Writing Center Director 


Jule Thomas 

About Jule: Jule Thomas has a Master's degree in Literature with a focus on 18th century women's writiers. She has a PhD on writing center theory, genre theory, composition theory, metacognition and transfer, and mixed methods methodology. When not teaching or working in the Writing Center, Jule loves to run, take spin classes, garden, paint, and hang out with her three boys, husband, and two dogs.

Strengths in Tutoring: Jule's strenght in tutoring are working with Graduate students, Master's students, and ESL students. Jule especially enjoys working with departments and faculty in order to develop instructor and student materials that support reading, research, and writing development.


Writing Center Assistant Director


Stephen Austin

About Stephen: Stephen's research interests include English and music.

Strengths in Tutoring: Writing Process, Critical Thinking, Reading, MLA format and citation, English from 1880 - 1970, Latin, and Music Theory.


ESL Tutor / Lecturer - English Language Institute


Holly Ruesch

About Holly: Holly is a Lecturer in the ELI at WSU. She has been teaching an advanced writing course for international students attending the ELI for the past twelve years and has been tutoring at the Writing Center for the past two years.

Strengths in Tutoring: Holly specializes in working with non-native speakers / writiers of English who need help organizing and expressing their ideas in English using correct grammar and vocabulary.


Graduate Tutors


Hassan  Abbas


About Hassan: Hi, I'm Hassan. I'm a MA student in English at Wayne. I enjoy biking around Detroit and Hamtramck, and planting herbs in the summer time. 

Strengths in Tutoring: APA, MLA, Scientific Writing, Nursing Papers, Film, Media, Literature, and Critical Theory.


Hillary Weiss

About Hillary: Hi People! I am in my third year of my PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. I research topics in writing program administration, composition pedagogy, and cultural rhetorics. My dissertation currently focuses on identity-based writing groups outside of university, specifically LGBTQ+ writing groups. In my "spare" time I sing, play guitar and Clash Royale, and hang out with my cat, Copper.

Strengths in Tutoring: Rhetoric and Composition, Literature, History, Gender and Sexuality studies, and Education.




Alex Biedenbach


About Alex: Having recently graduated from Wayne State with a Bachelor's in English, Alex is currenly excited to begin working towards her Master's in the fall. Alex's research interests include Children's Literature and the adaptations of literature into forms meant for children or younger audiences. Alex is a video game enthusiast and her favorite book is Moby Dick.

Strengths in Tutoring: MLA citation and format, Literary Analysis, Close Reading, Brainstorming, Creative Writing, Research Gathering, and Personal Statements,.


Connor Newton


About Connor: I am a graduate student in the Department of English. My master's thesis, a collection of linked essays, is primarily an excavation of Detroit's history, as well as my ancestral connections to the city, especially Flemish roots. My writing is also engaged with photography; Victorian and early 20th history and material culture, and the politics, meaning, and fragility of memory.

Strengths in Tutoring: Literacy, Cultural Studies,:Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Creative Writing, Personal Statements, MLA and APA formatting, and Business Writing.

Emma Fagan

 About Emma: I am currently studying English and Psychology, although I also love Film and Anthropology. I'm interested in music, cooking and poetry. At any given time I am in the middle of 7 to 8 books, all unfinished. 

Strengths in Tutoring: MLA / APA citation, Reading Comprehention, and Essay Writing.

Jacquelyn Azar

About Jacquelyn: I'm an English major with minors in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies, and Global studies. I am interested in creative writing, but also enjoy more technical forms of writing. My research interest lies in the ways writing and communication can uplift and unite us. 

Strengths in Tutoring: I am proficient in tutoring for the curriculum of ENG 1010 and 1020, Creative Writing, and Technical Writing.


Kaila Somerville

About Kaila: Hi, I'm Kaila and I recently graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor's degree in Secondrary Education. Besides teaching, I enjoy biking, camping, and going to concerts.

Strengths in Tutoring: MLA and APA format and citation styles, and Teaching Strategies to implement and writing process.


Phillip Zivku

 About Phill: I am a man of many hats. I find pleasure in learning about new developments in technology, consumer or industrial, and I especially enjoy the pracitacal application of knowledge. I aim to improve the quality of life of those I interact with. I find it relaxing to read about STEM, law, psychology, and digital media. I have a pet goat.

Strengths in Tutoring: APA, Law, Research Writing, Technology use, Presentation Writing, and STEM.

Sara Dassanayake

About Sara: Sara is interested in 20th century American Literature. She is also studying Russian and psychology.

Strengths in Tutoring: Personal Statments, APA Formatting, and Pre-Writing




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