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Meet the Students

Nicole Carrobis

Rhetoric and Composition, 2nd year

Hello! My name is Nicole Carrobis. I am a second year Rhetoric and Composition student, Teaching Assistant, and Writing Center Graduate Student Administrator. My MA was an entrance into a field I had previously been unaware of, and now a launching off point for teaching abroad in the near future and enrolling in a PhD program after that. I really love teaching and working with students, rhetorical analysis work of all kinds, and feminist methodologies. In the spare time we have I like to watch Hulu, cook, and travel. In this program I have worked on cohort building theories, transparency and transfer with first year writing teaching, creative nonfiction writing, and rhetorical theory.

(For context, this photo was taken during my first Spring Break up in Vancouver, BC, at the very tall, long, and intimidating Capilano Suspension Bridge–it was awesome, but terrifying.)

Rob Erickson

Literature, 2nd year

Primarily focused on 20th and 21st century fiction, I tend to look at texts that question the nature of our world, our culture, and our selves. To this end, I am also interested in the place that science fiction and fantasy texts fit in and around the literary canon. I am currently immersed in utopian theory studying the link between utopian spaces and imprisonment in contemporary texts. I have a firm belief that community colleges play a vital role in higher education and one of my goals is to teach at one for an extended amount of time. I also plan to move forward with my own education and pursue a PhD in Literature.

Tucker Grimshaw

Literature, 1st year

Aloha! I received my BA in English Literature from Brigham Young University-Hawaii in 2014. My research interests include 20th century American literature, disability studies, and the teaching of writing and literature. When I am not studying or teaching, a few other things I like to do include reading, surfing, snowboarding, dancing, and singing.

 

Heather Hamilton McBride

Literature, 2nd year

My academic and professional goals are broad. There are many positions I feel I could claim as my own. I do know that I want to work with international students and study texts from around the world. I have an interest in intersectional feminism and postcolonial studies. I also plan to pursue a PhD. I’ve had the privilege of presenting my work at the RMMLA conference last fall and the Graduate English conference at the University of Idaho the prior spring. I’ve also had the opportunity to work in our First Year Writing Program by teaching in both 101 and 102 classrooms. The support and training offered to me through this program have been amazing. I was employed as a learning assistant in ELL classes and had the invaluable experience of observing the interaction between two talented professors and their second language students. Both experiences have been instrumental in forming my teaching methods. As an older student, I am surprised at the effect this program has had on my children. Since watching me write and study with purpose each day, their grades have soared. This, by itself, has made me the literature student I am. I realize in moments of discouragement that this is something I must do, for I must show my daughters that it can be done.

Madison Hansen

Rhetoric and Composition, 2nd year

I’m a second year MA student, graduate assistant at the Writing Center, and First Year Writing teacher. In all of these roles, I’m dedicated to transparency, equity, and access, and plan to continue into a Rhetoric and Composition PhD program. For me, the most important piece of this MA program is the sense of community. From the Writing Center staff to the approachable faculty to my extremely supportive cohort, I have a huge community of writers who I can turn to for feedback on my writing and to talk through ideas. Alongside opportunities to practice administration, teach, and present at conferences, this network is preparing me to be a professional writing specialist in Rhetoric and Composition. I’m interested in writing center theory, practice, and administration; critical approaches to first year writing pedagogy; translingualism; disability studies; gender and sexuality studies; cultural rhetorics; media and pop culture criticism.

Chaney Hill

Literature, 1st year

I graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a BA in English Literature, and a BS in English Language Arts, 7-12. I have also had the opportunity to attend Alpha Chi National Honor Society’s national conference and to publish an academic paper in their undergraduate journal. I hope to eventually get a PhD in English Literature and teach at the university level.  I am interested in 19th and 20th century American literature, feminist theory, and the non-human.

Richard Hooton

Literature, 1st year

My literary interests include British authors from the early modern era and American authors of the 18th through 20th century. My two preferred Americans are Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway, and my favorite son of England shall always remain “Little Will” Shakespeare. As I cling stubbornly to a short list of favorites, but always with an open mind to exploring the works of many writers, my preferred studies are literary periods and single authors, allowing for a more focused approach than a broad survey. A daily diet of reading and a passion for fiction writing will prepare me for my ultimate goal of working with students and educators, and I expect never to retire from the endeavor.

Heath Kemper

Rhetoric and Composition, 1st year

Through my time at Boise State, I hope to develop tools and gain experiences that will enable me continue to teaching, learning, and contributing to the local community. Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a tutor for international students in Boise State’s English Language Support Program and as a site director for Shake It Up, a Shakespeare-oriented after-school program for elementary students. I’m really enjoying developing and stretching my teaching abilities in the classroom this semester. I’m interested in writing and narrative, in rhetoric, in teaching, in community engagement, and in working with multilingual students.

Allison King

Rhetoric and Composition, 2nd year

I received my BA in English, Writing Emphasis in 2015 from Boise State where I held a peer writing consultant position for three years in the Writing Center, as well as interned for Carrie Seymour teaching post-Civil War literature, poetry explication, and literary criticism. I am a 2015 McNair alumna and my original research into the effects of creative expressive writing on perceived writerly self-efficacy in the writing center was published in the 11th issue of The McNair Scholars Research Journal. I hope to attain a teaching position where I continue my work with First-Year Writers and Basic Writers and eventually work toward a PhD or EdD with an emphasis in Curriculum Design & Instruction. I’m an aspiring poet and essayist, and my goal for 2017 is to commit to 100 publication submissions. For now, one of my poems resides on the side of a parking garage stairwell. I prefer Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with my morning coffee versus “hate-watching” the Today Show, and I’m doing my best to raise two tiny humans with my husband of eleven years. My research interests include: The interdependence of rhetoric and poetics; creative writing studies; narrative theory; critical expressivism; provocative revision; writing center theory & practice; theory and practice of teaching basic writing; creative nonfiction; digital identities; mix-tape rhetoric; First-Year Writing; Ambient Rhetoric; The Rhetoric of Reflection; and Metanoic Reflection as a means to Care and Tend to the Writer Within (Self-Care for Writing Program Administrators & Instructors of Writing).

Skyler Meeks

Rhetoric and Composition, 2nd year

I came to Boise State from Keizer, Oregon. I’m currently in my final semester of the Rhetoric and Composition program, where I’m examining the ways speakers use moral appeals in public discourse. I have a BA in English from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where I emphasized in creative writing. In addition to my work with morality, I have researched writing centers, composition pedagogy, classical rhetoric, essays, and graphic novels.

Allie Qiu

Rhetoric and Composition, 1st year

I am from Iowa City and the Chicago suburbs. Before coming to BSU, I studied education research & design and tutored at a community college writing center. I was so excited to find the field of rhetoric and composition! My research interests are in second language writing, creative writing pedagogy, and multilingual multimodal composition. I also like pop music, religions, and young adult literature.

 

Elizabeth Slabaugh

Literature, 1st year

When I was five years old, my parents asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. I immediately replied with, “I want to read, write, and drive.” These three childhood goals became my mantra and always fueled my need to explore and be independent. Now that I’m an adult, I push myself to read better books, write better words, and travel as often as possible. I graduated in 2014 from Northwest Nazarene University with a BA in both English and Psychology. My desire is to integrate literature and psychology in meaningful ways. After completing my MA, my next goal is pursuing a PhD.  My academic interests include: 19th century American and British literature, psychoanalytic theory, illness and women’s writing, and feminist theory.

Gina-Monica Tomulescu

Literature, 2nd year

My Bachelor’s degree is in English, Secondary Education; after graduation I will most likely try to teach at a community college. I am interested in theory, particularly psychoanalytic theory.

 

Kameron Walters

Literature, 1st year

One day I’d like to become a published author. Studying the world’s best writers is my way to get there. Currently, I teach 8th grade literature to alternative students. My main literary interests are in cyber-spaces, virtual realities, and cyber-punk literature.

Sarah Wilson

Rhetoric and Composition, 1st year

My background is in 6-12 education. I love teaching in BSU’s First Year Writing Program where I can constantly draw real-time connections between my studies and instruction. Once I complete my degree I plan to teach at the community college level. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, skiing, and hiking in the Boise foothills. My research interests are translingual theory and multilingual studies, composition pedagogy, and teacher-research.

Jean-Louise Zancanella

Literature, 2nd year

I have my MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and am the public services librarian at the College of Western Idaho. I’m pursuing this degree to supplement my career in librarianship and further foster my interests in contemporary British fiction and the digital humanities.