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 Johnny B

John (Johnny) Bebeau
Undergraduate Degree: BA, English, University of Florida
Concentration: Literature
GA Assignment: First Year Writing Studio, North Carolina Literary Review
Research Interests: Early and Modern American Literature, Film, Medieval Literature
Why ECU? ECU offered all of the opportunities I was looking for in a graduate program, both in areas of study and assistantships.
Future Plans: To pursue teaching opportunities, preferably at the community college level.

 Chris Bethel Christina (Chris) Bethel
Undergraduate Degree: BA, English, East Carolina University
MAT: English Education, East Carolina University
Graduate Degree: MA, English, East Carolina University
Research Interests: Exploring how culture, discourse, and rhetoric influence personal and professional identity framing and performance; Exploring how instructor communities of practice affect student learning and success in writing classrooms with a focus on community college and EFL settings; Exploring intersections of Japanese and Western culture in popular media.

 Bronwen-Forman Bronwen Forman
Undergraduate degree: BA, English, University of Belize
Concentration: Multicultural and Transnational Literatures
GA Assignment: Writing Consultant/Graduate Assistant
Research Interests: The Caribbean and Central America
Why ECU? East Carolina University—through  the late Dr. Gay Wilentz—has forged bonds with the University of Belize that saw Belizeans attend (E.C.U.) and successfully complete different programs of study. As an alumnus of the University of Belize, I was privileged to be taught by two Belizean lecturers who also completed higher level degrees at E.C.U. In short, the prowess they displayed in the classroom made E.C.U. an easy choice.
Future Plans: Upon completion of my M.A., I have hopes of joining the faculty at the University of Belize. Perhaps after more experience, a Ph.D. might be in the horizon.

 Jesse Gay

Jesse Gay
Undergraduate degree: BS, English/English Education, ECU
: Literature
GA Assignment: Writing Consultant/Clerical Assistant for the Tar River Writing Project
Research Interests: Victorian Literature as well as Obscenity in Literature
Why ECU?
I chose ECU for my Masters because I was impressed with the congenial atmosphere among academics as well as the depth of critical theory and research the faculty share and practice (especially in regards to the merits of the English program).
Future Plans: After graduation, I intend on finding a career centered around education. As a long-term goal, I would like to teach literature at the university level as a professor.


Aaron Geer
Undergraduate Degree: BA, English / Creative Writing, Western Michigan University
Concentration: Creative Writing (Fiction)
GA Assignment: Editorial Assistant for North Carolina Literary Review and Writing Consultant at the First Year Writing Studio
Research Interests: Contemporary American Fiction, 20th century literature, the post-modern short story, post-colonial African literature, and the art of fiction writing.
Why ECU?
Offering a vast array of Graduate Assistantships and faculty/staff who are warm and welcoming, ECU seemed like the right fit for me once I visited the campus. ECU also has a number of distinguished publications which afforded me the opportunity to continue my quest in editing for a literary review.
Future Plans: I plan on continuing my endeavor on the ladder of academia and obtain my MFA in Fiction writing, with the ultimate goal of teaching Creative Writing courses at the collegiate level.