GCC Tutors-Global Communication Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Joanna Wolfe

Joanna Wolfe

Director, Global Communication Center

Office: BH 145A

Phone: 412.268.9825

Email: jowolfe@andrew.cmu.edu

I have a Ph.D. in English with a focus on computers and writing from the University of Texas, Austin.  Before coming to CMU, I was a Professor and Director of Composition at the University of Louisville.  My interests are in scientific and technical communication, engineering writing, and data visualization.  I look forward to learning from CMU students as we work together on a variety of projects.

See my full bio on the English department webpage


Nisha Shanmugaraj

Nisha Shanmugaraj

Assistant Director, Global Communication Center

Office: Hunt Library 109F

Phone: 412.268.9633

Email: nls@andrew.cmu.edu

I began working as the Assistant Director of the Global Communication Center after receiving my Master's from CMU's English Department. My past seven years of writing center experience have been rewarding and fascinating; I really enjoy helping writers develop their ideas and effectively structure their texts as I learn about their work. I especially enjoy helping CMU students convey the importance of their innovative ideas, in both the sciences and humanities. My other specialties include scientific reports, PowerPoint presentations, application essays, and research posters. I also teach a class for CMU's First Year Writing program.


Juliann R

Juliann R

GCC Assistant to the Director

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Literary and Cultural Studies. I received my B.A. in English with a concentration on Rhetoric and my M.A. in English focusing on 18th and 19th century literature from The Ohio State University. My dissertation explores the intersections between geographic and social mobility in 18th century novels and travel literature. I have been teaching English composition for many years, and I have experience tutoring in technical writing, structure, coherence, and style. I also specialize in helping students with first year writing(76-101/100) essays.


Mary G

Mary G

GCC Assistant to the Director

I am a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric program here at CMU. I also have a Master’s degree in Rhetoric from CMU and a B.A. in English literature from Saint Cloud State University. All of my work (research, teaching, and tutoring) is motivated by my love of language and my desire to understand what people are capable of doing with words and other semiotic resources. I have taught first-year, multi-lingual, and professional writing classes, and I enjoy working with Non-Native English Speakers. As a tutor, I specialize in application materials and research/dissertation writing.


Ryan R

Ryan R

GCC Assistant to the Director

I am a PhD student in the Rhetoric program at CMU, where I study the strategies that successful writers use to overcome difficult writing experiences. Prior to coming to  received an MA in Composition & Pedagogy at the University of Maine and a BA in English at Drexel. As a tutor, I enjoy helping writers learn to adapt their writing to more effectively acheive their purposes and reach their audiences. Having taught first-year composition (ENG 76-101) for several semesters, I also specialize in helping students with first-year writing essays.


Emily F

Emily F

GCC Consultant

I am the GCC's Engineering Specialist. I am a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric, and my work focuses on discourses of mental wellness/illness and dis/ability. I hold an M.A. in Rhetoric and a B.A. in Professional Writing, both from Carnegie Mellon. I have taught composition (both academic and business) for several years, and I also have academic editorial experience as the assistant for a journal in my field. As a tutor, I have worked with a variety of students and texts, but I am especially excited to work with students on academic research papers, first-year composition assignments, and professional and job/graduate school application documents.


Matt N

Matt N

GCC Consultant

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in Literary and Cultural Studies. I received my B.A. in English and American Studies with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Iowa and my M.A. in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton. My dissertation is a literary and cultural study of the American sports novel from 1980 to the present. I've taught courses in composition and gender studies here at CMU. As a tutor, I'm interested helping students learn communication principles that can be applied in the future.

Pierce W

Pierce W

GCC Consultant

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Literary and Cultural Studies here at CMU. I received a B.A. in English and History from the University of Texas in 2008. I earned an M.A. degree in English from Loyola University Chicago in 2012. Currently, my research investigates the history, culture and literary presence of science in eighteenth century Britain and America. I have taught English composition in the U.S. and abroad, to both high school and college students. I enjoy helping students with first-year writing, argumentative and interpretive essays, creative writing projects, and application materials (including resumes and CVs). 


Natalie S

Natalie S

GCC Consultant

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Literary and Cultural Studies. I study Shakespeare alongside history, political economy, media studies, postcolonial studies, ecology, and gender studies. I have been the assistant director for the Pittsburgh Consortium of Medieval and Renaissance for three years and remain an active member of the English department through the LCS Colloquium committee and other areas of service. I enjoy teaching Interpretation and Argument (76-101), Shakespeare, and working closely with students and tutees to improve the clarity, cohesion, and depth of their writing.


Izzy M

Izzy M

GCC Consultant

I am a Junior studying Creative Writing, though I intend to triple major, adding Professional Writing and Global Studies. I especially enjoy working with students on History and English papers and I feel that I have a good understanding of 76-101 criteria. I want to help students feel confident in writing, particularly when it comes to thesis-driven essays. However, I also enjoy looking over resumes, cover letters, and other application materials.


Jen L

Jen L

GCC Consultant

I am a junior studying Chemical Engineering, with minors in Chemistry and French.  I have a strong background in scientific communication, including research papers, lab reports, scientific posters, and oral presentations. I’m an advocate of strong writing in technical fields, and I enjoy helping students present their work in new and interesting ways.  I also enjoy helping students with 76-101 assignments and application materials (resumes, cover letters).


Sophie W

Sophie W

GCC Consultant

I graduated from the University of Missouri in 2008 with Bachelor's degrees in History and Philosophy, with a minor in Anthropology. I recently earned my Master's in Professional Writing from CMU, where I now teach Interpretation and Argument. In recent years I have focused on developing my skills in science communication, and have written for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Heinz College, and the School of Engineering. I enjoy using my experience in logic, grammar, and visual communication to help students communicate complex ideas through written communication and visual media.


Amy Y

Amy Y

GCC Consultant

I am a Junior in the Tepper School of Business doing my concentration in Marketing and Graphic Media Management. I particularly enjoy working on resumes, Powerpoint Presentations, and other professional documents, as I have a strong background in this area. In addition, as I was recently a 76-101 student myself, I love helping others with the Interpretation & Argument assignments. Through working at the GCC, I have gained knowledge about a wide variety of topics and disciplines. I enjoy helping writers give their work more clarity and focus, and allow their own voice to shine through. 

Kendra W

Kendra W

GCC Consultant

I received an MA in rhetoric from CMU (2016) and a BA from Brigham Young University (2013), where I studied English linguistics and double-minored in editing and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). I work as an editor, a writing instructor, a writing tutor, and sometimes an ESL teacher. I have tutored university writing for over 6 years, and I especially enjoy working with non-native English speakers. I can help with all types of communication tasks, though I specialize in design (used in PowerPoint, posters, and application materials) and oral presentation (especially for non-native presenters).


Jackie G

Jackie G

GCC Consultant

I graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2016 with a BA in English Honors and Philosophy, as well as a Certificate in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland. Now, I am pursuing an MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from CMU. I have a variety of experience working with English Language Learners and first year collegiate writers. I especially enjoy assisting native and ESL students with their understanding of the 76-101 materials, as well as working with upperclass undergraduates who need guidance with application materials. 

Claire K

Claire K

GCC Consultant


 I am receiving my MA in Rhetoric here at CMU. As an undergraduate, I studied Literature, Philosophy, and Education at Ramapo College of New Jersey. After graduating with a BA in Literature, I went on to teach secondary Language Arts for over two years in the public school system. My current research focuses on non-traditional, individual-centered education methods. I enjoy working here at the GCC, helping students from all disciplines convey their ideas in the clearest and most concise manner.

 


Emma F

Emma F

GCC Consultant

I am studying Creative and Professional Writing in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Though my personal focus is on creative writing, I am well prepared to help students strengthen their academic papers - especially with regards to grammar, focus, and flow. I believe that writing should not be a stressful experience, and that everyone can become a competent writer, regardless of field of study.

 


Laura R

Laura R

GCC Consultant

I recently graduated from the University Hawaii at Manoa and am currently pursuing my MA in rhetoric at CMU. I majored in Economics and English and enjoy different methods of communicating data in visual and verbal forms. I have experience as a tutor and editor and enjoy working with students at any point in the writing process. From my experience of working at radio stations and participating in college debate, I also really enjoy working on speeches and presentations.


Brandon T

Brandon T

GCC Consultant


I am a Sophomore in CIT studying Electrical/Computer Engineering. I tutored mostly science and math courses in high school, but I also have a passion for clear, concise writing and solid grammar. As an engineer, I feel most comfortable helping students with writing in scientific fields, but I also definitely enjoy helping with 76-101 assignments as well. I specialize in writing with the reader in mind, and making small tweaks to improve the overall reading experience. 

Michelle B

Michelle B

GCC Consultant

I am a sophomore double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Although much of my tutoring experience is derived from helping students in science and math, I’m also experienced as a writing tutor with my high school and as a copy-editor on the Tartan staff. As a tutor, I enjoy teaching learnable writing and communication principles to students and being able to watch them extend these lessons beyond a particular assignment. Specifically, I am most accustomed to scientific and technical writing, but I also specialize in  76-101 assignments.

 


Zeyneb M

Zeyneb M

GCC Consultant

 I am a junior majoring in Psychology, minoring in Biomedical Engineering, interested in pursuing a career in Healthcare Administration. I have a strong background in writing scientific papers, in both laboratory classes and after working on an independent Psychology research project over the course of the 2016 summer. What has always drawn me to tutoring is getting a chance to work one on one with clients, honing in on the areas they need help with and ultimately combining the ways their minds best understand concepts with a set of skills in order to produce a polished product the writer is proud of.


Kanika B

Kanika B

GCC Consultant

I am a current Masters student in Literary and Cultural Studies at Dietrich College, and received my BA from Nanyang Technological University. I was a communication coach at my undergraduate institution for two years prior to joining the GCC, and I enjoy helping students express their ideas in a clear and concise manner. I also find it greatly rewarding; tutoring allows me to constantly improve on my own writing and I am excited to continue my journey at the GCC. 


Lea B

Lea B

GCC Consultant

I received my B.A. from West Virginia University, where I majored in English and minored in biology. Now, as a master's student in CMU's Professional Writing program, I'm focusing my studies on technical and scientific writing. I have worked as an editor, a technical writer, and a research assistant in a linguistics lab, and I'm excited to use my varied experiences in communication to help writers of all educational backgrounds share their ideas.


Natasha Y

Natasha Y

GCC Administrative Assistant

I received my BA in Global Cultural Studies with a minor in Education at Point Park University and my Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate at the International TEFL Academy in Chicago. Currently I volunteer as a facilitator with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Let’s Speak English program for non-native English speakers. I enjoy working with and learning from non-native English speakers to enhance their conversational English. As the Administrative Assistant to the GCC I would love to tell you all about the GCC, how we can help you and in scheduling an appointment with a tutor.