Faculty & Staff Consultations
The Writing Center is for everyone, and that includes faculty and staff.
Our Writing Program faculty consultants can work with any faculty or staff member on any writing project or writing pedagogy issue, from clarifying the argument in a journal mansuscript to commenting on student papers in effective ways.
All consultations are synchronous, 45-minute conversations, either online in Zoom or face-to-face in the Anderson Academic Commons.
Faculty consultants ask questions, read through parts of your project with you, share perspectives, and serve as sounding boards; they can help to identify relevant resources and provide regular check-ins to keep faculty and staff writers on track. They don't pre-read or edit but rather work with you to make progress on your project.
Writing Pedagogy Consultations
Faculty consultants can share expertise in writing pedagogy, including creating and scaffolding assignments, integrating writing-to-learn activities, developing rich commenting practices, and finding small ways to teach writing when writing is not the subject of the class.
Questions? Write to Dr. Juli Parrish, Writing Center Director, at email@example.com
Making an appointment for a faculty or staff consultation is easy!
Our Faculty Consultants
Prof. Russell Brakefield
I am a writer, editor, and writing professor. Along with my teaching and writing interests outlined below, I am passionate about poetry, music, and environmental studies.
Pedagogy: I have experience teaching first year writing, research methods, creative writing, and literature at multiple institutions with a diverse range of student populations. My courses at DU have focused specifically on writing about the arts and developing research projects around issues of environmental justice. I also have experience supporting student writing and designing writing curriculum for science and engineering courses, creative writing courses, and in a variety of other disciplines.
Writing: My own writing and research focus largely on poetry and poetics. My work as an editor for literary publications has also allowed me to support creative writing work in a variety of genres and contexts. That said, I have experience supporting writing and research projects in a wide range of disciplines and am excited to work with faculty from across campus.
Prof. Kamila Kinyon
I have been a Writing Program faculty member since 2006. I am originally Czech and have a doctorate in Comparative Literature (Slavics Studies emphasis) from the University of Chicago. Coming from an immigrant family, I am interested in immigration, cultural diversity, and multilingualism. I have an MA in TESOL/linguistics and taught ESL for many years before turning to the teaching of first-year composition.
Pedagogy: I have provided workshops in the past on topics such as designing writing assignments, commenting student writing, and facilitating peer reviews. As a former ESL teacher, I am also ready to share my background in world Englishes and in how to respond to multilingual students’ work. In 2008, I co-authored a Writing Program “best practices” document on this subject, and I have led workshops for Writing Center consultants about how to work with non-native speakers of English. More generally, as an experienced writing teacher, I would be happy to work with you on any aspect of your courses.
Writing: Most of my own publications are in literary criticism, including close reading of texts by Karel Capek, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Milan Kundera, and Karel Hynek Macha. More recently, I have focused on pedagogical projects. I am co-author of a forthcoming article for Annals of Anthropological Practice about the work of the DU Ethnography Lab. I would be happy to provide feedback on work to be submitted for publication, whether scholarly articles, fiction, or creative non-fiction. Given my background in working with multilingual writers, I also welcome non-native speakers of English to bring in writing for revisions in style, grammar, or rhetorical efficiency.
Prof. Geoff Stacks
Geoff has been a faculty member in the Writing Program for 15 years. He earned his Ph.D. in American literature and loves teaching writing and rhetoric and literature. He also occasionally gets to go birdwatching at local city and state parks.
Pedagogy: Writing is an important part of the classes Geoff teaches, and he always enjoys leaning how other professors, especially professors in other disciplines, incorporate writing into their assignments and learning objectives.
Writing: Geoff is a curious and careful reader and listener. He loves to help as a sounding board for people working on all kinds of writing projects.
Prof. Aubrey SchiavoneA teacher-scholar with a zest for life. First-gen colIege student. Dog lover. Bluegrass fan.PedagogyI have expertise in integrating social media and multimedia projects into the classroom as well as assigning undergraduate research projects both qualitative and quantitative. I am also happy to talk about designing and evaluating writing assignments of any kind.WritingI have previously supported faculty writing article and book-length projects as well as grant proposals. My own research expertise is on first-generation college students' transitions to college, but I am happy to meet with faculty working in a variety of disciplines, topics, and methodologies. I have also coached faculty on creating a more sustainable research and writing practice through strategic planning, goal setting, and incremental writing.
Prof. Kara Taczak
Professor Kara Taczak is a teacher scholar in the Writing Program and the current co-editor of Composition Studies. Her research centers on composition theory and pedagogy, specifically teaching for transfer and reflection. Taczak’s upcoming work will appear in Writing Spaces, International Journal of Work-Integrated (IJWIL), and Composition Forum. Based on her transfer research, she been invited to give workshops at institutions across the country, and thus has worked with faculty from across the disciplines on building and developing effective writing activities and assignments into their curricula.
Pedagogy: Professor Taczak is most interested in consulting with faculty to help with rhetorical strategies for writing in either undergraduate or grad classes. She is available to talk with faculty about everything from low-stakes writing activities to high-stakes writing assignments as well as incorporating reflective writing activities and assignments into the curriculum.
Writing: Professor Taczak is available to discuss moving conference presentations into articles, drafting articles for publication, and navigating book proposals.