M.A. Students


Jenna Bertilson

Graduate Assistant [WLC]
Jenna

Jenna Bertilson is an M.A. student in the Applied Linguistics/TESL program. She received her B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in TESL
from Iowa State University. Her field of interest includes second language acquisition, pronunciation, and computer-assisted language
learning. She hopes to work with adults learning English as a second language in the future.


Wren Bouwman

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Wren Bouwman is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She received a B.A. in English with a minor in Speech from Iowa State University. Her interests include Old English literature, historical linguistics, and higher education pedagogy.


Kate Challis

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Kate Challis is an MA student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She has a BA in French Teaching and minor in TESOL K-12 from BYU ('09). She is especially interested in applying corpus methods to computer applications for foreign language learning of less commonly taught languages. She is the marketing chair for the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International and is deeply passionate about all things Czech. She speaks English, French, Arabic, and Czech.


Cheick Sadibou Diagne

Graduate Student [ENGL]

Cheick Sadibou Diagne joined ISU’s English Department for the two-year M.A. TESL Applied Linguistics program to update and enhance his language teaching and teacher training skills. Prior to coming to ISU, he was a teacher trainer at the ESL/EFL Department of Cheikh Anta Diop University’s Teacher Education College, where he helped train English Language Instructors for 6 years. Prior to that, he had been working as a High and Middle School English teacher for 10 years, in three different public schools, including his country’s unique Girls-only Excellence boarding school on Goree Island, in Dakar, Senegal.


Nadezhda Dobrynina

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
Nadezhda Dobrynina

Nadezhda Dobrynina is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. In 2019, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from the Northern (Arctic) Federal University in Arkhangelsk, Russia. Two years later, she received a Master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation Studies from the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. Throughout her academic career, Nadezhda has been exploring the range of her research interests. Her undergraduate and graduate thesis projects focused on applying corpus linguistics methods to language description and language learning problems.


Jillian Hunt

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Jillian Hunt is a first-year M.A. student in the TESL/Applied Linguistics program. She graduated from the University of Dubuque in 2019 with a BS in Secondary English Education. She completed student teaching in a high school and hopes to continue working with high school students in the future. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as a university writing tutor and as the managing editor of University of Dubuque’s campus newspaper. Her main field of interest is in the intersection of second language acquisition and literature.


John Guhin

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

John Guhin is a master’s student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. He graduated with a BS in Mathematics from Iowa State University in May 2018. During undergrad, he developed an interest in Linguistics after joining the Linguistics Club and decided to pursue a career in Linguistics. Current research interests are limited to corpus linguistics for now but will probably grow in number and specificity with time.


Kunhui "Connie" Kim

Graduate Student [ENGL]

Kunhui “Connie” Kim is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics & Technology program. She received her B.A. in Portuguese & English as the 1st and 2nd majors from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in South Korea. Her field of research interest includes second language acquisition, Computer-/Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (CALL/MALL), pronunciation, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for business English. She hopes to be a better and more competent English teacher with what she learned in this program.


Savannah Maynard

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Savannah Maynard is an MA student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She holds a BA in Linguistics and Spanish from Iowa State University. As an undergraduate, Savannah worked as a research assistant in the English Department at Iowa State. She also secured an internship as a teaching assistant at an English language academy in Spain during her semester abroad. There, she discovered her interest in second language acquisition. Her other academic interests include corpus and historical linguistics.


Laura Raught

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Laura Raught is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She received a B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Spanish from Iowa State University. Her interests focus on her love of grammar but she also wants to explore historical linguistics. Laura especially enjoys sharing her interests with others through teaching.


Viacheslav Vovchenko

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
Viacheslav Vovchenko

Viacheslav Vovchenko is an M.A. student in the TESL/Applied Linguistic program. In 2019, he graduated from the Northern (Arctic) Federal University in Arkhangelsk, Russia with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and in 2021, completed a Master’s program in Translation and Interpretation Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. Viacheslav’s primary scientific interests lie in the fields of phonetics, pronunciation, and second language acquisition.