This fall, we have welcomed four new graduate teaching fellows to the Center for Teaching for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Our fellows work on a range of pedagogical issues and gain practical experience in the field of educational and faculty development. They work with Center for Teaching staff to develop their own workshops as well as to create a teaching project. 

Caroline Cheung, English  

Caroline Cheung is an English PhD candidate and graduate instructor at the University of Iowa. She works at the intersections of women of color feminisms, postcolonial studies, and prison abolitionism. More narrowly, she researches the ways myths of white supremacy and proximities to whiteness uphold the prison-industrial complex. She believes that literature’s creative and imaginative work serve as revolutionary gestures, providing both experiences of and frameworks for transformative justice and community accountability. She is adamant that radical study is essential for revolutionaries and at the same time questions the colonialist and capitalist violence that undergirds academia. Believing that scholarship must be accessible and active and that critical theory elevates activism, she prioritizes the collaboration between public scholarship and collective praxis in both her teaching and activism.  She received a bachelor's degree in English: language, media, communications studies from the University of Rochester.   

Austin Holland, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences

Austin Holland is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences. He has a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in geography and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, also in geography with a minor in geographic information systems. His research uses multiple methods to evaluate the interplay between public and private conservation in highly fragmented regions, like the Midwest. He has served as a teaching assistant for courses on geography and contemporary environmental issues at the University of Iowa and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.   

Gordon Louie, Higher Education & Student Affairs 

Gordon Louie is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Higher Education & Student Affairs program at the University of Iowa. His prior academic background is in the humanities, completing a BA and MA in history from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Currently, he engages in research with Professor Sherry Watt's multicultural initiatives research team and Professor Cassie Barnhardt's higher education internationalization research team. He has taught undergraduate courses for the Tippie College of Business and the Division of Student Life. He currently teaches and TAs courses in the College of Education.    

Timothy Sommers, Philosophy  

Tim is a fourth-year graduate student in philosophy at the University of Iowa. Previously, he earned a BA from Michigan State and an MA from Brown University and has taught at a number of places, including Georgetown University, Louisiana State University, and the Smithsonian Institution. He is currently working on a prospectus for a PhD dissertation in political philosophy on competing conceptions of social and political equality. His most recently presented papers focused on relational egalitarianism, ideal theory, and equality of opportunity. He is also a storyteller and has won storytelling competitions in London, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and elsewhere. 

More Information

Stayed tuned for more from our fellows, including Q&As about their spring 2021 workshops. For more information about the Center for Teaching Graduate Teaching Fellow program, email Katherine Beydler, assistant director, at