Meet the Staff

Director

Jeanne R. Smith directs the Writing Commons and teaches in the university Writing Program. She teaches College Writing I and II, Introduction to Technical Writing, Advanced Business and Professional Writing, as well as other writing courses and tutor-training courses. She coordinates several service learning experiences, writing center-related internships, individual investigations, and directs composition-related Honors Theses. She is past president of the East Central Writing Centers Association and co-founder of the Northeast Ohio Writing Centers Association. Her research interests include writing centers, reflective practice, collaborative learning, revision, and composition pedagogy.  She is currently studying writer metacognition and self-regulation. Her hobbies include cycling, running, reading, and gardening.  She is an active volunteer for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County; the Akron-Summit County Public Library; the American Cancer Society; and the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition.

Expertise:

  • Prewriting Strategies
  • Organizing
  • Revision Strategies
  • Understanding Assignments
  • Feedback and Response to Writing
Assistant Director
Caleb Berkemeier is a graduate student in the English department. His areas of study include 19th century American literature, 19th century intellectual history, American studies, disability studies, and philosophy in literature. He teaches composition courses for the university Writing Program. He was formerly a tutor at the Writing Commons and is now an assistant director serving from Fall 2013 to Spring 2015.

Expertise:

  • Developing Ideas
  • Formal Construction of Writing Projects
  • Research Strategies
Volunteer

Jason will continue to volunteer at the KSU Writing Commons and can help with APA, Argumentative Prose, TESL, revision, or any other need. Attaining a B.A. in History, with English/Pre-law minors, and an M.A. in History coupled with a Political Science minor, he used to have time for neglected friends/family, guitars, musclecars, concerts, fellow conservatives, and traveling before he started law school, but still goes to church.

Expertise:

  • ESL
  • Proofreading
Tutor
Thomas is a senior integrated language arts major and has been a tutor since the spring of his sophomore year. He is currently working to bring writing centers to local high schools as well. During his free time, he plays guitar, goes swing dancing, paints miniatures, and quite a few other things. When working with Thomas, expect a big smile and a wealth of random knowledge to help you with your revisions.

Expertise:

  • Brainstorming
  • Thesis Writing
  • Research
Tutor

Nicole is a senior accounting major from Youngstown, OH. This is her fifth semester at the Writing Commons. Besides serving as a Mentor or Lead Tutor, she also occasionally helps out at the front desk. Her hobbies and interests include reading, history, networking, and theater.

Expertise:

  • Brainstorming / Developing Ideas
  • Business and Professional Writing, including Resumes, Cover Letters, and Memos
  • Organization
  • Thesis Statements
Tutor

Pam is a Junior who is majoring in both Psychology and English.  She has been at the Writing Commons for two years.  Pam started in the Spring 2012 semester as an Office Assistant.  She is now a Lead Tutor, but still works at the front desk occasionally.  After graduation, she plans to go to graduate school for rhetoric and composition.  Her biggest goal in life is to have a PhD and to direct her own writing center.  Writing centers are her biggest passion.  The thing she likes the most about tutoring is that she gets to learn while doing so.  Her major in Psychology has really shaped the kind of tutor she is today. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, reading, and learning new things.

Expertise:

  • Brainstorming
  • Thesis
  • Organization
  • Reverse Outlines
Tutor

Kevin is a Senior majoring in Philosophy and will be continuing his work as a tutor in the Writing Commons this spring. He is experienced in argumentative writing and is especially helpful in deciphering and responding to others' arguments. He recently served as an assistant editor of Stance, an international undergraduate philosophy journal, and is therefore able to help students understand the review process for academic journals.

Expertise:

  • Brainstorming
  • Graduate Student Writing
  • Logic and Argumentation
  • Organization
  • Writing in Humanities
Tutor
Meagan is a senior Electronic Media Production major with a Communication Studies minor. This is her fourth semester as a tutor at the Writing Commons, and she is looking forward to another great year. In her spare time, Meagan enjoys reading, playing video games, and spending time with friends, family and pets.

Expertise:

  • Journalism
  • Pre-writing/Brainstorming
  • Organization/Outlines
Tutor

Lucy will start as a Writing Commons Tutor in the fall of 2012. She is a Sophomore at Kent State and is a Theater Design Technology major with a Writing minor.

Tutor
Sarah McIntosh is a junior English major/Writing minor. In addition to being a tutor at the Writing Commons, she is also an intern for the Wick Poetry Center. In her free time, you can find her reading anything from mental_floss articles to Palahniuk, writing poetry and fiction, perusing Tumblr, and listening to music (as well as making it on her guitar, Sydney). Sarah is most likely going to pursue a career in some avenue of the publishing industry. A dream of hers is to start her own poetry chapbook press.

Expertise:

  • Creative Writing
  • Narrative Essays
  • Brainstorming
Tutor

Abbey is a junior double major in Art Education and Fine Arts Drawing/Printmaking who hopes to teach in a museum setting in the future.  She is also an officer in the Kent State chapter of the National Art Education Association and is a Student Success Leader for a First Year Experience course.  Abbey is extremely passionate about the positive effect all forms of art can have on students both in and out of the classroom.

Expertise:

  • Brainstorming
  • Freshmen students
  • Thesis writing
  • Research strategies
Tutor
Alex is a senior majoring in History and minoring in German Literature. his areas of research are social movements and political ideologies of the late 19th, early 20th Century. This is his fourth semester working at the Writing Commons. Because of his work in history, he is particularly experienced in research and chicago-style citation, and his work in german literature has made him experienced in grammar. His hobbies include music, reading, and tea.

Expertise:

  • Brainstorming/Developing Ideas
  • Thesis Building
  • ESL/Grammar
  • Research
Tutor

Hello all! I'm a senior conservation biology major. 

I play bass guitar and  many other instruments when I, ahem, "get down" in my spare time. You might ask yourself, "What does this guy know about writing?" You can rest assured that if we were in a session together I would ask you more questions that would lead you to the answer. However, since I have no idea who you are (yet!) allow me to explain. All disciplines require written communication. And believe me, I've taken quite the tour of various disciplines while in college.

I've had five majors ranging from mechanical engineering to religious studies. In that time, I've accumulated a sense of what works and what doesn't. The fundamental threads underlying all successful writing are clear thought and sufficient knowledge or data about which to think and write. In both my personal and professional life, I strive for this clarity of thought and I have developed some skill in assisting others to find it. In short, good writing comes from good thinking. Come and see me in the commons and we'll get to work!

Tutor

Emily B is a Junior English major who started working as a Writing Commons Tutor in Fall 2013. She is excited to be working at the Writing Commons and loves that she can help people improve their writing skills! Emily also helps with the International Conversation Hour on Wednesdays. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, going to parks, camping, kayaking, and watching netflix.

Tutor
Angie is a senior integrated language arts major and a student teacher at Chagrin Falls High School. This is her second semester at the Kent State Writing Commons. She worked with Stow High School’s writing center during the spring of 2013 and is currently working with Chagrin Falls High School’s writing center. After graduation in May 2014, Angie plans to teach high school English and journalism. Angie enjoys reading, writing, baking, cooking, fishing, and kayaking.

Expertise:

  • Brainstorming
  • Literary Analysis
  • Journalistic Writing/AP Style
  • Lesson Plan Writing
Tutor
Angela Di Giacomo is a senior double-majoring in English and TESL(Teaching English as a Second Language). She is also a part-time instructor for Kent State's ESL center. She received her TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification in Dresden Germany in Spring 2011, where she lived and and taught for a collective 16 months. Angela became a tutor upon returning to the U.S.A. After graduation, Angela intends to once again live and teach abroad. Her interests include world politics, reading, art, music, cooking D.i.Y. and a whole slew of other activities. Angela is a quiet and introspective listener with an eye for detail and organization.
Tutor
Jennifer is a Sophomore here at Kent State University and this is her second semester at the Writing Commons. She is majoring in finance, along with a minor in international business.

Expertise:

  • Brainstorming
  • Outlines
  • Organization
Tutor
Samantha began working as a tutor in the Writing Commons in the fall of 2013. She is a sophomore majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with minors in both Psychology and Nonprofit Studies. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she hopes to attend graduate school to study counseling. In her spare time, Samantha likes to read, watch Netflix, spend time on Pinterest, and hang out and laugh with friends.

Expertise:

  • Developing Ideas
  • Brainstorming
  • Thesis Development
  • Organization
Tutor
Erica is a Senior Middle Childhood Education major concentrating in the areas of Social Studies and Language Arts.  She also participates in Intercollegiate Track and Field for Kent State, specializing in the 400 meter run.  Athletics and academics keep her busy, but she very much enjoys spending time in the Writing Commons.  After graduating in December of 2014, Erica hopes to teach and coach track at an area school and ultimately wants to pursue a master’s degree in Counseling or Reading Specialization.

Expertise:

  • Brainstorming
  • Reverse Outline
  • Developing Thesis
Tutor
Zoe K. is a Sophomore Speech Pathology and Audiology major who began at the Writing Commons in Fall 2013.  She loves working with writers to help them find their own voices and experience empowerment. She also enjoys International Conversation Hour and learning about different cultures through the international students. In her spare time, Zoe enjoys singing, watching Netflix, and playing super heroes with her nephew.
Tutor
Mark is a Senior English Major and Writing Minor. This is his first semester as a tutor for the Writing Commons. An avid writer of poetry and prose, Mark is also the vice president of the KSU Writer's Workshop, an organization on campus for creative writers. Other than creative writing, Mark has also been involved with the Daily Kent Stater in the past as a columnist and copy editor. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing music, painting, and jogging.

Expertise:

  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Analysis
  • Grammar
Tutor

I am KaShala Smith, and I am a Junior English major with a Pan- African Studies minor here at Kent State. I am a McNair Scholar and a U.S. Army National Guard Soldier. I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in Reading Specialization in order to work with students with reading disabilities after college. My specialties are thesis building and brainstorming, and in my spare time, I enjoy reading and cooking.

Tutor

Tara is a senior majoring in public health. She is thinking about going to grad school for biostatistics. This is her second semester tutoring, and she is so grateful to be working with people every day! She loves listening to public radio, making breakfast, reading design blogs and watching Netflix.

Tutor

Devin is a Senior pursuing a degree in English with a minor in Writing. This is his second semester at the Writing Commons, having joined the facility in the Spring 2013 semester. This tutor's favorite pastimes include bargain hunting at second-hand bookstores, wasting time with videogames, and writing creatively. Devin cherishes the time he spends working with his fellow students at the Commons and aspires to go into every session with patience, thoughtfulness, and good cheer.

Expertise:

  • Creative Writing
  • Brainstorming
  • Outlining
  • Thesis Development
Tutor

Owen is an undergraduate student in the School of Communications. His main interests lie in the field of Public/Mass Communications as well as Public Speaking and Computer Mediated Communications. Currently, Owen serves the Writing Commons as a Manager and Mentor Tutor.

Office Assistant
Cat is a junior and a psychology major. She is from Cincinnati Ohio. Cat is interested in going to grad school for clinical psychology. This is her first semester her at the writing commons as an office assistant
Office Assistant
Joelle is currently the Office Assistant Mentor and is currently in her 5th semester at the Writing Commons. She is a graduate student in the area of Speech Pathology and plans to work in an elementary school after graduation. In her free time she enjoys everything related to Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, and wishing she had more free time.
Office Assistant
Hello! My name is Chelsea and I am a current Recreation, Parks, and Tourism major with a concentration in Parks Management. I would love to work in a National Park one day... I don't know which one, yet! Besides being in utter amazement with the natural world around me and how people interact with it or react to it, I enjoy reading, creative writing, and long naps. I have been working as an Office Assistant at the Writing Commons since Fall 2013.
Office Assistant
Kelsea is a junior Fashion Merchandising major with a Marketing minor. She enjoys working in The Writing Commons helping students navigate to their appointments.

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