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Macomb Writing Center Consultants

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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-I)

Aaron Snowden Aaron, Graduate in Computer Science

Specializations

Discipline: Computer Science, Philosophy, English

Genre: Critical Analyses, Research Papers

Documentation Style: MLA

Being from Macomb and getting my bachelor's degree in philosophy at Western, I've spent plenty of time at WIU as well as the surrounding area. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and kayaking at Spring Lake. You might also catch me at any of the local coffee shops. I like to spend my summers traveling and recently got back from India.

 

Abby Tichler Abby, Graduate in English

Specializations:

Discipline: English

Genre: Creative Writing

Documentation Style: MLA


I am 23 years old. I did my undergrad at St. Ambrose University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. I'm originally from a small town, Rock Falls, IL. I started pursuing an English degree because of my sheer love for reading. I hope to use my degree to obtain a job in the editing and publishing field.

 

Alex Alex, Graduate in English

Specializations:

Discipline: English, Composition and Rhetoric

Genre: Nonfiction Essays, Fiction, English Papers

Documentation Style: MLA

Currently, I am a first-year graduate student in the English Graduate Program. I graduated from Knox College with a bachelor's in creative writing and a minor in composition and rhetoric. In my free time, I enjoy writing personal essays about world travel, rereading Harry Potter, and eating baked goods. I love working in writing centers and look forward to reading your papers!

 

Anjali Anjali, Graduate in English

Specializations:

Discipline: English

Genre: Career Writing, English Paper, Political Science Papers

Documentation Style: MLA

I graduated from Knox College with a double major in English literature and political science with a pre-law focus. I also did significant course work in economics. I love young adult fantasy and children's literature. I play World of Warcraft. My panda has purple hair. I spent the last four years working for ISACorps where I helped high school students fill out college applications and financial aid forms including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

Ashley Ashley, Graduate in English

Specializations:

Discipline:English Lit, Creative Writing, Fashion Merchandising

Genre:Literary Criticism, Research Papers, Creative Writing

Documentation Style: MLA

I lived a relatively quiet life until I received my acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of...wait. No. That's the plot of to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.Actually, I'm from a very small town on the Indiana border. After finishing my undergrad at Western, I enrolled in the graduate program. My focus is in English literature, specifically children's and fantasy literature. I am also a teaching assistant in the English department.This is my second year in the Writing Center. While my background is in English, I enjoy working with students from all disciplines! I love the brainstorming process, so see me when you need to get those creative juices flowing.

 

Brittani, Undergraduate in Communication Brittani

Specializations:

Discipline:Communication, Journalism

Genre: Case Studies, Research Papers

Documentation Style: APA

I am a fourth-year undergraduate working towards my bachelor's degree in communication with a minor in journalism. I have an emphasis in interpersonal and organizational communication, and within my journalism degree, I am studying public relations. My career goals include working within a public relations department in an organization or for a PR firm.

 

Brittany, Graduate in English Brittany

Specializations:

Discipline: English, Professional Writing

Genre: Literary Criticism, Research, Argumentative/Opinion Pieces

Documentation Style: MLA

Brittany is a second year graduate student in literary studies with an emphasis in professional editng.This is her third year working as a writing consultant in the Writing Center, and she enjoys working with both beginning English composition students and advance level English major students.Brittany's career ambitions after she leaves Western are to secure a job at a book publishing company, preferably one with a focus in young adult fiction novels.

 

Elizabeth, Undergraduate in Professional Writing Elizabeth

Specializations:

Discipline: Professional Writing, English, Creative Writing

Genre: Creative Writing, Research, Composition Writing

Documentation Style: MLA, APA

I am a fourth-year undergraduate currently working towards my bachelor's degree in English with the intentions of working towards my master's. I have experience with creative writing, professional writing, and editing. Research  is a current interest of mine, and I am curious about writing transfer within the Writing Center.

 

Erik, Graduate in Theater Erik

Specializations:

Discipline: Theater

Genre: Play/Script Writing, Theater/Film History, Script Analysis

Documentation Style: MLA, Chicago

Erik is a second-year graduate student in theater directing. After graduating with his BA in communication and theater from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, he spent the last decade as a professional actor/director in Nashville and Chicago, primarily in children's puppet theater. He enjoys starting any session with a round of Disney trivia or a chat about your favorite film.

 

Erin, Graduate in Psychology Erin

Specializations:

Discipline: School Psychology and Sociology

Genre: Career and Business Writing, Psychology Reports, Social Science Reports

Documentation Style: Chicago, APA

I am currently a graduate student in school psychology. I got my B.A. in sociology and Hispanic studies from Illinois Wesleyan University. I also worked in a non-profit organization for 6 years before coming to WIU. When I have down time, I love to bake, especially pies.

 

Heather, Graduate in Liberal Arts and SciencesHeather

Specializations:

Discipline: Women's Studies, Sociology, Psychology

Genre: Research Papers and Career Writing

Documentation Style: MLA, APA, ASA

I am currently a liberal arts and sciences graduate student. My major allows me to explore a wide range of disciplines, but sociology is my favorite. In my free time, I also enjoy reading, biking, and playing my new electric guitar. I look forward to working with you!

Consultants (M-Z)

Julie Julie, Graduate in English

Specializations

Discipline: English

Genre: Literary analysis, creative fiction and non-fiction, historical research

Documentation Style: MLA

My name is Julie, and I'm a first year graduate student in the English department. I'm originally from the Chicagoland area where I earned my bachelor's degree from Loyola University Chicago. I love video games and comic books, and I have a three-legged hedgehog named Lebowski. I hope to pursue a doctorate in English literature and teach at the college level.
 

Katie Katie, Undergraduate in Dietetics

Specializations

Discipline: Dietetics; Exercise Science

Genre: Research Papers, Lab Reports

Documentation Style: APA

Hello! This is my first year at WIU and I am currently studying dietetics. However, this will be my second bachelor’s degree. I obtained my first degree in exercise science at Truman State University. I enjoy being involved in research related to nutrition and wellness, and have presented my research at several conferences. I love science-chemistry, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition, etc.! In my free time, I enjoy crafting and being outdoors. I look forward to working with you!
 

Melissa, Undergraduate in RPTA and Psychology Melissa

Specializations:

Discipline: RPTA and Psychology

Genre: Creative Writing, Non-Fiction, Literary Analysis, Lab Reports

Documentation Style: APA

Hi, I'm Melissa! I am a senior here at Western, and I love writing and helping others! Apart from writing in my free time, I love reading and spending time with friends. I am looking forward to working with you! Together we can work to achieve your writing goals, and help you become an even better writer as well! I look forward to meeting with you!

 

Michael, Graduate in IDT Michael

Specializations:

Discipline: Instructional Design and Technology

Genre: Social Science Research, Creative Writing

Documentation Style: APA

Michael is a grad student studying distance learning and educational game design with a broad background in the social sciences and education. He has published a small psychology research project and a scholarly political science/gender Issues piece. He also enjoys creative writing.

 

 

Rebekah, Undergraduate in English and FrenchRebekah

Specializations:

Discipline:English, French, and Music

Documentation Style: MLA

Rebekah is from Bettendorf, IA. She is a senior with a double major in English and French. She aspires to be an ESL teacher and travel the world. Though French is the language she studies most frequently, she also studies Japanese and would like to learn Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese. She is very involved in church and spends much of her time at Campus Students for Christ.

 

 

Rob, Graduate in HistoryRob

Specializations:

Discipline: History and Everything

Documentation Style: APA, MLA, Chicago

 
I grew up in the Quad-Cities and received my associate's degree in general studies from Black Hawk College. I moved on to WIU to double major in history and philosophy. Currently, I am progressing towards my master's in history, and after completion, I am still weighing the option to continue school.
 
 

Ruby, Graduate in EnglishRuby

Specializations:

Discipline: English, Journalism, Theater, Management, Communications, Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, Business, Social Justice, Composition

Genre: Non-fiction, Political Writing, Opinion Pieces, Speeches and Presentations, Biographical Writing

Documentation Style: MLA, AP, Chicago, APA

 
I'm a second-year graduate student and writing studies scholar, focusing on how first-generation college students and LGBTQ-identified students develop their voices as writers in college. I have a graduate degree in non-profit management and an undergraduate degree in communications and theater arts. Other significant coursework and specializations include adult education, executive leadership, religion, and queer theory.
 

Ryan, Graduate in English Ryan

Specializations:

Discipline: Literary Studies, Creative Writing

Genre:Literary Criticism, Composition and Rhetoric, Creative Fiction and Nonfiction, Scientific Reports

Documentation Style: MLA, Chicago, APA

I'm a first year graduate student in literary studies. I started my undergraduate studies in biology and chemistry; however, by the end of my sophomore year, I started taking as many English and writing classes as my discipline would allow. By the beginning of my junior year, I changed my major to English and journalism and turned a great deal of focus to my writing. I have written several articles for numerous publications and have had five short stories published in literary magazines.

 

Sarah, Graduate in EconomicsSarah

Specializations:

Discipline: Economics, Business Communications, French, English

Genre: Research Papers, Critical Analysis, Speeches, Debates

Documentation Style: MLA

I am a graduate student in the economics program. I am originally from South Bend, Indiana. I graduated from WIU in May 2013 with a degree in economics as well as minors in pre-law and French. As an undergrad, I played on the women's soccer team. This is my first year working in the University Writing Center.

 

Tanya, Graduate in English Tanya

Specializations:

Discipline: English

Documentation Style: MLA, APA

I grew up in Northern Michigan and completed my bachelor's degree in human services management. Following a change of heart, I decided to pursue my master's degree in English. My special interests are in Philosophy, Humanities, Classical Literature, and Ethics

 

Zoey, Graduate in EnglishZoey

Specializations:

Discipline: English

Genre: Creative Writing, Creative Non-fiction

Documentation Style: MLA

I'm 22 years old and a first-year graduate student. I earned my bachelor's in English at St. Ambrose University. I am from Muscatire, Iowa. While at SAU, I wrote my first novel. Check it out at Barnes and Noble or Amazon!