Jule Thomas, director

Jule Thomas

About me

Jule Thomas has a master's degree in Literature with a focus on 18th century women's writiers. She has a Ph.D. 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.


Stephen Austin, assistant director

Stephen Austin

About me

Stephen graduated from Wayne State University with a double major in English and music with a minor in Journalism. His primary research interest is primarily early-to-mid 20th century literature, but also dips into early classical and up to proto-modern music, Roman history, and linguistics. He loves politics, his records, his cats, his piano, and his kitchen. 

Strengths in tutoring

All-things-writing process, critical thinking and reading, MLA and Chicago format and citation, English literature from 1850 to 1970, Latin, journalism, and music theory.




Graduate tutors

Michael Van Gundy

Michael Van Gundy

About me

Michael graduated from University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in history and minoring in political science. He is in his first year of the masters program in political science. He enjoys spending time with his dog, Theodore, as well as watching sports.

Strengths in tutoring 

Michael is most experienced with writing research-based papers and has a lot of experience working with Chicago Style formatting.





Amanda Akers, social work major

Amanda AkersAbout me

I am entering Wayne State for my master's in social work. I double-majored at Madonna University, where I obtained degrees in both Deaf Community studies and social work. I also worked at Madonna’s Writing Center for 4 of my five years there. I was also in leadership positions for two groups at Madonna, the Sign Language Studies Club and Cru. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, watching movies, baking/cooking, taking care of my dog, doing arts and crafts, and exercising.

Strengths in tutoring

Commas, sentence flow, graduate papers, and social work and American Sign Language papers.


K.M. Lewis, rhetoric and composition (English) major

K.M. LewisAbout me

I have a background in English and design, holding a degree in each field. My two biggest passions are teaching and writing, and I am currently pursuing my dream of becoming a professor so that I can help others better express their ideas and create change through writing. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, and sewing. I love doing community service and research aimed at helping underserved communities.

Strengths in tutoring

I love helping people with pre-writing- like organization, idea-generation, and paper-mapping. I think that starting out with a strong plan can help writers avoid a lot of the more frustrating parts about writing. I am also good at helping others clarify their writing. I’m happy to help however I am needed because it is important to me that others feel good about the writing process.


Nariman Hawily, English major

Nariman HawilyAbout me

Nariman graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with undergraduate degrees in English and communication. She is currently working on her M.A. in English and would eventually like to earn her Ph.D. In her free time, Nariman enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family.  

Strengths in tutoring

Nariman specializes in MLA format, grammar and mechanics, the writing process, and more. She is also fluent in Arabic and English.

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