Teaching Assistants 


Graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) play a vital role in meeting the mission of the university.  In the communication department, TAs work closely with faculty to design and deliver high quality instruction to our COMM131 and COMM141 students. 

If you are interested in becoming a TA, read more here



Nike Bahr

Graduate Teaching Assistant 

Nike TA Photo
Born and raised in the north-west of Germany, I did my Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies at the University of Mannheim in the south of Germany, which already gave me the opportunity to learn about teaching. I then attended UAF as an exchange student in 2014; it is quite obvious just how much I fell in love with the people, landscape, and potentially most fantastic university there is since I am now back as a grad student and TA with the department of communication!


Ramzi A. Ghalioum

Graduate Teaching Assistant 

Ramzi with a butterfly

I was born and raised in Kuwait, besides a few years during my undergrad in which I floated between Lebanon and Dubai. I ended up completing my undergrad in Kuwait with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, with a concentration in Television and Radio Production. My interests vary widely, so besides teaching, I’ve worked in music production, theater, advertising, and event coordination. I’m here at UAF to teach and learn, I’m interested in pretty much everything, and I like to think that I’m a pretty good listener. I shall leave this blurb with an invitation to ongoing dialogue between myself and the rest of the UAF community…I look forward to meeting everyone and hearing their input on this and that of whatever may come up in conversation!



Rebecca Hatfield

Graduate Teaching Assistant 




Jillian Larson

Graduate Teaching Assistant




Teresa Lowe

Graduate Teaching Assistant 


Mindy O'Neall

Graduate Teaching Assistant 

Mindy TA PhotoMindy O'Neall is joining the UAF Communications Department with over 11 years of professional experience in public relations, community outreach and communications. A 2003 Cyclone graduate of Iowa State University in Journalism and Mass Communication, O'Neall moved to Anchorage in 2004 and has had the opportunity to work as the first Community Relations Coordinator for the Anchorage Concert Association and as the Membership Director for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. After working as a radio executive and on-air host of three shows for 5 years, she became involved in political campaigns that led her to work for the Alaska State Legislature. This led her to the real part of the state, Fairbanks. In 2014, she returned to academia to pursue her Master's Degree as a part-time student, and in 2016 decided to take the plunge as a full-time student and TA. O'Neall completed her first ever RAGBRAI in 2016, a 420 mile bicycle ride across her home state of Iowa, and strives to live life fully with intention, curiosity, and humor while traveling as much as possible. She is known to "bleed cardinal and gold" for the Big 12 Iowa State Cyclones. 

Motto: Unity in the Community
Quote: "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." - Buddhist Proverb 
Office Hours: M/W - 2:15, 3:15 T/H, by appointment

Troy Poulsen

Graduate Teaching Assistant 




Bekah Taylor

Graduate Teaching Assistant 

 Bekah's TA Photo
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. I love to travel. Adventure is my middle name. In my travels, I have had the opportunity to teach both dance and American Sign Language. I am an avid bookworm and spend some of my happiest days devouring stories. My area of interest lays heavily in web design and nonverbal communication.  

Quote: "What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Email: bltaylor3@alaska.edu
Office Hours: M&W 11:40-12:40



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