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Writing Center Staff

Karen Langbehn

Coordinator: Karen Langbehn

Education:

  • PhD, English Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA, English Rhetoric & Composition, University of North Carolina – Charlotte (2010)

Current Research

: Karen’s dissertation topic in “applied” rhetoric of science focuses on the development of methodologies and frameworks that support the decision-making processes of policy-relevant science.


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Assistant Coordinator: Megan McIntyre

Education:

  • PhD, English Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA, English Literature, University of South Florida (2009)

Current Research:

Megan’s dissertation explores connections between rhetorical agency and technology as seen in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.


Sarah Adams

Tutor: Sarah Adams

Specialties:

  • First-Year Composition
  • Brainstorming/Mapping
  • MLA
  • Grammar
  • Academic Journal Articles
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • English Language Learner
  • Professional Writing
  • Personal Statements
  • Linguistics
  • Literature Reviews
  • Scholarship Essays

Education:

  • MA, Applied Linguistics (TESL), University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, Linguistics, University of Florida (2012)

Current Research:

Sarah is currently working on a cultural case study that may be expanded to a master’s thesis in the future.


Adib Amini

Tutor: Adib Amini

Specialties:

  • Theses/Dissertations
  • Grammar
  • Natural Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Technical Writing
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters

Education

  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • B.S. Engineering, James Madison University (2012)

Current Research

: Adib is currently performing Life Cycle Analysis and Life Cycle Cost Analysis on processes for removal of ammonia and phosphorus from the centrate of anaerobically digested waste.


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Tutor: Ashley Annis

Specialties:

  • APA
  • Brainstorming/Mapping
  • MLA
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Personal Statements
  • Journalism

Education:

  • MFA, Creative Writing – Fiction, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BS, Communication & Rhetoric, Florida State University (2012)

Current Research:

Ashley is currently interested in writing fiction that explores “the weird,” strange family dynamics, mysterious places, and quirky people.


Joanna Bartell

Tutor: Joanna Bartell

Specialties:

  • Brainstorming/Mapping
  • Grammar
  • APA
  • Qualitative Research Writing
  • Personal Statements
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Theses/Dissertations

Education:

  • PhD, Communication, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA, Communication, University of South Florida (2010)

Current Research:

Joanna is currently working on a dissertation that explores the constitution of patient identity through medical texts.


Kristen Blinne

Tutor: Kristen C. Blinne

Specialties:

  • Brainstorming/Mapping
  • APA
  • Academic Journal Articles
  • Poetry
  • Teaching Portfolios
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Personal Statements
  • Qualitative Research Writing
  • Health/Medical Studies

Education:

  • PhD, Relational Communication, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA, Medical Anthropology, Universiteit van Amsterdam (2007)

Current Research:

Kristen is currently completing her dissertation in the Department of Communication where she focuses on relational communication, contemplative inquiry, embodiment studies, and arts-based qualitative methodologies.


Sandy

Tutor: Sandy Branham

Specialties:

  • Theses/Dissertations
  • First-Year Composition
  • Test Prep
  • APA
  • MLA
  • Academic Journal Articles
  • Nonfiction
  • English Language Learner
  • Rhetoric
  • Professional Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Personal Statements
  • Scholarship Essays
  • Med School Applications

Education:

  • PhD, Texts and Technology, University of Central Florida (in progress)
  • MA, Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida (2012)

Current Research:

Sandy is currently researching issues in veteran’s education as well as the connection between identity and body modification.


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Tutor: Brittany Cagle

Specialties:

  • First-Year Composition
  • Brainstorming/Mapping
  • Grammar
  • MLA
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction
  • Journalism
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Personal Statements
  • Literary Journalism
  • Scholarship Essays

Education:

  • MFA, Creative Nonfiction, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, English Literature, Florida Gulf Coast University (2012)

Current Research:

Brittany is currently working on a thesis that is half creative and half journalistic. The piece is a personal inquiry in small, independent businesses in big corporate America.


Ryan Cheng

Tutor: Ryan Cheng

Specialties:

  • Brainstorming/Mapping
  • First-Year Composition
  • Grammar
  • APA
  • MLA
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Literature
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Personal Statements
  • Literature Reviews
  • Scholarship Essays
  • Med School Applications
  • Nursing
  • Art/Art history

Education:

  • MFA, Poetry, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, English with a Creative Writing Emphasis, University of San Francisco (2010)

Current Research:

Ryan is currently working on a thesis/collection of poems that explores themes of coming of age and familial relationships.


Danielle Farrar

Tutor: Danielle Farrar

Specialties:

  • Theses/Dissertations
  • Brainstorming/Mapping
  • First-Year Composition
  • Grammar
  • APA
  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • Academic Journal Articles
  • English Language Learner
  • Literature
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Research/ Library Resources
  • Art/Art history
  • Fine Arts

Education:

  • PhD, English Literature, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA, English Literature, University of South Florida (2012)

Current Research:

Danielle’s research combines early modernism and disability studies to investigate historical representations and staging practices of the female body.


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Tutor: Julie Gerdes

Specialties:

  • First-Year Composition
  • APA
  • Technical Writing
  • Literature Reviews
  • MLA
  • Brainstorming/Mapping
  • Chicago
  • English Language Learner
  • Rhetoric
  • Biological Sciences
  • Professional Writing
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Med School Applications
  • Nursing

Education:

  • MA, Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, English (Writing and Publication Studies), Clemson University (2009)

Current Research:

Julie’s research focuses on the rhetoric of global health and medicine and its role in the marginalization of international communities.


Sashi Gurram

Tutor: Sashi Gurram

Specialties:

  • Theses/Dissertations
  • Academic Journal Articles
  • Technical Writing
  • Literature Reviews
  • Scholarship Essays

Education:

  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech (2009)

Current Research:

Sashi is currently working on research which involves understanding and predicting the impact of urban transportation infrastructure design on human exposure to traffic-related pollutants with a focus on impacts on social equity.


Heather Kozar

Tutor: Heather Kozar

Specialties:

  • APA
  • Grammar
  • Brainstorming/Mapping
  • First-year Composition
  • Personal Statements

Education:

  • MA, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BS, Women’s Studies and Sociology, Central Michigan University (2012)

Current Research:

 Heather’s research examines the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, and ability with experiences surrounding mental health and illness


Karla Maddox

Tutor: Karla Maddox

Specialties:

  • Brainstorming/Mapping
  • First-Year Composition
  • Grammar
  • MLA
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Personal Statements
  • Scholarship Essays
  • Art/Art history

Education:

  • MA, English Literature, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, English Literature, University of South Florida (2006)

Current Research:

Karla is currently composing her Master’s Portfolio and working toward a graduate certificate in Professional and Technical Communication.


Meg Prof Shot

Tutor: Meghan O’Neill

Specialties:

  • Brainstorming/Mapping
  • MLA
  • Academic Journal Articles
  • Literature
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Personal Statements
  • Research/Library Resources

Education:

  • PhD, Literature, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA, English Education, University of South Florida – St. Petersburg (2011)

Current Research:

Meghan is currently researching the historical development of nineteenth century Irish nationalism and its relationship with Anglo-Irish literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


johanna_hillen

Tutor: Johanna Phelps-Hillen

Specialties:

  • First-Year Composition
  • Grammar
  • MLA
  • Rhetoric
  • Philosophy
  • Professional Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Personal Statements

Education:

  • PhD English, Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA English, Weber State University (2010)

Current Research:

Johanna is currently exploring rhetoric and composition generally, while paying particular attention to community engagement in FYC and professional writing curricula.


Sarah Ranes

Tutor: Sarah Ranes

Specialties:

  • Brainsorming/Mapping
  • First-Year Composition
  • Grammar
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Literature
  • Cultural Studies

Education:

  • MA, Literature, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, English and Humanities & Cultural Studies, University of South Florida (2010)

Current Research:

Sarah is currently working on paper that explores the importance of the relatively neglected Old English female character of Freawaru in Beowulf.


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Tutor: Mike Ruso

Specialties:

  • Brainstorming/Mapping
  • First-Year Composition
  • MLA
  • Fiction
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Personal Statements
  • Research/Library Resources
  • Scholarship Essays

Education:

  • MFA, Creative Writing – Fiction, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, English, University of South Florida (2011)

Current Research:

Mike is currently completing a novel about the son of carnival workers who grew up on America’s highways and midways but when he turns eighteen he decides to abandon his transient life and tries to settle down in Gibsonton, Florida.


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Tutor: Aaron Singh

Specialties:

  • First-Year Composition
  • MLA
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Literature
  • Graphic Literature

Education:

  • MFA, Creative Writing – Nonfiction, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, English (Creative Writing), University of South Florida (2010)

Current Research:

Aaron is currently working on developing his nonfiction voice so he can write a memoir or collection of essays.


Rachel Walker

Tutor: Rachel Walker

Specialties:

  • Theses/Dissertations
  • Academic Journal Articles
  • Natural Science
  • Technical Writing
  • Literature Reviews
  • Professional Writing
  • Grammar
  • Resumes/CVs/Cover Letters
  • Brainstorming/Mapping

Education:

  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MSc, Theoretical & Applied Fluid Mechanics, University of Manchester (UK) (2010)

Current Research:

Rachel is currently conducting research for a thesis on large-scale turbulence in coastal oceans using 3-dimensional simulation methods.


Alexandra Watkins

Tutor: Alex Watkins

Specialties:

  • First-Year Composition
  • Grammar
  • Literature

Education:

  • MA, English Literature, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, English Literature, University of South Florida (2010)

Current Research:

Alex is a second-year literature Masters student who works on disability theory and science studies in contemporary American literature.

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