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Graduate Teaching Assistants

2013-2014 Graduate Teaching Assistants


Abdullah Al-Sheikh Hasan (RB 273)

Abdullah A. Hasan is a Ph.D. student in the literature program and is interested in postcolonial studies. His main focus is the cultural encounters between Europe and North Africa.

Abdullah Al-Sheikh Hasan's CV


Matt Balk (RB 247)

Matt Balk

Matt Balk is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition, whose focus is in Rhetorical History. His research interests include Writing Center Histories, Mobile Technology Usage, and Digital Textbooks.  He has served as the Graduate Assistant of the Ball State University Writing Center, and has also taught multiple sections of ENG 103: Rhetoric and Writing and ENG 104: Research Writing.

Matt Balk's website


Nicki Litherland Baker (RB 255)

Nicki Litherland Baker

Nicki Litherland Baker is a third-year Ph.D. student in the rhetoric and composition program. Her B.S. in secondary education and M.A.T. of English are from Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Generally interested in researching writing and teaching writing, Nicki draws on her experience teaching middle school language arts and FYC. Most recently, she has studied teachers’ paper grading coping tools, student empirical research in FYC, and online writing instruction.

Nicki Litherland Baker's website


Elisabeth Buck (RB 349)

Elisabeth H. Buck

Elisabeth H. Buck is in her second year of the PhD program in Rhetoric and Composition, and is also one of the graduate assistant directors of the Writing Program. She holds a BA in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University and a MA in Literature (emphasis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama) from the University of Nevada, Reno. She enjoys researching and teaching rhetorical applications of popular culture, social media pedagogy, and writing center/writing program administration.

Elisabeth Buck's website

Elisabeth Buck's CV

Twitter: @ElisabethHBuck


Jeremy Carnes (RB 265)

Jeremy Carnes

Jeremy Carnes is a second year MA student in Literature and is currently the Vice President of the Graduate Student Advisory Board. Jeremy is interested in minority literature of twentieth-century America, specifically African American and Native American literatures. He specifically looks at these minority literatures through the vein of print culture, focusing on artifacts like Modernist little magazines, newspapers, and serialized comic books. Jeremy is currently applying to Ph.D. programs in literature across the country, where he hopes to continue this line of scholarship. Jeremy taught English 104 during the Spring 2013 semester, and he is currently teaching English 103. In both classes he explores the ways in which multimodality can be used creatively in the setting of the composition classroom.

Jeremy Carnes' CV

Twitter: @jmcarnes


Kevin Daily (RB 389)

  • MA Linguistics


Mamadou Djiguimde (RB 380)

Mamdou Djiguimde

Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde is a second year graduate student in the joint program TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Linguistics at Ball State University.  His research interests include Bargaining Speech Genres, West African Formulaic Discourse, Oral Narratives, Multilingualism, Speech Accommodation Theory, Optimality Theory, and L1 Negative Transfer.  His teaching interests include Writing Transfer, ESL Writing, Viral Literacy, and Video Production as Composition. As a Fulbright alum, Mr. Djiguimde’s role as a cultural ambassador is a plus he brings into his classes to serve as a cultural educational resource in training “citizens of the world.”

Mamadou Djiguimde's website

Mamadou Djiguimde's CV

Mamadou Djiguimde's blog


Jerrica Dowling (RB 389)

  • MA Literature


Cameron Eigner (RB 397)

Cameron Eigner

Cameron Eigner is a second year PhD student in applied linguistics. He is currently engaged in a pilot study related to classroom interaction, as well as a study of mass noun verb agreement in native speakers of English. He teaches in Ball State's writing program, and is a member of the university's working group for oral histories and archival research.  He is also interested in the development and understanding of creole dialects of English, particularly those spoken in the Hawaiian Islands.

Cameron Eigner's website

Cameron Eigner's CV

Twitter: @cameigner


Kelsey Englert (RB 253)

Kelsey Englert

At Ball State University, Kelsey Englert earned undergraduate degrees in landscape architecture and history. Kelsey is currently pursuing a M.A. in English, with a specialization in creative writing. She focuses on fiction that is strongly narrative and character-driven. She favors realism and leans toward scene-heavy, dialogue-driven maximalist storytelling.

Kelsey Englert's website

Kelsey Englert's CV


Melissa Glidden (RB 249)

Melissa Glidden

Melissa Glidden is a first-year MA student in creative writing with a Master's in Library Science from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a BA in English from the University of Texas-Pan American. With a background in music and songwriting, her interests are broad, but she is particularly interested in poetry and screenwriting.


Kat Greene (RB 249)

Kat Greene

Katherine (Kat) Greene is a first-year PhD student in rhetoric and composition. She holds master's degrees in journalism and rhetoric and composition from Ball State University. Currently teaching two sections of English 103, her research interests center on students' self-efficacy in the first year writing course and how this translates in their writing performance. Greene is also interested in the bridges and gaps between creative writing and rhetoric and composition and the ways in which creative writing can be incorporated into a rhetoric and composition classroom.

Kat Greene's website

Kat Greene's CV

Twitter: @ktg_write


Brian Greer (RB 397)

  • MA Linguistics


Kate Gutheil (RB 251)

  • MA Creative Writing


Mustafa Harb (RB 261)

Mustafa Harb /must'ɑ́fə hɑ́rb/ is a Ph.D. student in the English Department with a concentration in Applied Linguistics. His research interests predominantly revolve around /fənɒ́ləʤi/, /fənɛ́tɪks/ and pragmatics. He has fallen in love with the Optimality Theory (OT), especially its application on Arabic. In addition to his BA and MA in English, Mustafa also holds a BA in Global Strategies Studies with high distinction. Mustafa is proficient in a wide variety of writing-related issues, including grammatical errors, word usage/choice, coherence and cohesiveness, among others. On a professional level, Mustafa has extensive experience in academic advising and dealing with international students and/or speakers of other languages.


Elmar Hashimov (RB 277)

Elmar Hashimov

Elmar Hashimov is a PhD candidate in rhetoric and writing, focusing on digital literacies. His research and teaching interests include digital multiliteracies; qualitative research in writing; writing, activity, and genre research; and technical and professional communication. Elmar's dissertation project is an ethnographic case study of university students' lived experience in an experiential, project-based learning environment. Applying the writing, activity, and genre research framework, he focuses on the students' use of writing practices and various tools—both digital and 'traditional,' both encouraged by the instructor and ad hoc/idiosyncratic—to explore the implications of this environment on their writing and learning practices.

Elmar Hashimov's website

Elmar Hashimov's CV

Twitter: @elmar_hashi


Asher John (RB 261) 

Asher is a doctoral student in Linguistics at Ball State Uniuversity in Muncie, Indiana. His primary research focus is on Punjabi. He is also a self proclaimed Punjabi activist, and loves to read and travel. Pakistani society and politics intrigue him and he keeps a close watch on socio-political discourse in Pakistan and South Asia. He loves sports and follows international cricket regularly.


Claire Lenviel (RB 349)

  • PhD Literature


Ashley Mack-Jackson (RB 247)

Ashley Mack-Jackson

Ashley Mack-Jackson is a first year Master's student in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry. She is interested in African American religious traditions and is currently working on a collection of linked poems about the sometimes precarious intersection of Christian faith and racial identity.


Robbie Maakestad (RB 380)

Robbie Maakestad

Robbie is in his second year of the Creative Writing MA program in the Creative Nonfiction track. He's interested in the intersection of faith and writing and is currently working on a collection of memoir essays from a semester-long study abroad in Israel that focuses on how that experience shaped and challenged his Christian beliefs.  

Robbie Maakestad's website

Robbie Maakestad's blog

Robbie Maakestad's CV

Twitter: @RobbieMaakestad


Mary McGinnis (RB 267)

Mary McGinnis

Mary McGinnis is a Ph.D. student in Rhetoric & Composition.  She holds a B.A. in English with minors in creative writing and women’s studies and a M.A. in English & American Literature from Indiana State University.  She also holds a M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Roosevelt University.  She’s interested in the use of transformative pedagogies and multimodal literacy in the composition classroom.  Her research usually takes a gender studies/queer theory angle on self-identity and self-representation, especially in the online classroom.  Mary is also a seasoned Safe Zone trainer and actively works to make safe spaces for LGBTQ students wherever she is.

Mary McGinnis' website

Mary McGinnis' CV

Twitter: @rhetoric_speak


Nichole Pena (RB 255)

  • PhD Literature


Laura Romano (RB 263)

Laura Romano

Laura is an ABD doctoral student in rhetoric and composition at Ball State University. She studies research methodologies, particularly ethnography and oral history. She believes that when these methodologies are used in the composition classroom we are able to examine various discourses and to elevate experiences that are not traditionally valued in the academic world for the purpose of examination, validation and reflection. She is currently writing her dissertation, which uses oral history interviews and ethnographic observation to look at the literacy practices of families that deliberately choose to live without the technologies that many would consider essential to daily life. 

Laura Romano's website  


Alysia Sawchyn (RB 253)

Alysia Sawchyn

Alysia Sawchyn is a first-year MA student in Rhetoric and Composition and is currently a tutor in the Writing Center. She holds a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in English from the University of Tampa.

Alysia Sawchyn's CV


Craig Schmidt  (RB 265)

  • MA Literature


Aly Schweigert (RB 267)

Aly Schweigert

Currently a second-year Master’s student in Rhetoric and Composition at Ball State University, Aly is a Graduate Assistant for the Writing Program as well as one of the Assistant Directors of the Writing Center. She received a Bachelors of Arts in English and Writing from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2010. Her research interests include writing centers, rhetorical interrogations into inequities of power, and Native American studies. She also enjoys feeding her Pinterest addiction, and making cake pops. 

Aly Schweigert's website

Aly Schweigert's CV

Twitter: @AlySchweigert


Yachao Sun (RB 273)

Yachao Sun

Yachao Sun is a first year master's student in the TESOL program. His academic interests are in TESOL and social-linguistics.


Alice Thomsen (RB 396)

Alice Thomsen

Alice is a student in the Creative Writing MA program. Her focus is long-form fiction, and she has a particular interest in the liminal space bordering realism. She is currently working on a novel best described as a ghostless ghost story.

Alice Thomsen's website

Alice Thomsen's CV

Twitter: @AliceThomsen


Phuong Tran (RB 396)

  • MA Linguistics


Kate Waldrop (RB 251)

Kate Waldrop

Kate is currently a Masters student at Ball State University, focusing on Rhetoric and Composition, and serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Writing Program. She received her Bachelors of Arts in English with a minor in Folklore from The Ohio State University in 2011. Kate has worked as a peer tutor for several subjects at university tutoring centers, contributing to her research interest in the role of tutor identity in the Writing Center for students who tutor across the disciplines. Other research interests include the treatment of basic writers in composition courses as well as the creation of identity through the rhetoric of social media and popular culture. 

Kate Waldrop's CV

Twitter: @mkwaldrop