Resources to Welcome You



Agata Guskaroska and Tom Elliott, while students in our MA program in TESL/Applied Linguistics (now they are both students in our PhD program in Applied Linguistics and Technology), developed this interactive eBook “The Ultimate Guide to Surviving your First Semester at Iowa State” in order to provide helpful information for all new students at ISU.

They also received Best Impactful Innovation Award for their presentation of this interactive eBook at the Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference at ISU in April 2018.



Welcome to the ISU English Department’s
Peer Advising Resource Team!

Our peer advisers are excited to share their experience and perspectives with prospective, incoming, and established members of ISU’s English Department Graduate Student Community.

Whether your questions be about

  • Selecting a course of study
  • Finding somewhere to live
  • Navigating your first few semesters
  • Making the transition from coursework to independent research
  • Even looking for the best pizza in town

Please contact us, first looking at our individual bios and contacting us individually or sending general questions to our group at this address:

To help us best direct your questions, please put the nature of your question in the subject heading.



Allison Durazzi

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Allison Durazzi is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. Her research interests are feminist rhetoric, editing, and technical communication ethics. Before resuming her academic career, Allison worked in legal aid policy, nonprofit administration, and digital marketing. Allison holds a BA from Antioch University Seattle, where she focused on the iterative nature of personal narrative and social justice. She is also an alumna of Seattle Central Community College and the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. In addition to studying for her PhD, She is perfecting her recipes for homemade ice cream.

Sondoss Elnegahy

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Sondoss Elnegahy holds a BA in Linguistics and Translation from Helwan University, Egypt. Graduating the first runner-up on her class, she was appointed as a Teaching Assistant in the English Department. She taught English courses to different faculties at Helwan University. In 2012, she was accepted to participate in the "English Language Teaching Materials Development: Principles, Tools, and Technologies" online course provided by English Department here at ISU, which was followed by "English Language Materials Development" workshop at ISU campus. This was a turning point for Ms. Elnegahy since it planted a dream for her to come back to ISU one day. As a Fulbright grantee, she obtained her MA degree from the University of Delaware. Her dream came true as she is currently honored to be back to ISU as a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. Her research interest is mainly second language pronunciation and oral communication assessment.

Agata Guskaroska

Graduate Assistant [G COL]

Agata Guskaroska is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature, first MA degree in Applied Linguistics from FON University and second MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics from ISU. She taught ESL courses in primary and secondary schools and American literature course at university level. She worked as a Teaching Assistant at FON university in Macedonia and has won Fulbright scholarship in May 2017. Agata’s major interests include computer-assisted language learning, pronunciation and second language acquisition.

Being a sponsored student, she can share advice and tips on anything that you may need as a new international or Fulbright student. Starting a new chapter in your life, adapting to a new educational system and integrating into a new culture, and gathering a pile of documents may be overwhelming and difficult at the beginning. She encourages students to be well-organized, ask questions, and create checklists.

In order to assist newcomers, she and classmate created an iBook called The Ultimate Guide to surviving the first semester at ISU’ where you can find information about any type of assistance that you may need. This iBook is inspired by the authors’ need of support in the first semester. Theyt strongly believe it will provide excellent support for you! It covers many areas, starting from tips on navigating the city, to campus resources, surviving the emotional breakdown, and interesting facts about the American Culture. The iBook can be downloaded at

Jillian Hunt

Graduate Student [ENGL]

Jillian Hunt is an MA 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.

Carrie-Ann Johnson

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Carrie Ann Johnson (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Professional Communication at Iowa State University. Before attending ISU, Johnson received her Bachelors of Science in Journalism and Public Relations and Master of Science in American Studies from Utah State University. She works for the Catt Center for Women in Politics as the Vertically Intergraded Projects Coordinator and as the Editorial Assistant for Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Additionally, she serves as the Senate Engagement Officer for the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. Her dissertation research focuses on Whisper Networks and organizational communication. Other research interests include political communication, journalism and mass media, gender studies, queer video game rhetoric, ludic theory, and social justice.

Ananda Muhammad

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Ananda Muhammad is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She started her PhD after graduating with her MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University as a Fulbright Scholar. She is originally from the wonderful tropical Indonesia where she taught for two years after graduating with a BA in English Language and Literature from Universitas Hasanuddin. During those two years, she taught people of various ages and backgrounds in different settings: private language schools and higher education. Currently her research interests are in computer-assisted language learning and language assessment, specifically in the area of pragmatics.

She knows quite a bit about life as a Foreign Fulbright Student in the U.S. She served for approximately 2 years as the President of the Fulbright Students and Scholars at ISU organization. She would be happy to share advice about navigating the U.S. academic setting as a Foreign Fulbright Student, Other areas she is happy to share advice on: securing funding from the Graduate College and English Department for conference travels, being a teaching assistant, travelling and visa processes for Indonesians, housing in Ames, and being involved in student organizations.

Ivana Rehman

Lecturer [ENGL]

Ivana Rehman is a recent PhD graduate of the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She has had extensive experience teaching a variety of classes, from ESL to academic writing and communication. She is passionate about research, and her interests are in computer assisted language learning and second language pronunciation.

Emily Dux Speltz

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Emily Dux Speltz is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at ISU. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in TESL/Applied Linguistics from ISU. Her research interests center around the applications of writing-process research to computer-assisted writing pedagogy. Previously, she has enjoyed working as a communication consultant and the graduate assistant director at the Writing and Media Center. She has taught English 150, English 250, and Honors 322. She also works on the ProWrite research team and as the social media and website manager for the Applied Linguistics program.

Zoe Zawadzki

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Zoe Zawadzki is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University with an interest in pronunciation and computer-assisted language learning. She holds a B.A. in French and Linguistics and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. She spent one year teaching English to children in France. Zoe has presented at conferences such as PSLLT, TESOL, and MEXTESOL.