Our administrative staff members organize events, schedule appointments, help clients find writing resources, and answer questions about Writing Center services.
Director: Dr. Mark Pedretti
Assistant Director: Dr. Greer MurphyAdministrative Assistant: Lauren Morrison
Our Writing Consultants are students from programs across CGU who are excellent writers. They have been writing at the graduate school level for at least one year and come highly recommended by their professors. All have had training in tutoring methods. Most have college teaching experience, and some are writing their Ph.D. dissertations. For more information about our Consultants, follow the bios below:
Kristen Brownell is a PhD student in the English Department with an emphasis in American literature and literary ecology. She earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of California, Riverside and her BA in English from the University of California, Irvine. Kristen has taught Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Introduction to Creative Writing as well as literature survey courses. She is currently in the process of publishing her memoir, The Vegas Diaries, which was her thesis project at UCR.
Ashley is an MA student in CGU's literature program, where she is an ardent lover of modern and postmodern poetry and fiction. Her primary research interests are in twentieth-century literature and religion. In addition to her research, Ashley has experience teaching Spanish as a second language and English as a foreign language. Since coming to CGU, she has worked at the Writing Center for six months. When she's not engaged in her literary and professional pursuits, she is either scouting out the best chilaquiles in LA, planning her next trip overseas, or fearlessly singing Fleetwood Mac at any (and every) karaoke bar.
Kelly Eisenbrand is an MA student in the CGU English Department. Her research interests include early modern literature and rhetoric. She received her bachelor's in Political Science (Law and Public Policy) from California Lutheran University and has coached/competed in debate and public speaking since 2012.
Francesca is a doctoral student in the Department of English at CGU, where she also received her MA in English. Her primary research interests are in Victorian literature, the rise of the novel, and gender studies. She joined the CGU Writing Center staff in 2012, and she most recently completed teaching the Foundations in Graduate Writing and Presenting summer course at CGU. She enjoys working with peers at any stage of the writing process and loves to discuss writing and revision strategies.
Megan is currently preparing for her qualifying exams as a PhD student in English with an emphasis in early modern studies. Her research interests focus on early modern anxieties surrounding long-term illness and mental illness but she enjoys dabbling in oddities throughout the period. She has a background in English literature as well as TESOL and has taught college writing at University of La Verne since 2013. Before moving to California, Megan taught in an intensive English program at the University of Northern Iowa and spent a summer teaching English at Donguang University of Technology in Dongguang China. Outside of teaching writing and literature Megan enjoys those rare days she can turn off her alarm clock and binge-watch a scandalous television series Netflix or do something touristy around the LA area.
Ashley Johnson-Ingels is a second-year MA student in the English Department. Drawing from her undergraduate degree in Music Education, her current research focus connects the literary and the operatic within the context of the early 20th century. Ashley has taught students from six weeks to adults in her work as a music teacher, as a Writing Fellow, and a Writing Consultant. She enjoys working with students from all disciplines, cultures, and interests, and in all stages of the writing process.
Michael Kemp is currently a second-year student in the MA of Philosophy program. He previously received his BA in Music with an Industry emphasis and has four years of previous tutoring under his belt. In his free time, you can find him writing music with his band or on the badminton court.
Ruth Kim is a master's student in the English department at CGU and her primary interests are in Victorian literature. She completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University in English literature with an emphasis on Literature and Culture. She has since been abroad, working mainly in the education field. These experiences include teaching, curriculum planning, and research and development.
Alyssa is a doctoral student in the Department of English at CGU, where she also received her MA in English. Her primary research interests are in Modernist and Irish literature as well as alternative forms of communication created through the intersection of culture, language, and literature. She joined the CGU Writing Center staff as a consultant and the student administrative assistant in 2015.
Jung-Hsien Lin is a doctoral student in the Department of Cultural Studies and received her MA in English. Her research focuses on the psychoanalytic theory of love, perversion, and desire, specifically the ways of which they triangulate human subjectivity.
Leila Logue is a PhD student in the English department. She received her BA in Film Studies and Philosophy from the University of Southern California and her MA in Film Studies from New York University. Her research interests include late 19th- to early 20th-century American literary studies, critical theory, and the relationship between film and literature.
Troy Mikanovich is a doctoral student pursuing an interfield degree in religion and American politics at Claremont Graduate University. His research interests include secularization, the religious opposition to state ideology, and the responsibilities of religious studies as a discipline. Before coming to CGU, he received a BA in astrophysics from UC Berkeley and an MA in religion and social theory from the Graduate Theological Union.
Lauren is a doctoral student in literature at CGU, where she also completed her MA in English. Her primary research areas are nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. She has worked at the Writing Center since 2013, and she also teaches in the Writing Program at the University of La Verne. When she isn't reading for her qualifying exams, she is probably painting portraits of her miniature schnauzer.
Mark Rinella is a doctoral student in Social Psychology at CGU, where he also received his MA in Social Psychology. His research focuses on how different identity related motivations influence the marginalization of group member. Mark currently manages the Social Identity Lab and serves as part-time lecturer at Cal State LA.
Benjamin Smith is a second-year PhD Economics student. He spent a summer in the Dominican Republic working in a Microfinance department and has been fascinated ever since by the concept of Microloans and their helping to eradicate poverty and bring economic opportunity. He wants to focus his research on Developmental Economics at the Micro-level. He is passionate about teaching and is thrilled to be working at the Writing Center and partnering with students to make their papers the best they can be.
Au Vo is a PhD Student in Information Systems and Technology. His current research interest is in health care, data analytics, and spatial analytics. Information Systems and Technology is inherently a trans-disciplinary fields; thus, Au has experience working with manuscripts from different fields such as business, information technology, economics, and psychology. Au can offer insights to qualitative/quantitative/design science research methods if needed.
Marcus Weakley is an Interfield PhD student in the departments of Philosophy and Religion. His interests are in the philosophies of subjectivity and language, epistemology and ethics.
Grayson Hough is a MA student in the CGU History department. His research interest is the intersection between social and sports history, and learning how society and sport have shaped each other in the American experience. He is also interested in environmental history. Grayson received his BA in History and English from UC Davis in 2014 before starting at CGU.