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Alex

Alexandra (Alex) teaches in the Academic English Language Program (AELP).

Anna Anna, a native of Russia, is currently a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Studies program who teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing.  She graduated from UMD in 2000 with an MA in English and earned a PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Writing from Saint-Petersburg University, Russia, in 2011. Anna has been teaching English as a Second language (ESL) for 17 years. Her research interests focus on argumentation and persuasive writing.
Dana Dana is a second-year graduate student in the English MA program and a graduate instructor teaching WRIT 1120: College Writing for the Department of Writing Studies.  After earning her Journalism BA from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities she spent three years working in Duluth at a local television station, first as a reporter, then the morning anchor. She's currently taking a break from the busy broadcast world to focus on her final year of graduate school, but she plans to return to the field after finishing her degree. She looks forward to working with writers of all backgrounds this year. 
Emily Emily earned 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 interests include women’s life writing, children's/young adult literature, and Victorian culture. As a faculty member in the Department of Writing Studies, she teaches both upper- and lower-division writing courses.
Jenna Jenna is a first-year graduate student in UMD's English MA program who also teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing. She received her undergraduate degree in Teaching Communication Arts and Literature from UMD in 2011 with a minor in Spanish. Since graduation, Jenna has worked at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and Eni-gikendaasoyang in the college of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP) here at UMD. Her interests include dystopian literature, contemporary fiction, politics, and history.
Jessica Jessica is a first-year graduate student in the English MA program and teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing for the Department of Writing Studies.  A recent UMD graduate with a degree in English (Literature, Language, and Culture), she has previous experience as an undergraduate tutor.  Jessica has also been an editing consultant on a corporate level.  She took a few years off to follow a career in Sales Management but has returned to pursue her original goal of becoming a professor of English literature.
Jill Jill has been teaching writing at UMD for over 25 years, first as a graduate student  and now as an associate professor in Writing Studies, where she served as department head for seven years. Courses she taught most often include 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 Writers’ 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.
Jillian Jillian is a second-year graduate student in the English program with a concentration in Writing Studies. She is also teaching WRIT 1120: College Writing this semester. She graduated from UMD in 2013 with her BA in English, with minors in Professional Writing and Cultural Studies. Jillian has experience as an undergraduate peer tutor and is eager to build on that experience on the graduate level. She looks forward to working with writers from all types of academic backgrounds and disciplines at the Writers' Workshop.
John John teaches in the Academic English Language Program (AELP).
Julia Julia received her BA in English Literature from Winona State University in December 2013. She is a first-year graduate student with a focus on Literary Studies who also teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing. Previously, Julia worked in retail sales for six years, two in management.  She has since changed her career aspirations and is now on the path to becoming a professor of English Literature.
LeAne
LeAne, professor emerita, worked full-time at UMD for 43 years, first teaching a variety of writing courses and then working with faculty members on enhancing their teaching as well as on writing for publication, promotion, and/or tenure.  Compelled to practice what she professed, in 1984 she began in earnest to experiment with writing and publishing creative nonfiction articles in both commercial and academic magazines and journals ranging from To Improve the Academy to The Wall Street Journal to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer . To date, she has published approximately 60 articles. LeAne now uses the skills she honed over time to assist writers at all levels in the Writers' Workshop.
Lindsey Lindsey 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.  In addition to consulting for the Writers' Workshop, she is currently an instructor in the Department of Writing Studies. Lindsey’s strengths lie in the Humanities, but she enjoys working with students on all topics in any discipline.
Peihong
Peihong is from China and has been teaching English there since 2000. She got her BA in China and went on to earn two MA degrees, one in the Netherlands and one in China, with majors in linguistics and British and American literature. She is now an EdD student in the Department of Education here at UMD. She enjoys teaching and building a good rapport with her students. Peihong believes that through interaction, both the teacher and the student learn and grow.
Rochelle Rochelle holds an ACS certified Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of Minnesota Duluth.  A second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Chemistry degree, she currently teaches Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory and has previously taught General Chemistry I/II and Organic Chemistry Laboratories.  She has been involved in research for five years under the direction of Dr. Erin Sheets.  The overarching theme of their research is focused on the allergic response; in particular, they focus on membrane domains and their role in initiating a signaling cascade.
Sam Samantha (Sam) is a recent graduate of The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, with dual Bachelor's degrees in English and Educational Studies.  She is a first-year graduate student in the Master of Arts in English program, with an Emphasis in Writing Studies.  Sam also teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing  and is fascinated by history, science, civil rights, and the world in general.
Scott Scott is a second-year graduate student in the English MA program and teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing for the Department of Writing Studies.  Scott is a recent graduate of UMD with a degree in English and plans to focus his graduate studies on Shakespeare and literary theory.  As an undergraduate TA he was given the opportunity to teach two of Shakespeare's plays. Beyond the world of academia, Scott took about ten years off from his education to pursue a career in the culinary arts. After attaining his goal of becoming a chef, he has returned to his original dream of becoming a professor of English literature.
Shawn Shawn is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Science degree in Chemistry with a major field focus on Analytical Chemistry and a minor emphasis on Secondary Education. He previously attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he received Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. Shawn currently teaches the Organic Chemistry laboratory and has previously taught Honors General Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis laboratories. He has been involved in research for three years under the direction of Dr. Don Poe, focusing on the use of supercritical carbon dioxide as a 'green' solvent for isolating and quantifying small, drug-like molecules. 

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