Adjunct Faculty-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Lisa Avery

Lisa Avery

Instructor

Email: lisakavery@gmail.com

Lisa Avery teaches in the First Year Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon, and has previously taught in the Writing Program at the University of California Santa Barbara and in both English and Fine Arts at Marymount University. She received her Ph.D. in English from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007.  She is enjoying Pittsburgh’s hills and dinosaur bones.

Course Taught:

Interpretation and Argument


Mario Castagnaro

Mario Castagnaro

Instructor

Email: marioc@andrew.cmu.edu

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 Gordon

Andrew Gordon

Instructor

Email: alg1@andrew.cmu.edu

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


Jennifer Keating-Miller, Ph.D.

Jennifer Keating-Miller, Ph.D.

Instructor

Email: jkeating@andrew.cmu.edu

Jennifer Keating-Miller is the Assistant Dean for Educational Initiatives in Dietrich College, where she also teaches regularly in the Department of English.   Her research interests include representations of colonialism, nationalism and gender relations in 19th century British Literature and 20th century Anglophone literature, primarily in Ireland and parts of the Caribbean. 

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Courses Taught:

Art, Conflict and Technology in Northern Ireland
British and Irish Modernism
Nineteenth Century British and Literary Studies: The New Woman
Presenting a Public Self
Writing for the Professions


Paul Mazaitis

Paul Mazaitis

Instructor

Email: pm39@andrew.cmu.edu

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 Mennies Goodmanson

Rachel Mennies Goodmanson

Instructor

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.

Thomas O’Boyle

Thomas O’Boyle

Instructor

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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Course Taught:

Advanced Journalism


Conor O'Callaghan

Conor O'Callaghan

Visiting Instructor

Office: Baker Hall 260 B

Phone: (412) 268-2842

Email: conoro@andrew.cmu.edu

Conor O'Callaghan was born in Newry, Northern Ireland, and grew up ten miles away in Dundalk in the Republic of Ireland. Conor has been teaching in Sheffield Hallam since 2007. Before that, he worked in a couple of different US universities. He was 2004 Charles A Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies, Villanova University in Philadelphia, and then poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

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Courses Taught:

Beginning Poetry Workshop
Reading in Forms: Fiction


Mark Roth

Mark Roth

Instructor

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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Course Taught:

Science Writing


Anjali Sachdeva

Anjali Sachdeva

Instructor

Email: anji.sachdeva@gmail.com

Anjali Sachdeva is a graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has taught English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, Augustana College, and the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently the Director of Educational Programs for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. Her recent work has been published in Yale Review, The Literary Review, and Best American Nonrequired reading, and she has a particular interest in speculative fiction and young adult literature.

Course Taught:

Beginning Fiction Workshop: Speculative and Young Adult Fiction


Stephanie Trunzo

Stephanie Trunzo

Instructor

Email: strunzo@andrew.cmu.edu

Stephanie Lynn Trunzo is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Digital Officer for PointSource, where she has helped doubled revenue year over year 3 years running, making the INC 5000 the last two consecutive years. Stephanie has been instrumental in reinventing this IBM Premier Business Partner into a top mobile creative force.

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Course Taught:

Software Documentation


Steve Twedt

Steve Twedt

Instructor

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. 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


Avery Wiscomb

Avery Wiscomb

Instructor

Email: awiscomb@andrew.cmu.edu

Avery holds degrees from The Evergreen State College, St. John's College, and Carnegie Mellon University. He is a technical and creative communications consultant who has taught writing and philosophy for the last seven years. Avery especially enjoys helping CMU students better understand the fundamentals of argumentation and to critically examine the effects of science and technology on society. His academic interests include critical theory, technology studies, and the digital humanities.

Course Taught:

Interpretation and Argument