Assistant Professor of English
at Johnson & Wales University
Kristi Girdharry is an Assistant Professor of English at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island where she teaches courses in writing, research, and communication. She earned her PhD from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she completed her dissertation that involved turning a critical eye toward a digital archive she helped build to capture the ephemera following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Her research interests include public writing, university-community partnerships, pedagogy, and digital literacies and identities.
For International Teaching Assistants, meaning negotiation plays a vital role when it comes to interactions with native English speaking undergraduate students in the laboratory or in the classroom. In this article, I share a few tips that can help ITA instructors or coaches guide ITAs through their interactions with their (future) undergraduate students.