2015 - 2016 PIE Associates

2015 - 2016 PIE Associates

 
Ashley Artese

Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences

Ashley Artese, a native of Sewell, New Jersey, is currently a doctoral student majoring in Exercise Physiology here at Florida State University. Prior to returning to school to pursue a PhD, Ashley worked as an exercise physiologist and group exercise coordinator for Georgetown Hospital System in Pawleys Island, SC. She holds a master's degree in exercise science from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the College of William and Mary. She is currently a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences, where she instructs Exercise Physiology laboratories. She also served as a teaching assistant and the resident tutor of Preston Residential College while at the University of South Carolina. She is excited to be a 2015-2016 PIE associate and looks forward to the opportunity to serve her department and the university teaching assistants!

 
Lawrence Bodkin

School of Communication

Larry Bodkin is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the communication theory and research PhD program. He has passed his preliminary doctoral exam and is currently working on his dissertation seeking to integrate theories on group decision-making effectiveness. His broad teaching experience includes courses in communication theory, public speaking, public relations, and business and professional communication in both face-to-face and online formats. He also created and is teaching a course on non-profit organizational communication. For the 2015-16 academic year, he will be teaching online versions of both communication theory and public relations. Larry believes in the power of critical thinking to pull the very best out of each student and that the job of the successful teacher is to facilitate and encourage that type of thinking.

 
Stephanie L. Bradley

Department of Sociology

Instructional excellence and pedagogical knowledge form the center of Stephanie's professional goals. In fact, her quest to earn a PhD was born from a deep interest to become a teaching-focused college professor. After attending Clemson University, Stephanie lived throughout North and South Carolina as she built a career in banking, most recently serving as a corporate trainer and corporate training manager. In this capacity her passion for teaching came alive, so much so that she left the private sector in pursuit of a life as an academic. Now in her second year as a PIE Associate and fifth year of graduate school in FSU's Department of Sociology, she appreciates the opportunity to improve both her teaching acumen and that of her colleagues!

 
Brandon Brice

Department of Economics

Brandon Brice is entering the fourth year of his economics PhD program. He has passed his comprehensive exams and is mostly finished with his field classes. Currently he is working on his dissertation related to conflict and its effects on political and economic institutions, as well as focusing on teaching. To date he has taught principles of macroeconomics, a large section of principles of microeconomics, and developed a curriculum for and is currently teaching economic development. In the fall and spring semesters for the 2014-15 academic year he will be teaching an online version of Common Sense Economics. For his teaching during the 2013-14 academic year, he won the Charles E. Rockwood Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher and was nominated for PIE's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. He believes that successful teaching begins with a passion about the material, and to make learning as fun and engaging as possible.

 
Kate Carnevale

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Kate is a fourth year Ph. D. student in Biochemistry under Prof. Geoffrey F. Strouse. Kate graduated from the University of North Florida with dual Bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Biology with a minor in Education in 2012. While at UNF she enjoyed sharing her passion for teaching science with high school and college students alike through various teaching pre-internships as well as while president of the chemistry club. This passion has carried though to her graduate career at FSU though her teaching assistantships in General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I and Introductory Biochemistry Lab, as well as though her involvement in the Graduate Women in Science student organization. Kate also participates in the Prepare Future Faculty program at FSU, and hopes to work at a teaching university after receiving her doctoral degree.

 
Briana Carroll

Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Originally from Chicago, IL, Briana Carroll received her B.A. in neuroscience from Oberlin College and is a doctoral candidate in neuroscience in FSU's psychology department. Her research explores how the auditory system is restructured in response to deafness. At the college level, she has taught Sensation and Perception laboratories and, currently, the lecture class Introduction to Brain and Behavior. She has also designed and presented a course on Neuroplasticity through FSU's Osher Lifelong Learning Center. She loves helping neuroscience students of all ages appreciate our evolving understanding of the brain.

 
Nathan Crock

Department of Scientific Computing

Nathan studies computational neuroscience as a PhD candidate in the Department of Scientific Computing. His research focuses on memories, how they are formed and how they are represented in the brain. For 7 years now he has tutored in the maths and sciences at FSU and had the opportunity to design and teach his own course called Scientific Computing Essentials. He owns a boxing gym in Tallahassee and teaches Argentine tango. He is enthusiastic to improve his teaching abilities through his work with the PIE program.

 
Ellie Fenton

Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics

Ellie Fenton is currently a Masters student in Spanish with a focus in linguistics. She earned her BA in Spanish and in International Studies from Wittenberg University. She plans to pursue her doctorate in linguistics, specifically in Second Language Acquisition, as she has an interest in developing effective pedagogies for basic language programs. She has taught SPN 1121, and is currently the coordinator and an instructor for SPN 1120.

 
Allison Gibbes

School of Theatre

Allison Gibbes is a third-year PhD student in the Theatre Studies department. She received her MA in Literature at the University of South Florida and her BA in Theatre here at FSU. She taught high school English and Journalism for six years. She has presented papers at the SAMLA, ATHE, MATC, and Comparative Drama conferences. Her first book review will appear in the Spring 2015 issue of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

Allison has directed and dramaturged in both professional and amateur theatres, and is spending the summer of 2015 directing The Last Five Years with Miccosukee Productions in Tallahassee and serving as a dramaturg and assistant director for GLOW Lyric Theatre in Greenville, SC.

 
Sarah Gilbert

Department of Musicology

Sarah is a third-year Ph.D. student in musicology at FSU's College of Music, where she has taught music history I and II, modern popular music, and music literature. She is a member of the Baroque violin and viola da gamba ensembles, and she also serves as President of the Society for Musicology. Sarah is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Presser Award, which will allow her to study violin making at the Cambridge Violin Makers Workshop in England as part of her dissertation research. She received her B.A. in music at Austin College (2011) and her M.M. in musicology at FSU (2013).

 
Kate Hill

Department of Biological Science

After earning her BS in Biology at Stanford University, Kate worked with Teach For America for three years as a middle school science teacher in Houston, Texas. Kate's passion for science and teaching has led her to FSU to pursue her PhD. Her professional goal is to become a teaching faculty and to develop programs that support first generation college students in their transition to undergraduate coursework, particularly in the sciences. At FSU, Kate has assisted in developing the new Biology 2 Laboratory, which incorporates inquiry-based learning methods, and has taught Biology for Non-majors. Kate is entering her third year in the Ecology and Evolution PhD program and has enjoyed sharing her research experience by mentoring undergraduates. Kate hopes to continue refining her teaching practice and looks forward to serving the Biology Department and the graduate teaching assistant community in her role as a PIE Associate.

 
Carmen Maria Marcous

Department of Philosophy

Carmen is a student in the doctoral program in Philosophy at Florida State University, where she has earned dual master's degrees in philosophy and the history and philosophy of science. Her instructional experience includes service with Teach for America, the Head Start Program, and ACES Academic Tutoring. Carmen serves as an instructor and teaching assistant for undergraduate courses in philosophy. This is her second year of service as an associate for the Program for Instructional Excellence.

 
Blair Thomas

Askew School of Public Administration and Policy

Blair Thomas is currently a doctoral student and instructor at the Gov. Reubin O'D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. His current work is investigating marketing and branding practices that states are implementing to promote their respective health insurance marketplaces mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). Blair's graduate education includes a M.P.A. with an emphasis in public financial management from the Askew School, and a M.P.H. with a focus on health management and policy from the Sen. Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Blair completed his undergraduate work at the University of Portland, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science. In addition to his academic work, Blair has served on a number of boards and commissions, notably as Secretary of the Oregon Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 2010 to 2012.

 
Sarah Wilcoxon

School of Dance

Sarah Wilcoxon earned a Masters in Communication from Illinois State University, during which time she was the instructor of record for Communication as Critical Inquiry as well as the teaching assistant for one semester of Communication Theory. Her thesis examined dance as a form of rhetoric for social change. At Florida State, Sarah is pursuing her MFA in Dance. She works on publicity for the School of Dance as well as teaches as instructor of record in their General Dance Studies program. Sarah is also president of the Graduate Dance Council and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Performance Symposium (funded by the Graduate School).

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