College of Arts and Sciences

 

Macomb Writing Center Consultants

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

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Our consultants come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. We believe that the best person to tutor writing from a particular discipline is a person who writes in that discipline. In other words, the best person to tutor a lab report from biology is someone who has spent time writing in the genres valued by biology. Not only is the University Writing Center staffed by graduates students in English who are proficient in a number of different discourses, we also have consultants that specialize in psychology, history, computer science, theater, natural sciences, instructional design and technology, journalism, communication, and career writing.


Consultants (A-H)

Adam MorganAdam, Graduate in Psychology

Specializations:

Discipline:  Psychology

Genre: Research, Lab Reports, Essays, Career Writing

Documentation Style: APA, MLA

My name is Adam, and I’m a second-year graduate student in experimental psychology. I am from Des Moines, IA and received my bachelor’s of science in psychology from Iowa State University. My favorite color is green, and I like binge watching shows on Netflix whenever I have time. I have energetic fur-babies named Cody and Chloe that keep me on my toes and love to bark at everything that catches their attention. I’m a huge Chicago Cubs fan and catch their games as often as I can. My spirit animal is a strawberry cheesecake blizzard. What I like most about working in the writing center is helping students realize that they are exceptional writers.

 

Alyson EaganAlyson, Graduate in English

Specializations:

Discipline: English, Journalism

Genre: Resumes, Creative Writing, Research Papers, Persuasive Essays

Documentation Style: MLA

Hi! My name is Alyson, and I’m a second-year graduate student in the English Department. I’m also teaching ENG 180 for the second time. I write fiction, zines, poetry, and nonfiction. My thesis will be a memoir relating to feminist disability theory. To get out of my literature comfort zone, I read about a wide range of topics, including mathematics, psychology, and philosophy. What I like most about working in the writing centers is having conversations with students across the disciplines and working with students at their own pace. The writing center is an enriching learning experience for both the student and myself.

 

Audrey AeiltsAudrey, Graduate in Psychology

Specializations:

Discipline:  Psychology, Women's/Gender Studies

Genre: Narratives, Opinion Essays, Research Papers, Article Critiques, Resumes, and Personal Statements

Documentation Style: APA, MLA

My name is Audrey. I’m a second-year graduate student in the clinical/community mental health program at Western. I plan to work in the Midwest as a licensed therapist. In my free time, I enjoy reading, yoga, and snuggling my dog. What I like about working in the writing center is helping students learn that writing can be fun as they create something they are proud of.

 

Bryce SwainBryce, Undergraduate in English

Specializations:

Discipline: English Education, Theatre

Genre: Analytical Essays, Informative Essays, Creative Writing, Career Writing, Theatrical Reviews

Documentation Style: MLA, APA

Hi there! My name is Bryce, and I have been working in the writing center for nearly four years. I’m a senior working toward my degree in English education, and I have a minor in theatre as well. As for my writing, I have presented at the English Graduate Organization regional conference and the Sigma Tau Delta national convention. I also have a #1 ranked teen fiction novel on Wattpad.com with around seven million hits. Currently I am the secretary of Sigma Tau Delta and head editor for The Mirror and the Lamp. My hobbies include baking vegan sweets, volunteering at the animal shelter, taking my puppy on hikes, and reading fan fiction. What I like about working in the writing center is watching students grow in their writing overtime! As a future English teacher, my greatest joy in life is seeing a student learn different ways to express themselves. I believe everyone has something important to say, and I love being able to help them develop the tools to share their stories.

 

Caitlyn AndersonCaitlyn, Graduate in English

Specializations

Discipline: English and Journalism

Genre: Literary Criticism, Research Papers, and Creative Writing

Documentation Style:  MLA, APA

I’m Caitlyn, a second-year graduate student in the English department. I completed my undergraduate degree at WIU in English with a minor in journalism. My focus is medieval literature and mythology. I also like history, particularly English and Scottish history between 1,200 – 1,800 A.D. I love Game of Thrones, Outlander, and Marvel and DC films. I also love to travel. What I like about working in the writing center is working with other genres, styles, and disciplines, sharing my knowledge about certain areas, seeing others’ creativity and interests, and helping students become more confident as writers.

 

Christivel ZuluChristivel, Graduate in English 

Specializations:

Discipline: English

Genre: Creative Writing, Essays, Academic Writing

Documentation Style: MLA

Hi! I’m Christivel from Zimbabwe. I graduated from the Africa University in Zimbabwe with a bachelor’s in English and environmental studies. My favorite color is red, and if I see anything red, I celebrate! I love writing, and whenever I write, I feel at peace. I love literature, I feel literature, I smell literature, and I believe literature is life. What I like about working in the writing center is getting to meet students from all walks of life.

 

Dakota CarlsonDakota, Graduate in English 

Specializations:

Discipline: English, Film

Genre: Literary and Film Analysis, Journalism, Professional Writing, Creative Writing

Documentation Style: MLA, APA

Good morrow! I’m Dakota. This will be my third year at the University Writing Center. I am a graduate student in the Department of English. I also teach a section of English 180 as a teaching assistant. I have an undeniable love for cats. First and foremost comes my three-legged fat man named King Mow. I am also a self-proclaimed trivia machine. I am huge into rock and roll and metal. What I like about working in the writing center is being able to guide students to becoming better writing across any discipline. I look forward to meet you. Cheers!

 

Erika DavisErika, Graduate in Communication

Specializations

Discipline: Communication, English, Creative Writing, Journalism, Broadcasting

Genre: Research Papers, Personal Statements, Opinion Papers

Documentation Style: MLA, APA

My name is Erika, and I’m from Chicago. I attended Western as an undergraduate and received my degree in communication with a minor in journalism. I am currently in my second your of graduate studies, pursuing a master’s degree in communication with a focus in public relations. I believe that you can achieve anything and that proper preparation prevents poor performance. What I like about working in the writing center is helping students realize that there is more than one way to write. I also love helping students brainstorm ideas so their papers turn out great.

 

Ftsum AsfahaFtsum, Graduate in English

Specializations

Discipline: English

Genre: Research Papers and Creative Writing

Documentation Style: MLA, APA

My name is Ftsum, and I’m an international student from Eritrea in northern Africa. This is my second year as a graduate student in English. I love post-colonial and African literature. I am also interested in Arabian literature and film studies. What I like about working in the writing center is that every moment I work with a student makes excited about writing, especially my own.

 

Grace SheleyGrace, Graduate in English

Specializations

Discipline: English, Music

Genre: Research Papers, Creative Writing, Literary Analysis

Documentation Style: MLA

When I’m not fighting crime on the streets of Gotham, I enjoy sitting down with a  hot cup of coffee and the latest Lisa See novel. I’m Grace. I am originally from Lincoln, IL and received my bachelor’s degree in music and English from Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington, IL. My hobbies include hugging good dogs, Legend of Zelda, classical singing, playing horror video games, and long walks on the beach. What I love about working in the writing center is helping with organizational skills and early brainstorming. As a habitual procrastinator, I’ve learned the importance of crafting ways to get started on writing.

 

Hali PaceHali, Graduate in English

Specializations:

Discipline: English, Creative Writing

Genre: Creative Writing, Literary Analysis

Documentation Style: MLA, APA

My name is Hali, and I’m a graduate student here at Western Illinois University. I also attended Western as an undergraduate. My degree was in English with a minor in creative writing. I have a few published poems and a published short story. What I like about working in the writing center is instilling students with transferrable skills they can use across multiple disciplines.

 

Heather LuckeHeather, Graduate in Psychology

Specializations:

Discipline: Psychology

Genre: Research Papers, Lab Reports, Essays

Documentation Style: APA

Hello! My name is Heather. I graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase and am a second-year graduate student in experimental psychology. I like music, photography, and Netflix. I also have two fluffy cats named Ron and Ginny Weasley. My spirit animal is a cat (of course), but cat hair is the bane of my existence. What I like about working in the writing center is helping students work through the writing process and improving their confidence in writing.

Consultants (I-Z)

Ishimine GoinsIshimine, Graduate in English

Specializations

Discipline: English

Genre: Creative Writing, Literary Criticism

Documentation Style: MLA, APA

G’day, mates! My name is Ishimine, and I’m a first-year graduate student from Los Angeles, CA. I recently graduated from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS with a bachelor’s degree in English. I enjoy reading novels, poetry, and essays from the Harlem Renaissance. I also do freelance writing and photography in my free time. I am a former president of Sigma Tau Delta and a member of a plethora of other academic organizations. I have a French bulldog named Nike, and I’m an army vet who served over 10 years. Hooah! What I like about working in the writing center are the new perspectives from different students. I look forward to meeting you!

 

Kristin SheppardKristin, Graduate in English

Specializations

Discipline: English, Biology

Genre: Academic Writing, Resumes

Documentation Style: MLA

I’m Kristin, a graduate student in the English department here at Western. I received my bachelor’s in English from Mississippi State University. I love researching and writing. Chocolate milk fuels my body. I love watching all sports, but I really keep up with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Dallas Cowboys. My nieces are the cutest tiny humans in the world, and I can’t be convinced otherwise. What I like about working in the writing center is molding better writers and helping students gain confidence in their writing.

 

Lisa EllesonLisa, Graduate in English

Specializations

Discipline: English, Business

Genre: Literary Analysis, Grant Writing, Professional Writing, Research Papers

Documentation Style: MLA

Hi! I’m Lisa. I’m a first-year graduate student pursuing a master’s in English. I’m also an English teaching assistant here at WIU. I graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in May 2016 with an English literature major and business minor. After graduating, I started working as a development assistant at the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, IL. What I like about working in the writing center is watching students improve and implement the new writing techniques I teach them.

 

Madison BoehMadison, Graduate in Pychology

Specializations

Discipline: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Career Writing

Genre: Research Papers, Lab Reports, Opinion Essays, Narratives, Resumes, CVs, and Personal Statements

Documentation Style: APA

Hi! I’m Madison, and I’m a second-year graduate student in the clinical/community mental health program. My future goals include completing a doctoral degree, working with children and adolescents that are hospitalized, and adopting a kitten someday. My two favorite things are reading (I always carry a book with me wherever I go) and traveling. What I like about working in the writing center is helping and seeing students succeed. It’s one of the best feelings in the world.

 

Nick NusbaumerNick, Graduate in English

Specializations

Discipline: English

Genre: Academic Essays, Creative Writing, Professional Writing

Documentation Style: MLA

Hi! I’m Nick, a first-year graduate student and teaching assistant in the Department of English. As an undergraduate, I majored in English and minored in print and digital publishing. I have experience with research and professional writing. I write poetry and short stories too! I drink coffee voraciously, brush my hair obsessively, and love all things art. What I like about working in the writing center is seeing writer's identities, experiences, and culture come out in their writing. I love the satisfaction of helping students communicate their minds on paper. Being involved in this process is rewarding. Let’s meet to talk about your writing!

 

Riley MarshallRiley, Graduate in Psychology

Specializations

Discipline: Psychology, Biology

Genre: Lab Reports, Research Papers

Documentation Style: APA

Hi! I’m Riley, a graduate student in the experimental psychology program. My research interests are in the genetic and environmental components of temperament and personality. I really enjoy writing about psychology. I also enjoy watching sports, taking care of my plants, and reading. What I like about working in the writing center is helping students learn writing skills that they will be able to use in future writing situations.

 

Ryan WoodsRyan, Undergraduate in Ag Science

Specializations

Discipline: Agriculture Science, Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Genre: Creative Writing, Research, Informative Writing

Documentation Style: MLA

My name is Ryan. I’m a junior studying agriculture science/pre-veterinary medicine. I’m the president of the WIU Humane Society Service Association. I love animals, reading, and movies. I enjoy writing creatively as well as conducting research across a wide variety of topics. I love writing, and think the ability to write well is an important skill to have as it allows people to express themselves and learn. I believe everyone has the ability to be a good writer. What I like about working in the writing center is helping students discover their potential as writers.

 

Shelby DavinShelby, Undergraduate in English & Foreign Languages

Specializations :

Discipline: English, Foreign Language, Business, Horticulture

Genre: Academic Essays, Literary Criticism

Documentation Style: MLA

My name is Shelby, and I’m a sophomore in college studying English and foreign language. I plan on becoming a literature professor in Germany. In my free time, I like to work, write poetry, spend too much time scrolling through twitter, and eating (of course). I hope to travel the world and see everything I possibly can. I love all sorts of writing and reading. What I like about working in the writing center is that fact I can sit down and have a one-on-one conversation that is inevitably a learning experience for both of us.

 

Tralynn PullenTralynn, Graduate in English

Specializations :

Discipline: English

Genre: Literary Criticism, Creative Writing

Documentation Style: MLA

Hi! My name is Tralynn, and I’m a first-year graduate student studying English. I graduated from Kentucky State University with a degree in English. I enjoy card games and watching movies of any genre. What’s my favorite animal, you ask? Definitely a giraffe. What I like about working in the writing center is making students excited about their work. I look forward to helping you with your paper!

 

Spencer WilliamsSpencer, Undergraduate in History

Specializations:

Discipline: History, Political Science

Genre: Historical Writing, Academic Essays

Documentation Style: Turabian/Chicago and MLA

Aurora, Illinois’ favorite son is here to help you with your writing! I’m Spencer, and when not fully engaged in student activities, I like to play video games and hang out with my favorite cat, Gardita Supreme. I love history, coffee, and slow-cooker recipes. What I like about working in the writing center is having regulars and seeing those students improve. Working with students also helps me improve my own writing. Make your appointment today!

 

Zoey DetlafZoe, Undergraduate in English

Specializations

Discipline: English, Education, Theatre

Genre: Career Writing, Research Papers, Creative Writing

Documentation Style: MLA and Some APA and Chicago

My name is Zoe, and I am a senior working on degrees in English and theatre with a concentration in acting. I am an avid reader and writer, usually of the fantasy genre. I also love exploring the mythologies of past cultures. I have two cats, a dog, and a hedgehog back in my hometown of Huntley, IL. I also frequently attend comic and anime conventions in Chicago. What I like about working in the writing center is helping students grow as writers while hearing different outlooks on a variety of subjects.