Ben is a doctoral student and adjunct in English Education. He holds a MA in English Language and Literature from New Mexico Highlands University and BAs in English and French Language and Literature from the University of Memphis. Prior to attending TC, he was the Assistant Coordinator of Academic Enrichment Programs and an Instructor of English at NMHU. There, he assisted in design and implementation of an Honors Program, courses for developmental students, Writing in the Disciplines, and taught and integrated syllabi for Learning Communities of courses linked by subject. His research interests primarily relate to the design and teaching of courses with pop culture using narrative research methods, which is basically an excuse to say he “studies” video games, comics, film, and internet memes. In addition to academic writing, Ben has experience with grant proposals, op-eds, and creative writing.
Salman is a second year Ph.D. student at Columbia University in the Biomedical Engineering program. He holds dual BAs in Neurobiology and Cognitive Science from U.C. Berkeley, where he also worked as a writing tutor for 3 years. His research interests include human learning and memory, and his research papers have been published in scientific journals. In addition to his scientific and academic writing, Salman has also written several award-winning essays.
Tom is a doctoral student in the Philosophy and Education program at Teachers College. He holds an MPhil in Politics, Development, and Democratic Education from Cambridge University, and a BA in Human Development from Brown University. Prior to attending TC, he was a Research Associate at the Mind & Life Institute, where he worked with various scholars in both the sciences and humanities. Tom has published articles in academic journals and popular magazines and also has experience with grant proposals, cover letters, CVs, and scientific writing. He is a fan of writing that gets to the heart of the matter and tries hard to provide a warm and welcoming environment for students seeking help from the Writing Center.
Corinne is a doctoral student in Anthropology and Education. She earned her BA in English from Yale University, where she worked as a public relations representative and interviewer for the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Through fellowships associated with the New Haven Public Schools District, Corinne worked as a Spanish-language kindergarten assistant, a playwriting and drama teacher, and a yoga instructor. She has also served as a research assistant for the Yale Law School. Research interests include: equity and college access, migration and immigration, media and ethics, and education as activism. Tutoring specialties include: narrative writing, personal writing, intersections of policy and practice, academic analysis, brainstorming and concept mapping. Always eager to chat about: baking, California, unlikely animal friendships, Shakespeare, linguistics, and cultural knowledge.
Makila is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Curriculum & Teaching. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a MA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She worked as a reading and writing teacher for five years in New York City public schools. Her dissertation study explores the perspectives of high achieving African American students. Makila also teaches graduate level courses in research methods and literacy instruction. She currently serves the Teachers College residential community as a Community Assistant and spends her massive amounts of free time reading the handwritten letters of her three year old son or frequenting children's art classes.
Andrea’s a M.A. student in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Teaching is a second career, after a first one in book publishing, working on children’s books. She taught at language schools and worked as a writing tutor at Borough of Manhattan Community College before beginning her program at TC. Andrea likes to help students make their writing clear and concise, and she also emphasizes the importance of planning before starting to write. The time it takes to make an outline, concept map, or whatever kind of plan works for you is time well spent. A native New Yorker, she hopes TC students will take at least a little bit of time away from their studies to explore New York. Even though she’s lived here for most of her life, she still discovers new things about her city all the time.