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Our faculty and graduate student consultants are trained to assist writers in any discipline, but you may want to choose a consultant based on their specific interests.


Alexandra (Alex) is an instructor in the Academic English Language Program, teaching courses such as English for Academic Writing and Editing for Writers. She received her MA in ESL (English as a Second Language) from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN and is currently studying in the Dual Language & Immersion Education program at the University of Minnesota. Alex specializes in explaining grammar rules, both to native and non-native English speakers. She loves languages, travel, and learning about other cultures.

annaAnna, a native of Russia, is an instructor in the Academic English Language Program at UMD. She earned an MA in English from UMD in 2000 and a PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Writing from Saint-Petersburg University, Russia, in 2011. She recently completed a Master’s of Liberal Studies degree from UMD in the spring of 2015. Anna has been teaching English as a Second language for 18 years. Her research interests focus on argumentation and persuasive writing.

anthonyAnthony graduated with a degree in political science from Monmouth College in Illinois, where he also worked in the Writing Center for over three years. He is now a second-year master's student in the Writing Studies program and teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing. His research interests include political rhetoric, public policy and culture, and citizenship. For nearly a decade, Anthony has taught bagpipes, both in the Twin Cities and Illinois. From Somerset, WI, he is also an avid outdoorsman and conservation advocate.

blairBlair, holds a bachelor's degree in history from the College of St. Scholastica. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Liberal Studies program at UMD where he is studying rhetoric and historiography with the intention of developing a vocabulary for addressing what he deems problematic aspects of traditional U.S. historical projections. His primary research interest is the legacy of Malcolm X. His interests include science fiction, film, music, modern art, political science, and social justice. Blair also teaches a freshman writing course (WRIT 1120).

caseyCasey is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in materials and structural engineering. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UMD and has designed proprietary products for several Minnesota-based companies as a Mechanical Engineer. Professionally, he is interested in the research and development of new technologies in the fields of mechanical and civil engineering. His current research involves the development of geopolymer materials resistant to extremely high temperatures, such as those present in a nuclear power plant or structural fire. Casey is a native of Duluth and enjoys playing hockey and exploring the outdoors.


emilyEmily is a faculty member in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies, teaching both upper- and lower-division writing courses, and she serves as the Lead Consultant for the Writers’ Workshop. Emily completed a PhD in English Studies from Illinois State University in 2013 and an MA in English from UMD in 2008. She has experience teaching a variety of writing, literature, and other general education English courses. Emily also taught English as a Second Language and tutored writing in a range of subjects for both traditional and non-traditional students at 2- and 4-year colleges. Emily’s research and publishing interests include women’s life writing, children's and adolescent literature, and Victorian culture. She is currently Managing Editor of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies and Visiting Scholar for the L.M. Montgomery Institute.

jillJill taught writing at UMD for over 25 years in the Department of Writing Studies before becoming Director of the Academic Writing and Learning Center, which includes the Writers’ Workshop. Courses she most often taught included first-year writing, Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters, and Advanced Writing: Business and Organizations. She also regularly taught graduate courses in composition theory and pedagogy. Her research interests lie in the scholarship of teaching and learning, with articles having been published in College TeachingBusiness Communication Quarterly,Change: The Magazine of Higher EducationEDUCAUSE Quarterly, and the International Journal of ePortfolio. Jill also works with faculty members and academic departments wishing to enhance student learning by incorporating writing in their courses and throughout their programs.

kevinKevin is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Liberal Studies Program at UMD, focusing on Statistical and Computational Linguistics. Kevin teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing and is also a teaching assistant for LING 4195: Computational Semantics. Kevin received his undergraduate degree in Linguistics from UMD in 2014. Outside of school, Kevin enjoys spending time in the outdoors, walking his dog, and playing the guitar.

kristinaKristina is a graduate instructor for the Writing Studies Department and is pursuing her MA in English with a focus in linguistics. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with majors in Spanish and TESOL. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she worked as a volunteer ESL instructor for Bridgepoint Mission Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI. After this, she accepted a position as an English instructor at the C&C Academy in Seoul, South Korea, where she worked with Korean students grades K-6. During this time, Kristina also volunteered as a tutor with the organization TNKR, Teach North Korean Refugees. She loves languages and experiencing new cultures—especially trying new foods. In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors; her favorite activities include hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing.

kristineKristine recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in English and a minor in History. She teaches WRIT 1120 and is pursuing a graduate degree in English. Kristine has an interest in the relationship between linguistics and literature, as well as 20th-century American literature and Magical Realism. She has experience tutoring and has spent the past two years working as a freelance research analyst, which gave her the opportunity to travel and explore the country. Kristine spends her free time visiting local farmers’ markets and specialty food shops, finding ingredients to make new recipes. She especially likes trying recipes that come from her favorite books, such as Gone with the Wind and Like Water for Chocolate.

lindseyLindsey is an instructor in the Department of Writing Studies. She received her BA in English from Iowa State University in 2005. She taught high school English for two years in the Iowa public schools, and then she and her husband spent four years teaching overseas at the American School of Yaoundé in Cameroon, West Africa, where Lindsey taught AP English Literature and AP English Language as well as journalism and drama. A love of the outdoors drew them to Duluth, where Lindsey completed her Masters in English at UMD in the spring of 2014. Lindsey’s strengths lie in the Humanities, but she enjoys working with students on all topics in any discipline.

madelineMadeline is a first-year graduate student seeking an MA in English and teaching WRIT 1120: College Writing.  She holds a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature and a minor in Religious Studies. Outside of academia, Madeline spends her time reading horror, fantasy, and sci-fi as well as working on novels and short stories. She loves Skyrim, the Boundary Waters, Radiohead, and podcasts.

melissaMelissa (preferred pronouns they, their) is a first-year graduate instructor in the English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies department with an emphasis in Literature, Language, and Culture; a minor in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies; and a focus in Feminist Theory. Melissa completed their undergraduate degree at St. Cloud State University with a double major in English Rhetoric and Women's Studies. They are an avid traveler and photographer. Melissa’s work has been published in Kaleidoscope Multicultural Magazine (2016; 2017), Living Truth (2017) and Collective Feminism (2016-2017). They maintain two blogs: Musing with Melly and The Radical Rhetorician.

miaMia is the English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist at the Writers’ Workshop. She works with students, faculty, and staff, especially non-native speakers of English, on developing their academic language skills. She also offers study groups on academic reading and writing, research and citations, speaking and presenting, as well as grammar. Mia earned a Master’s degree in ESL from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Her Master’s thesis focused on identifying and supporting English learners who may have learning disabilities. Mia also holds an MA in Management from The College of Saint Scholastica and undergraduate degrees in English and Education. In her free time, Mia enjoys running, yoga, snowboarding, and spending time with her children.

mollyMolly graduated from UMD in the spring of 2016 with a BA in English and a minor in Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is now a second-year graduate student in the English MA program with a focus on Publishing and Print Culture. She is especially interested in late 19th and early 20th century literature. Molly also teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing. The past three summers she has spent her time in Ketchikan, AK, managing a retail business selling authentic Native Alaskan jewelry, carvings, and artwork. She loves her cat as well as reading fiction, exploring Duluth, and drinking coffee.

trevorTrevor is a third-year PhD student in the Integrated Biosciences program and studies vision in some of the state’s popular fish species. He is a native of Minnesota and graduated from St. Olaf College in 2007 with a BA in biology; he received his master’s in biology in 2014. Trevor plans to enter into the academic world when completing his degree and would like to continue teaching undergraduates about biology and fisheries related science. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys both road cycling and mountain biking. Other interests include fly fishing and drawing.