Who are we?
The Writing Center is staffed by graduate instructors and undergraduate peer tutors. Our graduate instructors have received highly competitive fellowships and assistantship awards that fund their work in the Center. Our undergraduate peer tutors have been nominated by CUA professors and then selected after a rigorous review and interview process. All Writing Center staff undergo extensive and ongoing training.
Writing Center Instructors
Erik Gravel is a second year M.A. student in the English department with a focus on the British Renaissance, particularly Milton and Spenser. Originally from Rhode Island, Erik received his B.S. in Biology and B.A. in History from Providence College. He has taught college mathematics and anatomy & physiology courses, and has also worked as a professional science tutor. His interests include writing in the sciences (from lab reports to reviews of scientific literature, to research papers), historical, theological, and philosophical writing.
Benjamin Bradley is a M.A. student in the English department with a focus on medieval literature specifically Old English and Old Norse literature. Originally from Ledyard, CT, Benjamin received his B.A. in English Literature with minors in history and Catholic Studies from Sacred Heart University. He has done work in archival processing and digitization as well as curated an exhibit at the Litchfield Historical Society in Litchfield, CT.
Phillip Henderson is a first year M.A student in the English department with a focus on Renaissance Literature, especially the lyric poets of the Elizabethan era. Originally from Austin, Texas, Phillip received his B.A. in Literature and Philosophy from Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida . He has previously been an Academic Center for Excellence tutor at Ave Maria University, a A.C.T. Math Prep tutor at the Immokalee Foundation in Immokalee, Florida, as well as a private tutor in Latin, Algebra, and Arithmetic for a number of years. His scholarly interests range from poetic meter to ethics to the history of ideas.
Thomas Johnson is a M.A. student in the English department with interests in Victorian literature, dystopian literature, film adaptation, and popular culture. Originally from Adelphi, MD, Thomas received his B.A. in English Literature from Loyola University Maryland, where he also completed minors in Writing and Film Studies. In Summer 2012, Thomas acted as an assistant to Dr. Brian Murray, a Writing professor at Loyola, by doing research for the professor's upcoming book Dickens & Friends: Art in Society in Victorian London.Thomas has professional experience as an intern for and interim secretary to the Executive editor of the Weekly Standard magazine and his writing interests include creative non-fiction, book and film reviews, and short stories.
Creative Writing, Media Studies
Sophia Mason is a M.A. student in the English department with interests in Shakespeare and the intersection of philosophy, politics, and ethics with literature. Originally from Lovettsville, VA, Sophia received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, with a major in Philosophy and minor in Theology and Math. A Development Assistant for a DC non-profit, she also has experience with professional writing, including fundraising letter, grant and proposal writing, and donor research. She is a freelance writer whose work has been published in the National Catholic Register and the St. Austin Review.
Creative Writing, Humanities, Classics, Math, Philosophy, Politics, Sciences, Theology, APA Style
Rachael Mueller is a M.A. student in the English department with interests in Medieval and Renaissance literature.She lives in Ellicott City, MD and graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with Bachelor's degrees in English and Political Science and a minor in Creative Writing. She has previously been published in Baltimore Style and Chesapeake Life magazines, as well as writing for an undergraduate political humor blog. Her writing interests include political, historical and creative works.
Creative Writing, and Politics
Michael Strickland is a first year M.A. student in the English department and has a focus on Old English and Old Norse. Originally from Front Royal, VA, Michael graduated from Christendom College with a triple major in English, Classics, and Philosophy. He has worked as a high school English teacher and as a cataloging assistant in multiple libraries. His interests include classical and scholastic philosophy, literary criticism, popular culture, and linguistics.
Philosophy, Theology, Humanities/Classics, APA Style
Undergraduate Peer Tutors
Psychology, Politics, Theology, Philosophy
Eva-Maria Ghelardi is a Senior History Major (and Philosophy Minor) from New York City. She has worked previously as a Research Assistant, Research Intern, Media Lab Assistant, and JUMPSTART Corps Member. Eva-Maria enjoys reading argumentative papers and long books (The Brothers Karamazov, A Tale of Two Cities, and Les Miserables, among them), as well as examining nature and gardening. She is an active member of the Community Garden Group and the Green Club.
Art History, English, Philosophy, Theology, Humanities
Tyler Lomnitzer is a junior English major with particular interests in philosophy and Latin. He thoroughly enjoys close reading exercises and writing about Catholic literature, Catholic authors, and Catholic saints. Writing and the writing process are his favorite part of academia. Around campus, you will see Tyler in a few different capacities: as an RA for Flather Hall, an Operations Assistant for athletic events at the DuFour Center, and an active member in the Knights of Columbus council. Hailing from CT, he enjoys spending his free time out on the Long Island Sound, golfing, and listening to Jack Johnson.
Humanities, History, Theology, Philosophy, Lab Reports
Sullivan Maciag is a senior history major from Lakewood Ranch, Florida. He has worked as a research assistant in the CUA history department, and has held internship positions in journalism and corporate regulatory affairs. His main academic interests are American and Latin American history. He is particularly interested in research papers and developing good research practices.
Philosophy, Theology, Politics, Journalism
Alex Sniatkowski is an English Major at Catholic University. Originally from Verona,New Jersey, Alex is in his third year at Catholic University and has spent time doing philosophical and historical writing. While not in the Writing Center, he spends time playing rugby, reading, and watching films.
Mary Catherine Amerine
Looking for an instructor with a strong interest in writing in a particular subject or genre?
All of our instructors can assist you with any writing project or work with you on issues of grammar and citation, but if you’d like to request an instructor who has experience in a particular subject area or genre, please use the following list as a guide. If you cannot find your subject/genre on the list, but would still prefer a referral, please contact Dr. Kevin Rulo for assistance.
Dr. Taryn Okuma, Director of Undergraduate Tutor Program
Dr. Kevin Rulo, Director
Erik Gravel, Assistant Director
Sophia Mason, Outreach Coordinator