Carnegie Mellon University

Mario Castagnaro

Mario Castagnaro

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Mario Castagnaro received his Ph.D. in LCS from CMU in 2009, and has taught at the college level for over 15 years in Western Pennsylvania. In his current position as the Assistant Professor of Medicine at Temple University and Director of Evaluation and Scholarship in the Internal Medicine Residency Program of Allegheny Health Network, Dr. Castagnaro works with residency program leadership to maintain accreditation, develop curriculum, and to create faculty development initiatives. He also conducts resident workshops focusing on writing, career development, delivering feedback, and professionalism.

Course Taught:

Healthcare Communications

Andrew

Andrew Gordon

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Andrew Gordon has a passion for effective communication. A 2012 graduate of the Masters of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW) program at Carnegie Mellon, Andrew specializes in written communication geared toward "users" rather than just audiences; that is to say his focus is on writing not to simply entertain, but writing to educate, instruct, convince, or otherwise activate readers. He is a Senior Copywriter at Shift Collaborative.

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Courses Taught:

Document and Information Design
Reading and Writing in an Academic Context
Writing for the Professions

Kerry Ishizaki

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Paul Mazaitis

Paul Mazaitis

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Paul divides his time between developing support tools for writing documentation, consulting as a technical writer and document engineer on projects for print and web, growing a garden and cooking with the harvests, and neglecting to learn how to play the lute. His long experience with IT and interest in documentation have given him a unique point of view for understanding how people use computers to access, use, and manipulate information to get their work done (usually in the face of something gone horribly awry). Paul holds an MA in Professional Writing from CMU ('14) and is a PA Master Gardener in good standing.

Course Taught:

Web Design Lab, 76-487/887

Rachel Goodmanson

Rachel Mennies Goodmanson

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Rachel Mennies Goodmanson holds degrees from Boston University and Penn State University. She teaches in the First-Year Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon University, and is the author of The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, winner of the 2013 Walt McDonald First-Book Prize from Texas Tech University Press.

Marissa Michael

Marissa Michael

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Marissa, a self-proclaimed cat lady and travel-junkie, teaches in the First-Year Writing Program at CMU. She holds degrees in English and Rhetoric and Teaching of Writing with a TESOL certificate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and University of Colorado Denver respectively. As a disability studies scholar and advocate, Marissa researches at the intersections of access and higher education, specifically in FYW and TESOL.

Thomas O’Boyle

Thomas O’Boyle

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Thomas F. O'Boyle is a writer, teacher and media executive who has worked in newspaper publishing for more than three decades. A former staff writer, foreign correspondent and editor for The Wall Street Journal, he has worked since 1994 for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as assistant managing editor in the newsroom and, for the last decade, on the paper’s business side.  He is currently a senior executive in charge of audience development for print and digital products. In this capacity, he has run many initiatives to broaden the Post-Gazette’s audience reach in emerging digital platforms.

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Course Taught:

Advanced Journalism

Mark Roth

Mark Roth

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Mark Roth is a senior staff writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, specializing in medical and science issues. He has taught science writing at Carnegie Mellon since 2007, and was the newspaper's first science editor in the 1980s.

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Course Taught:

Science Writing

Brian Staszel

Brian Staszel

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Brian Staszel is an adjunct faculty member in the CMU School of Design and has been the Multimedia Designer for the CMU Robotics Institute since 2002. In addition to shooting and editing narratives on film, he is interested in creating immersive, interactive experiences that blend emerging filmmaking technologies, design, programming and robotics. His video work at the Robotics Institute has been credited in programs produced for PBS and The Discovery Channel. Brian has also produced award-winning work in collaboration with CMU's Human Computer Interaction Institute.  Prior to coming to CMU, Brian worked on interactive projects with Brady Communications for clients including PNC Bank, Royal Caribbean and Hedstrom Toys.

Course Taught:

Introduction to Multimedia Design

Steve Twedt

Steve Twedt

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Steve is a staff writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, covering medical news for the business department. He has previously worked for newspapers in Alaska, Washington and Oregon and he was a member of the Longview, Wash. Daily News staff awarded the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruptions. His individual national honors include the AP Managing Editors Public Service Award, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Award and the Amnesty International media award. Steve was also one of 12 American journalists selected as a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan for the 1998-99 academic year. He has been teaching at CMU since 2005.

Course Taught:

News Writing in a Digital Age

Kendra Williamson

Kendra Williamson

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Kendra Williamson received her MA in rhetoric from CMU, as well as a BA in English linguistics from Brigham Young University. She has a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), which she has used in tutoring for the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and in her work as a writing tutor and instructor. In addition to teaching at CMU, Kendra is a freelance editor who also dabbles in writing and design. She has worked on a number of published books (particularly legal books) and academic articles.

Sophie Wodzak

Sophie Wodzak

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Sophie Wodzak holds a Masters Degree in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Bachelors degrees in History and Philosophy from the University of Missouri, Columbia. In addition to teaching Interpretation and Argument, she works for the Global Communication Center on campus, as a video producer and communication consultant. As a freelance writer, Sophie is particularly interested in science communication, and has written for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Heinz College, and the CMU School of Engineering. 

Josh Zelesnick

Josh Zelesnick

Instructor

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Joshua Zelesnick holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh and teaches in the first-year writing program at CMU. He’s taught creative writing, composition, literature, and professional writing courses at the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University. As a freelance writer, he’s interested in writing about race, class, labor rights, and politics. Recent articles have been published in Counter Punch, Labor Notes, and The New People. Recent poetry has appeared in Jubilat, Guacamole Literature Magazine, and Called Back Books. He’s co-founder and co-host of the Bonfire Reading Series in the East Liberty Neighborhood of Pittsburgh.