Who we are...

Editor-in-chief:  Athena Perrakis,   University of Southern California
        I am Director of Interdisciplinary Programs for the 
        Ahmanson Humanities Initiative at USC, Office of the Dean.  
        My position requires me to support, manage and organize 
        faculty funding from a major endowment provided by The 
        Ahmanson Foundation.  We have events throughout the academic 
        year, which we encourage faculty from across the country to 
        attend.  If you would like more information, please e-mail 
        me at HumInit@usc.edu.  This summer I am working part-time 
        as TA liaison at USC's Center for Excellence in Teaching.  
        In addition to editing this publication I enjoy reading, 
        writing and traveling to exotic locales; however, I rarely 
        leave for too long, because the mere idea of leaving my cat 
        behind breaks my heart. 

Contributing Editor:   Kyle Banker,   University of Northern Colorado
        I am a junior at the University of Northern Colorado majoring in 
	philosophy and English, with (hopefully) a minor in mathematics.  I tutor in 
	English and Spanish at the Center for Human Enrichment (our tutoring 
	center), and I'm also a TA for courses in Formal Logic.  I plan, 
	eventually, to attend graduate school in philosophy or English and, with luck, 
	to teach at the college level.  While not engaging in entirely academic 
	pursuits, I lead a discussion group http://www.nyx.net/~kbanker/chautauqua 
        that ponders philosophy, literature, and current events; I run 
        marathons and climb fourteeners (yes...I'm a masochist); And 
        I enjoy playing piano.  Of course, my real passion is professional 

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 

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