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What we do
The primary aim of the Writing Center is to help you become a stronger, more accomplished writer. No matter which form of support you choose, writing consultants will work with you at any stage of your writing process. Each semester hundreds of students choose to visit with consultants to

  • interpret an assignment sheet, talk through ideas for a project, discuss course readings, or plan for a paper,
  • (re)consider choices with regard to audience, focus, reasoning, or organization,
  • develop ideas with greater specificity,
  • acquire research strategies, integrate scholarly sources, and apply proper documentation,
  • improve edit and proofreading skills, expand vocabulary, and better understand technical conventions of academic writing.

Writing consultants will not:

  • write a paper for you,
  • edit your paper,
  • dispute or question grades.

Appointment policies

  • All appointments require a valid, current SUID card. Students who do not have their SUID may be denied their appointment.
  • Appointments are offered in 25 and 50-minute blocks, starting on the hour and half hour. All students are restricted to a total 120 minutes per week. No exceptions. To make the most of your experience, reserve appointments several days in advance as schedules fill quickly.
  • Out of courtesy to other students, please arrive timely for all appointments you make. Cancel online (up to 8 hours before your appointment) or by calling (443-5289) during business hours. Missing or canceling at the last minute could result in the loss of appointment privileges for the semester. Arriving more than 10 minutes late may also result in a forfeited and missed appointment.
  • Students are welcome to drop in to see if a consultant is available, especially between the hours of 10-2, Monday through Thursday. These sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis only.
  • Be prepared. If you've schedule a face-to-face appointment, bring your assignment, pens/pencils, readings, notes, and any prewriting notes or drafts. If this is an online chat appointment, be sure your computer has reliable broadband access and is set up in a quiet environment. Sign on to your AIM or iChat account a few minutes before your appointment and a consultant will contact you.
  • Summaries of prior face-to-face or online chat appointments are available to you. To view any of them, log in to the scheduling system, click any past appointment and click the "View Existing Forms" link.
  • Before reserving an online chat appointment, install a current version of AIM for Windows or iChat for Mac and understand the programis basic functions. If you need assistance in learning more about these programs, email us at writingcenter@listserv.syr.edu or call the Writing Center during normal business hours.
  • To reserve an online chat appointment, choose the "instant message" schedule when logging in to WCOnline. When prompted, tell us what chat program you'll be using, your username, and of any video and audio features you have, as consultants will be equipped with webcams and microphones during your appointment.


Spring 2014

Geghard Arakelian

Geghard Arakelian
Degrees: Bachelor's in Journalism (Califonria Sate University, Northridge) Master's in English, Emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition (CSUN).
Academic Interests: examining how Marxist Reflection Theory, and feminist composition theory can be examined in order to better understand how patriarchal discourses and economic modes inform our standards of "good" university-level writing.

Brian Bailie

Brian Bailie
Degrees: MA in English Composition, California State University, San Bernardino, 2007. BA in English, California State University, San Bernardino, 1998.
Academic interests: The rhetoric of social movements; network studies; 20th century rhetoricians; the rhetoric of technology; community literacy and service-learning.
Courses taught: WRT 105, WRT 205, WRT 307

Mark Barber

Mark Barber
Degrees: BA in English from Flagler College; MA in English from Syracuse University Academic interests: Film and popular culture; global politics and social movements; American literature; the avant-garde; critical race theory Courses taught: WRT 105 and 205 Personal note: Mark enjoys reading, activism, spicy food, and jazz.

Adam Bright

Adam Bright
Adam is a second-year poet in the Creative Writing Program. Before coming to Syracuse, he lived and worked in D.C., Boston, and New York.

Tessa Brown

Tessa Brown
Tessa is a first year PhD student in CCR. Before coming to Syracuse she worked as a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Michigan for two years. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing - Fiction from Michigan. She originally hails from Chicago and loves novels, yoga, and rap music.

J Colasacco

John Colasacco

Degrees: BS in Advertising and MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. Academic interests: Literature, Translation, Italian, Visual Art and Rhetoric, Commercial Art and Rhetoric, History, Popular/Counterculture, Social Justice, the Avant-Garde.
Courses taught: WRT 105, 114, 205, 195, 422; ETS 151, 107; TRM 500.
Personal note: I look forward to helping you with your college writing assignment.

Andrea Constable

Andrea Constable
Degrees: MA in English (Syracuse University), CAS in Women's Studies, (Syracuse University), and BS in Public Relations and Journalism (Utica College of Syracuse University)
Academic interests: Visual and cultural studies, gender and race studies, alternative educations, food culture, geography and space, sustainability, and globalization.
Courses taught: WRT 105, 109, 120, and 205.

B Erwin

Ben Erwin
Degrees: B.A. in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and M.A. in English rhetoric and composition from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Academic interests: composition theory and Writing Center pedagogy, language acquisition, and correlations between instructor feedback and writing processes.
Courses taught: WRT 105, 120/220, 205, 331, 430

Chris Feikes

Chris Feikes
Degrees: B.A. degrees in journalism and psychology (University of Arizona)
M.A. in English (Syracuse University)
M.S. in English Education (Syracuse University)
Courses taught: Wrt104, 105, 120/220, 205, 255, 301, 340, 422, and 670
Extensive experience with HEOP, SummerStart, Summer College and ACES.
Current interests include Say Yes to Education, writing instruction in multilingual environments, and the economics and politics of obtaining a college education c. 2014.

Kelsey Flint-Martin

Santee Frazier
Degrees: Santee Frazier is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Syracuse University.
Academic Interests: He is the recipient of various awards including: Syracuse University Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, and most recently The School for Advanced Research Indigenous Writer in Residence. His poems have appeared in American Poet, Narrative Magazine, Ontario Review, Ploughshares, and other literary journals. His first collection of poems Dark Thirty was released by the University of Arizona Press in 2009.

Tamara Issak Tamara Issak
Tamara is a PhD student in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric. Tamara is a PhD student in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric.
Degrees: BA in English & Secondary Education, WPUNJ; MA in English, Rutgers University
Courses Taught: WRT 105, 205
D Jager

Dawnelle Jager
Dawnelle Jager is an Instructor in the Environmental Studies Writing Program and coordinator of the Writing Resource Center at The State of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. She is a Professional Writing Instructor at Syracuse University. In addition to completing Certification for teaching English as a Second Language in the Spring of 2013, she has many years’ experience teaching lower, upper and graduate level writing and literature courses and in writing center administration. Current interests include service learning, workplace writing, environmental issues, food politics, spirituality, current affairs, reading and psychology.

Theresa Keicher

Theresa Keicher
Degrees: BA in English and Textual Studies, MA in English Literature from Syracuse University, currently a PhD candidate in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program at Syracuse.

Courses taught: WRT 105 and WRT 205.

Angela Ko

Angela Ko
Degrees: BA in English from UCLA
Academic interests: Literature, gender studies, feminist theory

Emily Luther Emily Luther
Degrees: BA in English Education, SUNY Fredonia with minor in philosophy; MA in English, Syracuse University. Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Syracuse University.
Academic interests: Literature, literary or critical theory, academic writing, philosophy, gender and women's studies, GLBTQI studies, class and race issues, secondary and special education, hip-hop culture, cultural studies.
Courses taught: WRT 105, 205 (including special topics in personal wellness, gender, prostitution, and sexuality), and numerous high school English courses.
Personal note: Emily has interests in politics, history, art, music, hiking/backpacking/travel, food politics, and community service.
Ryan McClur

Ryan McClure
Degrees: BA in English from the University of Vermont. MA in English from Syracuse University
Academic interests: American and British novels, sociology, and critical theory.
Courses taught: WRT 105, 195 and 205.
Personal note: Ryan’s favorite all-time album is Beck's Odelay.

Camasin Middour

Camasin Middour
Degrees: BA in English from Sarah Lawrence College, MFA in writing from Columbia University. Camasin is also a doctoral student in English at Binghamton University
Academic interests: Contemporary poetics, the intersection between poetry and the experience of loss, poetry as phenomenology, and the 19th century novel.
Courses taught: WRT 105

Devon Moore

Devon Moore
Degrees: BA in English and American Literature, with a concentration in Creative Writing from New York University; M.S. in Secondary English Education from CUNY Lehman College; MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Syracuse University
Interests: Literature, Creative Writing, Academic Writing, Critical Theory, Popular Culture and Rhetoric.
Courses taught: WRT 105, 205, and in my former life, many high school English courses.
Personal note: I look forward to helping you with your writing assignments, at any stage of the process.

Kate Navickas

Kate Navickas
Degrees: B.A. in music performance & English from SUNY Fredonia; M.A. in Literature & Rhetoric from Binghamton University; PhD in Composition & Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University in progress!
Academic Interests: composition theory, pedagogy & writing research; feminist rhetorics & rhetorical histories; composition & rhetoric methods & methodologies
Courses taught: WRT 105, 205, 303, 307, and 670

Lindsay Norville

Lindsay Norville
Lindsay is a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program. She completed her undergraduate studies at Emerson College in Boston.

Karen Oakes Karen Oakes
Degrees: B.A. in English and American Studies, Elmira College. PhD candidate in American and New England Studies, Boston University.
Academic interests: service learning pedagogy, civic engagement, learning communities, American History, women's studies, historic architecture.
Courses taught: WRT 105/109, WRT 205/209, WRT 307
Personal note: In her spare time, Karen scrolls through her calendar and to-do lists trying to figure out what she forgot she was supposed to be doing.
J Reed

Joseph Reed
Joe is a second-year fiction writer in the MFA program. He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. He has taught English as a second language in London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Kazakhstan. He is originally from Gloucestershire, England.


Karrieann Soto
Degrees: BA in Secondary English Education with Multimedia Technology, University of Puerto Rico (Aguadilla Campus); MA in English Education, University of Puerto Rico (Mayagüez Campus); currently pursuing a PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric here in Syracuse.
Academic interests: rhetorics about Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican indie rock scene(s), neocolonial rhetorics, transnational feminist perspectives, multimedia communications and their various uses, Caribbean pop cultures, Caribbean rhetorics, creative nonfiction, among others...
Courses taught: WRT 105, WRT 205, WRT 104

J Starkweather

John Starkweather
Degrees: A.A. from Jefferson Community College; B.A. in English from SUNY at Geneseo; M.A. in English from Syracuse University.

Academic interests: Critical thinking, the writing process, history, mythology, English and European literature, art, and architecture. 

Courses taught: WRT 104, 105, and 205. 

Personal note: Hockey, French culture, music, art, and gastronomy are among John's many interests.

Molly Voorheis

Molly Voorheis
Degrees: B.S. in Film and English from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; M.A. in American Lit from SU.

Academic interests: writing and community activism; workplace writing. 

Courses taught: WRT 105, 109, 205, 301, 307, 308.

Personal note: Molly is currently editing a book about Wisconsin high school basketball star Mickey Crowe.

Vanessa Watts

Vanessa Watts
Degrees: BA in Literature and Psychology from Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV. MA in Psychology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. MA in English from Syracuse University. MSW degree in progress (at SU).
Academic interests: postmodern theory; film studies; media/pop culture influence on public perception; psychology/social work
Courses taught: WRT 105, WRT 195, WRT 205, WRT 209, WRT 307.
Personal note: In her spare time, Vanessa hikes another ADK high peak, binges on audio books, and drinks Italian reds.

Stacey Wright

Stacey Wright
Degrees: BA English & BS-English-Secondary Education at Buffalo State College; MEd-English-Secondary Education at University at Buffalo Academic interests: Literature, writing, and educational theory and practice
Courses taught: WRT 105, 120, 205, 220
Personal note: Stacey enjoys learning about history, science, religion, and actively studying spiritual metaphysics.



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