The mission of TELS-GSA is to represent the Department as graduate student ambassadors throughout the academic year as well as provide academic and social interactions for graduate students in the Department.



Cigdem Meral, President
Cigdem is 4th-year doctoral student of Learning Design and Technology. Her research interests include 3D printing, Spatial visualization, and STEM education. She is a graduate assistant for the Metrc Makerspace.

Jessica Eagle, President-Elect
Jes is a 3rd-year doctoral student of Literacy and English Language Arts. Her research interests include emotion, motivation, and engagement in ELA, Writing Instruction, and Sub-Screenic Literacies.


Courtney Samuelson, Treasurer
Courtney is a 2nd-year doctoral student of Literacy and English Language Arts. Her research interests include supporting students who struggle with reading, comprehension instruction, critical literacy, and professional development and instructional coaching. She is a graduate research assistant for the New Literacies and Global Learning program.

Renata Halls-Gordon, BGSA Liaison
Renata is a 3rd-year doctoral student in Educational Psychology. Her research interests include understanding the experiences and challenges of students from the English-Speaking Caribbean who migrate to the United States.


Vandna Gill Bindra, Faculty Advisor
Dr. Bindra is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of TELS. She is also a recent graduate of the doctoral program at NC State in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Educational Psychology

Election Process

Every spring, nominations for officer roles are collected online from the student body. After the nomination period, online elections are held for the student body to vote for the upcoming year’s GSA representatives.

Spring 2021 Events


Event Speaker Date & Time

Strategic Planning Workshop

Includes basic information related to milestones such as developing a plan of work, identifying a committee, and preparing for comps

Dr. Meghan Manfra January 27


If you would like to know more about support services for graduate students offered by the College of Education, contact the Office of Graduate Student Support Services: