Who we are...


Editor-in-chief:  Athena Perrakis,   University of Southern California
        I am a doctoral student in the Rossier School of 
        Education at USC.  I have a Masters degree in 
        comparative literature from USC, where I currently
        teach two sections of composition as an Assistant 
        Lecturer.  In addition, I work administratively 
        for The Writing Program as an Instructional
        Coordinator, which means that I help train and 
        mentor incoming instructors.  I also teach 
        English part-time at the community college 
        level, and work as the Graduate  Intern for the 
        Center for Excellence in Teaching at USC.  
        My passion is teaching.  In my "free" time, 
        I work.


Assistant Editor:   Jamie Grasser, University of Northern Colorado
        I am a sophomore attending the University 
        of Northern Colorado, working toward a degree 
        in English, a minor in History, and I am a part 
        of the teaching program here on campus.  I would 
        like to teach high school English courses while 
        continuing my education and eventually receiving 
        my Ph.D.  I am the vice-president and co-founder 
        of The Writer's Block, a small, on-campus writing 
        and reading club that encourages the integration 
        of reading analysis and writing techniques as an 
        opportunity to improve both academic and creative 
        writing.  I also am in charge of The Writer's 
        Block annual publication.  I work as a English 
        Tutor for the Center for Human Enrichment Program 
        here at UNC and love my puppy!


Contributing Editor:   Meredith Larson,   Northern Illinois University
	I am a graduate student at Northern Illinois University, 
	currently working on  my M.A. in English with a focus in 
	linguistics/stylistics.  I am the  president  of the 
	English honors society as well as the president of NIU's 
	Native American organization.  I worked for two years as 
	a peer tutor of English and  now  teach first-year 
	composition, and as an undergraduate, I was co-editor of 
	a  student newsletter for the English department.  After 
	finishing my M.A., I am  not  sure what I want to do.  
	Teaching is nice, but I am not sure I can do it  well  
	enough. And had I a dog, I am sure I would love it, but 
	for now I will love my cat, Sophia.



Contributing Editor:  Justin Ober,   University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
	I'm a third-year undergraduate at the University of 
	Massachusetts Dartmouth, pursuing an English Writing and 
	Communication degree.  When I'm not reading, writing, or 
	editing, I enjoy theater, playing my guitar, and water 
	sports of all kinds (maybe that's because I'm a pisces?)  
	Currently, I'm studying abroad at the University of Sydney 
	in Australia - I'm supposedly researching my Honors Thesis, 
	a novel about living abroad.  I plan to finish up in June 
	and return home to the Boston area for my senior year.


Faculty Advisor to AE Extra:  Dr. Ben Varner,   University of Northern Colorado,CO
        I am an Associate Professor of English at the University 
	of Northern Colorado.  In addition to having the pleasure 
	of advising the student editors of AE Extra,  I 
	enjoy teaching and researching Victorian Literature, 
	Composition Theory, the Bronte Sisters, and Charles 
	Dickens. I also serve as a Senior Editor of  Academic 
  	Exchange Quarterly.  

	As a Senior Editor, I am especially interested in receiving 
	well-written student essays focusing on education issues 
	from the student's point of view.  These essays will
	be considered for publication in  AEQ, the parent 
	journal. Please send them to me as an e-mail or Word 
	attachment.



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