Writing Center Consultants are Lecturer Faculty and Teaching Associates in English. All Consultants have university teaching experience. They can work with undergraduate and graduate students with course writing of any kind, including essays, memos, presentations, and discussion posts. They are also happy to help with personal statements, resumes, and other professional documents. Lastly they can help with things like understanding your assignments, study skills, annotating, and time management on your projects.
Please note: all of our tutoring will continue to be offered in an online format for Spring 2021. Please visit our Canvas page to access our online tutoring services, including consultant hours.
Anne Crawford is a lecturer in Linguistics and in Academic First Year Experiences, and taught ESL for many years prior to coming to CSUN. She is both a Writing Consultant and a Grammar Consultant in the LRC. Holding an M.A. in Linguistics, a TESL Certificate, an Adult Ed teaching credential, and a B.A. in History, she has extensive experience working with international student writing, and will toss out linguistic fun facts without warning. She is originally from the Pacific Northwest, and would still rather be in fleece than flip-flops, but has finally decided that California is pretty amazing, too.
Melissa Filbeck earned her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature at CSUN, and is currently working on her PhD at Texas A&M University. She teaches in the English department and has taught first-year writing, business writing, Writing about Literature, and Popular Culture. Her particular areas of interest are medieval literature, children’s and young adult literature, and the digital humanities. She has over two years of experience working at a Writing Consultant in the Writing Center and enjoys working with CSUN students from all majors with all kinds of writing. Melissa is also an Army veteran and is excited to meet fellow vets. She has studied a little bit of French, German, Spanish, and Arabic, and though she is not fluent in any of these languages, she enjoys using them when she can. Aside from being passionate about writing, she is always down to geek out with you about science fiction, fantasy, and cats!
For 9 years, I have been teaching composition, business writing, and introductory literature here at CSUN and Mount Saint Mary's University. During that span, I also consulted as a Marketing Coordinator for firms specializing in architecture, engineering, interior design, and environmental science. I continue to work part time as a writing consultant for the Learning Resource Center, one of my favorite "side hustles." Although my primary expertise includes the subjects above, I am adept in APA and Chicago styles, one of the beautiful consequences of being married to a psychologist.
I'm not one for witty quotes, but here's one anyway: "Today having power is knowing what to ignore." ~ Yuval Noah Harriri
Glenn Collins works as a lecturer and adjunct professor at a number of colleges including Ventura and Moorpark Colleges, Los Angeles Valley College, and College of the Canyons, as well as California State University Northridge. He has taught all levels of composition to undergraduate students, along with critical thinking and literature courses. He has also worked in the past as a teaching associate, supplemental Instructor, and a RISE Tutor at CSUN. He received his bachelors and Masters in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, right here at Cal State Northridge. He is interested in and passionate about writing in all of its forms, with a special love for science fiction.
Joseph Jaffray is a graduate student in the English department where he is also a Teaching Associate. His main areas of scholarship include comic studies and writing pedagogy, as he hopes to become a teacher after receiving his MA. His recent work includes a paper that analyzes the meta-world of Rockwood in Jeff Lemire’s Black Hammer series and its gaslighting effect on the characters. It’s pretty trippy stuff.
One of the main reasons he became a consultant is that he loves to learn about the variety of topics students are working on. Through this job, he’s enjoyed learning about active volcanoes in North America, and electrical cooling techniques among other interesting topics. So, bring in your cool topics, teach him a thing or two, and he’ll help you make your work the best it can be.
When not preparing for class or in the Writing Center, he’s often seen with a comic book in hand. If he's not on campus, there is a good chance he’s checking out a pro wrestling event. He is also a huge fan of rabbits, so feel free to open the session by showing him a picture of your pet bunny.
Rosie is a lecturer in the English department at CSUN and Los Angeles Mission College. She also teaches Academic First Experience. She is bilingual in English and Armenian. Rosie has a single-subject teaching credential in English. Due to her background and interest in education, she especially enjoys working with CADV, Education, and Liberal Studies students.
Rosie will not be consulting in fall 2020.
Star is a lecturer in the English and Academic First Year Experience departments at CSUN and an adjunct instructor in the English department at Los Angeles Valley College. She usually teaches composition, research writing, business writing, and the freshman seminar. She earned both her master's and bachelor's degrees right here at CSUN! Before she graduated, she also worked as a teaching associate, supplemental instructor, and undergraduate tutor. She enjoys working with all students at any point in their academic careers, from first years to graduate students. She will be happy to help you with all of your source integration, formatting, and citation needs. Whether you're trying to figure out how to start an assignment or hoping to get a second pair of eyes on your almost-finished final product, Star's got your back!
Ken has been a lecturer in the CSUN English Department and a senior writing consultant at The Writing Center since 2006. He has a bachelor's degree in telecommunications from San Diego State University, and a Masters in English and a Master of Arts in screenwriting from CSUN. He backpacks and bicycles the United States and lately other countries, and continues to work on reading the towering stacks of books in his home while constantly adding to those stacks.
Dylan Altman is a Professor of English at California State University, Northridge, Oxnard College, and Los Angeles Valley College. His specialties are as diverse as his taste: English, Composition, screenwriting, publishing, directing, education, editing, E.L.L., literature, critical theory, business writing, movie history, creative writing, Video Games, and more. He received his M.A. and his B.A in English from California State University, Northridge.
Loretta Huizar received her B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Northridge and is a PhD candidate at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She teaches in the English Department at CSUN and has worked as a writing tutor for over 8 years for both undergraduate and graduate students. Her areas of expertise include research writing, literary reviews, and critical thinking as well as disability studies and creative writing.
Sean Pessin is a double-CSUN alum (BA and MA in English) and a graduate of Otis College’s MFA Writing program. His areas of expertise are broad and include: the writing process (invention, drafting, revision, and editing), secondary research methods (finding and managing sources for papers and projects), typesetting and formatting, critical and cultural theory, queer theory, interdisciplinary methods, science fiction, fantastic literature, history of the book, publishing, comics and graphic novels, creative writing. Sean is especially great with grad students!
Terrie Mathis received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Louisiana State University (1991). She has been a lecturer since 1998 in the English and Linguistics Departments at CSUN. She has taught graduate courses in the areas of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and pedagogical grammar in addition to many undergraduate courses in both English and Linguistics.
Gina Srmabekian earned a MA in English from CSUN and an MFA in Creative Writing from UCSD. Her areas of expertise include but are not limited to: research writing, creative writing, formatting, theses and graduate projects, brainstorming, drafting, and gender and post-colonial theories.