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 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.

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

 

Michael Evans is an M.A. student in the English department with an interest in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American novels, particularly those of the American Realists and Naturalists. Originally from just outside Kansas City, Missouri, he received his B.A. in English at Northwest Missouri State University, with a minor in Philosophy. Prior to that he completed some coursework toward a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology. His other interests include writers of the American Renaissance as well as social and political history.

Literature, History, Creative Writing (short stories and poetry), Philosophy, Wildlife Biology and Ecology

 

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Emily McBryan is an M.A. student in the English department with a focus on 20th century literature, particularly literature of the American South and Ireland. Originally from Philadelphia, Emily received her B.A. from Thomas Aquinas College, double majoring in Philosophy and Theology. For the past three years, she has taught courses in Latin, English composition and grammar, Theology and Drama. Her interests include classical and scholastic philosophy, history, theology, popular culture, linguistics, and creative writing.

 

Grammar, History, Humanities, Classics, Philosophy, Theology, Creative Writing

 

Chris Pipkin is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at the Catholic Universityof America. He received his MA in English at Duquesne University in 2010. He specializes in medieval English literature, and his dissertation explores common ground between medieval hagiography and heroic texts featuring monsters. Chris is a fifth-year Teaching Fellow at Catholic University, where he has taught numerous classes in argumentative writing and writing about literature. Chris worked at the Writing Center at Duquesne University as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Specialist in 2008; before graduate school, he taught EFL, first at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia, and afterwards for The Caledonian School, a well-established language school in Prague, CZ.
English as Second Language, Dissertations, Literature, History, Humanities
 

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

 

Robert Sherron is an M.A. student in the English Department with a focus on Modern and Post-Modern novels, specifically Catholic novels, particularly the works of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Flannery O'Connor, and Walker Percy. A graduate of the University of Dallas, Robert majored in English and Theology, receiving a concentration in Applied Physics. He previously taught in the Intensive English Department at Catholic University, and was a lab instructor for Physics courses in Dallas. He also worked for the university newspaper at Dallas, where he wrote beloved satirical pieces and scathing theatrical reviews. His writing interests include Thomistic theology, philosophy of science, the Italian Futurists, the English Vorticists, popular culture, and creative writing, particularly if it is satirical. 

Art History, Theology, Philosophy, Physics, General Science Writing, Literary Criticism, and Creative Writing

 

Shaun Stiemsma is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the Catholic University of America with a focus on early modern drama.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Calvin College and his master’s here at CUA.  He has been a teaching fellow in English at CUA for the past 5 years, teaching courses on writing and literature.  He has also served as the assistant director of the writing program, helping to develop the syllabus and materials for the current iteration of English 101 taught at CUA.  He has also been a writing instructor for over 15 years, working with students one-on-one as well as in the classroom.   

Dissertations, Literature, Humanities

 

 

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

 

 

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
 
 
 

Ryan Wilson was born in Griffin, Georgia. He holds a B.A. from The University of Georgia, an M.F.A. in poetry from The Johns Hopkins University, where he won the Sankey Fellowship for Excellence in Poetry, and a second Master’s degree from Boston University, where he won the Schmuel Traum Prize for Literary Translation. His poems, prose, and translations have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in a number of literary journals and magazines, such as 32 Poems, Able Muse, First Things, The Hopkins Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, The James Dickey Review, The Journal, Light, The Lyric, Measure, Raintown Review, River Styx, The Sewanee Theological Review, and Unsplendid. Currently a doctoral candidate at CUA, his primary research areas are 20th century American poetry, Southern Literature, Modernist Literature, and contemporary poetry. His dissertation analyzes how Dante and T.S. Eliot influenced Robert Penn Warren’s work. He is beginning his ninth year of teaching at the collegiate level, and he has taught courses on rhetoric and composition, poetic form, creative writing, American literature, and Classical literature.

Dissertations, Creative Writing, Literature, Humanities

 

Undergraduate Peer Tutors

 
 
 
Audra Nakas is a senior 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 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.

Architecture: Erik
APA Style: Erik, Kristin
Creative Writing: Alex, Kristin, Julia
Drama/Theater: Erik
Dissertations: Chris, Ryan, Shaun
Education:
Engineering: Erik
ESL: Erik
Grammar: Erik
History: Alex, Julia
Humanities/Classics: Erik, Michael S., Tyler, Justin
Math: Erik
Media Studies:
Music:
Philosophy: Erik, Michael S., Audra, Sullivan, Tyler, Alex, Justin
Politics: Audra
Psychology: Audra
Sciences: Erik, Tyler, Julia
Theology: Erik, Michael S., Audra, Tyler, Julia
 

 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

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Erik Gravel, Assistant Director
Emily Linz, Outreach Coordinator

 

 

Location and Hours

THE WRITING CENTER HAS MOVED!

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

 

WRITING CENTER SATELLITE HOURS

MULLEN LIBRARY (Main Lobby)

Wednesdays, 5-8pm