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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.


Andy received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from UMD in the spring of 2016. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in hydraulics, hydrology, and water resource engineering. His research interests include ice formation in rivers and streams and design of hydraulic structures; however, he also enjoys helping others develop strategies for technical writing. Prior to attending UMD he spent ten years in the U.S. Coast Guard specializing in environmental response and disaster relief.  Originally from Chicago, Andy grew up spending time on the water and enjoys surfing and sailboat racing on Lake Superior.


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.


Anthony 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 first-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 environmental literature. For nearly a decade Anthony has taught bagpipes in the Twin Cities and Illinois. From Somerset, WI, he is also an avid outdoorsman and conservation advocate.


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 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 is a third-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, Virology, and Molecular Biology. She is currently a laboratory TA for Animal Physiology. She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in both Biology and Biochemistry from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, where she graduated with Honors as a Webster Scholar. In her free time, Fatima enjoys rock climbing and practicing yoga.


Jill 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.


John graduated with honors from the College of St. Scholastica with his BA in English and is now a second-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 graduated from UMD in the spring of 2015 with a BA in English and is now a second-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.


Kaity is a recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She is a second-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.


Kevin is a 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 guitar.


Kristina 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 the 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 including hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing. Her career goals include working as an ESL instructor at a university level.


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.


Mia is the English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist at the Writers’ Workshop. She is looking forward to working with students, faculty, and staff, especially non-native speakers of English, on developing their academic language skills. In addition to serving as a consultant in the Writers’ Workshop, Mia offers extensive office hours as well as study groups on academic writing and grammar. Before coming to UMD, Mia taught English and German for over two decades. She earned a Master’s degree in ESL from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and an MA in Management from The College of Saint Scholastica. Her ESL 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.


Molly 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 first-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.