Teaching Assistant Effectiveness Advisory Committee

The Teaching Assistant Effectiveness Advisory Committee is dedicated to supporting teaching assistants so they are prepared, confident and knowledgeable in the classroom. Committee members assist in planning teaching assistant orientation and teaching assistant workshops. The committee members are:

  • Eddie Ardeneaux, 
    graduate student in English
  • Michelle Bachelor, 
    retention and graduation specialist
  • Grant Bain, 
    instructor of English
  • Amanda Cantu, 
    director of graduate student retention and graduation and director of Graduate School and International Education communications
  • Elias Dominguez Barajas, 
    associate professor of English
  • Patricia R. Koski, 
    associate dean of the Graduate School ad International Education
  • Lynn Meade, 
    instructor of communication
  • Rebecca Miles, 
    clinical assistant professor of marketing
  • Necia T. Parker-Gibson, 
  • Pat Parkerson, 
    associate professor of engineering
  • John C. Pijanowski, 
    professor of educational leadership and co-director of the Teaching and Faculty Support Center
  • Benjamin Smith, 
    graduate student in human development and family sciences
  • Michael R. Thomsen, 
    associate professor of agricultural economics
  • Taylor Glen Yust, 
    graduate student in computer science


The committee welcomes any suggestions for how to better support and advocate for teaching assistants. Please, send any feedback to Amanda Cantu via email at amandcan@uark.edu.