Justin Bauserman, President
Asher John, Vice President
Molly Foland, Secretary
Matthew Balk, Treasurer
Matt Balk is a first year doctoral student in Rhetoric and Composition from West Union, Iowa. Having graduated from his undergraduate Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, he decided to leave the cornfields of Iowa…and ended up in the cornfields of Indiana. He just recently graduated from Ball State University with a M.A. in Creative Writing, and was persuaded to the “dark side” of English with the promise of cookies. Matt recently presented at his first conference, the Future of English Studies Conference in Springfield, Illinois, and enjoyed it so much he wants to do it more. When not teaching ENG 103, reading/writing for classes, and grading, he likes to play Risk, chess, and Euchre.
Aaron Nicely, Community Outreach Coordinator
Aaron Nicely is a second year Masters student in Creative Writing from Cincinnati, Ohio, focusing his thesis on creative non-fiction, and contemplating a Ph.D. track in literature. He has held positions as the Vice President of Phi Delta Theta - Indiana Beta chapter - and several others along the way. After graduating from Wabash College with a degree in English he sold copiers to support his wife Katey while she earned her Masters degree in Health Communications. Now she is supporting him. One aspect of life they both miss dearly, and try to cultivate everywhere they go, is the strong sense of family they grew up with. As GSAB social chair Aaron hopes to develop a sense of family and community amongst the English graduate students, forging life long personal and professional friendships. Aaron, when not planning social events, reading, or writing, is learning to teach, and will begin with a full assignment in the Spring semester.
Jill Emerick, Commuter/Non-Assistantship Student Liaison
Jeff Paschke-Johannes, Webmaster
Jeff Paschke-Johannes is a doctoral student in Rhetoric/Composition and is currently studying for his comprehensive exams and preparing for his dissertation proposal, all the while teaching English 103 and 104 as a graduate teaching assistant. He earned his Master's degree in English at Iowa State University, where he studied creative writing. His academic interests include rhetorical history, race and whiteness studies in rhetoric, and writing in digital environments. He lives in Yorktown with his brilliant and beautiful wife, Tracy, a pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Muncie, and his two wonderful kids, Shahra, age 5, and Samuel, age 2.