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TA Associates

Each year, three TA Associates are appointed to run various TA events in the Learning and Teaching Centre. Front and centre of those events are the two TA Conferences held early in September and January.

 

2008 - 2009 TA Associates

Jonathan Chui - Jon is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry with several years of TA experience. Between running laboratories, leading tutorials and facilitating the help centre, he has taught courses spanning first to third year and is acutely aware of the impact good teaching has on student learning. Jon grew up in Hong Kong and has studied in Italy, Vancouver and Montreal prior to arriving in beautiful Victoria, where he is actively involved in (and feels connected to) the university and the wider community.

Cynthia Korpan - Cynthia is a MA Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Through her involvement with the department, Cynthia has taken an active hand in successfully organizing a dynamic Colloquium Series; the "Let's Talk Anthropology Program," which coordinates anthropology graduate students' visits to local elementary and middle schools; as well as being co-editor of Cultural Reflections, the department's graduate journal. Cynthia's graduate work focuses on art and drama in an educational setting in the 1930s that was used to counter cultural and social restraints.


2007 - 2008 TA Associates

Trina Allinotte - Trina is a pursuing a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies. She is also a Secondary Biology, Science and English teacher with the Greater Victoria School District. Her professional interests not only lie in her subject areas, but also extend to teaching strategies and community interventions for at-risk youth, as well as adult distance education. She enjoys delivering yearly guest lectures regarding the physiology and behavior of Apis mellifera to the University of Victoria Biology Department. Apart from her studies and work, she enjoys a wonderful family life and being involved in her community.

Cynthia Korpan - Cynthia is a MA Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Through her involvement with the department, Cynthia has taken an active hand in successfully organizing a dynamic Colloquium Series; the "Let's Talk Anthropology Program," which coordinates anthropology graduate students' visits to local elementary and middle schools; as well as being co-editor of Cultural Reflections, the department's graduate journal. Cynthia's graduate work focuses on art and drama in an educational setting in the 1930s that was used to counter cultural and social restraints.

Janet Stepaniuk - Janet is a MSc Candidate in the Department of Psychology and a Research Assistant with the Centre on Aging. She is the past-president of the UVic Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology and also likes to stay very active in departmental and campus events. Janet is very active in University 101/102, a free non-credit university course offered to students who may otherwise be unable to receive an education. She loves the time she spends as a TA and thoroughly enjoys the interaction with the students. Janet’s graduate work focuses on aging. She is investigating the perspectives and the perceptions of older adults, caregivers, and stakeholder groups, in an attempt to understand the differences and similarities of how transportation can contribute to a healthy aging community.


2006 - 2007 TA Associates

Cynthia Korpan - Cynthia Korpan is a MA Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Through her involvement with the department, Cynthia has taken an active hand in successfully organizing a dynamic Colloquium Series; the "Let's Talk Anthropology Program," which coordinates anthropology graduate students' visits to local elementary and middle schools; as well as being co-editor of Cultural Reflections, the department's graduate journal. Cynthia's graduate work focuses on art and drama in an educational setting in the 1930s that was used to counter cultural and social restraints.

Lior Malka is a Ph.D. candidate in the computer science department at UVic. Originally from Israel, Lior has gained experience in both formal and informal education. He tutored and instructed third year computer science courses at UVic, and is very involved in UVic's campus life. Among other things Lior volunteers for Peer-Helping, and serves as a representative of computer science graduate students. Lior loves running, biking, and travelling. An experienced hiker, he travelled the world, including remote areas in the Middle East, Nepal, New-Zealand, Australia, Canada, and South America.

Simon Nantais is a doctoral student in Department of History at the University of Victoria. He is majoring in Japanese history and his two main research interests include Catholic missionary ventures in Asia and the Second World in Asia. Born in Quebec and raised in Ottawa, he has also lived in Ireland, England and Japan. Working under the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme in a rural area of Japan from 2000 to 2003, he taught English to elementary and junior high school students. After an additional year of teaching in Japan, he returned to Ottawa to complete a Master’s on Canadian foreign policy towards Japan, 1937-1941.


2005 - 2006 TA Associates

As a UVic undergraduate Alicia Ulysses studied a major in Political Science with a main focus in Mexican politics and a major in Hispanic Studies specialized in Peninsular Literature. Originally from Mexico City, she has lived in Victoria for 21 years, married with two children she has been a sessional at UVic for the past 8 years teaching Spanish language in the Hispanic and Italian Studies Department. She is currently finishing her MA on Mexican Literature. Her thesis is the analysis of Mexican feminist and indigenist writer Rosario Castellanos' poem "Dido´s Lament". Based on the social and political context of 1950's Mexico, this poem blends ancient Greco-Roman traditions with modern Mexican social views on women.

Deepak Gautam is a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests are in power conversion and control using high frequency soft-switched converters. He has been appointed as a laboratory instructor for various courses in the department of electrical engineering. He received Andy Farquharson Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching, 2005. Before joining the University of Victoria in 2004, he worked with Aplab Limited, India, as a Research and Development Engineer in the field of Power Electronics and Microcomputer System Design.

Lindsay MacDonald is an English Master's student at the University of Victoria. She was born and raised in a small fishing village on the western coast of Cape Breton Island, and her present research involves the study of Atlantic-Canadian literature and cultural representations of people, place, and identity in Alistair MacLeod's fiction. An adventurous spirit, she has worked, traveled, and hiked in Ireland, Scotland, and other parts of Europe and the United Kingdom, as well as across Canada and throughout the United States. In 2004, she completed the Intercultural Education program at UVic, combining her scholarly interest in sociology, culture, and history with her practical passion for education and community development. Apart from her studies, Lindsay enjoys her work as a House Parent at Saint Michael's University School, and has just completed a term position as a tutor in the UVic Writing Center.

Questions or comments? Please email Cynthia Korpan, Acting TA Training Program Coordinator of TA Projects

   
 
 
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