B.A., History, Kennesaw State University
Master of Heritage Preservation, Georgia State University
Jessie McCrary serves as coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.
Jessie currently advises students on the following national awards: Boren Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship, Freeman-ASIA Award, Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, US-UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Scholarship, Gates Cambridge Scholarship and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She also advises on REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) for students with last names M-Z. She also provides support to students conducting an Honors Thesis and manages the Honors Thesis Pitch.
Jessie has worked in student advisement and success since 2013, at Georgia State and formerly at Kennesaw State University. Across career and internship advising, academic advising, research and scholarship advising, Jessie is understands the challenges and growth opportunities for students throughout their undergraduate journey. Her particular passion is connecting students’ academic interests with their professional and life goals.
She is enrolled in the doctoral program in English, concentration in rhetoric and composition, and is interested in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), multimodal composing and student learning through history and community engagement. With previous degrees in history, she is interested in archival research, feminist rhetorics and engaging the complexities of women in across time, space and work. She is engaged in undergraduate development and research and WAC . Her scholarship has appeared in Peitho and the Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians. At the 2020 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Jessie won the George Mills Harper Graduate Student Travel Fund Award for her paper “Construction of ‘Self’ Using Foucault’s Lectures at the Collège de France and Implications and Use in Composition Theory.” Jessie won the Margaret Ewing Endowment for Family Oral History in 2012, for her master’s thesis focused on adoptive families with children from China. In her spare time, she is an avid knitter and sewist; often if you see her, she’s wearing at least one thing she’s made. She is also the cohost of the podcast “The Origins Of,” which explores the myths and histories surrounding the everyday things around us that we take for granted.
Edens, Jessica C., “Schooling for Missionaries: The Changing Methods of Young J. Allen in China,” Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians, 2011, Vol. XXX, 126-181.
Edens, Jessica, 2011, “Young J. Allen (1836-1907),” New Georgia Encyclopedia,http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/arts-culture/young-john-allen-1836-1907.