Graduate Scholars of English Association


About the GSEA

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Graduate Scholars of English Association (GSEA) is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) that aims to unify graduate English students across all programs. As an organization for and by graduate students, GSEA’s primary goals are to represent the diverse array of online and in-person English graduate students and to cultivate an inclusive and engaged graduate student culture within the department. 

GSEA strives to foster, provide, and expand scholarly and professional development for graduate students while enrolled at Minnesota State Mankato. GSEA’s leaders are selected through yearly elections for the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer positions. Once elected, the officers meet to discuss matters like the organizational budget, RSO renewal, various projects, and hosting a conference that offers professional development opportunities to enrolled students. If you’re interested in running for a position or getting involved, please connect with us to learn about our upcoming opportunities, campus events, and shout-outs to our peers.

For more information, email: Dr. Abigail Bakke, GSEA Faculty Advisor,

GSEA Spring 2024 Conference 

The Minnesota State University, Mankato GSEA will host their annual Graduate Scholars Conference on March 29, 2024. 

This year's theme is "Collage: Difference and Alliance"

The inspiration for this year's theme comes from collages.  A collage is a form of art in which elements are combined to create a new image that conveys a message or idea. This can be interpreted in many different ways across the many English disciplines. 

This Conference is open to graduate students in all English programs (Literature, Composition, TESOL, English Education, Humanities, and Technical Communication), both in-person and distance learners. Faculty members and undergraduate students are also welcome to submit work or ideas for conference submissions. 

Attend the Conference

Whether or not you will be presenting, if you would like to attend, please complete the Conference Registration Form no later than Friday, March 15, 2024.  It will greatly help us plan for food and other amenities. It will also allow us to keep in touch with you about any conference updates.

Conference Registration


Conference Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Coffee and Networking – CSU 245

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Plenary Session - Danielle Haque – CSU 245

9:30 - 10:50 a.m.

Session 1A: New Approaches to Instruction in a Multilingual Classroom – CSU 201

Session 1B:  Exploring New Horizons: Innovative Practices and Methodologies in Language Teaching and Research – CSU 203

 Emika Ozawa: “Lexical and Textual Development in Multilingual Writers through Vocabulary Journal Implementation”  

Rachel Ryan: “Analyzing Different Englishes Venn Diagram Activity - Teaching ENG 101 Students World Englishes”

Kalpana Shrestha: “Exploring Academic Writing Development through Reflective Reading Response Journal: A Case Study of a First-Year Composition Multilingual Students”

Jeonghwa Mun: “The Use of Video and Film in English Language Teaching for Adults: Characteristics, Frequency, and Effectiveness”

Yasmine Telwana: “Navigating New Frontiers: Unveiling Student Insights on the Integration of AI-Language Models in Writing Instruction”

 Durga Bhusal: “Dismantling Racialized Power Structures in ELT Classrooms: Translanguaging as Connecting the Dots for Multilingual Learners”  

11:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Session 2A: Psychological Factors of Communication in Contemporary World - CSU 201

Session 2B: Words in Motion: Language and Communication in the Digital Age – CSU 203

Milena Sujey Palacios Lopez: “Decoding the Dynamics of Willingness to Communicate in English as a Second Language. The Interplay of Situational and Psychological Variables”

  Anju Bista: “Rhetorical Analysis of the article "Nah, we straight” (ENG 101)  

Oluwatoyin Olowu: “Language Teacher Well-Being”

Cassandra Hampshire: “Using Creative Writing Techniques in Medical Communication”

JaeJun Lee: “Accommodation problems which international students experience in the American college”

 Kazuki Kurooka: “The influence of playing video games on learner's motivational flow, vocabulary development, and listening comprehension”

12:10 -1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Plenary Session – Josh Madson: “The Building of Community through Collage” – CSU 245

1:30 - 2:50 p.m.

Session 3A: The Role of Transfer in Second/Multilingual Language Acquisition – CSU 201

Session 3B: Bridging Cultures in Education: Weaving Cross-Cultural Literacy through Innovative Pedagogical Practices – CSU 203

Lan Dang: “Unmasking the Functions of Code-switching in Vietnamese Conversations”

Kelly Firkins: “Looking at Cultural Liaisons' Roles and Responsibilities through an Equitable Collaboration Lens”

Suzanne Jokela: “Secondary Content-Area Teachers’ Beliefs about Translanguaging Practices and Pedagogy”

Jeana Nelson: “The Impact of Two Blended Methods of Focused and Comprehensive Written Corrective Feedback on the Sentence-Level Writing Accuracy of Beginning-Level English Learners in Secondary School and Their Perceptions of Their Effectiveness” - Zoom

Patrice Donnelly: “Toni Morrison's "Slavebody" and "Blackbody:" An Intertextual Analysis of Four Poems by Niemöller, Westerman, Gorman, and Sanchez” - Zoom

Ongelle Schroeder: “Implementing Critical Information Literacy in ENG 101— Composition and Communication”

3:00 - 4:20 p.m.

Session 4A: Unpacking the Power of Language: Unveiling Communication Dynamics and Literacy Narratives – CSU 201

Session 4B: Journeys of Self-Discovery: Harmonizing Language, Identity, and Joining the Melody of Academic Discourse – CSU 203

Prilia Nareswari: “Disagreement on TikTok: A discourse analysis”

Hsun Chih Wang: “University English learners’ perceptions toward the non-native and native English-speaking teachers in an Intensive English Program”

Ekaterina Kleshchenko: “How to create metaphors in your speech like Doctor House?”

Katlyn Huff: “Writing About Mental Health Disorders” - Zoom

Samanta Islam Prapti:   “My Literacy Narrative Journey” (ENG 101)

 Prerna Halder: “Symphony of Stories: Exploring an Autobiographical Literacy and Cultural Landscapes” (ENG 101)  

4:30-5:00 p.m.

Raffle & Closing Remarks – CSU 245



If you have any questions, please feel free to email

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