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

Associate Director, Global Communication Center

Office: Hunt Library 109F

Phone: 412.268.9633

Email: nls@andrew.cmu.edu

I hold a Master's degree from CMU's English Department. In my 8 years of writing center experience, I have cultivated interests in composition pedagogy, scientific and technical communication, visual design, and technology enhanced learning. I enjoy helping writers develop their ideas and effectively structure their texts as I learn about their innovative work. My  specialties include scientific journal articles and dissertations, PowerPoint presentations, application essays, and research posters. I also teach classes 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.


Emily F

Emily F

GCC Assistant to the Director

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.


Natalie S

Natalie S

GCC Assistant to the Director

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.


Hannah F

Hannah F

GCC Receptionist

Welcome to the GCC! While I may not be a tutor, it is my job here at the GCC to make sure that things are running smoothly behind the scenes. My background is in non-profits, especially literacy and educational organizations and am excited to work at Carnegie MellonI look forward to welcoming your bright and shining faces here at the GCC and hope to facilitate your positive experience! 

Ryan R

Ryan R

GCC Consultant

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.


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). 


Aleksandra O

Aleksandra O

GCC Consultant

I am a PhD student in Rhetoric at CMU. Prior to that, I received my Master's degree in Applied English Linguistics at Stockholm University. I’m interested in academic and professional writing, as well as writing in English as a foreign language. I look forward to working with students from a variety of disciplines and at all levels of study.


Hannah R

Hannah R

GCC Consultant

I am a PhD student in Rhetoric here at CMU. Previously, I received my BA in English Literature at Texas A&M University, and my MA in Rhetoric at CMU. In my own research, I study academic research writing and its variations and similarities across disciplines. I am excited to help students of all disciplines, and I have some extra experience with research writing in computer science. As a tutor, I enjoy helping writers to organize ideas, improve clarity and cohesion, and consider the needs of their audience(s). I also teach first-year writing (76-101).

Ana C

Ana C

GCC Consultant

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric here in CMU’s English Department, where I study digital rhetoric in the public sphere, as well as composition. I hold an M.A. in Rhetoric from CMU and a B.A. in English from Reed College. Before coming to CMU, I taught ESL to adults and worked as a professional textbook editor. At CMU I’ve taught first-year writing, professional writing, and supported new instructors as the Assistant Director of our First-Year Writing Program. I believe communication presents complex challenges to any writer, and I enjoy helping people develop strategies to meet those challenges and achieve their rhetorical goals. 

Maria P

Maria P

GCC Consultant

I am currently a PhD student in Rhetoric.  I specialize in job application materials—including (but not limited to) resumés, cover letters, curricula vitae, personal statements, statements of purpose and teaching philosophy statements.  My PhD research focuses on cross-cultural communication and teamwork; I can therefore help students position themselves in international contexts both for academic and professional purposes.  I am also fluent in Russian and Ukrainian and have an MA in Rhetoric from CMU.  

Laura M

Laura M

GCC Consultant

I am a Ph.D. student in Rhetoric in CMU’s English Department where I am studying computer-mediated communication and its influence on deliberation in online public spheres. I hold a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan. Before coming to CMU, I worked in digital marketing for small businesses and academic departments, where I had the opportunity to work on content ranging from application materials to research papers. I enjoy working one-on-one with students and am passionate about helping writers from all fields improve the comprehension, style and organization of their papers. 


Will P

Will P

GCC Consultant

I am a PhD candidate in Rhetoric in the English Department. My dissertation is about a local group of white people who are trying to be more active against racism. I've taught many years of 76-101. I also enjoy working with international students who don't feel confident about their English.


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.


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).


Alex H

Alex H

GCC Consultant

I love working for the GCC because I get to keep up my passion for teaching. Before coming to CMU for my master’s degree in Literary and Cultural Studies, I taught high school English for three years in Colorado. Before that, I received a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Colorado State University. I specialize in journalism, media studies, public relations, and education. I have years of experience helping students edit essays, prepare presentations, and revise research papers, but am comfortable assisting clients with any project, no matter the field.  

Sara J

Sara J

GCC Consultant

I’m in my first year at Heinz College as a public policy and management student in the DC track. I earned BAs in English (Concentration in Rhetoric & Composition) and French Language & Literature at Indiana University, and have spent the last year teaching English as a Second Language to students in France. Previously, I worked as the primary HR person in an internet strategy consulting firm and a volunteer coordinator for both the American Red Cross and the Sundance Film Festival, so I’m very familiar with professional documents, résumés, CVs, and cover letters. I enjoyed my time working in the writing center during undergrad, and look forward to working with CMU students of all levels in a variety of disciplines and media.

Rebecca L

Rebecca L

GCC Consultant

I am an M.A. in Rhetoric student with a background in teaching English to speakers of other languages. In 2003, I earned my B.A. in History with a minor in English. In 2015, I earned an M.A. in TESOL, with a particular focus on adult learners. I have six years of experience teaching ESL in Washington, DC. I also spent the past year teaching English at a university in Vietnam. This semester, I will also be working as a tutor with the 76-100 students to support writing instruction for first-year multilingual students.

Cheryl R

Cheryl R

GCC Consultant

I am a graduate student studying Public Policy and Management at Heinz College, with hopes to pursue a career in Pennsylvania State government. I received my Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where I also minored in Economics, Theology, and Law. I love the writing process, and firmly believe that all students have the potential to find their voice in assignments. Specifically, I am most experienced in writing for the subjects I have studied, but I am excited to work with students from many disciplines.

Taylor R

Taylor R

GCC Consultant

I am a MA student in Rhetoric. I attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges where I received my BA in Writing and Rhetoric, and War, Warfare, and the Soldier Experience. My research was grounded in discourse analysis, but I also have a background in creative writing. As a tutor, I specialize in the humanities, but also enjoy working with oral presentations and communication skills.

Audrey S

Audrey S

GCC Consultant

I am currently pursuing an M.A. in Rhetoric, and am specifically exploring questions concerning the incorporation of collaborative and intercultural practices into composition classrooms. As a tutor, my areas of specialization include prewriting, document design and visual rhetoric, writing for the humanities, and first year writing. In my tutoring sessions, I hope to create an atmosphere in which students feel empowered to speak and write using their own voices and ideas. I am looking forward to learning alongside students, and helping others become more confident communicators.

Cody J

Cody J

GCC Consultant

I earned a B.A. in English at Juniata College in May 2017 and I am currently pursuing a M.A. in Professional Writing. I worked in the Writing Center at Juniata and I am excited to continue my tutoring career at Carnegie Mellon's GCC. My undergraduate supervisor commended my "word-smithing" ability, which I interpret as finding the right words for the right situations for the maximum effect. I enjoy working with professional materials (cover letters, résumés, etc.), literature papers, and arguments. 

Sophie D

Sophie D

GCC Consultant

I am currently a Masters student in Rhetoric at CMU, with a B.A. in English and a minor in Professional Writing from the University of Maryland. I also have a background in public health coursework. As a tutor I have experience working with a wide range of genres, from first year compositions and literary analyses to scientific research papers and posters. I enjoy helping build students' confidence in their own voices, communicate their ideas effectively, and grow as writers in their fields.

Emily D

Emily D

GCC Consultant

I’m currently an M.A. student in CMU's English department, studying Rhetoric; I also teach 76-101. I earned a BA in English and Communications in 2004, and I currently hold a Pennsylvania secondary teaching license in English. Prior to coming to CMU, I taught middle school language arts and worked as the staff writer and marketing manager for a large online company, so I am very familiar with both academic forms of writing and more professional, marketplace-oriented texts.


Jen L

Jen L

GCC Consultant

I am a senior 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).


Izzy M

Izzy M

GCC Consultant

I am a Senior 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.


Amy Y

Amy Y

GCC Consultant

I am a Senior 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. 

Brandon T

Brandon T

GCC Consultant


I am a Junior 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. 

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.

 


Zeyneb M

Zeyneb M

GCC Consultant

 I am a senior 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.


Michelle B

Michelle B

GCC Consultant

I am a junior 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.

 


Jake R

Jake R

GCC Consultant

I am a sophomore in Dietrich studying Behavioral Economics. I worked as an editor and writer for The Decision Lab, a non-profit Behavioral Economics think tank. Most of my experience is with is with writing in social sciences, but can help with any kind of assignment. I think that anyone who can think of ideas can write, and I would love to talk to you about your ideas and help you turn it into a product you can be proud of.  

Marika Y

Marika Y

GCC Consultant

I am a sophomore in Dietrich majoring in Professional Writing. In addition to writing, I am very passionate about History, and I feel confident in helping others in these areas. As an undergraduate, I have taken 76-101 Interpretation and Argument, so I am prepared to help with these assignments. I am also comfortable reviewing resumes, cover letters, and application materials.