College of Arts and Sciences

Macomb Writing Center Consultants

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

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Amy Mossman

Amy Mossman, Director University Writing Center

Office: Simpkins 217 & Malpass Writing Center (3rd Floor)
Phone: 309-298-2815
Office Hours: FACULTY PAGE

Consultants (A-K)

A.J., Graduate in English

I got my undergraduate degree in philosophy at WIU, and now after a couple years overseas, I’ve come back to try for a master’s in English. I'm still really into philosophy and theory, but now I'm exploring those philosophical issues primarily as they relate to art and literature. I'm particularly interested in looking at popular forms: How does Ready Player One interpolate the reader as subject? What do H.P. Lovecraft's depictions of weird non-euclidean geometry tell us about his fear of immigration reordering social space? I have a range of interests outside of philosophy and literature including film, history, video games, music, cooking, and YouTube. I also do some creative writing of my own, primarily short stories and the occasional desperate stab at a novel.

Writing is painful. It is also a fascinating and deeply rewarding process that allows you to, in the words of the great 16th century essayist Michel de Montaigne, interrogate yourself with the question, "What know I?" I hope that I can sooth the pain a little bit and help writers to get the most out of asking themselves that question.


AlexAlex, Graduate in English

I earned my Associate’s in Arts from Carl Sandburg College in 2015, and then my Bachelor’s in Arts from Knox College in 2017. I am currently a TA / Graduate Student in the English Department. Having been an Adjunct English Instructor and Tudor at Carl Sandburg College, I have a multi-faceted approach to success in the classroom and look forward to helping students reach their writing goals.

Reading and writing are my favorite past times, and I enjoy helping others develop these skills as well. I hope to not only help students become better writers but to find a new found appreciation for writing.

AllisonAllison, Graduate in History (Fall 2019 only)

I am a first year graduate student in the History department. I am originally from Houston, TX, but WIU has been a huge part of my family for generations! I love coffee, reading, and politics, and I spend a lot of my time snuggled up in a soft blanket at home with a good novel. My favorite color is yellow, and I am definitely a "cat person"!

I have always enjoyed tutoring and teaching, so working with my peers in a wonderful environment like the UWC is a dream-come-true and makes consulting fun, scholarly, and productive all at once!


Anna, Graduate in Clinical/Community Mental Health

I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Knox College in Galesburg, IL. At Knox, I graduated with majors in both Psychology and Creative Writing. Currently, I am a graduate student in the Clinical/Community Mental Health program at WIU. In the past year, I have enjoyed working with students, particularly helping students develop strong writing skills. I consider myself to be an interdisciplinary student with investment several subjects. I would be happy to help students in a variety of academic subjects. Outside of class, I love to read, write, jog, and spend time with my friends.

I am looking forward to working with all of you in the University Writing Center!


Anthony VaughnAnthony, Graduate in English

Hello, my name is Anthony from Jackson, MS. I am a twenty-four year old graduate student majoring in English. I received my Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Jackson State University. After graduation, I worked as an English teacher. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, writing, and reviewing movies. My favorite fiction series are Harry Potter, Star Wars, Paradox Bound, Paradise Lost, Hamlet, Julius Ceasar, and We Are Bob. I look forward to working with you all and achieving great things! 


AshuntiAshunti, Undergraduate in English Education

Hello to all! I am a second-year undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Education with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I am apart of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Golden Apple Scholars. I was apart of my High Schools Writing Center, and so it was a very natural decision to join the one here. 

Some out of school interests of mine include crocheting, painting, collecting books, and hanging out with my many nieces and nephews.  I enjoy writing my own poetry and short stories. I'm eager to see different assignments and to work with my peers on their writing!


Darrin, Undergraduate in English

Hello! My name is Darrin, and I am a sophomore majoring in English Education and minoring in Sociology here at Western. Aside from my duties as a student, I enjoy writing short stories, reading, playing my instruments (bass trombone and bassoon), photography, spending time with friends, and hiking. I am extremely excited to work at the UWC because I will be learning more about myself as a writer as I help others do the same. 

I’m excited to begin working with you and the UWC this year!


Emma, Undergraduate in English

I'm a junior hoping to snag a career in the field of writing in the semi-near future. My dream is to be a best-selling author one day, most likely not in the near future. I have three younger siblings and a dog named Zeus. I like videogames, sad music, and cheese cubes.

I look forward to working with people to help enhance their writing skills, and learn from them as well.


GracenGracen, Graduate in Speech Pathology and Audiology (Fall 2019 only)

I am a second-year graduate student studying speech pathology. I completed my bachelor’s degree here at WIU! I also work at the WIU Speech & Hearing Clinic. In my free time, I enjoy knitting and visiting new coffee shops.     

I enjoy helping others and am looking forward to helping students with their writing journey. I also look forward to learning from all of the different students that come to the writing center.


Horzabrey RodriguezHorzabrey, Graduate in English

I'm a first-year, second semester grad student working towards my MA in English. I recently transferred from the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program where I focused on Women's Studies, African-American Studies, and Sociology. I'm from Chicago, but reside here in Macomb with my family. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and eating.

I'm completely new to the English Department and Writing Center, but am experienced in writing in general. As a matter of fact, I'm a frequent user of the WC for my own writing. What I'm most excited about while working as a writing consultant is helping students build their confidence in writing, so that they can be able to express themselves freely, and address any writing project before them. Also, helping students grow as writers helps me as a maturing writer. I look forward to working with you all.


Katie Katie, Undergraduate in English Education (Fall 2019 only)

Hi! This is my third year working in the Writing Center. I’m a senior majoring in English Education and I have a passion for helping others. I love to read and write as well as create art in my free time. I also love to go fishing in the summers as well. Additionally, I love my family and my golden doodle, Kramer.

I love working in the Writing Center because I get to meet new people every day and I have to opportunity to watch students grow to be exceptional writers.


KayleeKaylee, Undergrad in English

Hello!  I’m a senior studying English with minors in Film and Creative Writing. I am from the Quad Cities and in the summers I work as a camp counselor for Girl Scouts. Outside of class and the Writing Center, I am the discussion facilitator for Feminist Action Alliance and treasurer for Film Club.

Consultants (K-Z)

Katya KozhukhovaKatya, Graduate in English

This is my first year at the Writing Center. I'm getting an M.A. in English and I love all kinds of writing but, after years of helping my mother apply for jobs, I have a special flair for cover letters and resumes!


Kendrick KellerKendrick, Graduate in English

Hey, I’m Kendrick! I grew up in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from WIU with my B.A. in English Literature. I’m now a TA and Graduate Student in the WIU English Department. Most of my academic and creative writing is centered around visual media, film, television, etc. Outside of English, I am a member of the Surgin General's Improv comedy Group at WIU and a writer for the local sketch comedy group Bored of Education

I love writing and believe the ability to write in as many genres as possible is necessary for any professional in the 21st century. I look forward to watching the WIU writing community grow and develop their body of work.


Kyle Kyle, Graduate in Experimental Psychology

I am a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master’s in experimental psychology. I received my B.S. in psychology at York College of Pennsylvania in May of 2018.  Before I began my track in higher education, I spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps.

I am most interested in working and learning alongside the students who come into the writing center.



LilianLilian, Graduate in Health Sciences

I’m a graduate student from Nigeria. I had my first degree at the prestigious Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, in Microbiology. I have a passion for writing and I keep a lot of diaries. I have over 5 years of peer tutoring experience.

I enjoy the look on the faces of my students with the sudden realization that they do not actually know what they thought they knew, after the most mind-blowing writing sessions.


Matthew, Graduate in Experimental Psychology

I am presently a second-year graduate student in Experimental Psychology. My specific research interests however, lie in the dynamic neural mechanisms, which support learning and memory. I completed my undergraduate coursework in Psychology right here at WIU. While most of my time at Western is devoted to my studies, I enjoy hammocking, disc-golfing, and playing of board games of all types in my free time.

I am very excited at the opportunity to work with students in the writing center. In my final year of undergraduate training, I was lucky enough to be assigned a mentor who offered consistent and helpful critiques of my writing. While it was difficult to break some of my old writing habits at first, I have since noticed a dramatic improvement in my writing style. As a consultant with the writing center, I hope to provide current students with that same level of mentorship.


Maureen, Graduate in English

I received my bachelor’s degree in English from Cornell College, where I also worked as a consultant in the Writing Studio for two years. I love cheesy puns and organizing books. I’m excited to continue learning from students at the Writing Center and seeing the evolution of their work!


Meghan O'TooleMeghan, Graduate in English

I'm a graduate student and TA in the English Department here at Western, and I love helping people work through writing and reach their goals. I'm from the Chicago area. I graduated from Elmhurst College in 2017, and worked as a private writing tutor when I attended community college at Harper College. I have a cat named Genowefa and a few houseplants that all have names. 

I love writing of all kinds, and I'm looking forward to collaborating with students who come to the writing center to feel more confident about their work. 


Rachael, Graduate in English 

I am a first year graduate student in English. I earned my undergraduate degree in English language and Literary Studies in 2017. Communication for me is an essential part of human existence, writing being one of the major media. My specialization is investigating users of the English language especially second language users, and helping them to improve their use of the language.

My three years tenure as an academic officer during my undergraduate enabled me achieve this and better prepared me as a tutor. I look forward to helping students not only to become better writers, but also to make use of the English language as an excellent tool for communication and expressions.


Rachel MasonRachel, Graduate Vocal Performance

I am currently a second-year graduate student in Vocal Performance, and serve as one of the Graduate Assistants at the Writing Center. I graduated from Millikin University with a degree in Vocal Performance in 2018, where I served as a Music History tutor and a consultant for Millikin’s Writing Center for two years. I have more recently served as the Graduate Assistant for the Music History and Humanities department. When I am not singing, writing, or reading, I am spending time with my rabbit named Elmer.

My years of experience make me a knowledgeable and personable tutor, and have fueled my desire to help students become more confident independent writers. My goal is to share my passion for reading and writing with students while making the writing process more accessible.


Savannah DupontSavannah, Graduate in English

Hi! I was born in California and grew up in Florida. I was an avid cosplayer in High School and still love the culture, but don’t dress up anymore. I got my bachelors in creative writing at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. I was in two social clubs, which are similar to sororities, and was also the president of National Organization for women in my senior year. Some other interests of mine are video games anime, cats, dogs and writing stories.

I love the idea of not only improving the piece the students are currently working on, but also their writing in general.


Shelby DavinShelby, Undergraduate in English

I’m a senior studying English and Political Science. I spend a lot of my time outside of work and school reading and writing poetry. If I’m not inside writing my days away, I can be found outdoors on nature walks. I look forward to working with everyone!

Working with students and their writing interests me for a variety of reasons. However, above all, I love the lessons they teach me. It’s truly not only a learning experience for the student, but for me as well. I pick up on different topics and viewpoints as well as unique writing processes that have helped better my writing abilities.


VaneiceVaneice, Graduate in English

I am a 24 year old from Chicago, IL. I received my Bachelor’s degree of Arts from Lane College in Jackson, TN. In undergrad, I participated in NAACP, The Belles (community service org) and HBCU Wellness program. I enjoy spending time with family, animals, and traveling. My favorite book is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

I enjoy helping others use their writing to help describe situations in the life. There is a quote by T.S. Eliot that says “The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink”; I take that quote as saying take your hurt and pain and turn it into a descriptive moment relatable to others.


WhitneyWhitney, Graduate in English

I am currently a second-year graduate student in the department of English with a focus on Arthurian and Gothic Literature. I also completed my bachelor’s degree at WIU with a focus on Tolkien, as well as Fiction and Poetry. I have four cats: Juno, Rikku, Charlie, and Elvis. You could say I am a cat person! Additionally, I have an obsession with candles and old novels.

I love to meet new people and read about all subjects! I am skilled in the art of procrastination, so I hope to help others overcome their fears about last-minute writing. I look forward to working with you all!