Our administrative staff members train Writing Consultants, teach courses, develop curriculum, research and publish in Rhetoric and Composition, initiate new programs, answer questions about Center policies and practice, and maintain the day-to-day operations of the Center.
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 and, more importantly, excellent teachers of writing. 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:
Sulaiman Ahmad is an MA student in the Department of English pursuing a concentration in Hemispheric and Transnational Studies. His research broadly surrounds postcolonial theory, Lacanian psychoanalysis, Marxist theory, Africana Studies, and affect theory. Outside of academics, Sulaiman enjoys making music and studying the mechanics of both guitar amplifiers and pedals.
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.
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.
Rocío Mendoza is a doctoral student pursuing a degree in the School of Educational Studies with an emphasis in higher education. Her research focuses on the retention, persistence, and graduate school pathways of Chicanx-Latinx college students and the role institutional contexts play in facilitating (or hindering) their academic success. Prior to coming to CGU, Rocío worked with several academic programs that support historically underrepresented students of color (i.e., TriO Upward Bound, McNair, Educational Opportunity Program, and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program).
Brittany Merson is a PhD student in Applied Cognitive Psychology. Her research interests include memory, cognitive control, and applying cognitive theories to health behavior. Brittany received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from UC Davis, where she also completed a minor in Comparative 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 Center for Writing & Rhetoric since 2013, and she also teaches in the Writing Program at the University of La Verne. When she isn't reading for her dissertation, 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.
Sumana is a PhD student in Positive Developmental Psychology. She received her MSc in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Baroda and her BA (Honors) in Psychology from Christ University, India. Her current research interests include daily life experiences of adolescents and emerging adults, the phenomenology of boredom, cultural psychology, and Indian psychology. She has also worked as a Research Fellow at Azim Premji University, Indian, on their Early Childhood Education initiative. Apart from her academic interests, she also enjoys Origami, theater, reading, and listening to rock music.