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CollegeDepartmentGraduate AmbassadorShort Biography
Arts and SciencesAnthropologyTina ThomasMartina Thomas is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biocultural Medical Anthropology. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Montevallo. She completed her M.A. in anthropology at the University of Alabama. She is the recipient of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Fellowship. Her research interests include obesity, body image, HIV/AIDS, stigma and identity among minority populations. She is a first-generation college student and is originally from Brooklyn, New York.
Arts and SciencesAnthropologyPaul EubanksPaul Eubanks is a Ph.D.Student in the Anthropology Department. He graduated from The University of Alabama with his M.A. in 2010. His research interests include the role of salt in ancient societies and the archaeology and history of the southeastern United States. He is a recipient of the David and Elizabeth DeJarnette Endowed Scholarship in Anthropology and a former Graduate Council Research Fellow.
Arts and SciencesCriminal JusticeAlexis Poston
Arts and SciencesEnglishNadia BarksdaleNadia Barksdale is an MA candidate in English. She graduated from UA in 2013 with a BA in English and Creative Writing. Nadia has written on the novels of Ernest Hemingway, African-American women’s literature, and issues of gender and sexuality therein. She has received research awards from both the Department of English and the Department of Gender and Race Studies and is currently writing on women’s monumental identities in Modern American fiction. As a Master’s student, Nadia teaches freshman composition and serves as a department representative for the Graduate Student Association.
Arts and SciencesEnglishWill MurrayWill Murray is working on a Ph.D. in American literature at The University of Alabama. In 2009 he received his BA from the University of Mississippi, then a MA in literature from the College of Charleston in 2012. After Charleston, Will taught for a year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Community College. He primarily studies the Literature of the American South and is working on the intertextuality of African American and Southern texts along with a focus on the way that Southern literature interacts with the modern world and the millennial generation.
Arts and SciencesEnglishChris EmslieChris Emslie is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing and assistant editor at ILK journal. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PANK, Whiskey Island and Indiana Review, among others. He was raised in Scotland and educated at the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling. His interests include contemporary American poetry, mythology in adaptation, social ethics in pop culture, and writing as feminist practice.
Arts and SciencesEnglishMeghan PlummerMeghan Tear Plummer is an MFA candidate in creative writing. She currently serves as the assistant to the director of creative writing and as an associate editor for Black Warrior Review. She earned her B.A. in English from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2010, and spent the next two years working for The Oxford American magazine in Conway, Arkansas, before moving to Tuscaloosa to pursue her graduate degree.
Arts and SciencesEnglishMaggie SmithMaggie Smith is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing and a Truman Capote Scholar. Though she hails from Maryland, she earned her B.A. in 2010 from Indiana University, where she studied English Literature and Theatre. Her particular literary interests include magical realism, myth, fabulism, folklore, religious ritual, and the American stranger. She writes fiction and creative non-fiction.
Arts and SciencesEnglishLuke Percy
Arts and SciencesEnglishElizabeth PrattElizabeth Pratt is currently pursuing her M.A. in Secondary Education, English Language Arts. She received her B.A. from The University of Alabama in 2011 in English Literature and French Language & Literature. During her undergraduate career she was able to study abroad for a year in France, experiencing first-hand language acquisition and multiple cultural perspectives. Her research interests include early American Literature, the preparation of preservice teachers, and culturally relevant pedagogy and instructional tools. She is a Graduate Assistant at the Graduate School and a member of the Tide Together Mentoring Program.
Arts and SciencesGender and Race StudiesAndrea DobynesAndrea L. Dobynes is a first year graduate student in The Department of Gender & Race Studies. Andrea is originally from Virginia but finished school and her upbringing in historic Marion, AL. She received a B.A. in Communication Studies in May 2013 from The University of Alabama. While in undergrad, she was a member of The Alabama Forensics Council, Student Government Association, Future Black Law Students Association, and Collegiate 100 Black Women. Andrea is the Graduate Assistant for The Office of Student Media. She hopes to one day become a professor and make a lasting impression in the world of academia.
Arts and SciencesGeological SciencesWilliam JacksonWill Jackson is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Geologic Sciences. He received his B.S. in Geology from The University of Alabama and M.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of Memphis. His Ph.D. research involves understanding the evolution of the Tibetan Plateau. Will is originally from West Texas, a third generation UA graduate, and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and dog.
Arts and SciencesPolitical ScienceA.K. Shauku A.K. Shauku is a graduate of Defense Language Institute with a diploma in Korean Studies. After serving as a U.S. Army intelligence specialist in Korea, he earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. A.K. is studying Law, Political Science, and Economics through UA’s joint J.D./PhD program. His research interests include Constitutional Law, as well as the intersection of law, politics, and economics.
Arts and SciencesPsychologyGabrielle SmithGabrielle received her BA in Psychology from Spelman College in 2010. She is currently working on her PhD in Social Psychology here at UA. Her thesis for her MA is entitled "The Role of Racial Identity and Social Support in High-Poverty African American Neighborhoods". Gabrielle maintains a graduate teaching assistantship with the department of Psychology.
Commerce and Business AdministrationBusiness & Commerce, GeneralJolyon GreeneJolyon Greene is a native of Worcester, MA. Greene is a PhD student in the Instructional Leadership program concentrating in Social and Cultural Foundations at The University of Alabama. Greene holds a B.A. degree in History (minor in African American Studies) and a M.A. degree in Gender and Race Studies from The University of Alabama. Greene’s interests involve career advising for black-male student athletes. Greene’s interests also include improving academic performance and the process of career decision making of black-male student athletes participating in revenue-producing sports. Greene is currently a Graduate Assistant/Career Consultant at The University of Alabama Career Center.
Commerce and Business AdministrationManagement & Marketing (MGMK)Oliver StoutnerOliver Stoutner is currently pursuing a PhD in Management, with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources. He received his B.A. in Music from the University of Iowa and his M.B.A. from the University of Alabama--Huntsville. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and is the recipient of The University of Alabama Langston T. Hawley Management Graduate Award. Oliver has fifteen years of leadership experience in non-profit and public broadcasting administration. Most recently Oliver served as general manager for Alabama’s NPR affiliate in Huntsville.
Commerce and Business AdministrationMarketingBrody TaylorBrody Taylor received his B.S. in Management in August 2013 from The University of Alabama where he also minored in Computing Technology and Applications. He is currently in the M.S. in Marketing program at UA. He currently works at Patterson Comer Law Firm in Northport, AL and will soon begin an internship doing digital marketing for Rotoballer.com. Brody was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and does volunteer work with Project Blessings and the Tuscaloosa Magnet School. Brody is from Tuscaloosa.
Commerce and Business AdministrationMarketingChance McCulloughChance is an M.S. in marketing candidate at UA and a 2012 B.S. in Professional Writing graduate from the University of North Alabama. He spent a year as a social media consultant for the Alpha Tau Omega National Fraternity Headquarters in Indianapolis, and his professional interests include recruiting, relationship-based sales, and digital marketing. Chance is an amateur competitive bodybuilder and an avid practitioner of puns.
Commerce and Business AdministrationMarketingEmily WoodEmily is currently pursing a M.S. in Marketing through the Manderson Graduate School of Business and works for the UA Sales Program as a Collaborate Learning Project Manager. In 2009 she received her B.A. in History, with a concentration in Medieval & Renaissance Studies, from the University of Arkansas. She is a native of Hope, AR.
Communication and Information SciencesCommunication (CIS), General
Communication and Information SciencesCommunication StudiesBrittany GallowayBrittany J. Galloway is a 2013 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and with Departmental Honor. Brittany received a degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing.She is a McNair Scholar and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She has published two research articles that focus on shattering the "Glass Ceiling" and "Leadership within Corporate America." She is currently a full-time masters student in the Advertising and Public Relations program. Her goal is to simply prove what is possible!
Communication and Information SciencesCommunication StudiesPaige Bolden
Communication and Information SciencesCommunication StudiesMegan WhittenCurrently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies, Megan intends to continue her education at the University of Alabama in doctoral studies. In May 2014, she earned her Bachelor of.Arts degree from the University of Alabama graduating with honors, summa cum laude, and as a University Scholar. Recently she was awarded an assistantship and teaches Public Speaking as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She continues to be a staunch supporter of higher education and enjoys helping new students and introducing them to the academic culture. Megan’s favorite research interests include analyzing media framing (with a focus on older news articles), leadership, and communication apprehension. Though naturally adventurous and interested in broadening her horizon through new experiences, some of her favorite hobbies include motorcycling, creating websites, gardening, hiking, and enjoying outdoor sports.
Communication and Information SciencesCommunication StudiesRichard RushRichard Rush is currently a Doctoral student in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. He received his MA from The University of Alabama in 2008 in Advertising and Public Relations. Richard previously worked at Cummings Creative Group as an Account Director and spent the last 3 years working at Birmingham-Southern College as the Marketing Coordinator where he worked providing marketing support to all departments across the campus. He is an avid golfer and member of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
EducationEdu Studies in Psych, Research Methodology & CounselingGemima FauvalGemima is joining the Graduate Ambassador program as a Ed.S. School Psychology student in the Education Department. Before coming to the University of Alabama, she studied at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While at Xavier University of Louisiana, she received the Xavier University Academic Scholarship, volunteered with outreach program, tutored at local schools, become a Ronald E. McNair scholar, and inducted into the International Honor Society in Psychology. She ultimately wants to obtain her Ph.D. in Psychology. Her research interests include child development, behavior problems in learning settings, the role of parents and teachers in student''s education, and child/adolescent behavior.
EducationEdu Studies in Psych, Research Methodology & CounselingMarsha SimonMarsha graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Spanish from Grambling State University in 2008 and then an MS in Developmental Education in 2010. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Research through the College of Education. Marsha has over 8 years of experience teaching in the secondary education system. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Golden Key Honor Society.
EducationEducational Leadership, Policy & Technology StudiesJean SwindleJean is currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Leadership at the College of Education at UA. Before returning to the USA to complete her doctorate Jean was the General Director for the Faith Christian School in Asuncion, Paraguay. Jean received her BA in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business at Coker College in SC and went on to receive her MA in Secondary Education from UA. While Jean received her MA from UA she was working in Asuncion, Paraguay, as teacher and middle school administrator at Asuncion Christian Academy, experiencing first-hand one of the College of Education''s international programs. Prior to entering education, she served as a US diplomat and has extensive experience in international relations, international education, and international programs. She is fluent in Spanish has served as a simultaneous translator at various conferences and conventions in South America.
EducationEducational Leadership, Policy & Technology StudiesDouglas CraddockDouglas will be joining the Graduate Ambassador program while pursuing his doctorate in Higher Education Administration. Douglas comes from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he graduated in the Spring of 2012 with a Master||s in Information Engineering and Management. While working on his Master||s, Douglas worked as a Project Manager and Project Analyst with Southern Company in Birmingham. As he works on his Doctorate, he works in Housing and Residential Communities as a Community Director. Outside of academics, Douglas is a participant of the Big Brother/Big Sister organization, where he mentors one-on-one with a child in Tuscaloosa county.
EngineeringAerospace Engineering and MechanicsAndrew WristAndrew is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant pursuing a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Andrew, originally from Charlotte, NC, earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UA. He has been researching flexible micro air vehicle wings since the summer of 2012 under the guidance of Dr. James P Hubner and grants from both the Air Force and the National Science Foundation. During his research, Andrew has co-authored multiple papers, including a number of AIAA conference papers and a publication in the Journal of Fluids and Structures. In his senior year, Andrew was a member of the Hovercraft Senior Design Team that designed, built, and raced an F-35 class hovercraft. Additionally, as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s Division-I swim team, Andrew lettered 4 times, scored at the SEC Championships, achieved SEC academic honor roll each year, and competed at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials.
EngineeringElectrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)Huiying ZhengHuiying Zheng earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering at Shanghai University of Electric Power in Shanghai, China. She was a member of the torch relay of the 2008 Olympic Games as the representative of college students all over China. She is an UA Graduate Council Fellowship recipient and pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in solar energy.
EngineeringMechanical EngineeringJin WangJin Wang has left the university without receiving his Master|s degree.
EngineeringMetallurgical and Materials EngineeringNicholas De LeonNicholas De Leon earned his Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the same field at the same institution. He is a McNair Fellow and is from Coral Springs, Florida.
EngineeringMetallurgical and Materials EngineeringDerrick Stokes
Human Environmental SciencesHealth ScienceNatasha Aduloju-AjijolaHi My Name is Natasha Aduloju-Ajijola, I am from Athens, Ohio, and I am a 2nd year PhD student in Health Education and Health Promotion with a focus in Sexual Health. I am currently the VP of Fiscal Affairs and Awards for the Graduate Student Association and a person that loves to answer questions.
Human Environmental SciencesHuman Development and Family StudiesVanessa CarterVanessa is a Master’s student in Human Development & Family Studies. She is a 2012 recipient of the McNair Graduate Fellowship. She is a native of Helena, Arkansas, and she earned her B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue her PhD in Human Development and Social Policy.
Social WorkSocial WorkJade WattersJade Watters, a Birmingham, AL native, is a 2013 UA graduate currently pursing her Master of Social Work degree at The University of Alabama . Jade is a 2011-2012 McNair Scholar, 2013 Randall Undergraduate Research Award recipient, and the 2013 Frank Egan Social Work award winner. Her research interests include grandparent caregiving, social policy, and program evaluation. A student parent herself, Jade currently acts as the Coordinator of the Graduate Parent Support Program, which assists fellow students who have children with balancing their family and academic responsibilities.

Total number of Graduate Ambassadors: 36
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