Mentors

Azad Gucwa

Department: Biology

Teaching Style & Philosophy

  • Helps students learn how to ask questions.
  • Incorporates technology into classroom to assess learning outcomes and supplement lecture material.
  • Establishes open, welcoming and easy going class environment.

Work & Communication Style

  • Very adaptable and collaborative in work style.
  • Incorporates listening into interactions with students and colleagues

Mentorship Goals

  • Seeks to help mentee balance learning outcomes with course constraints.
  • Wants to provide mentee with added confidence in talking to students, relatability and professional guidance beyond pedagogy.

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Bryan Field

Department: Physics

Teaching Style & Philosophy

  • Traditional, prefers lecture format
  • Emphasizes science communication and has extensive experience and training from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science 
  • Works to connect basic questions in Physics to everyday life

Work & Communication Style

  • Collaborative
  • Creates a safe environment where mistakes can be made and improved upon
  • Active listening plays a primary role in teaching and interactions with colleagues

Mentorship Goals

  • Improve the future of FSC by better equipping the teachers of tomorrow 
  • Gain new insight into teaching by learning how dissertators now think

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Carly Tribull

Department: Biology

Teaching Style & Philosophy

  • Works actively to incorporate group work and discussion into lecture
  • Values mentoring greatly 
  • Seeks student feedback and input on her teaching

Work & Communication Style

  • Very collaborative within department
  • Seeks to make contributions to teaching and improving the undergraduate experience

Mentorship Goals

  • Eager to provide pedagogical and professional guidance 
  • Wants to share PUI experience with new teachers

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Carly Tribull

Gonca Altuger-Genc

Department: Mechanical Engineering Technology

Teaching Style & Philosophy

  • Works to accommodate different types of learners so that none feel isolated
  • Open to trying new teaching techniques and styles 
  • Holds high expectations of students, sets them up to meet challenges

Work & Communication Style

  • Collaborative 
  • Likes to establish tasks and responsibilities 
  • Emphasizes the importance of timelines and deadlines

Mentorship Goals

  • Wants mentee to feel confident and relaxed about teaching, not fearful
  • Use teaching mentoring as a way to serve her profession and give back for the mentoring she received

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Gonca Altuger-Genc

Jeff Hung

Department: Mechanical Engineering Technology

Teaching Style & Philosophy

  • Emphasizes instilling strong work ethics 
  • Practical, solution-based, problem solving focus
  • Very strict on deadlines and timelines, more flexible on grades

Work & Communication Style

  • Does not micro manage (Chair of dept.)
  • Very open, values initative and tends to be less structured

Mentorship Goals

  • Wants to help mentee develop their teaching style and understand PUI student needs 
  • Looking to hire LI based faculty to work for department
  • Values mentee initiative and self-motivation in developing and maintaining the mentoring relationship

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Marya Carter

Department: Psychology

Teaching Style & Philosophy

  • Works to engage  empathy in education 
  • Elicits students' own life experiences to create personal meaning and relevance 
  • Uses conversation to engage students 
  • Listens and encourages student input and feedback from students, seeks to grow in her teaching from them.

Work & Communication Style

  • Collaborative, seeks out the input of others
  • Describes herself as linear and practical 
  • Emphasizes effective communication

Mentorship Goals

  • Eager to give back the great examples of effective and meaningful mentorship she had
  • Wants to hire quality adjunct/full time faculty  
  • Seeks to perpetuate a culture that values teaching through pedagogical mentorship

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Marya Carter

Michael Figuccio

Department: Psychology

Teaching Style & Philosophy

  • Has converted many classes into applied learning models 
  • Integrates service learning into curriculum
  • Incorporates research into lower level classes 
  • Values teaching as much as research

Work & Communication Style

  • Highly collaborative 
  • Emphasizes listening and reframing to achieve comprehension

Mentorship Goals

  • Hopes to learn from mentee and improve his own teaching through mentoring 
  • Seeks to provide an understanding of teaching at a PUI

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Michael Figuccio

Michaela Porubanova

Department: Psychology

Teaching Style & Philosophy

  • Uses the Socratic method in class
  • Employs project-based learning, micro-teaching and experiential learning as teaching tools 
  • Emphasizes writing in curriculum

Work & Communication Style

  • Collaborative and open 
  • Believes colleagues and students need to feel listened to to feel valued, heard and cared for

Mentorship Goals

  • Wants mentee to leave feeling confident in their teaching 
  • Teaching should be energizing and invigorating, not draining 
  • Values passing on the knowledge she has accumulated and giving mentees something to “pay forward"

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Mihaela Radu

Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology

Teaching Style & Philosophy

  • Practices active and project- based learning
  • Seeks to achieve deep vs. superficial learning
  • Emphasizes written and oral communication and developing technical vocabulary early

Work & Communication Style

  • Open and friendly with colleagues
  • Appreciates deadlines and punctuality

Mentorship Goals

  • Wants to see how young people are approaching teaching and learn from them how to approach the new generation better
  • Seeks to provide an understanding of PUIs for mentees considering working at one

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Mihaela Radu

Paulo Castillo

Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology

Teaching Style & Philosophy

  • Strong emphasis on balancing theory and practice and solidifying theoretical knowledge first 
  • Listens to students to learn their goals and teaches to those goals when possible 
  • Encourages “thinking” before “doing” 
  • Believes that students should not feel intimidated in the classroom

Work & Communication Style

  • Prefers to work with and learn from others
  • Very collaborative within department 

Mentorship Goals

  • Seeks to help mentees understand and navigate the positive and negative aspects of teaching
  • Wants to help mentee convert motivation for teaching into conviction and practice

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