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Meet our Consultants

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.
brandonBrandon is a first-year graduate student pursuing an M.A. in English. He has a B.A. in Comparative Literature and a B.Mus. in Music Education from the University of Utah. He taught music in Salt Lake City public schools for two years until following his partner to Duluth, where he continues privately teaching a small studio of students. He is interested in all areas of the humanities and fine arts but is particularly delighted by Aristotelian philosophy, European literature, and the keyboard music of Domenico Scarlatti. He spends many of his spare hours cooking, considering what he might like to cook, and eating.
courtneyCourtney graduated with a degree in Teaching Communication Arts and Literature from UMD in the Spring of 2017. She is now a second-year master's student in the English MA program and teaches a section of WRIT 1120: College Writing. She enjoys and practices several genres of writing, including journalism and poetry. Her research interests include secondary education pedagogy and writing studies. In her spare time, Courtney goes on long hikes with her puppy, plays the ukulele, and reads nutrition and health books.
emilyEmily is a faculty member in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies and serves as the Lead Consultant for the Writers’ Workshop. Emily completed a Ph.D. in English Studies from Illinois State University in 2013 and an M.A. in English from UMD in 2008. She has experience teaching a variety of both upper- and lower-division writing courses, 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. In addition to consulting with writers from across campus, she works with the Director of the Academic Writing and Learning Center, Jill Jenson, to offer writing-focused workshops. 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.

Janelle is a second-year English M.A. student. Her first language is Spanish and she is originally from South Florida. She holds a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in history from the University of Central Florida. She teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing at UMD and is planning on pursuing a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies. Her research interests include multilingual literature and film/television in English, Spanish, or French. When not watching TV "for research," Janelle enjoys hiking and gaming (totally for research).
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.
kristineKristine graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in English and a minor in history. She also teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing and has lots of experience tutoring. She is pursuing an M.A. in English literature with the intention of seeking a Ph.D., also in English. She is interested in nineteenth-century literature and the way it influences cultural boundaries and categories, especially in stories originally written for adults and later categorized for children. Some of her favorite books include The Secret Garden, Peter Pan, and Emily of New Moon, as she loves reading about magic. Kristine spends her free time hiking and having adventures like the ones she reads about. She loves camping, and especially thru-hiking long trails. After graduation, she plans to walk 500 miles of the Appalachian Trail!
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.
lydiaLydia graduated from UMD in Spring 2017 with a B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English. She is currently a first-year graduate student in the English M.A. program. Her interests include ecofeminism, utopian literature, and queer and postcolonial studies. In her spare time she likes to nap. Lydia also teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing.
madelineMadeline is a second-year graduate student seeking an M.A. in English and teaching WRIT 1120: College Writing.  She holds a B.A. 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.
marissaMarissa is a second-year master’s student in the Integrated Biosciences Program studying the contemporary evolution of sunflowers. Over the course of her undergraduate studies at North Dakota State University, Marissa gained a deep appreciation for biology through her research on prairie plants and the flora of Costa Rican rainforests. She plans to pursue a career in science communication and outreach after completing her graduate degree. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being outside, and petting other people’s dogs. 
melissaMelissa (preferred pronouns they/them) is a second-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 and popular culture. Melissa completed their undergraduate degree at St. Cloud State University. Melissa loves to spend their free time baking, taking photographs, and traveling the world. Their work has been published in Kaleidoscope Multicultural Magazine (2016; 2017), Living Truths (2017) and Collective Feminism (2016-2017). Melissa maintains two blogs: Musing with Melly and The Radical Rhetorician.
miaMia is the English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist in the Writers’ Workshop. She works with students, faculty, and staff, especially those who are non-native speakers of English, on assignments and other writing projects. She also offers study groups and workshops for English learners on topics such as academic reading and writing, research and citations, speaking and presenting, and grammar. Mia earned a Master’s degree in ESL from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Her 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 being with her family and friends as well as running, yoga, and snowboarding.
nickNick is a first-year graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, specifically focusing on structures. He grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, and obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering from UMD. Outside of school, Nick enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and being outdoors.
is a first-year graduate student in the English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies department. She also teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing. Samantha received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in English, focused on writing and rhetoric, with a minor in Women’s Studies. Aside from academic research interests, Samantha spends most of her time finding and listening to new music, preferably on vinyl. The more obscure, the better! Samantha recently moved to Duluth from Texas and is interested in finding small and unique attractions to visit.