ENGLISH/SAGES Program Faculty


Matthew Burkhart (PhD Univ of Arizona)

Cara Byrne (PhD Case Western Reserve Univ); On Leave, Fall 2017
I really appreciate working with CWRU students, faculty, and staff on all kinds of writing projects at every stage of the writing process. Reviewing graduate, medical, and dental school personal statements, grant proposals, and SAGES essays is my specialty, but I am also familiar with accounting, MSASS, and literature assignments. I enjoy helping writers see their strengths and set goals to improve their writing. I’m also known to give enthusiastic pep talks.

Scott Dill (PhD Univ of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Susan Dominguez (PhD Michigan State Univ) The diversity of writing at Case Western Reserve University contributes significantly to my enthusiasm for tutoring writing. I enjoy working with writers at all levels, from first-year to professional students, on various stages of writing projects. My interdisciplinary background in American Studies and Women’s Studies crosses both Humanities and Social Science, and over the past few years, I have developed expertise in online consultations. I take pride in contributing to student empowerment, from sharing self-editing skills to instilling writing confidence.

Joe DeLong (PhD Univ of Cincinnati)
What I enjoy about working at the Writing Resource Center is the opportunity to help writers develop their ideas at any point in the process, from brainstorming all the way to revision. This emphasis on development reflects my philosophy that effective writing instruction is ultimately about critical thinking. Of course, as a poet I understand that style matters too, so I am also interested in working with writers who wish to sound more natural and polished. 

John Higgins (PhD Univ of California, San Diego)

Denna Iammarino (PhD Marquette Univ)
In my years of writing center experience I have come to greatly appreciate the rich exchange of ideas and skills that occur in the collaborative space of one-on-one consulting. I value sharing expertise and knowledge with students at any stage of the writing process. I’m invested in helping writers cultivate arguments and clarify expression as they grow into their academic and personal voices and find their own enduring connections to topics.

Josh Hoeynck (PhD Washington Univ of St. Louis)

Caitlyn Kelly (PhD Univ of Missouri)  Whether in the writing center or in the classroom, I strive to help writers leave a bit more confident and a bit more in control of their writing than they were when they arrived. I’ve worked with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, and it’s striking how we all struggle with confidence and we all feel out of control at some point as we write. I really enjoy working alongside writers to get through those moments together, talking through ideas and developing plans for moving forward.

Kristine Kelly (PhD Case Western Reserve Univ)

Shun Kiang (PhD Northeastern Univ.) For me, the CWRU Writing Center fosters a safe and supportive environment in which writing consultants, students, and faculty interact and learn from each other about the writing process, the art of meaning-making/knowledge production, and the personal and public impact of effective writing. I enjoy working with students on different stages and genres of writing, with particular interests in literature, humanities, and social sciences.

Emily Laurance (PhD Univ of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) I first tutored writing at the UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Center as a graduate student and I loved it. It tapped into my long experience with the master-apprentice model, which I first experienced as a child in music lessons, and later passed on to my own students in my many years as a studio harp teacher.  As a music history professor at the San Francisco Conservatory, I continued to center my own courses on the writing tutorial; I feel that this side-by-side relationship confirms the shared investment of the writer and coach.  I’m looking forward to working with members of the CWRU community, helping writers to express their ideas within a variety of disciplines.

Andrea Milne (PhD Univ of California Irvine)
As a historian of gender, sexuality, and medicine, I read across a wide variety of disciplines. This practice has convinced me that—while form and function may change from field to field—the principles of “good writing” are universal. I, accordingly, enjoy the challenge of working with folks operating outside my area of expertise. That said, you may be especially interested in meeting with me if you: are an English-language learner; need help with application essays; or are writing about healthcare-related topics. I understand that the writing process is very personal, and that sharing one’s ideas can be a vulnerable experience. In return for the trust you invest in me, I will treat both you and your work with respect. I will also try painfully hard to make you laugh at least once during our time together.

James “Jimmy” Newlin (PhD Univ of Florida) My research engages Shakespeare’s reception across a broad collection of fields and media: poetry, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and film. I am interested in considering the ways that different disciplines view the world, and one of the things I love best about working with students in the CWRU Writing Center is having the opportunity to work with scholars from fields different from my own. I especially enjoy developing paper topics and ideas through brainstorming and conversation.

Gabrielle Parkin (PhD Univ of Delaware)

Steve Pinkerton (PhD Cornell Univ)

Luke Reader (PhD Univ of California, Irvine) I enjoy exchanging ideas with writers and working with learners from across the CWRU community. Writing is something we all struggle with. The individual consulting sessions are a place in which I can apply my expertise to different writing situations and help writers realize their ideas. It is important to me that learners develop skills that don’t just apply to a particular assignment, but offer a broader application.

Arthur Russell (PhD Arizona State Univ)

James Stephens (MA, MPhil, Columbia University)
I have been an instructor of English for over forty years.  I have a great deal of experience in teaching a variety of writing styles and tasks to a variety of students.  Even after forty years I still enjoy the challenge of helping students to craft clear and effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays.

Anthony Wexler (PhD Johns Hopkins Univ)

John Wiehl (PhD Univ of Florida)
Thinking of academic work as a conversation excites me. My favorite part of working with students and faculty members in CWRU’s Writing Resource Center is focusing on how what each of us has to say will engage other academics. Our ideas can shape the world. We just have to figure out how to make them reach the right audience in the right kind of way.

Graduate Students in English


Ciarra Bona (English, MA Student)

Leah Davydov (English, PhD Student)

Sarah Forner (English, MA Student)
Communication is a process – one that I will continue exploring with zeal as I begin my first year both in the MA and the Writing Resource Center. Working in the WRC is a unique teaching experience, and a wonderful chance to meet people from every disciplinary area, at every stage in their studies, and from all parts of the world; it’s a chance to learn about cultures, adventures, and areas of study about which I might never otherwise hear! The tremendous amount of diversity of cultures and academic disciplines in the Writing Center is invigorating and inspires my own work. Revising is one of my favorite parts of my own writing process and I enjoy working through that process with students, helping them figure out how they can better structure and organize their work. Most of all, I am invested in encouraging writers to dwell in the messiness of thinking and to develop a personalized toolkit of writing strategies for the future.

Blaire Grassel (English, MA Student) I find working one-on-one with student writers to be consistently rewarding. Working with so many intelligent, diverse, and motivated students inspires me to be more dedicated to my own studies, and working with other writers helps me become stronger myself! I especially enjoy working with writers on literary analysis and creative papers.

Garrett Graber (English, MA Student)

Kimberly Grogan (English, MA Student)

Ellen Liebenguth (English, MA/PhD Student)

Benjamin Nuttall (English, PhD Student)

Sabrina Skelly (English, MA Student)
I enjoy working with students at any stage in the writing process, whether that be articulating a research question, integrating a source, or revising a draft. I try to get students to see writing as a messy process of drafting and restructuring and rewording because I believe that, in many cases, our best work comes out of the stuff we struggle and wrestle with the most. In undergrad years, I procrastinated on my writing assignments because I was afraid of starting. I compared a first draft to the most polished drafts of published writers and delayed writing until my fear of turning in nothing superseded my fear of writing something bad. It wasn’t until one of my professors told me to “throw the clay down” that a revelation struck me, and I began to visualize writing as a process, something I could shape and mold as I went. I encourage students to see writing as such, with the ultimate hope of alleviating some of the self-imposed pressures.

MaryHanna Stephenson (English, MA Student)

Hayley Verdi (English, MA Student)

Annika Weder (English, MA Student) 

Peer Writing Fellows


Patricia Cheng (Civil Engineering)
I’ve enjoyed writing all my life; I love working with people on their writing and helping them express their thoughts as accurately and concisely as possible. Working with other writers in a one-on-one setting is especially rewarding for me because I can devote all my attention to the writing in front of me. The interpersonal connections I develop with writers who come in to see me are very special to me.

Anmol Gupta (Biochemistry & Medical Anthropology)
I am currently a third-year at Case from the Lone Star State of Texas starting my second year as a Peer Writing Fellow consultant. Pursuing degrees in biochemistry and health policy, I am an aspiring pediatric physician passionate in oncology and immunotherapy research. The best part of my job is meeting students from across all academic disciplines and getting the opportunity to learn about many specific and in-depth subject matters. I love meeting with students for repeat sessions and seeing the positive progression of their writing pieces!

Fan Jia (Statistics & Biochemistry) 
I love talking about my thoughts and hearing from others. Not only am I fulfilled when my perspective is supportive of others in formulating their own, but I am also amazed by how much help I can receive through people’s feedback. A genuine communication could engender inspirations in writing, which is my biggest take away every time I myself visit the writing center. As a writing tutor, my goal is to facilitate and to learn from the process: it’s all about communication; it’s all about me hearing from you.

Nailah Mathews (Theatre & English; Creative Writing Minor)
As a writer, I’ve always found workshopping new work to be the most rewarding part of the process. Even though sharing your work with others can be daunting, hearing other people encourage and challenge you is, what I find, makes you a better writer. I really enjoy the process of making a piece of writing stronger. My favorite part about collaborating with fellow writers is encouraging them to counter their own arguments. I love it when a student reaches the point where their work is so ironclad that we couldn’t poke a hole in it if we tried. Writing and storytelling are dynamic collaborative arts, and that’s why I’m so excited to be able to work in the Writing Resource Center.

Asha Ravichandran (Chemical Biology & Comparative Literature)

Marilena Wolf (Cognitive Science)
Throughout my academic experiences, I’ve developed a keen awareness of the universal relevance of principles foundational to writing: The articulation of argument, understanding evidence, crafting narrative, and a consideration for how our words will be interpreted by others are interwoven into every field and specialty, and even daily life. I enjoy working with writers to hone those skills within and across assignments and additionally, to develop an appreciation for their inherent value.