Meet the Fellows

VTGrATE Fellows are graduate students have more than two semesters of teaching experience* at VT and/or curriculum development and outstanding teaching evaluations. (*Teaching experience includes GTA assignments, volunteer GTA positions, instructor for summer programs, First Year Experience courses, Learning/Learning communities courses, adjunct positions and other pertinent activity.)

Fellows’ Contact Information

Amanda Halliburton

Jordan L. Laney

  • Department: ASPECT (Alliance for Social Political Ethical and Cultural Thought)
  • Office hours by appointment, Lane Hall 314
  • Blog:
  • Twitter: @JordanLLaney

Erin Lavender-Stott

Julio Roa

  • Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Office: 301-F Patton Hall
  • Website:
  • Twitter: @julioroa_

Micah Roediger

  • Department: Psychology
  • Office: Williams Hall 329
  • Micah focuses on building an inclusive classroom to engage all students. Having been the instructor of record for a class with more than 80 students Micah aims to avoid an over reliance on PowerPoint presentations and to go beyond the standard lecture. In general, his class focuses on short lectures with intermittent activities and discussions that require students to work together and demonstrate mastery of the course topics.

Mohammed Seyam

Joseph Slagel

Michelle Soledad

Martina Svyantek

  • Department: Individualized, interdisciplinary PhD investigating how disability is constructed as an identity within higher education.
  • Office: Togersen 3124
  • ePortfolio:
  • Twitter: @svyantek

Have a question? Need help with something or just a friendly chat? The Graduate Fellows are here to help you on the way.