Writing consultants love talking to writers about their projects. They are observant readers who are good at explaining how they react to a draft. They are experienced writers themselves, and they know how much hard work goes into the writing process. They are good at asking questions that help writers see their projects in a new way.
Our staff is made up of experienced undergraduate student writers and graduate students and faculty with experience teaching writing. As consultants, all participate in ongoing professional development to continually improve their skills and to keep up with current writing center theory and practice.
Kjerstine Trooien is a UND undergraduate studying English. She has been at the Writing Center since January 2012. Eventually, Kjerstine would like to go on to a master's program in English, and possibly pursue a PhD. Thanks to the Writing Center, she has discovered a joy in teaching and hopes to one day take her experiences to a college classroom as a teacher. Aside from English, she has experience in aviation, biology, anatomy, music, and theatre.
Kathleen Vacek is coordinator of the Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum. She is a PhD candidate in Composition and TESOL at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and she earned an MA in English and a BA in International Studies from UND. Kathleen has taught composition and language classes at UND, the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, and ELS Language Centers. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Georgia. Her research focuses on new faculty writing for publication.
Daniela Koleva received her PhD in English at the University of North Dakota. She earned an MA in English from UND and an MA in American Studies from the University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria. She has taught various courses in Bulgaria and the United States. She is currently a lecturer at the Department of English, teaching composition classes. Her professional interests are in African American literature, nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century American Literature, East European Studies, creative nonfiction, and writing.
Roger Powell graduated from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa with a BA in English and teaching endorsements in 5-12 English/Language Arts, 5-12 Physical Education, and K-12 Coaching. While at Graceland, Roger played football on a scholarship, was involved with the campus newspaper, and worked in the writing center for two years. Currently, he is working on his MA at UND and teaching composition courses. His research interests include Writing Center Pedagogy/Theory and 20th century American Literature.
Jamey Davidsmeyer grew up in Central Illinois. He received his BA in Journalism from Illinois State University before moving West. Jamey graduated from the MFA in Creative Writing program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. He served as an AmeriCrops volunteer in rural southern Oregon for two years before starting graduate studies at UND in August of 2012. His fiction has appeared at Eunoia Review, Midwestern Gothic, and JMWW.
Colleen Burke is a PhD student in the Teaching and Learning Department at UND. Her dissertation will investigate how American Indian professionals made their decisions to graduate from their degree programs and secure positions within their fields. She earned an MA from St. Cloud State University where she taught composition and research writing. Additionally, Colleen taught online composition/literature classes at South University in Savannah, Georgia and business communication courses at Minnesota School of Business. Colleen enjoys writing poetry and fiction as well as research writing.
Brittany Borgen is from Grand Forks. She is an undergraduate at UND majoring in history and religion and minoring in psychology; her academic interests also include American Indian history. While at UND Brittany has been involved in the Honors Program and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In the future Brittany would like to attend graduate school to attain a master's degree in psychology and possibly become a counselor.
Angie Goebel is from Williston, North Dakota. She is an undergraduate working towards degrees in English, Secondary Education, and a minor in Middle Level Education. Angie is president of UND's Lions Club branch. In the near future, Angie plans to become a teacher and return to college to get an MA in English or Education. Her interests include reading a variety of books and being outside.
Apryl Walth is from Bismarck, North Dakota. She is currently an undergraduate working towards achieving her degree in English Education with a minor in Middle School Education. She will be student teaching in the fall of 2014. In the future, Apryl would like to return to school and work towards an MA in English. Apryl enjoys British Literature, and likes to read and do puzzles in her free time.
Becky Crisman is a sophomore studying Secondary Education and English Education at UND. This is her first year with the Writing Center. She would one day like to earn her PhD and teach English at the college level. Aside from her deep, abiding love for the written and spoken word, Becky also enjoys playing her violin, playing with her dogs, and spending time with her friends and her family.
Allison Moore is currently an undergraduate working towards a degree in Communications and Honors with emphases in Public Relations and Speech. She has hopes of someday becoming the director of public relations at a corporate company. Allison is also a sports writer for The Dakota Student. She is a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Chi Omega and is the professional committee chair of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.
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