GTAP Advisory Group

Funmi Ayeni

Funmi Ayeni is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ecological-Community Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. Her current research focuses on the development, implementation, and mixed-methods evaluation of culturally specific and community-based interventions for Black, Brown and Indigenous survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. Funmi also provides training and technical support to classroom instructors on how to apply culturally relevant strategies, ensure equity and inclusion in providing quality instruction to students.

Contact: ayeniolu@msu.edu

Alexandra Lee

Alexandra Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University (MSU). Her research interests are focused on how students’ motivational beliefs develop as a function of their unique educational experiences, and in turn, how these beliefs affect their achievement and career choices. To understand these processes, Alexandra uses a variety of quantitative methods (growth mixture modeling, latent profile analysis, social network analysis, meta-analysis) and qualitative methods (case study) to examine the interplay of students’ situations with their unique constellations of motivational beliefs.

Contact: leeale13@msu.edu

Nathalie Marinho

Nathalie Marinho is a third year PhD student in School Psychology at Michigan State University (MSU) with a research focus on English learners.  She is an international graduate student from Brasilia, Brazil, who began her journey as a teaching assistant in 2017. She has been teaching in the position of instructor of record since 2019 in the department of Counseling. Educational Psychology, end Special Education (CEPSE) at MSU. She has shared her passion about teaching and lessons she has learned over the years at “Lunch and Learn” sessions hosted by the GTA TLC and yearly international GTA orientations.

Contact: marinhon@msu.edu

Hima Rawal

Hima Rawal is a doctoral candidate in Second Language Studies. She earned her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University and M.Ed. in English Education from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She was a Fulbright fellow for her MA in TESOL program. She has served as a graduate student representative in the College of Arts and Letters’ College Graduate Committee, College Curriculum Committee, and College Advisory Council. She has volunteered in teaching English to immigrant youth and adults at Lansing Public library, Capital Area Literacy Center, and the Refugee Development Center’s GLOBE program. Her research interests are teacher professional development, trauma-informed teaching, learner and teacher emotions, and humanizing research and pedagogy in linguistically diverse classroom settings. Currently, she is working as a Graduate Assistant with Dr. Stefanie Baier at the Graduate School.

Contact: rawalhim@msu.edu

Arya Gupta

Arya Gupta is a doctoral student at Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University. His current research interests include Distributed Systems, Graph Theory, Theoretical Computer Science. He loves teaching Mathematics and Computer Science. With prior service for teaching assignments (as a TA) for three years, he is serving as a TA with CSE at MSU for more than one year (3 semesters).

Contact: atgupta@msu.edu

Seth Hunt

Seth Hunt is a doctoral student in Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University.  He previously earned his M.S. in Water Science at Murray State University and worked as a preceptor with the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories at the University of Delaware.  His research combines traditional aquatic ecological field work with discipline-based education research.  Seth is studying the factors that influence the movement of dissolved nutrients in rivers while also working to understand how students employ systems thinking skills when reasoning with nutrient cycling models.  He has served as a graduate teaching assistant for both majors and non-majors introductory biology courses as well as upper-level courses for biology majors.

Contact: huntseth@msu.edu

Tianyi (Titi) Kou-Herrema

Tianyi (Titi) Kou-Herrema is a doctoral candidate in the German Program in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at MSU. Her research focuses primarily on the ways in which the sociological phenomenon of football influences national identity in Germany in the digital age. She is interested in integrating computational techniques into humanities research and is currently working with the Computational Humanities Team at Leipzig University in Germany. Titi is also a passionate teacher who has taught German language courses including GRM 101, 102, 202, and 325. In Spring 2022, she is offering a new course -- GRM 291, Soccer and Society.

Contact: koutiany@msu.edu

April Athnos

April Athnos is a doctoral candidate studying Environmental and Resource Economics in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. Her research agendas include economics pedagogy, water policy evaluation, and consumer food preferences for environmental attributes. Her teaching experience includes four semesters as a TA and seven semesters as instructor of record. Most recently she taught EEM 255: Ecological Economics, which she redesigned for asynchronous online delivery in response to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic. She aspires to employ the legitimate peripheral participation model to incorporate undergraduate research experiences into her future teaching endeavors.

Contact: athnos@msu.edu

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Blake Ginsburg

Contact: ginsbu16@msu.edu

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Ellen Searle

Contact: searleel@msu.edu