2019-2020 PIE Associates

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Lauren BagDy

Educational psychology and learning systems, College of Education

Lauren is a doctoral candidate in the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program at FSU. Lauren received a B.A. in Psychology from Elon University and an M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from the George Washington University. Her research interests include informal learning, social media platforms as learning networks, and open educational resources/open pedagogy. She is the Instructor of Record for an undergraduate technology course designed for pre-service teachers. She started teaching the course in the fall of 2015 and currently teaches two face-to-face sections. She is also a Teaching Assistant for a graduate course that examines how Web 2.0 tools, primarily social media, influence learning and human performance. As a PIE Associate, Lauren is excited to collaborate with other FSU Teaching Assistants and serve the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems Department


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katherine chia

College of arts and sciences

Katherine Chia is a fourth year doctoral student in Cognitive Psychology. She received her BS in Psychology from Florida State University and her MS in Cognitive Psychology from Florida State University. She is currently working under Dr. Michael Kaschak and researches how to quantify the dynamics of cognition, with an emphasis on human communication. Katherine has taught the lab portions of Cognitive Psychology, Sensation and Perception, a workshop series that examined study habits, and currently teaches General Psychology.


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alannah (Rebekah) franklin

College of music

Rebekah Franklin is a PhD Candidate in Musicology at Florida State University. She graduated from FSU with an MM in Historical Musicology in 2017, and from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with a BM in Cello Performance in 2015. Her dissertation research explores J. S. Bach’s Passions in twenty-first century American festival contexts, and how performing these works creates spaces of community within which performers and audience members can engage with the works’ potentially polarizing topics. Rebekah enjoys teaching music history courses to FSU undergraduate music majors, which she has done for the past two years. As musicologist and cellist, she engages with historical and ethnographic research, performing opportunities, music history pedagogy, and cello pedagogy.


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jessi grace

sociology ,
College of social sciences and public policy

Jessi is a fifth year Ph.D student in Sociology. Thus far, she has taught Methods of Social Research, Sociological Theory, and Introductory Sociology at FSU. In her research, she assesses the gendered and sexualized dynamics of social movements, especially the Women’s and LGBT+ movements. Jessi earned her BA in Sociology at University of California, Merced, where the vast majority of students are the first in their family to attend college. Her experience both as a student and an administrative assistance at this university shaped her interest in teaching and understanding how to meet students where they are in the classroom.

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jeremy kUHne

Chemistry and Biochemistry,
College of arts and sciences

Jeremy is a second year Ph.D. student in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. An Asheville, NC native, he enjoys trail running, mountain biking, downhill skiing, contra dancing and hiking. His research interest is in the application of nanoparticles in medical dyes and sensors. He has taught general and organic chemistry labs at NCSU and FSU, respectively. His career goal is to enter academia as a chemistry professor.


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fang liang

Learning & Cognition/Educational Psychology and Learning Systems,
College of education

Fang Liang originally comes from China. She has been and will be committed to education all through the years. Ms. Liang taught English as Foreign Language in Harbin previously. Since Fall 2014, Ms. Liang has been a graduate teaching assistant for EDP 5935 Educational Psychology and EDF 5431 Classroom Assessment. She is now helping to coordinate the graduate student instructors for EDF 4210 Educational Psychology sections. Ms. Liang believes that education makes all the difference to people. She hopes that she can make a difference to her students, to people around her.


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jonathan lubin

public administration,
College of social sciences and public policy

Jonathan is a fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Public Administration. He received his master's degree in Public Administration with focuses on Public Policy and Science and Technology Management from American University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at Florida State University. His research interests include institutions, transportation, and regional intergovernmental organizations (RIGOs). He has taught 6 semesters of Public Administration in Society and helped mentor 1 semester. Jonathan is currently teaching one of the largest classes in his department program with over 250 students and is excited to explore new boundaries regarding large class teaching online. Jonathan will be finishing up his dissertation this year on regional institutions and hopes to enter the academic job market in the coming year. He looks forward to learning and working with fellow colleagues to create an amazing teaching environment here at Florida State. 


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juan Macy

College of arts and sciences

Juan is a third year Ph.D student in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, studying anomalous hall effect in 2D ferromagnetic compounds at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. He graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.Sc. in Physics and with a Minor in Mathematics. Shortly after graduating, he was awarded the American Physical Society’s Bridge Program Fellowship at FSU. He has had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for both introductory physics labs and recitation courses. Juan's favorite parts about being a teaching assistant at FSU is finding new approaches to teach difficult concepts better to students. As a PIE Associate, his goal is to inspire and empower new TAs to create a positive learning environment for the undergraduates they teach.


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ellie magill

College of arts and sciences

Ellie Magill is a second year Master's student in the Philosophy Department at FSU. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Philosophy and Ethical Issues and hopes to teach Symbolic Logic this academic year. Her research interests are in philosophy of medicine and bioethics with a special focus on mental illness. Originally from Pensacola, she is a Panhandle native and also received her B.A. here at Florida State. Having been on both side of FSU classrooms, Ellie is enthusiastic about enhancing both teaching and learning practices.

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Sarah mathiesen

art history,
College of fine arts

Sarah Mathiesen is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Art History and a Legacy Fellow. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Sarah earned her B.A. and M.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans before interning at the Freer|Sackler Galleries, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She has also served as a member of the archaeological teams at the Roman fort of Halmyris in Romania and at Voula in Athens, Greece. At FSU, Sarah studies the art of Byzantium with a research emphasis on questions of identity and exchange. Her dissertation project will examine a rock-cut church located in the Ihlara Valley of Cappadocia known as Yılanlı Kilise, or the “Church of the Snakes.” She is excited to be a PIE Teaching Associate and is ready to learn and serve her department and FSU students!


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melanie medina

biological science,
College of arts and sciences

Melanie Medina graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology, and a Minor in Italian studies from California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests led her to apply for and be accepted to the NSF’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship and she earned her M.S. in Biology at California State University, Los Angeles. Melanie is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Department of Biological Science’s Ecology and Evolution program. For her doctoral research Melanie is interested in studying the evolutionary aspects of sexual conflict in marine gastropods. She was born in Colombia and immigrated to California when she was 20 years old. Her experiences (as a scientist and immigrant) have shaped her interests in promoting diversity and fostering inclusion in STEM. She believes that improving representation, retention and persistence of diverse students starts with making cultural changes at the institutional level, particularly through equitable teaching practices, and she is excited to provide support to her colleagues in her department.


hollyjean stone

College of fine arts

Holly Stone is a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker currently pursuing an MFA in Dance at Florida State University. Originally from Vermont, she specializes in ballet and ballroom dance. Recent theater choreography credits include CATS and SOUTH PACIFIC for Quincy Musical Theatre, A NEW BRAIN for FSU Theatre, and CANDIDE for FSU Opera.  She is a professional ballroom instructor currently through the Fred Astaire studios, and she is passionate about safe and inclusive partner interactions in all aspects of her work. She loves teaching all ability levels, and often draws on her background as an engineer to defuse the tension between science and the arts in teaching and in choreography. At FSU she teaches both Ballet and Ballroom for non-majors.



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Spencer Youngberg is a second year Doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Science department here at FSU. He has completed his coursework and is currently preparing for his preliminary examinations. His doctoral research includes clinical process research with a focus on couple change in therapy. Spencer’s passion to teach and mentor led him to the PIE program. He taught Family Policy in the in the fall of 2017 and is currently teaching the Family Relationships course online. Spencer strives to perfect his skills as a teacher in theory and practice and is excited to serve as a PIE Associate for his department.