Ashish Hingle, Candidate for Director of Communications

Ashish Hingle, Candidate for Director of Communications

Doctoral student, Information Sciences and Technology, College of Engineering and Computing (full-time student)
Expected date of graduation: May 2024

At what campus is your academic department located?
Fairfax

At what campus(es) do you attend classes, work, and/or reside? 
Fairfax

Biography and Candidate Statement

Candidate Biography

Ashish Hingle (he/him) is a Ph.D. student in the CEC at GMU and currently serves as the GAPSA Graduate Student representative for the Ph.D. in Information Technology program. Ashish’s current research interests include technology ethics, student self-efficacy, and information assurance challenges through a data-driven lens. He is currently working as a Graduate Researcher on an NSF grant looking at interactive ways to engage STEM students with ethical principles. Rather than simply lecturing about the need for ethics, the research uses role-play scenarios to allow students to take on different perspectives and engage with other stakeholders. Before starting at GMU in the fall of 2020, Ashish graduated from sunny Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and a cross-disciplinary MBA + master’s degree in Information Assurance as a recipient of the Mercer Fellowship (awarded a total of 4 years). Ashish was highly involved on campus, serving on the Executive Board of multiple student organizations such as the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, Kellogg Honors College, Research Scholars Association, PolyTransfer, and the Market Research Club. Ashish is a first-gen college student. His research interests, motivation, and service contributions are focused on finding local ways to support and mentor students through the overwhelming college experience.

Candidate Statement

I believe my past experiences working with marketing for student-focused programs and my deep interest in building community for grad students across GMU make me a strong candidate for Director of Communications. My academic experiences have prepared me well for this multidisciplinary process; having a business and technology background helps me navigate marketing, visual communication, copywriting, and design work. I am proficient in using several tools in the Adobe Suite (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and Lightroom) and also use online tools such as Canva and Crello. I have several past experiences that align directly with the roles outlined for the Director of Communication. As part of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at Cal Poly Pomona, I helped establish a social media presence across multiple platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn). I also conducted a series of workshops for the office titled “Leveraging LinkedIn: Making the Most of your Digital Persona.” As a result of this, I was approached by other programs to do similar community building over my five years at Cal Poly Pomona, including: The Office of Academic Innovation (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), Student Innovation Idea Lab (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), PolyTransfer (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). I also created MailChimp newsletter campaigns for these organizations, integrating the branding and marketing across the website, social media, and newsletter. As part of my work with the OUR, I created infographics and other design items to disseminate information across stakeholders. With my previous experiences, I believe I can bring a robust set of skills to continue growing the GAPSA community through our marketing and communication.

Will you be able to meet the time commitments and expectations of the position? Describe your probable availability for the 2022-2023 academic year, as well as other on-going time commitments (e.g., classes, work, organizational involvement).

Yes, I will be able to meet the time commitments of the position. I currently work as a Graduate Research Assistant on campus but am working virtually for the most part. I expect to have 2 in-person classes on the Fairfax campus in the fall. In my past roles working with marketing, I have developed a 4-to-2 week lead time for marketing materials. At the beginning of each month, the schedule for marketing items is created, ensuring our community has ample time to be notified about upcoming events/deadlines/programs. Flyers are created and filled into the schedule, which makes actual posting on the day easier, and allows for (unavoidable but expected) technical issues to be handled.