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Meet our MA Graduate Instructors


Our graduate students come to us from four continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Representing almost 15 countries (such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Sudan, Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Germany and Italy), our students create a diverse community of emerging scholars, committed to learning, collegiality, cultural exchange, world citizenship, civility, and social outreach. 

We currently have 37 graduate students enrolled in our programs, 22 for the MA in English and 15 for the PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. While the majority of our students are financially supported through departmental teaching assistantships, two carry research assistantships outside of the department and one is funded through a dissertation fellowship. Five of our PhD students are self-funded and hold teaching, academic, or administrative appointments outside of the department or the university.

Syeda Salma Akter, MA Student
MA in English (University of Dhaka)

Office: Minard 318E34
syeda.akter@ndsu.edu

Biographical Sketch

Syeda Salma Akter is a Masters student and first-year writing instructor at NDSU. She has completed her Bachelor and Masters in English from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her interests include Post-Colonial Studies, Inequality and Migration.

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

2019 “Accord in Discord in Murakami’s After Dark”, Monthly Literary Seminar, Department of English Language and Literature, Premier University, Bangladesh.

“Gradual Decline of Urdu Language from the Pre-partition to the Post-Partition India.” Chaos, Volume 2, Number 1, Autumn 2013, pp. 75-85.

Michael Bittner, MA Student
BA in Emergency Management (North Dakota State University)

Office:
  Minard 318E26
michael.j.bittner@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Emily Wicktor):

Biographical Sketch

Lindsay Campbell, MA Student
BS in Communication (North Dakota State University, 2018)

Office: Minard 318E34
lindsay.campbell@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project: 

Biographical Sketch

Lindsay Campbell is a Masters student and first-year writing instructor at NDSU. She graduated NDSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Strategic Communication (emphasis in Public Relations) and a minor in Journalism. Her professional passions include content marketing, copy editing, research, and creative writing.

Kurt Eggers, MA Student
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies
BA in English (North Dakota State University, 2017)

Office: Minard 318E30
kurt.h.eggers@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Verena Theile): "Technocracy, Meritocracy, and Star Trek's Failed Mission"

Biographical Sketch

Kurt Eggers earned his BA in English from NDSU in Spring 2017. He is currently pursuing an MA in English. His focus is Media Studies with an emphasis on how media and culture have shaped American society across the 19th and 20th centuries. He particularly deals with the influence of capital and imperialism and how they intertwine with media to produce a cultural landscape. He teaches English 120: College Composition. His interests include cosplay and film prop reproduction, as well as music and automotive history. This semester he serves as the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, responsible for website maintenance and media and social media outreach. 

David Farrenkopf, MA Student
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies

BA in English (North Dakota State University)

Office: Minard 318E26
david.farrenkopf@ndsu.edu

Biographical Sketch

I am currently undergoing study for my MA in English and teach two sections of ENGL 120. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Education at NDSU in 2014. The following two years I taught Middle School and High School English, coached Speech, and was a Yearbook advisor at LaMoure Public School. I came back to NDSU to pursue my interests in Linguistics, Composition, and Creative Writing while cheering on the NDSU Cheer Team.

Alexandra Froslie, MA Student
Assistant Director of First-Year Writing
BA in English and Religious Studies (Concordia College, 2018)

Office: Minard 318E2
alexandra.froslie@ndsu.edu

Biographical Sketch

Ali Froslie is currently pursuing her MA in English and teaching English 120 at NDSU. She earned her BA from Concordia College, where she majored in English and minored in religious studies. 

Rachel Grider, MA Student

Office:
 Minard 318E30
rachel.grider@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Bruce Maylath): 

Biographical Sketch

Kaitlyn Grube, MA Student
Assistant Director of First-Year Writing

BA in English (North Dakota State University, 2018)

Office: Minard 318E2
kaitlyn.grube@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project: 

Biographical Sketch

Kaitlyn Grube is a Master's student and first-year writing instructor at NDSU. She graduated NDSU summa cum laude with a Bachelor's in English and a minor in Psychology. 

Lee Gullickson, MA Student
EGO Treasurer/Assistant First-Year Writing Director

BA in English (North Dakota State University, 2013)

Office: Minard 318E34
Email: lee.gullickson@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Lisa Arnold): 

Biographical Sketch

I'm Lee Gullickson, and I'm in my third year as an MA student in the English program.

I also completed my BA in English at NDSU, writing about zombie in utopian literature for my capstone project. In 2014, I was fortunate enough to join the English department's Study Abroad Program to the UK, where we learned about Shakespeare, Harry Potter, and cream tea.

For the MA in English, I changed tracks a bit; I know focus primarily on rhet/comp. Currently I'm serving as the Assistant First-Year Writing Director, observing fellow graduate instructors, learning about writing program administration, and helping to organize the Showcase of Student Writing. This is an exciting opportunity. 

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Gullickson, Lee. “Individuals, Interpellation, and ‘Fake’ News.” Comparative World Literature Conference, Long Beach, CA, 2017.

Gullickson, Lee “Understanding Divisive Digital Rhetoric.” Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2018.

Deborah Haley, MA Student
Assistant First-Year Writing Director/EGO Vice-president of EGO/Chair of RRGSC

BA in English (Valley City State University, 2018)

Office: Minard 318E2
deborah.haley@ndsu.edu

Biographical Sketch

Deborah Haley is a first-year grad student from Davenport, ND, who loves books, football, four-wheelers, and movies. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Valley City State University. Her research interests include Dracula, American literature, literary theory, Shakespeare, and dystopian literature. 

Abigail Chrappah Kabu, MA Student

Office:
 Minard 318E2
abigail.chrappah@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Anastassiya Andrianova): 

Biographical Sketch

Samantha Kise, MA Student
BA in English (Concordia College, 2017)

Office:
 Minard 318E2
samantha.kise@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Alison Graham-Bertolini): 

Biographical Sketch

Ian Kristan, MA Student
BS in Criminal Justice (Bradley University, 2018)

Office: Minard 318E34
ian.kristan@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project: 

Biographical Sketch

Ian Kristan graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Criminal Justice, and looks to grow as a writer, teacher, and member of the NDSU community.

Erin Pearson, MA Student
Research Assistant, Northern Plains Ethics Institute (NPEI)


Office: Minard 318E26
erin.pearson@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Rebecca Weaver-Hightower):

Biographical Sketch

Benjamin Pitkin, MA Student
BS in English (North Dakota State University, 2019)

Office: Minard 318E34
Benjamin.pitkin@ndsu.edu

Biographical Sketch

Ben Pitkin is a Master’s student and a first-year writing instructor at NDSU. He graduated NDSU with a BS in English and a minor in Writing Studies. His research interests include technical writing and usability.

Alisa Priebe, MA Student
BA in English (North Dakota State University, 2006)

Office: Minard 318E30
alisa.priebe@ndsu.edu

Biographical Sketch

Alisa Priebe graduated from North Dakota State University with her BA in English. She is a Master's student and first-year writing instructor at NDSU.  She's eager to try new things with respect to writing and teaching.

Rachel Reko, MA Student
BS in English (North Dakota State University, 2018)

Office: Minard 318E2
rachel.s.reko@ndsu.edu 

Disquisition Project: 

Biographical Sketch

Rachel Reko is a first-year master's student and writing instructor at NDSU. She graduated from NDSU summa cum laude in 2018 with a BS in English and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies.

Vanessa Rickertsen, MA Student
BS in English Education and English (North Dakota State University, 2019)

Office: Minard 318E30
vanessa.rickertsen@ndsu.edu

Biographical Sketch

Vanessa Rickertsen is a first year MA student in the English Department. She has previously attended NDSU as an undergrad, graduating with a BS in English Education and English with a minor in Journalism.

Raymond Scot Sorrells, MBA Student
Bachelor of Architecture (NDSU)

Office:
Library 16
raymond.sorrells@ndsu.edu

Biographical Sketch

I’m a Master’s student in the Business Administration department, returning to NDSU after twenty-some years in the business community, the last dozen of which as a Project Manager for Nokia’s digital mapping subsidiary. My experience is in coordinating communication between international technologists, with most of the major stakeholders using English as a second language. I find working with other cultures equips me, especially with non-native students, to help move a writer’s text into a reader’s text with style and grace. My joy is helping to craft complex ideas into written communication, whether that is a disquisition, a job application, or a recipe.

My hobby is acting for the community theatre and the screen. My favorite role was playing Willy Wonka in “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.” Most recently, I was in a short film, “Ham,” that won Best Picture at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival.

I am fascinated by the parallels between the theatre and writing. Rehearsals are like drafts: in the theatre, you bring everything you have to the rehearsal stage and let the director help craft your performance in the notes. The same goes for writing: you bring everything you have to a draft, after which you revise according to peer review, edit after proofreading, learning more about your subject after every revision. The final submitted draft is like opening night where the performance is no longer yours, but now belongs to the audience.

You can find some of my writing online at ontheplate.blog, where I post essays, recipes, and the occasional mémoire.

McKenna Wegner, MA Student
BA in English and Political Science (Concordia College)

Office: Minard 318E30
mckenna.m.wegner@ndsu.edu

Biographical Sketch

McKenna Wegner is a Masters student and first-year writing instructor at NDSU. She graduated from Concordia College with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and Political Science. Her interests include creative writing, photography, and political philosophy.

Clair Willden, MA Student
BA in English and Women Studies (University of New Mexico, 2019)

Office: Minard 318E30
clair.willden@ndsu.edu

Biographical Sketch

Clair Willden graduated from the University of New Mexico with her BA in English and Women Studies in the spring of 2019. She is a Masters student and first-year writing instructor at NDSU. Her research interests include Shakespeare, horror theory, and feminist theory.


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