For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the online conference by commenting and engaging the parallel sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award recipients are as follows:
Dr. Cara Miller is an associate professor of English at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. She teaches a variety of writing courses, including first-year composition and research, creative writing, professional writing, and digital writing. She earned her PhD in rhetoric and composition from Ball State University in 2019. Her research interests include student engagement, writing development, writing pedagogy (particularly in the areas of response and revision), and issues related to power and social justice. She is active in the Indiana College English Association as well as the national College English Association. She and her husband, Garrett, have two boys.
Thomas Girard (born 30 December 1980 in Vancouver, Canada) is a Canadian scholar. Girard was accepted to attend the University of Oxford in lectures equivalent to graduate coursework. Girard has received several Emerging Scholar awards, first at the Design Principles and Practices conference in Barcelona, Spain at the prestigious ELISAVA. At Emily Carr University of Art and Design, he received his second Emerging Scholar award. Other awards include RBC Emerging Scholar, Royal Bank of Canada Foundation.
Dr. Shuo Zhao researches in Communication University of China. His study and research interest focus on comparative education and second language education and teaching. He participated in several international conferences and contributed much to the success of holding conference. He ever studied and researched in several international universities as a visiting scholar. He can speak Chinese, English and Spanish fluently. His motto lies that helping others is helping oneself.
Alba García-Martínez (Alba Refulgente) works and lives in Badalona, a residential city near Barcelona, an aspect that has influenced her artistic career. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, where she completed her studies with a Master's Degree in Artistic Creation, both with an honorable mention. She is currently doing a PhD on the game as an artistic medium in the same University with the FPU scholarship for young researchers and teaches several subjects of sculptural processes in it. Her artistic work is born from everyday life, between the relationship of the population with their objects. She is currently working with toys found in the trash. She has been awarded several prizes such as the Werner Töni or the Microresidencia in the Cuauht of Azuqueca. She has permanent work at the U Arts Space of Chengdu (China) and La Doce de Boiro (A Coruña, Spain). She is a curator of the NEGOCIO exhibition winner of the III Buit Blanc at the CC Las Cigarreras de Alicante (2018).
Charbel El-Khaissi is a linguistic consultant and business analyst for multinational technology companies operating in the AI space. He is a doctoral student in historical linguistics at the Australian National University where he is studying the evolution of Aramaic’s nominal paradigm across a 1,000-year period. On his days off, Charbel volunteers as a charcoal portrait artist for the Instagram community page, Sketches & Stories, which showcases human stories across the world through audio and illustration.
Dr. Monica C. Yndo is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Dr. Monica C. Yndo Texas. She earned her Ph.D.in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she began teaching in higher education and conducting research on relationships and communication. Dr. Yndo is passionate about teaching and mentoring as well as research. She has published in academic journals and presented at national and international conferences on the topics of family dynamics, communication, and higher education. Her recent presentations include the first-generation experience and inclusivity in the classroom.