Adjunct Faculty-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Lisa Avery

Lisa Avery

Adjunct Professor, Carnegie Mellon's Department of English

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


Julie Bowman

Julie Bowman

Email: jdbowman@andrew.cmu.edu

Course Taught:

Interpretation and Argument


Jennifer Boyce Ciroli

Jennifer Boyce Ciroli

Senior Manager, Training and Documentation, Rhiza

Email: jennifer.ciroli@gmail.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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Course Taught:

Software Documentation
Web Design


Mario Castagnaro

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Temple University; Director of Evaluation and Scholarship, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Allegheny Health Network

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, 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

Senior Copywriter, Shift Collaborative

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.

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Courses Taught:

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


Jeffrey Hinkelman

Video Collection Manager, University Libraries-Collections & Info Access Services

Email: jh51@andrew.cmu.edu

Course Taught:

Introduction to Film Studies
 


Jennifer Keating-Miller, Ph.D.

Jennifer Keating-Miller, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Educational Initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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:

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


Paul Mazaitis

Paul Mazaitis

Contractor

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, 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.

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


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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Course Taught:

Science Writing


Anjali Sachdeva

Anjali Sachdeva

Director of Educational Programs, Creative Nonfiction Foundation

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


Nisha Shanmugaraj

Nisha Shanmugaraj

Assistant Director, Global Communication Center

Email: nls@andrew.cmu.edu

Nisha holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Vermont. She is the Assistant Director of the Global Communication Center, and has six years of writing center experience. Nisha especially enjoys helping CMU students convey the importance of their innovative ideas, in both the sciences and humanities. Her academic interests include STEM writing, writing pedagogy, and visual communication.

Course Taught:

Interpretation and Argument


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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Course Taught:

Writing for Multimedia


Emily Stark

Emily Stark

Associate Director, Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Email: vestark@andrew.cmu.edu

Course Taught:

Organizational Communication


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


Avery Wiscomb

Avery Wiscomb

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Institute for the Study of Invisible Walls, VP of Communications and Special Projects, Hexagram.io

Email: awiscomb@andrew.cmu.edu


Avery is a creative and technical communications specialist who has been teaching writing and philosphy for the last seven years. He enjoys working with CMU students to better understand the fundamentals of argumentation and to critically examine the effects of technology and media on our culture. In addition to teaching, Avery has provided communications consulting services to clients, including members of RAND, Disney, Google, and KAIST/KSE. He holds degrees from The Evergreen State College, St. John's College, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Course Taught:

Interpretation and Argument