Graduate Teaching Assistants

Fall 2023 


Cindy Afoakwa-Acheampong

BA (Communication Studies), University of Cape Coast

I am Cindy Afoakwa-Acheampong from Ghana. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Cape Coast. I am currently pursuing my Master's in Communication Studies at New Mexico State University. My interests are in Gender and Health Communication. 
I strongly believe effective and strategic communication leads to social change: I come from a society where outmoded cultural practices still persist, where women are treated with disdain and not given equal opportunities as men. An M.A. in Communication Studies will equip me with skills that would curb these societal issues.
I love to read and sing.


Jimmy Batchler

BA (Philosophy) & BA (Religion), High Point University- North Carolina

IMG_864530.png Howdy! I'm Jimmy Batchler, a GTA for the Department of Communication 2022-2024! After growing up in Texas, I received Bachelor's Degrees in Philosophy & Religion from High Point University. I'm currently perusing a Master's in Communication Studies at NMSU. I also hold a certification in Music Industry Essentials from Billboard & New York University. My areas of study include Critical, Cultural, and Social Communication Theory. Outside of school, I love spending time working on music. 


Rachel Berry

BA (Communication Studies), New Mexico State University 

Rachel Berry Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Berry and I will be your lab instructor for this semester. I am a recent NMSU Graduate where I earned my B.A in Communication Studies and several minors. I am currently working on getting my M.A in Communication Studies through the NMSU Graduate School. I am so excited to get to know all of you this semester and be a part of your experience here at NMSU!


Joseph Coffie

BA (Communication Studies)

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Lynn Cole

BA (Strategic Communication), High Point University- North Carolina

bio-pic-nmsu-2022.jpg Hey there! My name is Lynn, I’m a Graduate Assistant for the Department of Communication 2022-2024! I’m originally from Flagstaff, Arizona and I did my undergrad in Strategic Communication at High Point University in North Carolina. My dream is to one day own my own agency, and I love any creative branding project! In my free time, you can usually find me thrifting, playing ACNH, or hanging out with my dog :)


Rati Gabunia

BA (Communication Studies)

Photo-of-Bio--Rati-Gabunia74.png I am a Teaching Assistant and International Graduate Student in the Communication Studies Department from Tbilisi, Georgia. I have an undergrad degree in Business Administration. After graduation, I decided that I wanted to study abroad, and I chose Communication Studies because there was every subject together that I had a passion for learning. I am interested in Marketing, Organizational Communication, Political Communication, and many other classes which are deeply philosophical and psychological. During my free time, I like to read and work out in the gym. I also like to travel and discover different cultures around the world. 


Esther Korsah

BA (Communication Studies)

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Betty Songsoma Surikpe

BA (Communication Studies), University of Cape Coast


Betty Surikpe
Hi, I am Betty Songsoma Surikpe. I am from the northern part of Ghana. I graduated from the University of Cape Coast Ghana with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies. I am currently on a Master's degree in Communication Studies at New Mexico State University. My interest is in how organizations can employ effective communication strategies to build and maintain good relationships with their publics. 


Jessica Tuleassi

BA (Communication Studies), University of Cape Coast

Hi there! I am a Ghanaian woman who earned my Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Currently, I am pursuing a Master's Program in Communication here at the New Mexico State University. I decided to pursue this program due to my interest in Political Communication, Communication and Culture, Interpersonal Communication, and Persuasion. So far, the experience and exposure is great and I just love all the courses I am taking. I also love working as a Teaching Assistant because it allows me to share my knowledge with others. I like to debate, read fictional books and watch movies.


Albert Nkrumah

BA (Communication Studies)

Albert Nkrumah
I'm Albert Nkrumah. I graduated with a B.A. (Honors) in Communication Studies. For a year, I was a teaching assistant and a public affairs assistant. 
I adore spending time with my family and I definitely enjoy interacting with others.