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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.  


Shannon M.
Assistant Director

Shannon is a graduate student working towards a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition.  She teaches a College Writing II class and works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and assistant director.  Shannon says her favorite part of working here is the friendly environment and how collaboration plays such a large role in the culture here!

Shannon's writing interests include research and resources, organizing, cover letters, resumes, applications to graduate school, creative writing, brainstorming and study tips.  


 
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 brainstorming, using 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.  


Kyle B.

Kyle is an English major with a Writing minor and works at the Writing Commons as a tutor.  Kyle says his favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is being surrounded by talented, driven, supportive coworkers.  

His writing interests include argumentative prose and helping to develop organization, flow and transitions.  


Alair B.

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


Janine B.

Janine is an English major with a minor in Writing and a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working here is helping colleagues and writers excel to their full potential.  

Janine's writing interests include brainstorming, outlining, transitions, working with ESL students and helping someone develop their voice as a writer!  


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 students, research, thought formation and organization, and creative 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!


Danny D.

Danny is a Philosophy major with a minor in Pre-Law.  He works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says his favorite part of working here is the genuine connections he makes with writers and being able to help a writer expel his or her frustrations. 

His writing interests include brainstorming, organization and argumentative pieces. 


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. 


Owen D.

Owen has his Bachelor's in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Communication.  He works at the Writing Commons as a volunteer tutor and says his favorite part of working here is collaborating with a diverse community of students from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds.  

His writing interests include research and rhetorical strategies


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 development, argumentation writing and research.  


Albert (AJ) F.

AJ is an English major with a minor in Writing and works at the Writing Center as a tutor and intern.  His favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is the environment and assisting people with writing.  

His writing interests include creative writing, academic papers, research papers and technical and business writing.  


Miranda G.

Miranda is an English major with a Writing minor and works at the Writing Commons as a tutor.  Her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is being able to help students grow as writers and working with a wonderful staff.

Her writing interests include organization and pre-writing.  


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 brainstorming, outlining, mind-mapping, working with creative writers and working with visual learners.  


Melissa H.

Melissa is a Pre-Nursing major with a minor in Spanish and works at the Writing Commons as an office assistant.  Her favorite part of working at the Writing Commons is meeting new people!


Sam H.

Sam is a Human Development and Family Studies major with a minor in Psychology and Nonprofit Studies and a concentration in Child and Youth Development.  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 writers realize that they have the potential to further develop their existing writing skills.

Sam's writing interests include outlining, brainstorming and developing thesis statements


Erica H.

Erica is working on her Masters of Education in School Counseling with an undergraduate concentration in Middle Childhood Education.  Erica works at the Writing Commons as a volunteer tutor and says her favorite part of working here is the friendly people and supportive staff!  

Her writing interests include social sciences, education, literature, and many more subjects!


Abbey K.

Abbey is double-majoring in Art Education and Fine Arts with a minor in Education and a concentration in Printmaking.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working here is sharing ideas and collaborating with writers and fellow tutors, and how she has learned so much working here about things other than writing!

Her writing interests include brainstorming, research, first-year students, and education or art topics.  


Elise K.

Elise 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 that every day is a learning experience.  

Her writing interests include brainstorming, outlining, research and citations, and organization.  


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 brainstorming, proof-reading, research papers and persuasive essays.  


Zoe K.

Zoe is a Speech Pathology and Audiology major with a minor in Psychology and a certificate in Disability Studies and Community Inclusion.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and her favorite part of working here is having the opportunity to help writers feel better about their schoolwork which at times can be stressful.  

Her writing interests include brainstorming, thesis statements and cohesion.  


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.  


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 brainstorming, outlining 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 brainstorming, outlining, thesis development and research papers


Lucy M.

Lucy is an English major with a minor in Theatre Design and Technology.  She works at the Writing Commons as a volunteer tutor and says her favorite part of working here is helping people find their voice.  

Her writing interests include graduate student projects and working with ESL students.  


Kennedy N.

Kennedy is a Political Science major with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics.  She works at the Writing Commons as Office Manager and says her favorite part of working here is meeting new people every day and being able to participate in International Conversation Hour!


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 brainstorming, narrative writing, creative writing and analysis of literature.  


Gabby S.

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

Her writing interests include grammar, outlining and organization


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 brainstorming, analysis and working with both enthusiastic and reluctant writers!


Emily S.

Emily is a Human Development and Family Studies major with a minor in Interpersonal Communication and Nonprofit Studies and a concentration in Family Life Education.  She works at the Writing Center as an office assistant and says her favorite part of working here is that everyone is so easy to get along with and it makes the Writing Commons a welcoming environment! 


Maddy S.

Maddy is a Psychology major and Sociology major. She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and her favorite part of working here is seeing the progression of returning writers.  

Her writing interests include brainstorming and research strategies.  


Kristin T.

Kristin is a Fashion Merchandising major with a minor in Marketing.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working here is working with students who are passionate about helping writers better themselves!

Her writing interests include organization, flow, brainstorming and outlines.  


Christin V.

Christin is working on her Master's in the English Literature Program with a minor in Professional Writing.  She works at the Writing Commons as a tutor and says her favorite part of working here is all the people she meets and convinces that their writing is not bad!

Christin's writing interests include outlining, topic sentences and thesis statements.