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ASC About Us: WCSS Faculty Team

Jolan Bishop, MA, MAT, MEd

Jolan BishopResearch Interests:  Using student media/voices for social change
Social Change Interests:  Parental leave
Joined Walden: 2017
Location:  Iowa
About Jolan: I have been teaching college English since 2003 and started teaching online in 2008.  I earned my MA in English at Youngstown State University, my MAT in Secondary Teaching from Kaplan University, and my MEd in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.  In addition to teaching, I enjoy writing and spending time with my husband and daughters.  I am also a Girl Scout troop leader and YMCA youth sports coach.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Jonathan Cardew, MFA

Research Interests: Short Fiction, literary editing, and technology in composition
Social Change Interests: Service learning in the composition classroom
Joined Walden: April 2017
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
About Jonathan Cardew: I have taught English, Writing, Creative Writing, TEFL, and ESl in the UK, Spain, the USA, and South Korea. As a published short fiction writer and editor for Connotation Press, I am particularly interested in creative writing and publication development. In addition to my creative work, I have delivered academic presentations on managing a student-led magazine and using short flash fiction writing exercises in the composition classroom. Originally from England, I live now in Wisconsin with my wife and two daughters. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Melissa Carr, MA, MA, MS

Melissa CarrResearch Interests: Rhetoric and composition
Social Change Interests: Animal welfare/animal rescue
Joined Walden: 2016
Location: Tennessee
About Melissa:  I have taught college English for 18 years and have taught college English classes online for 15 of those years.  I hold advanced degrees in English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Professional and Technical Communication. I have a special interest and expertise in the discipline of rhetoric and composition and enjoy helping writing students to unravel the writing process, which allows them to participate more fully and effectively within their communities. I have served as a subject matter expert for the development of composition courses and have worked as a GRE (Graduate Record Exam) essay rater and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) essay rater for the Educational Testing Service. I live in Tennessee with my husband, son, and many rescue pets.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Jaclyn Chupeck, MA

Image: Hillary Wentworth

Research Interests: 19th and 20th Century British and American literature and humor prose writing of Langston Hughes

Social Change Interests:  Increasing the awareness and application of code shifting in college/academic writing and increasing reading abilities     

Joined Walden: 2016

Location: Upstate New York

About Jaclyn: I have been teaching both in the online and face-to-face classrooms for the past 6 years.  Before starting to teach, I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Loyola University Chicago, and from there, went to work on a Master of Arts in English from the State University of New York at Oswego.  While studying there, I was also the Writing Center coordinator, which is where I learned how to hone and polish my own teaching skills for student writers.  After earning my first master’s degree, I taught as an adjunct instructor at local universities in the Upstate New York region for 2 years.  I am currently completing a PhD in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  In tandem with my PhD, I am also working on another master’s degree, this time in Higher Education with an emphasis on teaching online.       

My three greatest passions are teaching, reading, and writing, but I also love to travel, craft, paint, and spend time with my nieces and nephews.  I currently live in Upstate New York with my husband and three Russian Blue cats. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Donna Connolly, PhD

Donna Connolly, Ph.D.Social Change Interests: Equality/human rights for women, children, minorities
Joined Walden: Sept 2014
Location: Colorado
About Donna: I’ve been involved in higher education for thirty years and am passionate about the importance of thinking and writing well. I served in the Air Force for twenty years, spending two tours teaching in the English Department at the Air Force Academy. I've held a variety of administrative positions in higher ed and have taught writing and literature courses at a number of different colleges and universities, both face-to-face and online. My academic degrees are all in English: BA from Wheeling Jesuit University, MA from the University of Tennessee, and PhD from the University of Notre Dame.

Currently Teaching:

Patrick Dunn, PhD

Picture of PatResearch Interests: Health literacy, health technology, and cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation
Social Change Interests: Developing better methods of teaching patients how to manage their health
Joined Walden: Became a Walden student in 2011; GA in the Academic Skills Center, 2012; Contributing faculty, 2016
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
About Pat: I have worked in the field of cardiac rehabilitation as an exercise physiologist, program director, and educator for the past 32 years.  I have worked extensively with the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association on strategies for helping patients manage their health.  I currently work for the American Heart Association in the Center for Health Technology and Innovation and am Contributing Faculty in the College of Health Sciences.  I live in Fort Worth, Texas with my wife and 3 children.

Currently teaching:

  • WCSS 8900/8901 - Statistics and SPSS Skills Seminar for Doctoral Students

Katherine Emmons, PhD

Image: Katherine EmmonsResearch Interests:  Children’s literature, family literacy, environmental education, international education
Social Change Interests: environment, literacy, diversity
Joined Walden:  2007
Location: California
About Kate: I have taught online since 2000, and have chaired over twenty dissertation committees.  My passion with my work at Walden is helping see graduate writing projects take shape — I especially enjoy seeing those first seeds of research ideas get planted and grow to completion. I have multidisciplinary and international experience, and have lived in Germany, Jamaica, Belize, Middle East, and South Africa.  My husband and I still love to experience living other countries, and primarily split our time between our homes in Southern California and Cape Town, South Africa. I love creative writing, especially for children, as much as I love academic writing. My current research explores the literacy experiences of Arab teacher education students. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 3100/3100U/3101 - Skills for Academic Integrity
  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References

Bridget Ann Fahey, PhD

Bridget FaheyResearch Interests: Teaching and learning with technology; writing program administration; and visual communication
Social Change Interests: Equal access to education and resources; mental health awareness; gender equality
Joined Walden: 2016
Location: Iowa
About Bridget:  I have been tutoring or teaching composition, professional communication, and web-based writing at the college level for more than 20 years. I have served as a university professor, adviser, and faculty mentor, and worked as freelance editor and writer.  I attained a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University and an M.A .in Teaching Writing and Literature from George Mason University. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Lisa Ferguson, PhD

Research Interests:  Gender Studies; Vietnam War literature; Iraq War literature
Social Change Interests:  Gender equality; affordable education; autism awareness
Joined Walden:  2016
Location:  Kentucky
About Lisa:  As a Contributing Faculty member, I teach Graduate Writing I and II in the Walden Center for Academic Excellence (WCSS). Before coming to Walden, I worked as an English Professor at Polk State College in Lakeland, Florida.  I received my MA from Western Kentucky University and my Ph.D. from the University of Alabama.  My research interests have always centered around the treatment of gender in various works, with an emphasis in war literature.  I have published several articles on the subject in the Journal of Research in Gender Studies and War, Literature, & the Arts.  

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Benjamin Foster, PhD

Research Interests: Rhetoric/Composition, African American Literature, and Contemporary American Lit. 
Social Change Interests: Education Accessibility and Equality
Joined Walden: 2017
Location: Portland, OR
About Ben: I have been teaching English for 17 plus years. I love working with students, hearing their ideas, and learning about writing with them. I completed my dissertation on the contemporary African American novel, and I have completed additional work on authors William Faulkner, Langston Hughes, Suzan-Lori Parks and other twentieth century authors. I currently live in Oregon with my wife, and I love watching the Chicago Bears in my free time. My PhD is from Southern Illinois University. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Christy Fraenza, PhD

Christy Fraenza, Ph.D.Research Interests: cultural differences in online learning; imposter phenomenon; first-generation college students
Social Change Interests: animal protection; equal pay
Joined Walden: 2015
Location: Pennsylvania
About Christy: As a contributing faculty member within the Academic Skills Center, I enjoy supporting doctoral students as they work to complete their dissertations. I have my PhD in General Psychology (Educational Track) from Walden. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, painting ceramics, and spending time with my family and many pets.

Currently Teaching:

Joseph Gredler, PhD

Image: Joe Gredler

Research Interests: Exploring students’ preferences for instructor feedback and ways in which instructor practices and student preferences can be better aligned; testing feedback interventions to determine whether skill development is affected by certain feedback strategies.
Social Change Interests: Improving feedback practices to promote students’ writing skill development and enhance their academic outcomes; working with Walden faculty to ensure quality writing instruction and student support. 
Joined Walden: 2005.
Location: Minnetonka, MN. 
About Joe: I’m a dissertation editor in Walden’s Writing Center and lead faculty for courses in the Academic Skills Center. I recently served as subject matter expert in developing the curriculum for the Skills in Academic Integrity course. My teaching experience includes writing and literature courses at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and DeVry University. I also spent 6 years as an editor for Meadowbrook Press where I worked primarily on parenting books. I enjoy cycling, reading fiction, and spending time with my teenage daughters.

Currently Teaching:

Anna Grigoryan, EdD

Picture of AnnaResearch Interests: feedback in online writing instruction; affordances and applications of digital technologies to instructor feedback and faculty professional development
Social Change Interests: Social equality, human rights, equal pay for women
Joined Walden: 2017
Location: Los Angeles, California
About Anna: I completed an Ed.D. in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University in 2015. My dissertation research focused on using audio-visual tools and evidence-based approaches to feedback to enhance online students’ revision practices.
I have over ten years of experience teaching English and academic reading and writing to diverse students in Kazakhstan, Turkey, Brazil, the U.S., and the United Arab Emirates. Having worked with diverse students and faculty in online, hybrid, and international learning environments, I am passionate about helping doctoral students achieve their academic and professional goals through effective scholarly writing.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

George Guida, PhD

Image: George GuidaResearch Interests: Creative writing, poetry, fiction, American studies, ethnic studies, immigration studies, humor, composition, online learning
Social Change Interests: The environment, labor equity, immigration reform
Joined Walden: 2012
Location: New York
About George Guida: I am a teacher and author of eight books and many shorter pieces of writing, including essays, stories, poems, plays and reviews. In addition to teaching at Walden, I teach at New York City College of Technology, where I am Professor in English and a past Scholar on Campus. I live on Long Island and in Western New York State with my wife and son. My hobbies include gardening, fishing and exercise.

Currently Teaching:

Maurene Hinds, MFA

Picture of Maurene Research Interests: Children's Literature, Creative Writing, Nonfiction, Online Learning 
Social Change Interests: Women's/Children's/LGBT/Animal Rights 
Joined Walden: 2017
Location: Southwest Montana
About Maurene: I have been teaching and writing for 11 years, online and in the classroom, helping students reach their academic and professional goals. In addition to teaching, I've developed writing coursework and have authored nearly a dozen books, mostly for young readers, in addition to a broad range of freelance projects. My education includes an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College; a B.A. from Montana State University; a post-graduate certification in writing pedagogy from Antioch University LA; and two professional resume writing certifications. When I'm not at the computer, I enjoy getting outside hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the beautiful scenery that Montana offers.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Brenda Hudson, PhD

Brenda HudsonResearch Interests: writerly self-efficacy; effective scientific communication
Social Change Interests: strengthening youth self-esteem through expressive writing
Joined Walden: 2011
Location: Minnesota
About Brenda: I am lead faculty of Walden University’s Doctoral Writing Workshop series. I have a PhD in rhetoric and scientific communication from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University. I have worked as a journalist at the BBC World Service Television in London, England, and at NBC News in London and New York. Since returning to the Midwest, I have worked as a medical writer at the University of Minnesota and at the medical device company Medtronic, and as a dissertation editor at Walden University. I enjoy working with students and helping them articulate their research projects.

Currently Teaching:

 

Martin Hyatt, MFA

Image of MartinResearch Interests: American Literature, Interdisciplinary Arts, Research Methodology, Creative Process
Social Change Interests: Working-Class Issues, LGBT Rights
Joined Walden: 2017
Location: NYC
About Martin: I am a Louisiana native now living in NYC. For over ten years, I have been teaching at various colleges and universities. I have also been a Chairperson and Founding Writing Center Director. I greatly enjoy helping diverse students strengthen their writing identities My new novel, Beautiful Gravity, was recently named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association and has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. My first novel, A Scarecrow's Bible, received the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. Through my writing and teaching, I strive to bring awareness to under-represented populations.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Patrick Jackson, MFA

Research Interests: American Literature (specifically since 1945), contemporary fiction, critical theory and pedagogy
Social Change Interests: Educational access for low-income or less privileged students
Joined Walden: 2016
Location: New York
About Patrick: I am joining Walden University as an online instructor for the Graduate Writing I and II courses. Currently, I am enrolled in a PhD program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for English Literature and Criticism and I just finished my first term. Prior to Walden University, I was the Chair of Arts and Sciences for a small college in Queens as well as a visiting professor of English for DeVry University in Manhattan. I live in Syracuse, New York with my wife and our one-year old son.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Zeke Jarvis, PhD

Image of ZekeResearch Interests:  Creative writing, contemporary fiction, Native American fiction.
Social Change Interests:  Racial equality, LGBT rights, erasure of class divisions, women's rights
Joined Walden: 2016
Location: Normal, Illinois
About Zeke: I earned my PhD in English from UW-Milwaukee in 2008. I'm also an Associate Professor at Eureka College. My creative work has appeared in a number of magazines, including Cicada, Moon City Review, and Posit. My books include So Anyway... (Robocup Press), In The Family Way (Fomite Press), and Lifelong Learning (ELJ Editions). He lives in central Illinois, with his wife and daughter. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Catherine Kelly, PhD

Catherine KellyResearch Interests:  Sociolinguistics, media studies
Social Change Interests: Language access, media portrayals
Joined Walden: 2016
Location: Maryland
About Catherine: I am a contributing faculty member at the Walden Center for Academic Excellence.  Teaching is my passion, and I have experience teaching a variety of English and communication courses.  I have also assisted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties with creating and analyzing government materials related to language access and disability access.  I recently earned my PhD in English and also hold an MA in Corporate and Public Communication, a BA in Journalism, and an AA in Communication.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching superhero movies, and lounging with my family.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Esther Lahargoue, JD

Esther Lahargoue was born and raised in the Netherlands and Australia, but completed her undergraduate and graduate degree here in the United States.  She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in foreign languages from Purdue University and a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School.  She has traveled extensively and is fluent in a number of languages.  Professionally, she has spent the last two decades in the education arena.  Esther has held a variety of positions in university administration and in the classroom.  When at home, she enjoys going to the beach for a leisurely stroll, or packing a simple dinner to have on the sand at sunset.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 3100/3100U/3101 - Skills for Academic Integrity
  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6100/6101 - Critical Thinking and Logic
  • WCSS 6150/6151 - Graduate Writing for Non-Native English Speakers
  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References
  • WCSS 6300/6301 - Advanced Reading Strategies
  • WCSS 6400/6401 - Succeeding on Academic and Professional Exams
  • WCSS 6500/6501 - Effective Assignment Strategies
  • WCSS 6600/6601 - Effective Essay Strategies
  • WCSS 8350/8351 - Writing a Literature Review

Lydia Lunning, MA

Image: Lydia LunningLydia Lunning joined the Walden Writing Center in 2012, with a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Minnesota, a bachelor’s from Oberlin College, and years of experience teaching writing at the college level at both the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In addition, she has worked as a freelance editor and as part of the editorial staff at Cricket Magazine Group.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References

Sarah MacDonald, MA, ABD

Research Interests: Life writing, women’s literature, and Victorian literature
Social Change Interests: Women’s rights, literacy, and the environment
Joined Walden: 2017
Location: Illinois
About Sarah: I have been teaching a variety of composition and literature courses online since 2007. I truly love the community aspect of teaching and the encouragement that everyone can receive to achieve their goals. My research interests focus on giving voice to works that have been traditionally ignored due to the writer’s class and gender. I currently live in southern Illinois with my husband and two children. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Jason Macleod, MFA

Research Interests: teaching writing via distance learning; developmental writing; creative writing

Social Change Interests: teaching writing to incarcerated populations; improving literacy

Joined Walden: 2016

Location: Maine
About Jason: As a contributing faculty member, I have over 10 years of experience teaching writing at the university level. I hold a Master of Arts (MA) in English from Iowa State University as well as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. My writing has appeared in The North American ReviewThe Atlanta ReviewThe Maine Review and other journals. I have also completed literary residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. I greatly enjoy working with adult learners as they become more effective writers.  

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Heidi Marshall, EdD

Image: Heidi MarshallResearch Interests: Adult learning, higher education, adult behavior change, leadership
Social Change Interests: Communication and technology access, fitness and body image
Joined Walden: 2007
Location: Minnesota
About Heidi: I have my Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing and my Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education and Adult Learning. I have worked for Walden in a variety of capacities for the past seven years, including as a Writing Center Instructor, the Associate Director of the Academic Skills Center, and, most recently, as contributing faculty. Writing is a passion of mine. I write creatively and academically in my everyday life, but by no means does this come easily to me. Writing is not a skill we are born with; it is a skill we develop with much practice. I hope I can convey some of what I have learned about how to be a successful writer to my students during each of my courses.

Currently Teaching:

Sarah Matthey, EdD

Image: Sarah MattheyResearch Interests: Academic entitlement, student self-efficacy, graduate writing interventions
Social Change Interests: Education, literacy
Joined Walden: 2007
Location: Minnesota
About Sarah: I enjoy working with students on their writing to ensure that they publish documents that represent the best of them professionally and personally. I have an EdD from Walden University. I am a senior dissertation editor in the Walden Writing Center, and I also teach in the DBA program. Outside of Walden, I am an avid reader and yogi, and I enjoy walking and going to the movies with my 8-year-old daughter.

Currently Teaching:

Melissa McFarland, PhD

Melissa McFarlandResearch Interests: Rhetoric and composition; innovation and communication in higher education; community colleges; technical writing
Social Change Interests: Increasing empathy; goal achievement through writing
Joined Walden: 2017
Location: Portland, OR
About Melissa:  At Walden, I am excited to teach graduate students to enhance their writing skills. I have taught for over 16 years at a variety of institutions and have been teaching online for over 10 years. Outside of academia, I’m an avid reader (mostly sci-fi, fantasy, and modern fiction) and film buff. When I venture outdoors, I enjoy hiking, boating, and people-watching. In a series of unexpected events, I have three miniature schnauzers who enjoy barking at everyone and every dog they meet upon every walk.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Beth Nastachowski, MA

Beth Nastachowski

Research Interests: Online asynchronous writing instruction
Social Change Interests: Student literacy; access to education
Joined Walden: 2010
Location: St. Paul, MN
About Beth: I’ve been with the Walden Writing Center as a writing instructor since 2010, and I joined the Academic Skills Center as contributing faculty in 2014. I enjoy working with Walden students because of their varied experience in their fields, as well as their commitment—I’m always amazed by many responsibilities my students juggle between work, family, and school commitments. My goal when teaching students is to help them discover their own writing process and writing strengths.   

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 3100/3100U/3101 - Skills for Academic Integrity
  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References

Sarah Prince, PhD

Image: Sarah PrinceResearch Interests: Contemporary Women’s Literature, Adult Writing Instruction, Writing in the Disciplines/Writing Across the Curriculum 
Social Change Interests: Parental leave expansion in the U.S.; Affordable quality childcare for working families 
Joined Walden: October 2010
Location: Peachtree City, GA 
About Sarah: While earning my PhD in Women’s Studies at Emory University, I also worked as a graduate fellow at the institution’s writing center. I spent time with both undergraduate and graduate writers across a range of different academic disciplines and skill levels. Tutoring and teaching writing as an undergraduate and graduate student really cemented my passion for helping writers to find the skill and confidence necessary to express their own unique scholarly voice. I feel lucky to continue to work in this field, helping Walden students to grow as writers and social change agents. Outside of Walden, I enjoy chasing after my toddler, reading contemporary women’s fiction, and distance running. 

Currently Teaching:

Matthew Ray, MA

Picture of MatthewResearch Interests: Native American Literature, Pop-Culture Literature, Film
Social Change Interests: Affordable low income housing, indigenous rights
Joined Walden: 2017
Location: Embarrass,MN
About Matthew:  I hail from the great state of Minnesota where I live in the coldest town in the entire state, Embarrass. Yes, you read that right, the town IS called Embarrass. Look it up sometime. I have been married to a wonderful woman for 17 years and have two little girls, 13 & 8, that keep me very busy.  I have many interests outside of academics but my primary one would be music. I enjoy playing, listening to, and attending all kinds of musical activities in my spare time.  Additionally, I love cinema with a special love for the horror genre.   I’ve been an educator for 18 years in various capacities and am looking forward to working with the wonderful students and faculty at Walden!

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Maisah Robinson, PhD

Research Interests: Academic Writing, English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/TEFL), World Literature
Social Change Interests: Promoting international literacy and human rights
Joined Walden: 2014
Location: Georgia
About Maisah: I began my career as an English as a Second Language (ESL) educator for international students at the University of Michigan, where I received a BA and MA in Education and English Language and Literature. I was part of the project at the University that introduced the concept of “Writing Across the Curriculum” and served as a reader for the University’s writing placement test. I received a PhD in English Education from Georgia State University. I am a published author, researcher, and editor.  I enjoy editing others’ writing and have found that this reinforces my teaching abilities. 

Currently Teaching:

Sophia Russell, EdD (ABD)

Image: Sophia Russell

Research Interests: The effects of social media technology on literacy skills / Online learning success in   immigrant communities
 Social Change Interests: Educational success in immigrant communities
Joined Walden: 2016
Location: Miami
About Sophia: I started my professional career as a staff reporter for the Daytona Times while working on my BA in journalism at Bethune University. As a writer for the Daytona Times, I had my own column called "Focus." Writing the "Focus" column allowed me to meet and interview well-known national figures including Rosa Parks and Johnnie Cochran. I've worked for WESH TV Daytona/Orlando, the Augusta Chronicle, and the Sun-Sentinel. While working at the Sun-Sentinel, I spent my free time tutoring children at the Huntington Learning Center. This led to a career in education, an M.Ed. in education and an MA in English. I've been working in student success, teaching university English and freelance writing since 2008. I'm currently finishing my Ed.D. in education administration from Northeastern University. I absolutely love helping my students realize they can become stronger writers. I spend my free time learning Spanish and Haitian Kreyol and serving as an extra in local productions.
 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Greg Salyer, PhD

Photo of GregResearch Interests:  Native American Literature and Religion, Literary Theory, Contemporary Fiction, Mythology, Online Pedagogy
Social Change Interests: Los Angeles Conservancy, Native American Rights, Homelessness, Literacy  
Joined Walden: 2014 
Location: California
About Greg: I love the work I do at Walden because compelling writing is the key that opens every door and helping people find and use that key is empowering for both me and my students. I have been a scholar, teacher, and administrator in higher education for over twenty years, and I have been teaching online since 2000. It’s a brave new world in higher education, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it. Walden is unique in its commitment to helping its students become great writers, and I count it an honor to a part of that mission. 

Currently Teaching:

Crystal Sands, PhD

Crystal SandsResearch Interests: writing skill transfer, multimedia support and writing instruction, writing in the disciplines, writing feedback
Social Change Interests: local foods movements, child hunger, factory farming and animal rights, educational access and success for first-generation college students
Joined Walden: 2015
Location: Maine
About Crystal: Helping students improve as writers is so important to me. Because research tells us that good writing skills lead to great success in life and career, I love helping students find ways they can grow as writers. I have been teaching writing at the college level for about 20 years, and I have worked in a variety of academic writing positions. I have a PhD in Rhetoric from Texas Woman’s University. Outside of my teaching, I am also a local volunteer, blogger, and I work with my husband and sons to run a small chicken farm in Maine. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Beth Schoborg Klinkhammer, MA

Research Interests: Bioregional approaches to nature, nature writing
Social Change Interests: Wilderness preservation and environmental literacy
Joined Walden: 2017
Location: Minnesota
About Beth: I’m excited to be joining Walden as a Contributing Faculty Member in Writing. I received my B.A. at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and my M.A. in English at the University of MN-Duluth. I’m currently working on my doctorate in English literature at the University of North Dakota. Over the past seven years, I’ve taught courses in introductory writing, business writing, technical writing, research writing, film, and literature. I’ve also worked as a tutor in college Writing Centers, helping students and faculty improve a variety of projects in many different fields.  In addition to teaching, I enjoy spending time outdoors fishing, camping, and hiking. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Matt Sharkey-Smith, MFA

Research Interests: Online instruction, writing self-efficacy

Social Change Interests: Increasing access to higher education

Joined Walden: 2010

Location: Minneapolis, MN

About Matt: I am a Contributing Faculty member, and I teach writing support courses in the Academic Skills Center. I am also a Writing Instructor and Coordinator of Writing Research and Pedagogy in the Writing Center. I have an MFA in Writing from Hamline University, and prior to joining Walden I worked as a technical writer, a tutor, a fact checker, and a copy editor. As an instructor, I enjoy helping students develop their ideas into lucid arguments their readers can easily understand.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References​

Anne Shiell, MA

Anne Shiell

Research Interests: writing center pedagogy; managing remote teams 
Social Change Interests: literacy; women’s rights and empowerment
Joined Walden: May 2012
Location: Indianapolis, IN
About Anne: I am a manager of writing instructional services in the Walden University Writing Center, overseeing the center’s paper review service and a team of writing instructors. I earned an BA in English from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and an MA in English from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where I taught composition courses as a faculty member in the Department of Writing Studies before coming to Walden.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 3100/3100U/3101 - Skills for Academic Integrity​
  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References​

Christine Taylor, MFA, MS

Photo of Chris TaylorResearch Interests: Information literacy, writing personal narratives, teaching critical thinking, and critical animal studies.    
Social Change Interests: Disability rights, universal design for online learning, protecting wildlife habitat, animal rights, and sustainable plant-based agriculture. 
Joined Walden: 2017
Location: Kansas
About Chris: I have been teaching in distance education since 2003. I am excited to join Walden as an instructor for Graduate Writing I. I hold an MFA in creative writing and an MS in adult education. My goal is to assist students in achieving their research and writing goals. I love writing and teaching about personal narrative, and encouraging others to celebrate the value of the unique stories we can tell through our writing. When I am not teaching, I am at a nearby wetlands every chance I get doing wildlife photography and nature writing. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Alex Tolj, MA

Research Interests: Discursive technological modalities 
Social Change Interests: Technology & Ethics
Joined Walden: 2017
Location: Williamsburg, VA
About Alex: I began teaching college composition in 2006 at California State University, Fullerton. Since this time, I have also been active in writing centers. I enjoy exploring the intersection of technology and writing. In my personal life, I surf, play lacrosse, and spend as much time as I can with my wife and three children. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Tammy Trucks-Bordeaux, PhD

Tammy Trucks-BordeauxResearch Interests:  Writing obstacles of online learners, diversity in higher education, and creative writing poetry.
Social Change Interests: Understanding the stigmas of mental illness; support of local humane societies, and continuing my participation in my indigenous culture.  
Joined Walden: 2016 
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska 
About Tammy: Much of my focus in graduate studies has been Creative Writing and American Indian literature. However, I began teaching composition and continued to do so over the past twenty years. I taught at Central Michigan University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Peru State College, a part of the Nebraska State College System. While at Peru State College, I began modifying courses and also designed the first ever American Indian literature course at the college. One aspect of my time at Peru State College I enjoyed was my ability to teach a variety of courses from Elements of Composition to Non-Western literature. Furthermore, I enjoyed being in the classroom and watching my students’ progress! I hold a PhD, an MA, and a BS in English as well as an AA in Music.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Will Verrone, PhD

Image: Hillary Wentworth

Research Interests: Film Aesthetics, Criticism, and History; Writing Pedagogy; Online Learning

Social Change Interests: Animal Rights; Volunteerism; Women’s Rights

Joined Walden: 2016

Location: Alabama

About Will: I earned my Ph.D. from Temple University in English and Film Studies and have been teaching composition, film, and literature for 23 years.  I have published two books, numerous book chapters, and several peer-reviewed articles, as well as presented my research at conferences all over the United States.  I enjoy teaching adult learners and am excited about the opportunities available at Walden.  Outside the world of academia, I enjoy playing music (I play guitar, violin, banjo, trombone, and keyboard), collecting music and movies, painting, reading, and traveling, and more than anything, playing with my incredibly intelligent, funny, and fantastically imaginative daughter when she is here with me.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills

Kelley Walters, PhD

Research Interests: Adult learners, Online Education, Literacy
Social Change Interests: Advocacy for Special Needs Children, Developing Leaders
Joined Walden: 2007
Location: Michigan 
About Kelley: My last ten years have been spent working primarily with doctoral students.  I have served on more than 80 successful dissertation committees and enjoy the process as well as finding new ways to help students achieve their dream. I especially enjoy working with doctoral students on writing and research. I spend time outside work volunteering for music boosters, cub scouts, and 4H in an effort to help special needs students and build future leaders. I frequently donate items to local schools and child development centers. My PhD in Reading Education and my MBA in Management both serve me well in assisting adults through the dissertation process and helping children learn to be readers. I am lucky to be able to work in both worlds.

Currently Teaching:

Connie Warner, PhD

Image of ConnieResearch Interests: Authentic assessment, student-centered learning, and student self-efficacy 
Social Change Interests: Working with underprepared, underserved students 
Joined Walden: 2014
Location: Michigan
About Connie: I currently teach a variety of Walden University’s Doctoral Writing Workshops. I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, a Post Master's Certificate in Higher Education, an MBA, and a BA in English. Prior to joining Walden, I served as a dean, associate dean, course developer, and faculty member. I have been teaching for 12 years, and my areas include organizational leadership, college success strategies, business administration, and composition. 

Currently Teaching:

Hillary Wentworth, MFA

Image: Hillary WentworthResearch Interests: Anxiety and psychological factors in writing; efficacy of asynchronous writing feedback
Social Change Interests: Race and gender equity; arts and writing programs
Joined Walden: 2010
Location: Minnesota, USA
About Hillary: I have been mentoring Walden writers since 2010—first in the Writing Center and now in the Academic Skills Center. I hold a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Prior to Walden, I taught creative writing to teens and adults and worked in educational assessment. In addition to teaching, I serve as the Academic Skills Center’s Manager of WCSS Faculty Development and Graduate Writing Courses to ensure quality instruction. I edit an online literary journal and write nonfiction from my home in Minneapolis.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills​
  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References​

Questions about the WCSS courses or workshops?

Do you have a question about the WCSS courses or workshops? Please e-mail us at wcsscourses@mail.waldenu.edu. We will respond within 48 hours (please allow more time on weekends and holidays).