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Graduate Teaching Assistants

2015-2016 Graduate Teaching Assistants


Aymen Al-Dujaili is a Ph.D. student in Literature. During fall 2015, he is working as a tutor in the Writing Center. He completed his B.A. and M.A. at Baghdad University and has eight years of teaching experience, both at home and abroad. He enjoys the Ball State University campus and the city of Muncie. 


Abigail Barker is a PhD student in the Rhetoric and Composition program. She earned her M.A. and Certificate in Teaching Writing from IUPUI, and did her undergraduate work at Marian University. Her interests include digital literacy, digital rhetoric, and public discourse. 

Joel Bergholtz is a first-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition. 

Margo Brines is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Rhetoric and Composition program. Her research interests are in the theory and practice of teaching composition and rhetoric. 

Elisabeth Buck

Elisabeth H. Buck is a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition, and is also one of the assistant directors of the Writing Center. She previously served as graduate assistant for the Writing Program from 2013-2015. Elisabeth 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. Her work can be found in Food on Film: Bringing Something New to the Table (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Her dissertation, "Archives, Access, and Authorial Agency: The Visibility of Digital Inquiry in Writing Center Scholarship" examines the intersections between digital literacies and writing center publications. She currently teaches ENG 213: Introduction to Digital Literacies, has taught multiple sections of first-year composition, and assisted with ENG 605, the teaching in English studies graduate course. Elisabeth also serves as a Writing Program mentor.

Elisabeth Buck's website

Twitter: @ElisabethHBuck

Tara Buck

Tara Buck is a second-year PhD student in Applied Linguistics.  Her thesis topic examined past and current language revitalization efforts in Ireland and suggested specific modifications for future efforts.  Her interests include language revitalization methods, specifically the effectiveness of language nests and grassroot approaches to revitalization efforts in specific communities.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading for pleasure, and writing.

Jeremy C

Jeremy Collings is a first-year M.A. student in Creative Writing.

Courtney C

Courtney Conley is a first-year M.A. student in Creative Writing. 

Mamdou Djiguimde

Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde is a PhD student in Applied 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

Cameron Eigner

Cameron Eigner is a fourth-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

Jeremy Flick

Jeremy Flick is a second-year MA student in Creative Writing. He holds a B.A. in English with concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Digital Publishing from Ball State University. His interests include poetry and songwriting.

Jeremy Flick's website

Jeremy Flick's CV

Twitter: @JeremyAFlick

Olivia Gehrich

Olivia Gehrich is a second-year M.A. student, studying Literature with an interest in gender studies. 

Kat Greene

Katherine (Kat) Greene is a third-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition. She holds master's degrees in Journalism and Rhetoric and Composition from Ball State University. 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

Morgan Gross

Morgan Gross is a second-year student in the Rhetoric and Composition PhD program. She holds a B.A. in English from Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, with a teaching certification in Secondary English Language Arts and Reading. Her M.A. in Rhet/Comp is from Texas State University, San Marcos. Her thesis topic was the negotiation of student feedback requests between students and consultants in the writing center and the consequences of those negotiations. Besides writing center theory, practice, and administration, Morgan is also interested in composition pedagogy, contrastive rhetorics, critical theory, and action research.

Abdullah Al-Sheikh 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

George H

George Hickman is a first-year M.A. student in Creative Writing.

Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King is a second-year M.A. student pursuing a General English degree.

Zach K

Zachary Kocanda is a first-year M.A. student in Creative Writing. He received a B.F.A. in creative writing with a minor in French from Bowling Green State University. His interests include fiction and literary editing and publishing. 

Billi M

Billi MacTighe is a first-year M.A. student in the Creative Writing program. She received her B.A. in English Writing from Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts. Billi's concentration is in autobiographical poetry, but she is interested in pursuing creative nonfiction and memoir writing. 

Rachel M

Rachel Marquart is a first-year M.A. student pursuing her degree in the areas of Literature and Rhetoric and Composition. She holds a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Literature from the University of Southern Indiana. She is interested in literary analysis and elements of rhetoric, as well as projects that utilize creativity. 


Meagan McAlister is a first-year M.A. student in Creative Writing.

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 McGinnis' website

Mary McGinnis' CV

Twitter: @rhetoric_speak

Alyssa M

Alyssa McGrath is a first-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition. 

Nichole Pena

Nichole Peña is a fourth-year PhD student in Literature. She holds a M.A. in English from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where she worked as a research assistant for a new multi-platform edition of The Collected Works of Shakespeare (forthcoming OUP, 2016).  Her research interests include textual and performance studies, and the representation of women's emotions in early modern English culture. Nichole is also a lover of snarky comments and sassy shoes. 

Nichole Peña's website

Nichole Peña's CV

Twitter: @nicholepena1611

Matthew S

Matthew Schmalzer is a first-year M.A. student in Literature. 

Jesse Sopher is a second-year PhD student in Literature. He holds a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Literature and additional studies in post-secondary education. His master's thesis examines influences of advocacy, community, and heteronormativity in queer television narratives. His research typically focuses on intersections of narrative forms, popular culture, and gender and queer identities. 

Jesse Sopher's website

Jesse Sopher's CV

Bethany S

Bethany Stayer is a first-year master's student in the General English program, focusing her studies on writing and linguistics. Her interests include all forms of writing, from creative writing to argumentative papers and essays. Originally from Lexington, KY, she has spent the last four years working as a web developer, and she holds a B.A. in Visual Design from IU-Bloomington.  

Sara Strasser

Sara Strasser is a second-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition.

Phoung Tran

Phuong Minh Tran is currently a third-year master’s student in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a Graduate Assistant for the Writing Center.

Kelsie Walker

Kelsie Walker is a second-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition. 

Andrew W

Andrew Wurdeman is a first-year M.A. student in Creative Writing. 

Robert Young

Robert Young is a first-year graduate student pursuing a master's in creative writing. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing with minors in History and German from Ball State University. He enjoys writing of any and all kinds, but he prefers to write poetry and fiction. He is a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels, and he is interested in incorporating themes and settings from those genres into his own writing. 

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