2017 - 2018 PIE Associates

2017-2018 PIE Associates



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Matt Anderson

Modern Languages & Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences

Originally from Cookeville, TN, Matt Anderson graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a B.A in Spanish and is currently a second-year Master’s student with a concentration in linguistics. He teaches Spanish 1120 and is also serving as the 1120 course coordinator. Matt believes that teaching is an act of giving back and is excited to further serve the Department and expand his teaching network.   

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Ashley Artese 

Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences, College of Human 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 PIE Associate this year and looks forward to the opportunity to serve her department and the university teaching assistants!  

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Jeffrey Conley

Economics, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Jeffrey Conley is a third year student in the Ph.D. program for Economics here at FSU. He has passed the preliminary examinations and is currently finishing coursework and sifting through possible dissertation ideas. His area of interest is urban economics with a focus on public education for low income groups. He has been a teaching assistant for a variety of economics courses, and taught microeconomics in the summer of 2016. He will soon be teaching an online class, Common Sense Economics. Jeff believes that students learn to appreciate economics when they relate it to their everyday lives, they learn to love it when they realize that the subtleties and nuances of economics make it a field with endless opportunities for exploration.

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Gabriel De Marco

Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences

Gabriel De Marco is a Doctoral student in the Department of Philosophy here at Florida State University. His dissertation is in the area of Free Will and Moral Responsibility. His broader interests include Metaphysics and Ethics. Prior to entering the PhD program, Gabriel earned a master's in Philosophy at FSU with a specialization in Metaphysics. He received a Bachelor's Degree with a double major in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Philosophy.


Cameron Foltz

Religion, College of Arts and Sciences

Cameron Foltz is an M.A. student. His research focuses on northeastern Tibet. He is particularly interested in social organization, local deity cults, and economics. His thesis will examine understudied social groups that have generally been translated as “clans” or “tribes.” He is teaching Introduction to the Buddhist Tradition (REL 3340) in Fall 2017. 


Haley Gentile

Sociology, College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

Haley Gentile is a fifth year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Florida State University, where she earned her BS in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies and a MS in Sociology. Her doctoral research examines social movements that mobilize law to promote or resist social change and the lawyers who work on their behalf.  Mirroring her research interests, she specializes in teaching political sociology, social movement studies, sociological theory, and qualitative methodologies. Haley is committed to providing quality and innovative instruction and mentorship to diverse student populations. Haley is a recipient of the 2016-2017 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

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Kate Hill 

Biological Science, College of Arts and Sciences

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. She has also served as a TA for Conservation Biology and Marine Biology. Kate is a PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolution 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.


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Vincent Lakey

Physics, College of Arts and Sciences

Vincent is a fourth year Ph.D student in Astrophysics studying properties of intergalactic gas.  He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and received his Master’s degree from Florida State. He has taught all the introductory physics courses and is now assisting in studio courses that help bring technology and group based learning to first year physics students. In the future, he plans to become a university professor with a teaching focus. 

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Ramsey Mathews

English, College of Arts and Sciences

Ramsey Mathews was born in rural Georgia. He has undergraduate degrees from Georgia Tech and Georgia State University. He earned a Masters in modern American and British dramatic literature from Cal State University Northridge and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Cal State University, Long Beach. He is a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing and plans to graduate May 2018. He teaches composition, literature, and poetry at FSU. His poetry has appeared in Boaat Journal, San Pedro River Review, and Sagebrush Review among others. He is a winner of the 2017 Graduate Student Excellence in the Arts Award. His winning photograph hangs in the second floor lobby of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows Building.  His photography website is ramseymathews.photography.

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Kate Pierson

Theatre, College of Fine Arts

Kate Pierson is a doctoral candidate at FSU. She holds a BA in Theatre from FSU and a MA in Theatre Studies from Central Washington University. Her research interests include performance studies, community theatre, and 20th century British and American theatre, with a particular focus on historiographical concerns relating to representations of race, gender, and identity. Her dissertation examines the evolving creative process of British theatre practitioner, Ann Jellicoe. Through Jellicoe’s work, Kate explores the tension between amateur and professional theatre, the struggle to legitimize the significance of community plays within British theatre history, and the ways theatre can begin to address hidden histories of marginalized groups and practitioners.

She is looking forward to returning for her fourth year as a PIE Associate, a program that has allowed her to cultivate her other passion—teaching and pedagogy. She loves discussing and problem-solving pedagogical concerns with other grad students and instructors. Kate’s spent the past eight years in college classrooms teaching both theatre majors and non-majors. Her favorite class to teach is Play Analysis.

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Maribel Borger

Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts & Sciences

A native North Carolinian, Maribel Borger received her B.A in Chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill and is a student in the Ph.D. program for Chemistry and Biochemistry at FSU. Her research interest is in organic chemistry and she is currently a Teaching Assistant as an instructor for Organic Chemistry 1 recitation. She is excited to serve as the PIE Associate for her department!


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Manal Tabbaa

Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

Manal Tabbaa is working on her PhD dissertation in the Program of Neuroscience in the Psychology Department at FSU. She works in Dr. Elizabeth Hammock’s lab researching the effects of early life experiences on the developing brain and behavior. Manal is also working on a collaboration with the Patrick lab, in the clinical psychology program, investigating the association of oxytocin receptor genetic variants and psychopathy. Manal holds a BS in Neuroscience from Georgia State University. She is currently a teaching assistant for the psychology department and has taught Sensation & Perception Lab (EXP3202C-L) and is currently teaching Introduction to Brain and Behavior (PSB2000).


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Joshua Tanis

Music Theory and Composition, College of Music

Josh is a third-year Ph.D. student in music theory. He received master’s degrees in music theory and collaborative piano from CUNY – Hunter College, and bachelor’s degrees in music and biology at the University at Albany. His research interests include harmonic function and expressivity in the texted music of Richard Strauss, musical portrayals of mad characters in Italian Bel Canto opera, and music and disability studies. Courses taught at FSU include Music Theory I–IV and Aural Skills III–IV. Josh looks forward to teaching 18th-Century Counterpoint this fall where he will continue to assist students in making meaningful connections between the study of music theory and its realization in performance. Josh also works as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach for singers on the performance rosters of the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Teatro alla Scala, and elsewhere. His non-musical hobbies include collecting orchids from around the world and sailing. 

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Fei Xing

Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, College of Education

Fei is a fifth-year doctoral student who is currently working on her dissertation data collection. She earned her master’s degree in Multilingual Multicultural Education at Florida State University and continued her study in the program of Learning and Cognition. She has taught the undergraduate-level Educational Psychology course for three years and is working as the coordinator of the same course to help other instructors with their preparation and assessment of the course, as well as train new instructors by holding a weekly instructors’ meeting. She has rich experience in teaching languages, particularly teaching English and Chinese. She once served as a volunteer at the Immigrant Learning Center in Malden, MA to help immigrants develop basic communicative English skills. She is devoted to becoming a language teacher after she graduates and looks forward to becoming a PIE associate in the coming year where she can contribute to helping other instructors and achieve valuable experiences from this position.