CTL Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence

Fellows 2017-2018

Shantee Rosado

Senior Fellow; Sociology

Shantee Rosado is a seventh-year doctoral candidate in the Sociology Department. Her research examines racial / ethnic identities and disparities in Latin American and U.S. contexts, as well as social movements. At Penn, Shantee has been a teaching assistant for four courses in sociology: Asian Americans in Contemporary Society, Social Statistics, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Introduction to Sociology. She has also twice co-instructed a Penn graduate-level course titled Cross Cultural Awareness through the Graduate School of Education’s Programs for Awareness in Cultural Education (PACE). In the 2016-17 academic year, Shantee taught a Penn Critical Writing seminar titled U.S. Race and Racism while working as a CTL graduate fellow. Most recently, she taught a summer LPS course on Race and Ethnic Relations.  

Diego Arispe-Bazán


Diego Arispe-Bazán is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department. His research centers around the imagining and relevance of the colonial period in Peru and Spain, respectively, and what this tells us about historical process versus historical imagination, and how this distinction is evinced in discursive and linguistic practices. He has extensive experience in teaching: four years teaching at the high school level, one at the community college level, and two years as a TA at Penn. In summer 2017 he taught ANTH 123 - Communication and Culture as sole instructor.

Chelsea Chamberlain


Chelsea D. Chamberlain is a third-year doctoral student in History. Her research focuses on mental and moral disabilities, diagnostic clinics, and institutionalization in the earlytwentieth-century United States. She received her BA in History from Whitworth University in 2012. While earning her MA in History from the University of Montana, she served as a TA for the Early American and Modern American History surveys, TAing each course twice. At Penn, she has been a TA for the American South to 1865 and the Modern American South. Chelsea is in her third and final year in the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program, which explores the relationship between scholarship and teaching in church-related universities. She received the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students in 2017.

Welton Chang


Welton Chang is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the department of Psychology. His research focuses on improving how people reason and make decisions, with a special focus on national security. He holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College, an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and an MA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Before attending Penn, Welton served for nearly a decade as an Army officer and Defense Department analyst. In 2016, Welton served as co-instructor for "Political Psychology" and "Cultivating Good Judgment." 

Danielle Hanley

Political Science

Danielle Hanley is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the Political Science Department. Her research focuses on crying as a marginalized form of expression, considering the political work crying performs that fails to be recognized. At Penn, Danielle has been a teaching assistant for three courses in Political Science: Ancient Political Thought, American Political Thought, and International Politics of the Middle East. She has also served as the sole instructor for Ancient Political Thought and Modern Political Thought. She has also worked with the CTL previously, as a TA trainer during the August training for incoming TAs.

Kathryn Hasz

Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics

Kathryn Hasz is a fourth-year graduate student in the department of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on understanding the fundamental mechanisms of friction at the nanoscale. She received her BA in Physics from Oberlin College, where she saw the effect that quality teaching has on students. At Penn, she has TAed graduate thermodynamics and introductory physics. She has also served as a lab instructor for the Penn Summer Science Initiative, a program to introduce high-achieving high school students to materials science.

Elaine LaFay

History & Sociology of Science

Elaine LaFay is PhD Candidate in the Department of History and Sociology of Science. Her research examines the role of atmospheric and medical knowledge in U.S. imperial ambitions in the antebellum Gulf South. In addition to working as a TA for four semesters, she has taught two summer courses in LPS. She has been awarded the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students and was a finalist for the Penn Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching. Prior to coming to Penn, she received a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan. 

Mark Lewis


Mark Lewis is a fifth year PhD candidate in Educational Linguistics at the Graduate School of Education. His dissertation examines classroom instruction and talk about language in a bilingual school. While earning his B.A. in Educational Studies and Linguistics from Swarthmore College, he worked as a writing associate in the Swarthmore writing center. Before starting his PhD program, he worked as a second grade teacher and a K-12 academic tutor. At GSE, he has TAed Sociolinguitics and Education and Regimes of Language, and he will teach Sociolinguistics and Education in Fall 2017.

Santiago Paternain

Electrical & Systems Engineering

Santiago Paternain is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay in 2012. Since August 2013, he has been working toward the Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include optimization and control of dynamical systems. Santiago has served as a teaching assistant for the course "Stochastic Systems Analysis and Simulation" and twice for the course "Signal and Information Processing". He completed the CTL Teaching Certificate in May 2016.

Steve Renette

Art & Archaeology of the Mediterranean World

Steve Renette is a doctoral candidate in the interdisciplinary graduate group Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World (AAMW). His dissertation research analyzes the role of mountainous communities in the Zagros region between Iraq and Iran in the emergence of urban civilization and interregional trade networks during the Early Bronze Age (ca. 3500-2000 BCE). Steve gained his initial education and archaeological training at Ghent University in Belgium and went on to obtain a Master’s degree at Leiden University in the Netherlands before entering the PhD program at UPenn in 2010. He has been a Teaching Assistant in the Classics Department, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Art History, with additional experience in the Anthropology department.

Maria Ryan


Maria Ryan is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Music. She is interested in contemporary opera, the interplay between the visual, the imagined, and the musical, and the politics of access to classical music. Her dissertation, which she is just beginning, will be focusing on race and classical music in the nineteenth-century British Empire. As well as her work in the Music Department, Maria is also working towards the graduate certificate in Africana Studies. She currently teaches the survey course, “1000(+) Years of Music,” the scope of which has led her to reconsider what she thought she knew about teaching listening skills, teaching history, and conceptualizing music. Prior to joining Penn, she worked at the Cultural Institute at King’s College London, which hugely influenced how she thinks about institutional memory, arts and the government, and the role of arts in childhood.

Hao Jun (Howie) Tam


Hao Jun (Howie) Tam is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the English Department. His work focuses on Vietnamese diasporic novels from France and the United States during and after the Vietnam War. Howie earned an M.A. in English at Penn and a B.A. in Literatures in English at the University of California, San Diego (ΦΒΚ, magna cum laude). Aside from serving as a teaching assistant and grader in the English Department, he has taught a Junior Research Seminar entitled "American Immigrant Narratives." Howie completed the CTL Certificate in College and University Teaching in 2016.