Meet the GGC Consultants

Justin HeadshotJustin D. Rincker, Consultant/ Proposal Developer

Justin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance, minoring in Communication and Culture Studies. He received his B.A. in Anthropology and English Literature and his M.A. in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis. Justin has professional experience in grant preparation and reporting in both the arts and humanities as well as in social work and public health research, first serving as the Development Associate for St. Louis’s Metro Theater Company, then as a Grant and Contract Manager at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. At these institutions, he helped secure funding from government agencies including the NEA, NIH, and NSF, in addition to project support from corporate sponsors and private foundations. Subsequently, he served as the Fundraising Chair for the Board of Directors of OnSite Theatre Company. Justin’s research interests include the combined work of Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart and the history of movement on the stage, as well as the history and performance theory of stage comedy and humor. His dissertation will focus on American comedy since 1980 as it uses humor to represent ever-changing notions of “family” and “home.”


Elise M. Anderson, Consultant/Proposal Developer

Elise is a dual Ph.D. candidate in the Departments of Folklore & Ethnomusicology and Central Eurasian Studies at IU. She holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from Oklahoma Baptist University (2006) and Master of Arts degrees in Folklore & Ethnomusicology (2009) and Central Eurasian Studies (2011) from IU, where she has worked as an Associate Instructor in various departments and as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Folklore Research. She was the recipient of a 2013–14 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant (China, Sweden), a 2012–13 Fulbright U.S. Student Grant (China), and a 2012 Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award (Mandarin). She has also won numerous awards internal to IU, including two academic-year and three summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships to study the Uyghur and Tajik languages, a Pre-dissertation Travel Grant from the Office of the Vice President of International Affairs, the Dorson Award for outstanding dissertation project in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and numerous conference travel grants. In her tenure as a GradGrants Center consultant, she has helped students to prepare and submit applications to Fulbright, SSRC IDRF, Wenner-Gren, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, and many other awards. She believes that grant-writing is a genre unto itself, complete with specific writing demands and characteristics, and she does her best to equip GGC consultees with a broadly applicable set of grant-writing skills they can use for years to come. Elise is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and dance enthusiast whose research focuses broadly on the performing arts of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, or Chinese Central Asia. She is currently completing a dissertation about what she terms cultural renovation in Uyghur music. She plans to pursue a career as an academic, translator, and performer. Learn more about her research and other work at her personal website.


Esen Gokpinar-Shelton, Consultant/Proposal Developer

Esen is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at IU with a major in Higher Education Administration and a minor in International and Comparative Education Policies. Esen holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a K-12 teaching certificate from Turkey (2009) and an M.A. in English with a TESOL certificate from IUPUI (2014). Esen has nearly ten years of English as a Second/Foreign Language teaching experience at both secondary and tertiary level education in various locations across the world, including Turkey and the United States. In 2014, she was awarded with a competitive teach abroad fellowship through IU and spent a half year developing and teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses for students in the field of healthcare and medical humanities at the Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing, China. For several years, she worked as the full-time Assistant Director of the International Center for intercultural Communication (ICIC) at the IU School of Liberal Arts. In her role, Esen oversaw the planning, development and implementation of ICIC’s local and globally customized ESP education programs. She also assisted writing and submitting numerous successful major internal and external grant proposals, research papers, conference abstracts and conference presentations. Working with her colleagues at the Center, Esen helped in developing content for workshops, including a “Grant Proposal Writing Workshop for Faculty, Scholars and Students at IUPUI”, which were supported with funding from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Esen’s research interests lie in the realm of international education policies including quality assurance systems and accountability strategies in higher education in the United States, Europe, and Middle East. She published works related to areas in international branch campuses, strategic enrollment management including recruitment and retention techniques for international students, and globalization/internationalization efforts at the institutional level.

Akua Adjeiwaa Asomani-Adem, Consultant/ Proposal Developer

AJ is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education. She received her BSc. in Psychology from the University of Ghana, where she worked as the editor-in-chief for a student magazine that spanned across several universities.  AJ obtained her MSc. In Clinical Psychological Research from Keele University in England. In her time at Keele, she volunteered as a copy editor for the graduate student journal Under Construction at Keele. She has run creative writing camps in Ghana and England, where participants wrote full-length collaborative novels in five days. In 2017, she started a reading club for children in Ghana that specifically focused on making reading more appealing to reluctant readers. Her research interests include children’s reading and writing issues. She is specifically interested in exploring the use of creative writing to increase reading motivation in children and plans to conduct her dissertation research in this area.