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Ho'omana Nathan Horton, MA student in TESOL/Linguistics

Address: TBD
Message: 405-744-9474
E-mail: nahorto@ostatemail.okstate.edu 

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • English for Academic Purposes

  • Language Attitudes

  • Language Variation

Honors and Offices

  • Editorial Assistant – Journal of Linguistic Geography

  • Vice President – TESLing Club

Conference Presentations

  • “Conveying Academic Expectations in the Writing Center: The not-so-black-and-white negotiation of ‘Standard American English’” South Central Writing Center Association Conference, March 2014

  • “Teaching Hypothetical Conditionals for Argumentative Writing in an L2 Classroom” OKTESOL, October 2014

  • “The Glad Acceptance of Sacrificial Responsibility”: Defining Manhood and Accountability in a Christian Men’s Group” Language and Linguistics Student Conference, November 2014

Current Research/Articles in Progress

  • RODEO – Research on Dialects of English in Oklahoma


Hillary Coenen, PhD Student in Composition and Rhetoric

Address: 440 Student Union
Message: 405-744-9474
E-mail: coenen@ostatemail.okstate.edu 

BA, Angelo State University
MA, English, Midwestern State University  

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Feminist Rhetoric
  • History of Rhetoric
  • Writing Center Theory
  • Multimodal Composition  


  • Selected Chapters in Guide to Writing and Research at Oklahoma State University and Beyond

Honors and Offices

  • Assistant Director, OSU Writing Center (Spring 2014 – Present)

  • President, English Graduate Student Association (Fall 2014 – Present)

Conference Presentations

  • “In and Out: Exploring the Closet Metaphor in Writing Centers and Composition Classrooms.” South Central Writing Center Association Conference. Oklahoma State University, Feb. 2014

  • “Be Our Guest: A Hospitable Approach to Facing Class in the Writing Center.” International Writing Center Association Collaborative @ Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO, Mar. 2012

  • “Reflections on ‘Finding Our Writing Center: The Search for Identity amidst Student Misperceptions.’” University of Oklahoma Writing Center.  Apr. 2011 

Current Research/Articles in Progress

  • A Paci-Feminist Ethic: Woolf’s and Yousafzai’s Rhetorical Responses to Tyranny
  • “Staffing as Investing: Should Writing Centers be Used as Sites for Teacher Training?” 

Why OSU?

  • Primarily, I chose OSU based on a feeling that the faculty members would provide thoughtful, flexible support, that the atmosphere would promote learning, and that I would be challenged. My experiences over the last year have reinforced that intuition. I have received a great deal of support from faculty members, administrators, staff, and my fellow graduate students. By hosting events for EGSA this year, I have learned that to be even truer than I initially because I have seen how genuine and enthusiastic faculty members are in their desire to support graduate students. It also doesn’t hurt that the campus is just beautiful!

Jeff Tate, PhD student in Technical Writing

Address: 205 Morrill Hall
Message: 405-744-9474
E-mail: jeff.tate@okstate.edu 

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Genre Theory
  • Activity Theory
  • Online Education, especially in composition and technical writing 

Conference Presentations

  • TYCA Conference, San Antonio, TX, Fall 2007

Cara Ernzen, MA Student in TESL

Address: 414 Morrill Hall

Email: cara.ernzen@okstate.edu



areas of interest and expertise

  • Second Language Writng
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Genre


conference presentations

  • "Tutors as Literacy Sponsors," South Central Writing Center Association Conference. Stillwater, OK, Spring 2014
  • "Teaching Modal Verbs in Context: A Discourse-Based Approach," OKTESOL. Edmond, OK, Fall 2014. 


Current research/articles in Progress

  • Online language learning narratives

Tim O’Neil, PhD student in Early American Literature

BA Oklahoma State University
MA Oklahoma State University 

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Colonial American Literature through the Nineteenth Century
  • Colonial American History
  • Cotton Mather
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne

Honors and Offices

  • Jacob K. Javits Fellow – 2007-present
  • OSU Creativity Initiative, Steering Committee Member – 2008-present
  • OSU Freshman Research Scholars Program, Director – 2008-present 

Conference Presentations

  • OSU Representative for The Office of Scholar Development and Recognition
    Education, Innovation and Discovery: The Distinctive Promise of the American Research University, Hilton Washington D.C., November 2008.

  • “Eden in the New England Wilderness: Milton’s Position in Hawthorne’s ‘Young Goodman Brown.’” Boundaries Crossed: English in the Age of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Tulsa, March 2008.

  • "Advice for Applicants to the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.”
    Getting It Right: A Workshop for New Advisors, National Association of Fellowships Advisors, University of Arkansas, July 2008. 

Current Research/Articles in Progress

  • I am currently preparing a critical edition of Cotton Mather’s letters to The Royal Society—collectively titled the “Curiosa Americana”—from the original 1723 manuscripts held by the American Antiquarian Society.  I am also working on an article that examines vision and utopian construction in Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance.    

Why OSU?

OSU is a vibrant collegial community of experienced, innovative scholars who are uniquely “knit together by this bond of love and live in the exercise of it.”