Meet the Staff
Jeanne R. Smith directs the Writing Commons and teaches in the university Writing Program. She teaches College Writing I and II, Introduction to Technical Writing, Advanced Business and Professional Writing, as well as other writing courses and tutor-training courses. She coordinates several service learning experiences, writing center-related internships, individual investigations, and directs composition-related Honors Theses. She is past president of the East Central Writing Centers Association and co-founder of the Northeast Ohio Writing Centers Association. Her research interests include writing centers, reflective practice, collaborative learning, revision, and composition pedagogy. She is currently studying writer metacognition and self-regulation. Her hobbies include cycling, running, reading, and gardening. She is an active volunteer for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County; the Akron-Summit County Public Library; the American Cancer Society; and the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition.
- Prewriting Strategies
- Revision Strategies
- Understanding Assignments
- Feedback and Response to Writing
Caleb is a graduate student in the English department. His areas of interest include 19th century American literature, disability studies, and anything related to philosophy.
Jason will continue to volunteer at the KSU Writing Commons and can help with APA, Argumentative Prose, TESL, revision, or any other need. Attaining a B.A. in History, with English/Pre-law minors, and an M.A. in History coupled with a Political Science minor, he used to have time for neglected friends/family, guitars, musclecars, concerts, fellow conservatives, and traveling before he started law school, but still goes to church.
Jessica is a psychology major with a biology minor. She is interested in going to graduate school for neuroscience. She enjoys animals and painting.
- ESL Students
- Paper Structure
- Reverse Outlining
- Thesis Writing
Nicole is a transfer student and senior accounting major from Youngstown, OH. This is her fifth semester at the Writing Commons. Besides serving as a Mentor or Lead Tutor, she also occasionally helps out at the front desk. Her hobbies and interests include reading, history, networking, and theater.
- Brainstorming / Developing Ideas
- Business and Professional Writing, including Resumes, Cover Letters, and Memos
- Thesis Statements
Claire is a graduate student in the College of Education, seeking her first high school teaching job in English. She currently works days as a secretary at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. She loves books, movies and going to the theatre.
- Developing Thesis
Pam is a Junior who is majoring in both Psychology and English. This is her fourth semester at the Writing Commons. Pam started in the Spring 2012 semester as an Office Assistant. She is now a Lead Tutor, but still works at the front desk for a few hours a week. After graduation, she plans to go to graduate school for rhetoric and composition. The thing she likes the most about tutoring is that she gets to learn while doing so. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, reading, and learning new things.
Kevin is a Senior majoring in Philosophy and will be continuing his work as a tutor in the Writing Commons this fall. He is experienced in argumentative writing and is especially helpful in deciphering and responding to others' arguments. He recently served as an assistant editor of Stance, an international undergraduate philosophy journal, and is therefore able to help students understand the review process for academic journals.
- Logic and Argumentation
- Writing in Humanities
Meagan is a senior Electronic Media Production major with a Communication Studies minor. This is her third semester as a tutor at the Writing Commons, and she is looking forward to another great year. In her spare time, Meagan enjoys reading, playing video games, and spending time with friends, family and pets.
Lucy will start as a Writing Commons Tutor in the fall of 2012. She is a Sophomore at Kent State and is a Theater Design Technology major with a Writing minor.
Sarah is a Junior English major with a Writing minor. She hopes to either go on to teach some level of creative writing, or to go into editing and/or publishing. She is currently the secretary of English Club and is starting up a creative writing workshop affiliated with the Writing Commons, called Writer's Bloc. Sarah also hopes to someday become a published author, regardless of her future career.
- Creative Writing
- Personal/Reflective Essays
- Organization and flow
Abbey is a junior double major in Art Education and Fine Arts Drawing/Printmaking who hopes to teach in a museum setting in the future. She is also an officer in the Kent State chapter of the National Art Education Association and is a Student Success Leader for a First Year Experience course. Abbey is extremely passionate about the positive effect all forms of art can have on students both in and out of the classroom.
- Freshmen students
- Thesis writing
- Research strategies
Alex starts as a Writing Commons Tutor in the fall of 2012.
Hello all! I'm a senior conservation biology major.
I play bass guitar and many other instruments when I, ahem, "get down" in my spare time. You might ask yourself, "What does this guy know about writing?" You can rest assured that if we were in a session together I would ask you more questions that would lead you to the answer. However, since I have no idea who you are (yet!) allow me to explain. All disciplines require written communication. And believe me, I've taken quite the tour of various disciplines while in college.
I've had five majors ranging from mechanical engineering to religious studies. In that time, I've accumulated a sense of what works and what doesn't. The fundamental threads underlying all successful writing are clear thought and sufficient knowledge or data about which to think and write. In both my personal and professional life, I strive for this clarity of thought and I have developed some skill in assisting others to find it. In short, good writing comes from good thinking. Come and see me in the commons and we'll get to work!
Emily B is a Junior English major who started working as a Writing Commons Tutor in Fall 2013. She is excited to be working at the Writing Commons and loves that she can help people improve their writing skills! Emily also helps with the International Conversation Hour on Wednesdays. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, going to parks, camping, kayaking, and watching netflix.
- Literary Analysis
- Journalistic Writing/AP Style
- Lesson Plan Writing
Angela starts as tutor in fall 2013.
Samantha starts as tutor in fall 2013.
Erica starts as a tutor in fall 2013.
Zoe starts as a tutor in fall 2013.
Kayla starts as a tutor in fall of 2013.
Evelyn starts as a Tutor in fall 2013.
- Creative Writing
- Literary Analysis
Holly is a sophomore Chemistry/Biochemistry major working on the undergraduate requirements for the PharmD program. In her limited free time she enjoys sleeping, knitting, and watching the latest episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" and "How I Met Your Mother."
- Freshman Writers
- Research-Based Writing
- Idea Development
- Constructing Arguments
Lauren starts as a Tutor in fall 2013.
KaShala starts as a Tutor in fall 2013.
Tara is a senior majoring in public health. She is thinking about going to grad school for biostatistics. This is her second semester tutoring, and she is so grateful to be working with people every day! She loves listening to public radio, making breakfast, reading design blogs and watching Netflix.
Emily is a senior electronic media production major with minors in English and writing. Emily started as a Tutor in the Writing Commons in spring of 2013. She is also involved with Kent State University Independent Films, Future Problem Solving, and Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honor society for journalism and mass communication. Emily plans to pursue a career in screenwriting.
Devin is a Senior pursuing a degree in English with a minor in Writing. This is his second semester at the Writing Commons, having joined the facility in the Spring 2013 semester. This tutor's favorite pastimes include bargain hunting at second-hand bookstores, wasting time with videogames, and writing creatively. Devin cherishes the time he spends working with his fellow students at the Commons and aspires to go into every session with patience, thoughtfulness, and good cheer.
- Creative Writing
- Thesis Development
Owen is an undergraduate student in the School of Communications. His main interests lie in the field of Public/Mass Communications as well as Public Speaking and Computer Mediated Communications. Currently, Owen serves the Writing Commons as a Manager and Mentor Tutor.
Joelle starts as an Office Assistant in the fall of 2012.
Chelsea starts as an Office Assistant in fall 2013.
Kelsea starts as an Office Assistant in fall 2013.