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Writers' Workshop--Free Writing Support

Meet our Consultants

Alex 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.
deondre Deondre is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Liberal Studies program with emphases in both American Indian Studies and Geography. He teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing as a graduate instructor in the Writing Studies department. Deondre earned his bachelor's degree in Geography from St. Cloud State University in 2013 and seeks to eventually earn a PhD in Geography. His research emphases and strengths lie in the social sciences but he is willing and eager to work with students in any and all disciplines here at UMD.
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.
Jenna Jenna is a second-year graduate student in UMD's English MA program, and she 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.
Jessica Jessica completed her BA in English: Literature, Language, and Culture at UMD and is now a second-year graduate student in the same field, pursuing a Master of Arts degree. She also teaches WRIT 1120: College Writing for the Department of Writing Studies. She took a few years off to follow a career in Sales Management, but is now pursuing her original goal of becoming a professor of English.
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.
Jillian Jillian graduated from UMD in 2013 with her BA in English with minors in Professional Writing and Cultural Studies. In 2015, she graduated with her MA in English with an emphasis in Writing Studies. This year she returns to UMD as an instructor in the Department of Writing Studies, teaching primarily WRIT 1120: College Writing. Jillian has experience as an undergraduate peer tutor and two years of experience at the Writers' Workshop. She looks forward to working with writers from all types of academic backgrounds and disciplines.
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 managing a small business, 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.
Julia Julia received her BA in English Literature from Winona State University in December 2013. She is a second-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 medical writer, or having a career in a hospital communications department.
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. [Note: Lindsey is on leave Fall 2015, but she will return to the Workshop Spring semester 2016.]
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 second-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.
yuhang Yuhang is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Engineering degree with a focus on electrical engineering. He has a bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Science and Technology Beijing. Yuhang is currently teaching the electrical circuit laboratory and researching highly flexible tactile sensors. He has two years' work experience in advanced alloy characterization and graphene synthesis in Hong Kong, which involved reviewing much written work. He would like to share his technical writing and research experience, particularly in the fields of chemistry, materials science, and electrical engineering.

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