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Liz Adames is a first-year graduate student in the MAWRD program, returning to school after many years of teaching. Currently, she serves as a developmental reading faculty at the College of DuPage. Liz loves working at a community college, and especially her time with students. Previously, she spent fifteen years in the K-12 system as a middle and high school English teacher, literacy specialist, and instructional coach. Liz holds a BA in English from Bates College and an EdM in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Family is most important to her, especially spending time with her husband and two young daughters.
Kristin Fleming is a WRD graduate assistant in her first year of the MA program at DePaul. She received her BA in English at Loyola University Chicago, while also earning a minor in Biology. She worked in a synthetic Inorganic Chemistry lab all four years of her undergrad, and was able to co-author a publication. She hopes to channel her passion for science through her passion for writing and found that WRD was the place to do so.
Brady Gunnink is an English Teacher and former Department Chair at Jones College Prep in Chicago, IL (2010-present). He teaches AP English Language and Composition and AP Seminar. He is also the faculty advisor for the annual TEDxYouth@JCP conference as well as the Poetry Club. Brady earned his MSE in English Education at Fordham University (2009) and his BA in English Literature at North Central College (2006). He anticipates completing his MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from Depaul University in 2021. Brady is the proud father of Iris and Grayson.
Faiza Ikram is an MA student in the WRD Department and her program concentration is on teaching writing and language. Faiza is also a writing tutor at DePaul's University Center for Writing-Based Learning. She loves blogging but won't share her blog URL here. Whenever she has a moment to spare, you can find her reading books on feminism, antiracism, and personal development!
Kerri is a first-year WRD student and GA for the First Year Writing Program. Her concentrations are Teaching Writing and TESOL and she hopes to work in a college academic resource center or writing center. Her research interests include pedagogy and multilingualism. She is an avid mystery reader and is hoping to land an agent for her YA mystery thriller.
Susan McNally Wilde is pursuing a master’s degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse with a focus on new media studies for non-profits. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree from DePaul, Susan worked for more than 20 years in the tech industry. She currently volunteers as Vice-Chair of the Governing Board at UCANchicago.org, a North Lawndale charity that supports foster care youth and families. In her role, she utilizes media for nonprofits to drive service, education, and advocacy. Throughout her career, Susan has worked extensively with for-profit and non-profit organizations, honing her specialties in business development, global account management, and product marketing.
Walt Stallings is a first-year MA student in the WRD program with a concentration in Teaching Writing & Language. His research interests include translingual literacies, Critical Race Theory, and spatial rhetoric. Walt is originally from Memphis, TN where he studied English at Christian Brothers University. Since moving to Chicago, he has worked as a reading teacher at a K-8 public school and a cook at a Southern Italian restaurant. Walt loves books about the American South, collecting punk rock records, writing short stories, and petting dogs.
Alex Treat is a WRD graduate assistant in his first year of the MA program. He received his BA in Communication at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he also worked in their writing center. Alex’s studies included professional writing, rhetoric, and media, though he also studied literature for his minor. When he isn’t reading, he practices his creative writing on the side, dealing in short stories and poetry.
Along with being a first year WRD Masters student, Kristen Vosberg is a 2020-21 Graduate Assistant in the WRD department. She earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from DePaul in June 2020 along with a Minor in Professional Writing from the WRD department. Kristen worked as a peer writing tutor at DePaul’s amazing University Center for Writing-based Learning and will continue working for them remotely in WQ2020. She currently works in a Cell and Molecular Biology lab at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and contributed as first co-author to a publication in the academic journal Essays in Biochemistry. She did all the copyediting on this project and contributed some original work as well. Kristen is pursuing technical writing in her MA work and her dream job would be as Chief Editor of Science magazine, Nature Cell Biology magazine, National Geographic or something of the likes.
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