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Writers' Workshop--Free Writing Support

Meet our Consultants

Alexandra (Alex) is an instructor in the Academic English Language Program, teaching courses such as Topics in Academic Reading and English for Academic Writing. She received her MA in ESL (English as a Second Language) from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN. She loves languages, travel, and learning about other cultures. While working at a French immersion camp in 2007, she learned it would be possible to make a career out of these three things as an ESL instructor. Since then she has taught students from a variety of cultures both in France and here in the United States. She speaks French and Spanish. Her research interests focus on content-based language instruction, but she loves talking about literature.
Anna Anna, 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.
emily Emily is a faculty member in the Department of 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 May of 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.
fatima Fatima is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Science degree in Integrated Biosciences with an emphasis on cell, molecular, and physiological biology. Her research, under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Robert Cormier and Dr. Pat Scott, focuses on colorectal cancer. Fatima’s teaching experience includes General Biology I, as a laboratory and discussion TA, and Virology, as a current laboratory and lecture TA. She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in both Biology and Biochemistry from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. In her free time, Fatima enjoys rock climbing and practicing yoga.
jill Jill taught writing at UMD for over 25 years in the Department of Writing Studies before becoming Director of the Writers’ Workshop. Courses she taught most often 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 journals such as College Teaching, Business Communication Quarterly, Change: The Magazine of Higher Education, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, and the International Journal of ePortfolio. In addition to directing the Workshop, Jill works with individual faculty members and academic departments wishing to enhance student learning by incorporating writing in their courses and throughout their programs.
john John graduated with honors from the College of St. Scholastica with his BA in English and is now a first-year graduate student in the English MA program with a concentration in Literary Studies. He teaches one section of WRIT 1120: College Writing. John, a veteran of the United States Air Force, is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and has experience with managing a small business and banking. His primary academic interest is post-WWII American minority literature and the poetics of identity.
jon Jon graduated from UMD in the spring of 2015 with a BA in English and is now a first-year graduate student in the English MA program. He teaches one section of WRIT 1120: College Writing and was previously an undergraduate teaching assistant for ENGL 1535: King Arthur in History, Literature, and Art. He loves comic books, poetry, and creative writing. He is a published poet and has participated in open mic events throughout the Duluth area. His research interests include prosody, formal poetry, poetics, Arthurian legend, and comic books.
mia Mia is the English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist at the Writers’ Workshop. Before coming to UMD, Mia taught English and German for over two decades. For the last five years, she designed and taught courses that focused on academic language development for high school students who were English learners. She is excited about working with students, faculty, and staff, especially non-native speakers of English, on developing effective writing strategies. Mia's educational background includes a Master’s degree in ESL from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and an MA degree from The College of Saint Scholastica. Her Master’s thesis focused on identifying and supporting English learners who may have learning disabilities. In her free time, Mia enjoys running, yoga, and snowboarding.
kaity Kaity is a recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She is a first-year graduate student in the English MA Program with a focus in Publishing and Print Culture and also teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing. Kaity is particularly interested in contemporary fiction, social justice, theatre as a tool for social change, poetry, and the importance of adolescent literature.
Lindsey Lindsey 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.

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