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.

Consultants

Who are your consultants?  

All of our consultants are students!  We employ undergraduate, MA level, and PhD level consultants. While our consultants come from a variety of disciplines and are at different stages of their academic journeys, they share one thing in common: they are passionate about their own development as writers, and they find working with hardworking, engaged fellow writers to be very rewarding work. 

Undergraduate consultants take a semester-long preparation course for working at the Center in which they look at theories of learning and writing development, as well as practical strategies for helping writers.  

Many of our graduate consultants have experience and coursework related to teaching or help us to extend our disciplinary knowledge about writing.  

Our goal is that our CEW community be as diverse as our student community. That means we love to hire students from different racial, ethnic, linguistic, national, socioeconomic, and gender backgrounds.  Consultants who have experience overcoming adversity, coping with learning differences, studying outside of their native languages, add to our overall understanding of how to best support all UB writers. 

CEW consultants regularly share perspectives and learn new concepts and skills through our active professional development program.  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! 

Every consultant has different ways of writing and every consultant provides different values and it is important to have different opinions. Overall, every consultant provides different values for my writing.

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.

Allie P.

Allie P        English

Allie studies 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 plans to go to law school and study civil rights law.

Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers

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.

Andy L.

Andy L        English

Born and raised in Western New York, Andy has taught writing classes at universities in the Buffalo area for the past five years. His research interests include American and Native American literature and, more broadly, the relationship between literature and history. Andy's two great passions are hockey and birding, and given the Buffalo Sabres' record over the past decade, he's been doing a lot of birding.

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Anna P        English

Anna is an undergraduate english major and is finishishing up her junior year. Anna is an avid book, movie and tv show lover. She also loves animals and has many unique ones including her pet snake. She enjoys connecting with other students especially through their writing. 

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

ariana n.

Ariana N        English

Ariana Nadia Nash is a poet and a PhD student in the English department. Her primary research examines the long history of realism in American poetry. Her first collection of poetry, Instructions for Preparing Your Skin, won the 2011 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. She has an MFA from UNC Wilmington and an MA from University of Chicago and previously taught at both institutions. Her editorial experience includes copyediting for Encyclopaedia Britannica, editing novels for Kayser Pierce Literary Agency, and freelance editing academic articles, dissertations, novels, poetry manuscripts, and many other books. You can read more about her and her poetry at ariananadianash.com.

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

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. 

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

Callie studies narrative ethics and/in contemporary US literature, with particular interest in phenomenology & theories of reading, ethical philosophy, and post-postmodernism & post-90s fiction. She has taught college writing & literature courses for 8 years. In her free time, she enjoys museums, horror films & point-and-click adventure games.

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.

Preferred pronouns: he/him/his

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Grace V        Neuroscience

Grace is planning on studying neuroscience and wants to pursue a PhD in the field. She is very passionate about mental health and hopes to one day work to develop new medications and techniques to manage the symptoms associated with mental illness. In her free time, she enjoys making new friends with the students and staff at UB. She has enjoyed writing her entire life and is ecstatic to work for the Center.

Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers

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.

lauren f.

Lauren F        UB Teach Enlglish Education

Lauren studies English Education and counseling with of hopes of becoming a high school English teacher. She appreciates making connections and assisting fellow UB students, and has focused her time here heavily on these ideals. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places in Buffalo, the gym, and facetiming her dog.

Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers

lilli b.

Lillian B        English & Criminology

Lilli studies English and Criminology with the intention to further her education in law school. She is passionate about social justice and hopes to be a part of positive social change as she moves forward in her education and career. In between classes and studying Lilli enjoys running, rewatching the Twilight Saga, and anything to do with true crime.

Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers

Luke H.

Luke H        English

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

maya p.

Maya P        English Education

Maya is a part of the UB Teach program, studying English Education with the intent of becoming a high school English teacher. She has a background in working with non-native English speakers and is interested in learning about diverse perspectives while making important interpersonal connections. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and writing poetry.

Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers

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.

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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.

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.  

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

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

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.

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.

Sarah W.

Sarah W        History (UBTeach); minor in Classics

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

Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers

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

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.

Preferred pronouns: he/him/his

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.

Leadership and Administration

Rhonda Reid

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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

Graduate Assistant & Assistant Director

Shao-wei Huang

Graduate Assistant

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.