Adjunct Faculty-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Jennifer Boyce Ciroli

Jennifer Boyce Ciroli

Advanced Software Product Design Professional, IBM Software Group

Email: jciroli@us.ibm.com

Jennifer has been working as a writer, information architect, and user advocate in the software industry since 1995. After she completed the MAPW program at CMU, Jennifer was the first technical writer at a small startup software and services company. She later accepted a technical writing position at Transarc (now IBM). where she's tested and documented many different software products, including those in the WebSphere family.

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Courses Taught:

Software Documentation


Thomas O’Boyle

Thomas O’Boyle

Circulation Marketing Manager, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Email: toboyle@post-gazette.com

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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Courses Taught:

Advanced Journalism


Rachel Mennies Goodmanson, MFA

Rachel Mennies Goodmanson, MFA

Email: rmgoodmanson@cmu.edu

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.

Jennifer Keating-Miller, Ph.D.

Jennifer Keating-Miller, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research and National Fellowships, Carnegie Mellon University

Email: jkeating@andrew.cmu.edu

Jennifer Keating-Miller joined CMU in 2009 as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research and National Fellowships.  Administering programs like SURG, SURF, and ISURG and facilitating application processes for nationally competitive fellowships like the Churchill Scholarship and the Rhodes Scholarship, amongst others, she works with students on writing research proposals and personal essays, which she draws from for coursework like “Presenting a Public Self,” the writing component of CMU’s Odyssey Program and other program development.

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Courses Taught:

British and Irish Modernism
Nineteenth Century British and Literary Studies: The New Woman
Presenting a Public Self


Mark Roth

Mark Roth

Senior Staff Writer, Former Science Editor and Assistant Managing Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Email: mroth@post-gazette.com

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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Courses Taught:

Science Writing


Hilary Schuldt, Ph.D.

Hilary Schuldt, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University

Email: hilary@cmu.edu

Hilary is an Associate Director and the Coordinator of Graduate Programs at CMU’s Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation. She oversees all of the center’s services for graduate students. She also consults with and leads seminars for graduate students, post-docs, and faculty on course and assignment design, instructional strategies, and other aspects of teaching and learning.

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Courses Taught:

Professional and Technical Writing


Lauren Shapiro

Lauren Shapiro

Email: shapirol@andrew.cmu.edu

Lauren Shapiro holds degrees from Brown University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches Creative Writing and Poetry in the Department of English. Her first book, *Easy Math*, won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and was published by Sarabande Books. In addition to creative writing, Lauren also has experience in the spheres of book editing and publishing and literary translation.


Eric Sloss

Eric Sloss

Principal Partner and Co-Founder, Shift Collaborative

Email: esloss@paconserve.org

Eric is the principal partner and co-founder of Shift Collaborative, a creative firm deploying earned, owned and paid media strategies for national and international nonprofit organizations and start-up companies. Eric was the director of communications for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy where he promoted the Conservancy's preservation efforts. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Eric was the director of Public Relations for the Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts deploying communications strategies for the schools of visual arts, classical music, architecture, drama conservatory and design. He managed public relations for the economic development nonprofit Mon Valley Initiative and has worked in agency, private and the nonprofit sectors. Eric was selected by Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project as one of Pittsburgh's "40 under 40" for making a positive impact on the western Pennsylvania region through creative strategies. He has been recognized with a number of local and national professional awards in art, new media and marketing.

Courses Taught:

Marketing, Public Relations and Corporate Communications



Brian Staszel

Brian Staszel

Multimedia Designer, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University; Adjunct Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University School of Design; Adjunct Faculty, Pittburgh Filmmakers

Website: staszel@cmu.edu

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.

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Courses Taught:

Writing for Multimedia


Steve Twedt

Steve Twedt

Staff Writer, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Email: stwedt@post-gazette.com

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.

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Courses Taught:

Introduction to Journalism & Investigative Journalism Project