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.

Spencer KraussSpencer Krauss is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department. His research interests are in classical and modern political thought, politics and literature, and politics and religion. His dissertation, The Homeric Defense of Poetry, is concerned with analyzing Homer’s presentation, in the Iliad, of the psychological bases of religious belief. Before coming to Baylor in 2016, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from San Diego State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Oregon at Eugene. He has taught classes on composition, fiction writing, Western political philosophy, American political thought, and constitutional development. He is a great admirer of the Lone Star State and of Waco in particular.

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.


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