Workshop Facilitators

Beth

Master of Arts, Professional Writing

Beth has been working at the University Writing Center since 2009. Though an English teacher by training, her love of the logic of science, her predilection for concision, and her ability to work with dense technical writing have contributed to her working predominately with students writing in the sciences and/or in graduate school. When she is not working, she spends time with her cat, Darcy.


Bryan

Master of Arts, Written Communication: The Teaching of Writing
Bachelor of Science, English Language

Bryan has been a writing consultant at EMU for six years and has been the University Writing Center satellite coordinator for the College of Health & Human Services for the past three years. He is a part-time lecturer who teaches writing intensive classes in both the Nursing Department and the Health Administration Program. Bryan enjoys working at the Writing Center because it gives him the opportunity to work one on one with students and to witness firsthand as they learn about themselves and grow as writers. In his free time, Bryan likes listening to a broad range of music genres (blues, rap, rock, classical, R&B, pop, folk, etc.) and going to concerts; spending time cuddling with his cat, Olivia, while watching Netflix shows like "The Umbrella Academy," "Stranger Things," and "Peaky Blinders"; going to museums; drawing and painting; and getting his geek on by regularly playing Dungeons & Dragons.


Erin

Master of Arts, English & Rhetoric in Writing

Erin has been teaching collegiate level writing courses and working with various writing centers from Arizona to North Carolina since 2002. After her partner’s job transfer brought them to Michigan, Erin was fortunate to join EMU’s UWC in Fall 2019. In addition to her degrees, Erin has taken graduate courses in poetry at the University of Iowa and Warren Wilson as well as worked in the NCSU library system as an Interlibrary Loan manger. These experiences have prepared her for any topic, which she loves. Her favorite part of consulting is getting to learn about a wide variety of subjects through engaging with student writing. It is seeing what is possible in the different fields of study that inspire both her bookshelf and her own learning.

Specifically, EMU’s UWC consultants work to provide support for each student to find confidence in their writing, from organizing their stance, to properly citing sources, to just writing that really good line that encapsulates the heart of the matter. Erin wants every EMU student to know that the UWC can help at any stage of the process, and she welcomes any type of writing from creative to technical, multimedia to scribbled by hand. She hopes every major will pursue the benefits of the UWC.


Jane

Master of Science, Human Resources & Organizational Development

Jane holds a Master's in Human Resources and Organizational Development from EMU. She has been a part-time lecturer in the Management Department since 2005 and a consultant for the University Writing Center at the COB since 2011. Jane was the College of Business Part-Time Lecturer Outstanding Teaching award winner in 2016 and is committed to helping her students succeed in class and beyond. Jane and her husband Randy are thrilled to have bought a house on a lake this winter and have been enjoying water skiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, and kayaking every day since.


Kaia

PhD student, Educational Studies program
Master of Arts
Bachelor of Arts, English Secondary Education

Kaia is a PhD candidate in Educational Studies at EMU and is writing her dissertation on the topic of writing pedagogy in secondary schools. She attended EMU for her BA and McMaster University in Canada for her MA. Kaia has worked as a consultant for the UWC for a few years and a teacher of written composition at a community college, and she loves talking with and learning from all kinds of writers. She is also interested in equitable education and educational technology. While much of Kaia’s life revolves around writing and teaching, she also enjoys creating art, cooking and baking, caring for houseplants, and spending time with her cat.


Kim

PhD student, Educational Leadership program
Master of Arts, Written Communication: Teaching of Writing

Kim has been consulting and serving as Associate Director of the University Writing Center for more than ten years. She is grateful for the many wonderful teaching and learning opportunities that she has had at Eastern, including teaching first-year writing and the peer tutoring course and being trained in Reading Apprenticeship and Cognitive Coaching. She enjoys helping writers explore topics, develop ideas, and find their own voice in their writing. Outside of work, Kim likes to read, write, walk, garden, study at coffee shops, and spend time with family and friends.


Kristi

Master of Arts, Children's Literature
Bachelor of Arts, Children's Literature

Kristi has been a consultant at the University Writing Center for three years, while she worked to complete both her undergraduate and graduate degree in Children's Literature. In addition to her work with the UWC, she is also a First-Year Writing Instructor. She loves to be a mom, read, write, learn, listen to podcasts and cross-stitch in her "free" time, as well as consult with a variety of different writers from the UWC, YpsiWrites, and the Washtenaw County Writing Center for Secondary Students.


Laura

Master of Arts, Literature
Master of Arts Certificate, Teaching of Writing

In addition to consulting with the UWC, Laura is a part-time lecturer in the First-Year Writing Program (WRTG 120 and WRTG 121) and in Nursing (NURS 300W). She began her career teaching English and history at the high-school level, moving to EMU in 2015 as a graduate assistant in Literature, the First-Year Writing Program (FYWP), and the University Writing Center (UWC). After graduation, she continued as a part-time lecturer in First-Year Writing and a consultant with the UWC. In 2019, she became an associate director of the FYWP. Laura's focus in the UWC is on working with graduate students, faculty, and nursing students. Her close work with faculty and graduate students has led to numerous publications and co-authorship of an article currently in press.


Pam

Master of Science, Written Communication: Teaching of Writing
Master of Arts, Children's Literature
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Pam is in her tenth year of teaching at Eastern Michigan University. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1987 from EMU. She worked for a book and journal manufacturer for eighteen and a half years. She received her Master’s in Children’s Literature in 2007 and her Master’s in Written Communication with an emphasis in teaching writing in 2011. She taught Harry Potter: Children’s Literature, Literary Allusion, and Pop Culture for six years at EMU and she has now taught in the First-Year Writing program for ten years. She was a consultant for the University Writing Center from 2009-2011. She returned to the UWC in 2017 and enjoys the one-on-one work with undergrad and grad students.

Volunteering has also been a big part of Pam's life. She has volunteered for the Ann Arbor District Library Friends Bookshop since 2010 and more recently became a volunteer for YpsiWrites, a part of the Office of Campus and Community Writing at EMU. She is also a 2012 EMWP Fellow, a Cognitive Coach, and Adaptive Schools participant. Pam’s passion for comics and graphic novels has been a big part of her teaching. She incorporates comics and graphic memoir/novels into her curriculum. Gardening and walking her two-year-old Yorkie/Havanese, Annie, are the hobbies that have kept her sane during the 2020 pandemic.


Rhonda

PhD, Rhetoric & Communication
Master of Arts, Teaching of Writing
Bachelor of Science, Written Communication: Technical Communication

Rhonda earned her PhD in Rhetoric & Professional Communication from Iowa State University and worked for several years in the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering Program in Technical Communication. At U of M, she taught writing to students in computer science, electrical engineering, robotics, environmental engineering, and bio-engineering. Now she’s returned to her roots as an Eastern Eagle, where she earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees and worked as a part-time lecturer and writing consultant in the nursing program. Rhonda’s “free time” is spent doing personal writing and research, leading small groups in writing and creativity, and volunteering as a producer for her church.


Susan

Susan has more than 20 years' teaching experience in the College of Business, specifically Introduction to Business, Business Communications, and Human Resources. What she enjoys most in working with students at the Writing Center is helping students create the best product possible within the confines of their instructors' requirements. Susan's classes do extensive research and business writing, and she is especially excited to help in those areas.

In her free time, Susan enjoys traveling wherever and whenever possible. She has been to all 50 states and all seven continents. Susan is active in the Association of Business Communication and Global Advances in Business Communications.

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