Current MA Students


Emily Boyd

Graduate Assistant-Teaching [ENGL]

Emily Boyd is a first year MA student studying Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Technical Communication here at Iowa State in 2017. Emily is currently a graduate teaching assistant for Speech Communication 212 and 216. When she’s not on campus, you can find Emily hanging out with her dog or trying to keep her cat from burning down her apartment.


Brittany Eide

Graduate Assistant-Teaching [ENGL]

Brittany Eide is a second year MA student in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication. She earned a BA in English with a specialization in Creative Writing from the University of South Dakota in 2015. Currently, her research interests include rhetoric and narrative medicine, particularly how subjects such as madness, illness, and death are used rhetorically in relation to other subjects such as crime and the environment and how these narratives exist across media. In addition, she is interested in how writing acts as a form of therapy and communication for illness.


Tiffany Eide

Graduate Assistant-Teaching [ENGL]

Tiffany Eide is a master’s student in the Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication program, and is obtaining a co-major in English Literature. Before attending Iowa State University, she received her Bachelor of Arts in: Media & Journalism: Strategic Communication, English, and History. She then spent two years working in the television and news industry as a creative services producer.

Currently, Tiffany is an instructor for the SpCm 212: Fundamentals of Public Speaking course. She also works as a Communications Consultant for Iowa State’s Writing and Media Center. A worshiper of multiple masks, her areas of interest spread out across academic disciplines—settling mainly in areas such as social advocacy, advertising, film theory, absurdist literature, rhetorical theory, Victorianism, visual communication, digital media, and the historical contexts of war and propaganda.


Danielle Giles

Graduate Assistant-Teaching [ENGL]

Danielle Giles is a first year MA student in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication. She graduated from Iowa State University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication, spring of 2017. She is currently a graduate teaching assistant for Speech Communication 212. As apart of her GA position, she also serves as an apprentice within English 314. She has the amazing opportunity to get hands-on experience helping within an advanced communication classroom. She is
currently researching crisis communication within the business realm, focusing on corporate apologies.


Scott Kovach

Graduate Assistant-Teaching [ENGL]

Scott Kovach, as an undergraduate in Political Science at Iowa State University, was awarded the National Science Foundation’s Scholarship for Service in Information Assurance. After graduating in 2003, he has served in a variety of careers: information security consulting, tech support, quality assurance engineering, food service, construction, grocery, and retail—although not necessarily in that order. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication at Iowa State University. His research interests integrate his background in Information Assurance with Visual Rhetoric and Rhetorical Theory.

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Michael Pounders

Graduate Assistant-Teaching [ENGL]

Michael Pounders is a first year M.A. student in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communications. I graduated from UW-Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2017 with a degree in Secondary English Education. After teaching high school and middle school English, I came to Iowa State to earn my Master’s Degree. My passion is teaching and my career plan is to be a first-year composition professor. I currently am a graduate teaching assistant for Speech Communication 212. Part of my GA position is to serve as an apprentice where I have the opportunity to learn about and work in the field of technical communication. I am also currently researching the technical communication of how ballet instruction has evolved to include NFL players.