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Biographies by Specialty Areas

Education

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Humanities and Social Sciences


Education

Human Development

Suzanne Woodring is a PhD candidate in human development at the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. and her research focuses on humans’ abilities to successfully transfer knowledge from one context to another. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Education. Her own experiences as a fellow writer and writing instructor have prepared her to work with writers from various social science disciplines as well as other, diverse disciplines. In fact, she finds it very rewarding to connect with writers who study and write about topics with which she has less familiarity.

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Natural Science

Biology

Jim Miller is a professor in the Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology, where he works on the regulation of T cell activation in immune responses and teaches cell biology and immunology.  Although most of his writing experience is in science, Jim is interested in learning about anything that students are working on and in helping them coherently convey what they are thinking onto paper.

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Biomedical

Laura Shum is a PhD student studying skeletal stem cell metabolism during differentiation. Her hobbies include translational science, nutritional nerdery, and the occasional heavy barbell and her communication credentials include bringing the Three Minute Thesis competition to Rochester and co-developing a science communication course for graduate students. While Laura’s primary interests revolve around science writing and communication, she welcomes writers from all disciplines.

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Humanities and Social Science

English

Abby Brengle is a PhD student studying 20th century literature and poetry and poetics in the Department of English. She tutors and teaches in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program. Abby enjoys working with students on all types of writing projects, especially on application essays, personal statements, and creative projects.

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Andy Crakes is a PhD student studying 20th century literature, with a special interest in American modernist poetry. He also teaches WRT 105 in the Writing, Speaking and Argument Program. Though his background is in the humanities, he is glad to work with writers on projects from any discipline.

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Dustin Hannum earned his PhD in English, with a focus on 19th-century American Literature, from the University of Rochester in 2012. He worked as a teacher and tutor in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program throughout his graduate career and as a post-doctoral teaching fellow in 2012-13. From 2013-2015, Dustin worked as a Marion L. Brittain postdoctoral fellow in the Writing and Communication Program at Georgia Tech. Now a lecturer in the WSAP, Dustin enjoys working with student on writing projects of all kinds, particularly WRT 105 and humanities-based essays.

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Shannon Jaime is a PhD student in the English department and studies British Romantic and Victorian literature. Also an instructor for the WSAP program, she enjoys working with students on academic papers from all disciplines as well as non-academic and creative writing projects.

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Emily Kohlhase is a PhD student in the English department who studies Renaissance literature and drama. She is also a WRT 105 instructor for the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program. She enjoys helping writers with any stage of the writing process.

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Dan Kraines teaches in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument program. He is also a PhD student studying poetry and poetics in the English department. He enjoys working with students of all backgrounds on essays, applications, personal statements, and other writing projects.

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Zachary Powell is a PhD graduate student in English with an emphasis in Film and Media Studies. With a Master's from Kansas State University, he taught high school for seven years preparing students for college writing. Alongside teaching rhetoric and analysis in writing, he has also taught creative writing.

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Dan Singleton is a PhD student in the English department who studies film and media history and theory. Although Dan specializes in humanities writing, he enjoys helping writers from a variety of disciplines.

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Hilary Wermers serves as the Writing Center Assistant in addition to her work as a consultant. She graduated from UR with majors in English and gender studies. She particularly enjoys teasing out organization and grammar as tools to create meaning in writing while working with students from across the disciplines.

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History

RE Fulton is a historian of women's medical history with an MA from the University of Rochester. Currently a writing instructor at SUNY Geneseo, she loves to talk about writing with students at all levels and at all stages of the writing process. A soft spot for the humanities notwithstanding, Rachel enjoys engaging with writers across the disciplines and finding strategies to make writing easier for everyone.

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Courtney Hubbart is a PhD student in the history department that specializes in deviant behavior in religious and military communities. She tutors and teaches with the graduate writing program. As a tutor, Courtney enjoys brainstorming ideas for arguments and thesis as well as helping to develop a student's confidence in their research and writing ability.

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Rohma Khan is a PhD student in the History Department. Her research focuses on immigrant activism in twentieth century America, but she enjoys reading and working with papers across many disciplines. Rohma learned English as a second language during her childhood, so she is particularly invested in helping international students overcome language boundaries within their writing process.

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Daniel Rinn is a PhD student in the history department. He has worked as a grading assistant and discussion instructor for two years at the University of Oregon where he completed his MA. He enjoys working as a consultant because it allows him to read and discuss papers from a variety of disciplines outside of history.

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Modern Languages and Cultures

Kristen Totleben is an outreach librarian for the modern languages and cultures department. She tutors students with their writing in all subject areas. She especially enjoys working with students to help them improve their personal statements and other types of application essays.

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Philosophy

Kelley Annesley is a PhD student in the philosophy department, with particular interest in moral beliefs, how we change them, and how we talk about them. Though her background is in the humanities, Kelley enjoys working with students in any discipline. She does, however, have a special interest in argumentative papers.

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Matt Lamb is a PhD student in the philosophy department. He is primarily interested in ethics, especially the relationship between intellectual vices, normative ignorance, and moral responsibility. Despite specializing in argumentative writing, he enjoys working with students from any discipline.

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Visual and Cultural Studies, Art and Art History

Abby Glogower is a PhD student in the Visual and Cultural Studies Program. Her research interests are in 19th century literature, photographic practices, and communication technologies. She enjoys working with writers across the disciplines, especially writing in the humanities and application essays.

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