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Jeanne S.
Director

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, Principles of Technical WritingAdvanced Business and Professional Writing, Argumentative Prose, Expository Prose, 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 as well as tutor-training practices. She serves on the University Teaching Council and the Writing Program Committee. 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.

Her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is the opportunity to collaborate with talented faculty and students from across the university to help writers develop to their potential.  

Her writing interests include prewriting strategies, organizing, revision strategies, understanding assignments, feedback and response to writing.


Megan B.
Assistant Director

Megan is working towards her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition with a concentration in Literacy, Rhetoric and Social Practice.  She teaches an Argumentative Prose class and works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and assistant director.  Her favorite part of working here is the super friendly, professional and supportive staff, working with students from different academic disciplines and learning something new everyday!

Her writing interests include brainstorming, invention strategies, letters of intent, cover letters and applications.  


Barbara G.
Assistant Director

Barbara is a graduate student working towards a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition with a concentration in Literacy, Rhetoric and Social Practice. She also has concentrations in English, Sustainability, Reading, and Environmental Studies.  She teaches in the Writing Program and works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and assistant director.  Barbara says her favorite part of working here is that she enjoys the enthusiasm and commitment of all tutors in the Writing Commons and that this is a proactive group, eager to engage with writers!

Barbara's writing interests include reading and working with ELL writers


 
Anna A.

Anna is a Teaching English as a Second Language major with a minor in Japanese and a Teaching English as a Foreign Language concentration.  Anna works as a tutor and office assistant and says her favorite part of the Writing Commons is the sense of community.  

Anna's writing interests include brainstormingusing outlines and organizing writing.  


Taylour B.

Taylour is an Integrated Language Arts major with a minor in Writing.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor says her favorite part of working here is the difference she notices that one session can make.  

Taylour's writing interests include brainstorming and creative and argumentative writing.  


Daniel B.

Daniel is a Managerial Marketing major and works at the Writing Commons as a tutor.  His favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is working one on one with the students.


Alair B.

Alair is a Fashion Merchandising major with a minor in Marketing.  She works at the Writing Commons as an office assistant and as the Marketing Coordinator.  She says her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is how welcoming and comfortable all of the staff is!

Her specialties include making all students feel welcome and creating an engaging environment through events and outreach programs.  


Monique B.

Monique is a Human Development and Family Studies major with a concentration in Case Management for Individuals and Families.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is meeting new people and helping them learn that they have the ability to become experienced writers.

Her writing interests include brainstorming and organization


Jason C.

Jordan C. 

Jordan is an English major with a minor in Philosophy.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working here is encouraging all levels of writers that they will get better through practicing!

Her writing interests include working with ESL studentsresearchthought formation and organization, and creative writing.


Elena C.

Elena is a Fashion Merchandising major with a minor in Public Relations. She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is that it is such a welcoming, judgment-free zone full of like-minded people who are always eager to help!

Her writing interests include thesis construction, organization, research strategies and technical writing.


Robin C.

Robin is a Library and Information Science major and works at the Writing Commons as a tutor.  Robin's favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is helping someone and being able to exercise her brain during a session.  

Her writing interests include research, creative writing and anything that has to do with writing!


McKenna D.

McKenna is an English major with a Marketing minor and a concentration in Editing.   She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor. Her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is seeing the writers she helps feel more confident in themselves and their writing.

Her writing interests include brainstorming ideas and proofreading.


Megan D. 

Megan is Criminology and Sociology major with a concentration in Crime and Deviance.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is that everyone is cool here, so she is cool by association. 

Her writing interests include brainstorming and literature analysis. 


Ashley F.

Ashley is a Speech Pathology and Audiology major with a Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies minor and works at the Writing Commons as a tutor. Her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is the welcoming environment and sense of community.

Her writing interests include brainstorming, organizing, and helping writers realize their true potential.  


Donald (Finch) F.

Finch has an Associates of Science degree and is working towards his Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Physics.  He works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says his favorite part of working here is seeing the expression of pride and accomplishment on a writer's face at the end of a session.

His writing interests include thesis developmentargumentation writing and research.  


Cait H.

Cait is a Chemistry and Biology major with a minor in Psychology and a concentration in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology.  She works at the Writing Commons as an office assistant and says her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is the enthusiasm of my coworkers and everyone's collective dedication to helping others.


Dylyn H.

Dylyn is an English major with a minor in Visual Communication Design and works at the Writing Commons as a tutor.  His favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is that it combines his two favorite hobbies: writing and helping others grow!

Dylyn's writing interests include brainstormingoutliningmind-mappingworking with creative writers and working with visual learners.  


Jordan H.

Jordan is an English major with a minor in Psychology and Writing.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and her favorite part of working here is that it gives her the opportunity to help her peers become better writers.

Jordan's writing interests include grammar, research arguments, and creative writing


Melissa H.

Melissa is a Nursing major with a minor in Public Health and a concentration in Disabilities Studies and Community Inclusion.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and an office assistant.  Her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is meeting new people and helping writers feel more confident in their abilities!

Melissa’s writing interests include organization, brainstorming, and thesis construction.


Jordan K. 

Jordan is a Digital Media Production major with a minor in Interpersonal Communication.  He works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says his favorite part of working here is meeting new people and collaborating with students from all kinds of backgrounds and disciplines.


Tyler K. 

Tyler has his Bachelor's in Childhood and Special Education and is working towards his Master's in Library and Information Science with a minor in Art and a concentration in Science.  He works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says his favorite part of working here is the friendliness of the staff!

His writing interests include brainstormingproof-readingresearch papers and persuasive essays.  


Joseph J. L.

Joey is an English major with a Writing minor.  He works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says his favorite part of working here is bridging language and cultural gaps with ESL students and seeing writers leave the Writing Commons with more content than when they entered. 

His writing interests include being patient and allowing the writer to find the answer within themselves.  


Natalie L.

Natalie is an International Relations major with a minor in Spanish and Nonprofit Studies.  She works at the Writing Commons as an office assistant and says her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is that her co-workers are so friendly.


Lydia L.

Lydia is an Integrated Language Arts major with a minor in Writing.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working here is the variety of people she gets to work with on a daily basis.  

Her writing interests include brainstormingoutlining and creative writing.  


Conor M.

Conor is an Anthropology major with a concentration in Archaeology.  He works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says his favorite part of working here is being able to listen to interesting, new ideas while teaching peers about writing.  

His writing interests include brainstormingoutliningthesis development and research papers


Marissa P.

Marissa is a Psychology major who works at the Writing Commons as an office assistant.  She says her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is the fun and inviting atmosphere and that everyone is so nice and willing to help out.


Allison N.

Allison is an Integrated Language Arts major and works as a tutor at the Writing Commons.  She says her favorite part of working here is getting to work with writers and helping them explore new ideas. 

Her writing interests include brainstormingnarrative writingcreative writing and analysis of literature.  


Tara R.

Tara is a Molecular and Cellular Biology major with a minor in Chemistry and English.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working here is the positive and helpful atmosphere.  

Her writing interests include research and argumentative writing


Marisa S.

Marisa is a Psychology major with a minor in Criminology, Human Development, and Family Studies.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is being able to help writers.


Gabby S.

Gabby is an English major with a minor in Political Science and Theatre Performance. She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working here is boosting a writer's self-confidence!  

Her writing interests include grammaroutlining, brainstorming and vocabulary building


Niccole S.

Niccole is a graduate student in English studies and works at the Writing Commons as a tutor.  Her favorite part of working here is talking about writing and figuring out new ways to help everyone. 

Niccole's writing interests include brainstorminganalysis and working with both enthusiastic and reluctant writers!


Hannah W.

Hannah is a Public Relations major with a minor in Marketing.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working here is getting the chance help others improve their writing as well as her own writing.  

Her writing interests include helping writers find a love for writing


Rachel W.

Rachel is a Speech Pathology major with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies and a concentration in Disability Studies and Community Inclusion. She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working here is meeting new people and learning new strategies to help others become better writers and students!

Her writing interests include helping writers learn about research