Meet the Coordinator
Mina Ivanova serves as Coordinator and oversees the Center for Writing and Speaking during the 2014-2015 academic year. Previously, she was the Center's Patricia Collins Butler Speaking Fellow, Fall 2012- Spring 2014. She also teaches Public Speaking for the Department of Theatre and Dance. The opportunity to work at Agnes has been a great honor and a joy, because it taps into Mina’s rigorous academic preparation as well as her multi-lingual and multi-cultural background. In hindsight, it seems like years of academic and professional development and a couple of serendipities have led Mina to a position in which she feels connected, challenged to learn and grow, and deeply satisfied with the work at hand.
Presently, Mina is a Ph.D. Candidate in Rhetoric and Politics at the Department of Communication at Georgia State University. Originally from Bulgaria, she studied English and Linguistics at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski.” After coming to the United States, she received a B.A. in English from Kutztown University and an M.A. in Communication from Villanova University. Her current work is situated at the intersection of rhetorical theory and criticism, critical theory, identity studies, and continental philosophy, including Lacanian psychoanalysis. She is concerned with the question of rhetorical agency, the discursive formation of collective identities, and the role of rhetoric in social resistance and social change. She also studies nostalgia as a political emotion from a rhetorical perspective.
In addition to her deep investment in academic research, Mina also has a passion for teaching. At the CWS, Mina works closely with the tutors, providing mentorship and guidance related to all aspects of strategic communication and tutoring, such as presentation delivery and argumentation skills, interviewing skills, and pedagogical approaches to meeting the diverse needs of tutees. Because of her cultural and academic background, she is able to assist international students and tutors for whom writing and speaking assignments present a unique set of challenges, especially if they do not feel confident in their command of the English language or are unfamiliar with the presentation formats typically used at academic institutions in the U.S. These multiple facets of the work at Agnes are a source of great fulfillment, and Mina feels grateful for the opportunity.