2016-2017 Graduate Teaching Assistants
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.
Rachel Beatty is a first-year M.A. student in Rhetoric and Composition. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her interests are writing centers and body rhetoric.
Joel Bergholtz is a second-year MA student in Rhetoric and Composition. He graduated from Florida State University with majors in Editing, Writing & Media and Interdisciplinary Humanities. His areas of interest include public spaces, digital literacies, materiality, and social media studies.
Margo Brines is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Rhetoric and Composition program. Her research interests are in the theory and practice of teaching composition and rhetoric.
Tara Buck is a third-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 grassroots approaches to revitalization efforts in specific communities. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading for pleasure, and writing.
John Carter is a first-year M.A. student in Creative Writing. His interests include creative nonfiction, poetry, and literary editing and layout design.
John Carter's website
Jeremy Collings is a second-year M.A. student in Creative Writing.
Courtney Conley is a second-year M.A. student in Creative Writing.
Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics. He holds a BA in English literature, an MA in TESOL and linguistics, and a certificate in Information and Communication Technologies. He teaches first year composition courses, in addition to courses in the Ball State ESL licensure program (ENG 220 Language and Society, ENG 436 Theories of Second Language Acquisition, and ENG 437 Methods and Materials in TESOL). His linguistic research interests include Jula, a West African language spoken in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Mali, and Burkina Faso French. Mamadou is fluent in five languages: French, JUla, Wolof, Moore, and English. His TESOL research interests include the processing of multimodal texts by ESL and EFL learners from a cognitive perspective, and his dissertation title is "The Effects of Spatial Multimodal Texts on Second Language Acquisition." Mamadou is interested in exploring the crossroads of different disciplines.
Mamadou Djiguimde's website
Mamadou Djiguimde's MA thesis abstract
A documentary by Mamadou Djiguimde
Cameron Eigner is a fifth-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
Katherine (Kat) Greene is a fourth-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
Morgan Gross is a third-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, language diversity, 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 Hickman is a second-year M.A. student in Creative Writing.
Zachary Kocanda is a second-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 MacTighe is a second-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 Marquart is a second-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 second-year M.A. student in Creative Writing.
Thom McAlister is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics, currently working on his dissertation on heritage language learners. He has taught English as a second language in South Korea, China, and the United States. He has a B.A. in Electronic Media and an MAT in secondary education English/Language Arts from Morehead State University in Kentucky. Thom speaks Mandarin Chinese and has also studied some Japanese, Spanish, French, Greek, Cherokee, Caribbean Creoles, and more.
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
Alyssa McGrath is a second-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition.
Amory Orchard is a first-year M.A. student in the Creative Writing program. She received her B.A. in English from Ball State University with a concentration in Rhetoric & Writing and a minor in creative writing. Although currently focusing her graduate work in creative nonfiction, she also looks forward to furthering her studies in composition pedagogies, digital literacies, and writing centers.
Anthony Salazar is a first-year M.A. student in Literature, but with an added interest in Rhetoric and Composition. He received his B.A. in English from Indiana University Northwest where his literary interests focused on gender and sexuality. He enjoys reading, writing, and playing badminton.
Matthew Schmalzer is a second-year M.A. student in Literature.
Emily Schram is a first-year M.A. student in Literature.
Jesse Sopher is a third-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 Stayer is a second-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 is a third-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition.
Angela Tomasello is a first-year M.A. student in Linguistics. She completed her B.A. in linguistics with minors in anthropology, speech and hearing, and TESOL from Cleveland State University. She is interested in studying child language acquisition.
Kelsie Walker is a third-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition.
Paula Weinman is a first-year M.A. student in Literature. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Taylor University. Her interests include feminist Shakespearean criticism and children's literature. She enjoys reading, writing, and baking.
Andrew Wurdeman is a second-year M.A. student in Creative Writing.
Robert Young is a second-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 likes to dabble in as many types of writing as possible and try new things. When he's not reading or writing, he'll usually be listening to music, watching TV, or playing video games.