Becca CassadyBecca Cassady is from Marietta, Georgia, and earned her BA in English and her BA in Spanish from Mercer University in 2013. She taught English as a Second Language in Thailand and worked in campus ministry in Georgia before coming to Baylor to pursue her PhD in English Literature. Her research focuses on Rhetoric and Composition, specifically on issues of learning transfer and writing across the disciplines. In addition to her role as the Graduate Writing Center Coordinator, Becca works to enhance Baylor’s graduate student experience through her work as the Executive Vice President of the Graduate Student Association. Beyond the graduate school, she has the pleasure of teaching Baylor's First-Year Writing courses and mentoring undergraduates within the Honors Residential College. She can often be found practicing calligraphy with the Waco Calligraphy Guild, hiking or hammocking in Cameron Park, or drinking sweet tea.

Grace V. AquinoGrace V. Aquino is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Environmental Science. Her research focuses on the optimization of an in vitro blood brain barrier model that can be used to better understand the development of neurodegenerative diseases associated with exposures to environmental chemicals. However, her publication history demonstrates her extended interest in nanomaterial safety and drug-discovery. Having grown up in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, she received an A.A. from Bard College at Simon’s Rock (2012) and transferred to Baylor University where she earned a B.S. in biology and a double-minor in biochemistry and Latin American Studies (2014). The recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, she has taught several introductory lab courses and co-taught at the graduate level alongside Dr. Laine Scales (EDA5300: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education). In her free time, she enjoys teaching Sunday School to children at her local church, doing yoga, and painting portraits of her pot-belly pig, Penelope.

Rachel KilgoreRachel Lynn Kilgore studies 19th century novels as a Ph.D. candidate in the English department where she has been for two full years.  Her B.A. is in literature from the University of Houston, and her M.A. from the University of Dallas focused on Jane Austen’s ethics of reading.  While finishing her Master’s thesis, she began working as an adjunct instructor at several colleges in the Dallas and Houston area including community colleges, the University of Houston Downtown, and Houston Baptist University. After three years, she began her work at Baylor where she hopes to write her dissertation on the interaction between a reader’s world, and the imagined worlds of novels.  She has presented at several of the Conferences for Christianity in Literature, the Center for Ethics and Culture at Notre Dame, at the North American Victorian studies Association (in October 2016), and will happily “present” to anyone else with a moderately interested expression. When not writing or teaching, Rachel enjoys crocheting, listening to audio books, hiking in Cameron park, conversing with friends, and dreaming about the tiny cob houses she hopes to build one day.

Edwin EschlerEdwin Eschler is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the sociology department where he researches religion, race, and political violence. He completed his BS in sociology at Brigham Young University and as part of the PhD program received his MA last summer here at Baylor: his thesis looked at the social determinants of experiencing a miracle. Ed spent several years between his undergraduate and graduate careers in Oregon working as a freelance writer for textbook companies. When not teaching (he currently teaches Religion and Society and Introduction to Sociology) or writing (his dissertation looks at how social network use intersects with his three areas of interest) he likes to fish and BBQ.

Greg BarnhillGreg Barnhill is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Religion Department whose research focuses on New Testament, early Christianity, Hebrew Bible, and Second Temple Judaism. His dissertation combines these interests with a theological approach of interpretation by exploring “The Divine Voice in Paul’s Scripture Citations,” an intertextual study of Paul’s use of the Jewish Scriptures in his theology. Greg is a frequent presenter at academic conferences in biblical and theological studies, such as the Society of Biblical Literature and the Karl Barth Graduate Student Colloquium. He has published research in Journal for the Study of the New Testament and Journal of Theological Interpretation, as well as forthcoming articles in Catholic Biblical Quarterly and Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters. Greg earned a B.A. in History from Lee University and a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. In addition to working as a writing consultant, he teaches in the Religion and Classics departments at Baylor.

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