People

CEW Consultants.

Our people are our greatest asset.  They form community.  Welcome to the conversation.  

Meet our consultants, or jump to our Leadership and Administration.

Sarah Sgro

Sarah values forming long-term working relationships with our writers, helping them develop not only their writing but their critical thinking and intellectual maturity as they pursue their degrees. Working closely with our current Featured Writer Anthony Liotta, Sarah, describes what she finds so rewarding in being a CEW consultant.

"I’ve been lucky enough to work with Anthony at all stages of the writing process. Most memorable for me have been our brainstorming sessions, where I’ve witnessed him critically revise and reorganize his ideas in real time. As a freshman, Anthony is incredibly ambitious, seeking out and taking on material typically assigned in graduate seminars. It’s been a joy to watch him enrich and apply his passion for political science while gaining newfound confidence as a reader and writer. I’m excited to continue working together in the future."

Sarah Sgro is a Ph.D. Student in English Literature at UB.

Like so many of our consultants, Sarah is inspired by you, the writer! Make an appointment with Sarah today.

Sarah Sgro.

Sarah was very good at explaining everything to me.  She really took the time to help me out, and I really appreciate it.

Consultants

Who are your consultants?  

All of our consultants are students!  We employ undergraduate, MA level, and PhD level consultants.  Undergraduate consultants have demonstrated particular success as academic writers.  They have been recommended by faculty and have received extensive training regarding how writers develop and how to help.  Our graduate level consultants are strong writers in a variety of disciplines, and many have experience in the teaching of writing.  CEW consultants engage in weekly professional development, always with the goal of being of most help to you, the writer.  (Your feedback is also vitally important for our continuous improvement!)

Check out the bios below to find a consultant who fits your needs - or just for fun!

My consultant offered suggestions on things to expand on and asked me questions that allowed me to think about my paper in a different way. I’m so grateful for her help! 

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PhD consultants

Alex S.

Alex S    Comparative Literature  

Alex’s research is focused on theories of knowledge and the concept of the self, particularly as they interact with Continental Philosophy and German Idealism. He enjoys techno music, the poetics of Jorge Luis Borges, and slowly learning the German language. Currently, he is having trouble trying to figure out why he likes Rothko paintings.

Amy G.

Amy G        English

Amy loves teaching science writing, and her current research focuses on the connections among different forms of popular genre fiction. Her other research interests include literary postmodernism, Derridean philosophy, the history of science, and animal studies. In her spare time, she's a dedicated cat whisperer.

Bella P.

Bella P        Theater

Bella currently holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. She was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Iowa, and taught Playwriting, Theater History, and Theater 101. She has also served as a teaching artist at Syracuse Stage, The Just Buffalo Literary Center, The Lancaster Opera House, and Road Less Traveled Productions. 

Ben K.

Ben K        CISL/TESOL        CEW TA

Ben has taught ESL to adult refugees through Adult Education programs. His primary research develops ESL literacy curricula. At the writing center, he loves when students come in with pre-writing questions and enjoys brain-storming. Ben has a small vegetable garden in his backyard where he grows many tasty veggies. He is trying to learn how to play the accordion too. While he loves both hobbies, his success has been mixed.

Botan D.

Botan D        Philosophy

Botan studies philosophy, and his main research interests are the nature of agency and reasoning. He also studied psychology as an undergraduate. Some of his non-academic goals are to produce electronic music, learn to speak German, and become an amateur astronomer. 

Advanced Training: Genre & Transfer Theory

Callie i.

Callie I        English

Advanced Training: Multilingual Support | Social Mediation | Genre & Transfer Theory

Cassandra S.

Cassandra S        English

Cassandra studies speculative fiction with a focus on race, gender, and class dynamics.  Hailing from North Dakota (one of the few places colder then Buffalo) she particularly enjoys photography, fashion, and roller derby.

Advanced Training: Multilingual Support | Social Mediation | Genre & Transfer Theory

Cassidy P.

Cassidy P        Classics

Cassidy studies Mediterranean archaeology.  In the summers, she excavates at the Etruscan site of Rofalco in Italy.  Her non-academic interests include watching the USWNT, cooking, and traveling.

Dana V.

Dana V       English                

Dana’s research interests include critical race theory, dance studies, performance, poetics and sound. Originally from New Jersey, she danced for most of her life, focusing primarily on tap and percussive movement. Before graduate school, Dana worked for education-based AmeriCorps programs as well as taught ESL classes.

Advanced Training: Multilingual Support

Eric V.

Eric V        English

Eric is interested in new ways of reading various avant-guard, experimental, and liminal textual practices, particularly those dealing with scientific discourses and atypical fiction writing methodologies. His dissertation focuses on the fiction of William S. Burroughs.

As a CEW consultant, he enjoys working on graduate-level papers, dissertations, and peer-reviewed articles in STEM fields.

Hannah F.

Hannah F        English        CEW TA

Hannah studies transatlantic nineteenth century literature. Her research focuses on the history of science and psychology, examining issues of embodiment and sensation. When not studying or teaching Hannah enjoys cooking, discovering new music, and watching too much Netflix.

Advanced Training: Multilingual Support | Fellowships & Scholarships

Jake S.

Jake S        English

Jake's research interests include nationalism and national identities in twentieth-century British and Irish fiction, literature and social sciences, transnational literature relating to migration, and film studies. He enjoys photography, visiting museums, biking, and cooking.

Advanced Training: Multilingual Support

Keenan P.

Keenan P        Archeology

Keenan's research concentrates on the European Iron Age and consists of Roman reuse of earlier sites. On campus, he is a part of the Anthropology Graduate Student Association. When he is not working on his own research in the library or in the field, he is preparing for his next section-hike on the Appalachian trail. His interests include long-distance hiking, traveling and finding another new foodie paradise in Buffalo.

Luke H.

Luke H        English        CEW TA

Luke's research is focused on public and private social formations in American modernism and realism, using methods and perspectives derived from political and social insights from psychoanalysis. When he’s not studying, he is revisiting the X-Files, cooking, watching films, and getting back into running.

Marta A.

Marta A        Comparative Literature

Marta studies transnational feminism, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. Before graduate school, she taught ESL and Polish classes in Europe and the US. Marta likes free writing, lake swimming, and moshing. She also enjoys train rides.

Matt C.

Matt C        English

Matt's interests include punk music, Otis Redding and the end of white supremacy. He has written an unpublished book on an 18th Century mystical Swede.

Advanced Training: Multilingual Support | Fellowships & Scholarships

Megan H.

Megan H        Comparative Literature

Megan studies French and English literature, trauma theory, feminist theory and psychoanalysis.  She teaches ENG105 and spends her free time in local cafés and bookstores.

Rhonda.

Rhonda R    English Education

Rhonda's research focuses upon writing development and instruction.  Her dissertation project examines how writing centers are a vantage point for student experience with writing assignments that can inform larger conversations in the field, especially related to genre adaptability and transfer.  She is obsessed with yoga and dogs.  

Ryan B.

Ryan B        English

Ryan’s research focuses on connections between interdisciplinary avant-gardes, 20th century music, and emerging technologies. Outside of academia, he particularly enjoys making music, traveling, haunting the halls of art museums, and petting dogs.

Advanced Training: Social Mediation

Sarah S.

Sarah S        English

Sarah holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Mississippi and is currently a Poetics student at UB. Her budding research interests include queer theory and gender studies, 20th-21st century experimental poetry, and early modern histories of the body. She carries a variety of protein-rich snacks in her very messy purse.

Shaowei H.

Shaowei H        English

Shaowei's current research interests include the eighteenth-century British novels, media study and translation theory. He is now working on his dissertation focusing on the fictional experience in the early Gothic fictions. During his spare time, he enjoys playing baseball and board games.

Advanced Training: Genre & Transfer Theory

Stephine H.

Stephine H       American Studies

Stephine holds a Master's degree in English and is currently pursuing a PhD in American Studies. Her research interests include Indigenous and Critical Race/Ethnic Studies, the Environmental Humanities, and Decolonial Methodologies with a particular focus on conversations and literature about climate change and the environment. She is also an avid science fiction and fantasy reader, and lover of all things Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones.

Taylor C.

Taylor C       American Studies

Taylor is a Cleveland native currently pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies. Her research interests explore the intersections of twentieth-century black nationalist movements in the U.S. and Afro-Latinx processes of identity-making. She also teaches Caribbean Studies at UB. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, binge-watching Netflix series, and spending time with her family.

Master's consultants

Lisa g.

Lisa G        TSEOL

 

Sam S.

Sam S      English                                                                       

Sam is an MA English student specializing in Modern British literature. Their research focuses on capital, psychoanalysis, and systems of control. Outside of school, Sam spends time writing creative non-fiction and making music.

Undergraduate consultants

Allie P.

Allie P        English

Allie studies Journalism, Social Justice, and Political Science. She is in the Thunder of the East Marching Band as a member of the Color Guard and a Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national band service fraternity. Her hobbies include singing and playing ukulele, crocheting, and watching movies. After graduating, she hopes to get a career in social justice and political activism.

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Rachel K        Psychology

Having transferred to UB after getting her Associate's from Cayuga Community College, Rachel has been with the CEW for almost a year, where she has found a welcoming community of other writers. As a psychology major, she takes a particular interest in the field of Biological Psychology, and would like to eventually work in an animal research lab. When she isn't studying or helping writers in the CEW, Rachel is either dancing, organizing and/or preparing for events as the President and one of the head coaches of UB Dancesport, a competitive ballroom dancing club on campus.

Sarah W.

Sarah W        History (UBTeach) / Classics

Sarah is from the City of Buffalo and is excited to continue her education at UB. She is a Welcome Weekend Leader and TA for CSE 199 at UB. She loves to discuss the Roman Empire on a daily basis with Tim Horton’s hot chocolate. Her hobbies include running, reading, working on her book and watching tons of Netflix. After graduation she hopes to teach World History in a high school.

Advanced Training: Multilingual Support | Social Mediation | Genre & Transfer Theory

Leadership and Administration

Rhonda Reid

Rhonda.

Director

Rhonda Reid has taught college writing for over twenty five years, and has also worked as a writer and editor in freelance and industry contexts. She has completed all coursework toward a PhD in English and is in the end stages of the doctoral program for English Education in Learning and Instruction specializing in writing instruction. She oversees the operations of the Writing Center and teaches Writing Center Theory & Practice, the preparation course for undergraduate consultants.  

Brandi Moses

Resource Manager

Eric VanLieshout

CEW TA

Patricia Chaudron

Site Supervisor

I mainly supervise the Writing Lab at 128 Capen.  

Advanced Training Designations

Multilingual Support

Our Multilingual specialists have completed a special course from the English Language Institute on working with non-native English speakers and the unique writing situations they face.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Our Fellowships & Scholarships specialists have extra training writing and preparing documents for undergraduate, graduate, and professional fellowships and scholarships. These specialists also coordinate with UB's Office of Fellowships & Scholarships.

Social Mediation

Our Social Mediation specialists have advanced training in listening to writers - not just the writing - and focusing on their position and needs as students, professionals, and people to help them write for their specific purposes.

Genre & Transfer Theory

Our Genre and Transfer specialists have advanced training in helping wiriters quickly and easily adapt their writing and writing skills to different genres and purposes. They help writers think about writing and rhetoric to quickly adapt their messages to different audiences.