The Catholic University of America

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.

Engineering, Grammar, History, Humanities, Classics, Math, Philosophy, Sciences, Theology, APA Style

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.



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



Emily Linz is a M.A. student in the English department with a focus on Twentieth Century literature, specifically Southern literature. Originally from Texas, she graduated from University of Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature and a concentration in Latin. She has written for the commentary section of University of Dallas’ school newspaper, The University News, transcribed memoirs, and worked as a Latin tutor. She is also interested in creative writing, particularly the short story.
Art History, Classics, Creative Writing, Music, Theology


Undergraduate Peer Tutors

Audra Nakas is a junior Psychology and Politics major from Falls Church, VA. She has worked as a research assistant under two professors in the Psychology Department and has held internships at two Catholic non-profits dedicated to human rights and social justice. Her interests include the social sciences and humanities, especially theology and philosophy. Her writing experience includes research papers, persuasive writing, journalism, editorials, and letters to politicians. On campus, Audra is also a Cardinal Ambassador and is involved in Students for Life.


Psychology, Politics, Theology, Philosophy





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


Alex Sniatkowski is a third 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.

Architecture: Erik
APA Style: Erik
Creative Writing: Alex
Drama/Theater: Erik
Engineering: Erik
ESL: Erik
Grammar: Erik
History: Alex
Humanities/Classics: Erik, Michael S., Tyler
Math: Erik
Media Studies:
Philosophy: Erik, Michael S., Audra, Sullivan, Tyler, Alex
Politics: Audra
Psychology: Audra
Sciences: Erik, Tyler
Theology: Erik, Michael S., Audra, Tyler

 Peer Tutor Alumni

Sullivan Maciag, '13

Patricia Mars '14

Wesley Cocozello '14

Eva-Maria Ghelardi '14


Grammar Specialists

Erik Gravel


Administrative Staff


Dr. Taryn Okuma, Director of Undergraduate Tutor Program

Dr. Kevin Rulo, Director


Erik Gravel, Assistant Director
Sophia Mason, Outreach Coordinator



Location and Hours


The Writing Center's main location is now in the Pryzbyla Center, room 213. Come and check out the new digs!




Wednesdays, 5-8pm