Nathan (Nate) Hendershott joined the Department of Comparative Literature as Undergraduate Academic Advisor in April of 2011. Prior to this position he worked in the Department of Athletics. He helps students plan their academic careers, makes suggestions and connections regarding internships and jobs, as well as guides students in various other capacities. Nate holds a BA in Biblical Literature and Languages from Indiana Wesleyan University, and an MSW (Clinical Concentration) from the Ohio State University.
Mary Huskey joined the Department of Comparative Literature as the Graduate Secretary in January 2011. She is the first point of contact for graduate students and the liaison between graduate students and the Director of Graduate Studies, the chair of the department, the Graduate School, and the College of Arts and Sciences. She comes to IU from the University of New Mexico, where she worked for 14 years in undergraduate academic advising and development and marketing. Mary is pursuing an MS in Counselor Education through IU's School of Education. She holds a BA in Sociology and Political Science from the University of New Mexico.
Howard Swyers started with the Department of Comparative Literature as the Fiscal Officer and Administrative Assistant in January of 2008 after seven years as an employee at the Jacobs School of Music. He handles the management of department financial accounts, course scheduling, and supervises the main office staff. He is completing his doctoral degree at Indiana University in voice and has a performance background in both opera and contemporary music. Swyers has performed over 12 opera roles, most recently as Scarpia in the Indiana University Opera Theater production of Tosca. Other roles have included Gulglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and as the title character in Falstaff. In 2002 he sang with the Chicago Chamber Players at the 80th birthday celebration of MacArthur Fellow composer Ralph Shapey. Swyers has performed as a soloist in numerous new music performances under conductors Jon Washburn and Carmen Helena Téllez. Minor fields in his doctoral degree program include music history and music technology. Swyers has an avid interest in technology and is an amateur composer/arranger. He pursued his undergraduate music education at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, where he was given the Thomas Annett Award for Outstanding Musician in 1998. He received his master's in voice performance from Indiana University in 2003. Swyers has studied with Terence Kelly at La Crosse and Patricia Stiles at Indiana.