humanizing characterize my approach to teaching and learning in geography. These words translate into the development of a problem-based curriculum centering on burgeoning social and environmental justice issues, which challenge students to think about the world in more complex, interconnected and compassionate ways.

Research: My research studies how (non)recognition politics influence the border geography and lived geopolitics of the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) of Georgia’s unrecognized territory, South Ossetia.

Agnesa Redere

Agnesa Redere

Ecology & Evolution

Teaching Philosophy: It is my view that a student’s role is to come to class willing to learn. The instructor’s role is to take inventory of the types of learners in the classroom and to inspire them to learn more about the material as well as their particular style of learning.

Research: I use an economic framework to answer questions relating to the utility of novel traits in the distinct systems: epigenetics, disease and behavior.

Amy Rosenthal

Amy Rosenthal

Planning & Public Policy

Teaching Philosophy: The classroom should be place to work together to learn about our human condition and try to solve our society’s problems. My goal as a teacher is to help students cultivate a spirit of critical inquiry, the tools to think and act, and the ability to communicate respectfully with others.

Research: My research explores food systems, social justice, public policy, and their intersections. I currently focus on the National School Lunch Program.

Kevin Sigerman

Kevin Sigerman

Literatures in English

Teaching Philosophy: In the teaching of literature, I seek to reward demonstrations of interest in, and commitment to, the material. I utilize teaching methods that provide students with the tools, strategies, and, most importantly, the opportunities for creative and independent thinking, rooted in the close reading of literary texts.

Research: My research uses both formal and historical approaches to examine how the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English novel represented urban, regional, and national spaces.

Chloe Urbanski

Chloe Urbanski Wawrzyniak

Mathematics

Teaching Philosophy: In any level of mathematics course, my underlying philosophy is the same—instead of focusing on the technical content details, focus on engagement and motivation to encourage deep understanding of the core topics. When students understand the core material, the technical details will follow more easily.

Research: My research area is in Several Complex Variables and Complex Geometry, though I have not yet started on a specific project.