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 Ph.D. 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.
Kristin Backert is a first year M.A. student in the English department with a focus on Renaissance literature, particularly Shakespeare and early modern drama. Originally from New York, Kristin received her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing with a minor in Spanish from Adelphi University. She worked as a peer writing tutor, online writing tutor, and writing assistant for three and a half years during her undergraduate career. Her writing interests include literary criticism, linguistics, gender, and creative writing.
MLA Style, APA Style, Annotated Bibliographies, Humanities, Creative Writing, Literary Criticism
Victoria Scrimer is an M.A. student in the English Department with interests in Modern poetry and Medieval literature. She graduated with her B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington in 2006. She has several years experience writing and editing materials for international non-profits, and has worked as a literacy tutor for both children and adults. Her interests include literary criticism, education, social and environmental justice, performance art, poetry, and creative writing.
MLA Style, Research, Creative Writing, ESL, Literary Studies, Proposals, Applications, Resumes
Michael Strickland is a second 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
Tyler Lomnitzer is a senior 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
Alex Sniatkowski is a fourth year English major. He likes to write and spends much of his spare time working on his own fiction. When not representing Catholic University on the rugby field, he reads(mostly modernist and postmodernist authors) and watches movies and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He has written about history and philosophy.
Creative Writing, Philosophy, Literature, History
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.
Peer Tutor Alumni
Sullivan Maciag, '13
Patricia Mars '14
Wesley Cocozello '14
Eva-Maria Ghelardi '14
Dr. Taryn Okuma, Director of Undergraduate Tutor Program
Dr. Kevin Rulo, Director
Erik Gravel, Assistant Director
Emily Linz, Outreach Coordinator