M.A. Students


Stone Chen

Graduate Student [ENGL]

Zhi (Stone) Chen is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. He has a BE in Materials Science from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an MBA from The University of Western Ontario in Canada. Before coming to Iowa State, he worked as the senior director of Wall Street English Training Center in Beijing, China. His interests include second language acquisition, pronunciation, and computer-assisted language learning.


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.


Brody Dingel

Graduate Assistant [WLC]

Brody Dingel is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. Prior to starting his M.A., he received a B.A. in Linguistics and a B.A. in World Languages and Cultures with a minor in TESL from Iowa State University. He currently enjoys teaching Spanish and Computers and Language at ISU, and his primary research interests include L2 vocabulary acquisition and computer-assisted language learning.


Emily Dux Speltz

Graduate Assistant [D S O]

Emily Dux Speltz is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She currently enjoys teaching English 150 and assisting with English 420. Previously, she earned her BA in English with a minor in Spanish from Iowa State University in 2018. She has worked at Iowa State’s Writing and Media Center as the Graduate Assistant Director and as a communication consultant, and she has assisted with multiple research projects in the English department. Emily’s research interests center around computer-assisted language learning and writing evaluation.


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 who has not yet provided a bio for our site 🙂


Anton Neretin

Graduate Student [ENGL]

Anton Neretin is an M.A. student in the TESL program. Before ISU, he
earned a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies from a Russian Academy of Law and an “Interpretation/Translation” Certificate from an Iowa college. Anton’s passion is to help international students or other learners for whom English is a foreign language. Since 2017, he has been a mentor of students enrolled in the “Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom” course, provided by ISU, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and administered by FHI 360.


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.


Tamara Schmeisser

Graduate Assistant [D S O]

Tamara Schmeisser holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Banking from Buena Vista University and a B.A. in World Languages and Cultures with a minor in Russian from Iowa State University. She is currently an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She has taught community-based ESL courses in Des Moines to adult refugees from various regions in the world and currently teaches English 101C. Her interests include literacy issues, L2 writing development, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and pedagogy.


Shamini Shetye

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Shamini Shetye is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University. She holds a B.S. from Iowa State University in Liberal Studies and a B.Sc from the University of Mumbai, India in Physics, along with an Associate degree in Business Information Systems from Des Moines Area Community College. Some of her interests include learning about new cultures and languages. Her study abroad trips through Iowa State University to France, Spain, and Morocco gave her enlightening insights about diverse cultures. She has also actively volunteered in the community for several years. Some of her volunteering roles include serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA ) for abused or neglected children in Des Moines, Iowa (for couple years) and engaging elementary and middle-school students in enrichment activities like robotics. Currently, she enjoys teaching English 250 at Iowa State University. Shamini’s research interests include literacy, corpus linguistics, and computational linguistics.


April Tan

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

April Tan is an M.A. student in Applied Linguistics/TESL at Iowa State University. She received her B.A from Drake University in Creative Advertising in 2015. Her field of interest is in the interplay between second language acquisition (specifically in dialects and pronunciation) and theatre. She hopes to be able to use oral storytelling as a bridge to cross-cultural literacy and community development.