Graduate School

Brown/Wheaton Fellows Look Forward to Gaining Teaching Experience and Designing Their Own Course

Christopher Ell, Raghuraj Hoshing, and Madeline Montgomery will teach self-designed courses at Wheaton College during the current academic year.

HeadshotsAs Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellows, these advanced doctoral students will have the opportunity to build on what they have learned about collegiate instruction at Brown and to participate in faculty life at a small liberal arts college.

"As a Brown/Wheaton fellow I will get to experience being part of the faculty at Wheaton, which is a perfect example of the kind of institution I would like to teach at during my career," says Hoshing, a PhD student in Chemistry.

Hoshing is eager to demonstrate to students the many uses of, and needs for, organic chemistry. “As an undergraduate, I researched therapeutics; as a graduate student, my work has focused on imaging tools for plants. I am excited at the prospect of incorporating aspects of my research and examples that help show my students the wide relevance and utility of organic chemistry,” says Hoshing.

The Fellows are also excited about having the freedom to design their own courses and further develop their own teaching styles. Montgomery, a doctoral student in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences within the School of Public Health, is teaching a course on Queer and Trans Health and Policy this semester. She aims to implement inclusive teaching practices in her course, and wants students to be partners with her as they both learn together. “I hope students will share their own perspectives and help me expand on my own thinking about the material,” says Montgomery. 

Ell, a doctoral student in Classics, is teaching a course entitled Tales of Troy which explores the various ways in which the story of the Trojan War has been told and examines the different cultural and political significance it has had from antiquity to the present. Students taking the course this semester will engage with literary texts, visual media, and archaeological evidence dating back to the Bronze and Iron Age Aegean. Ell is excited about the course, stating, “The Trojan saga is one that I have long found rich and rewarding, both in its earliest Homeric telling and in its later reworkings; I hope to share my enthusiasm for it with the students.”

The Brown/Wheaton program offers up to four fellowships each year. Doctoral students who are in their third, fourth or fifth year are eligible to apply, regardless of discipline.

Wheaton and the Brown Graduate School collaborate on the selection of the faculty fellows, with input from the host academic departments at Wheaton.