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Writing Services

Meet Our Writing Assistants

Hannah C.

Peer Writing Assistant

My name is Hannah and I am a senior Marketing and Music Business double major. I am a member of Tau Sigma National Honor Society, as well as part of Monmouth University’s student-run record label, Blue Hawk Records. This is my third year working at Writing Services and I’m looking forward to working with my fellow classmates and WAs.

Michael A.

Peer Writing Assistant

My name is Michael. I am a junior who is majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. I am also pursuing a double minor in Spanish and Marketing. I’m excited to be a Writing Assistant and hope it will give me a taste of what it will be like to be a college professor one day. I have a passion for reading, writing, bodybuilding, and helping others reach their full potential.

Prof. Bazley

Faculty Writing Assistant

My name is John Bazley. I am an essayist, a cultural critic, and an adjunct professor here at Monmouth University. After graduating from Monmouth with a BA in English and Secondary Education, I earned my MFA from Sarah Lawrence College where I studied creative non-fiction. My writing has appeared in Catapult Magazine, Substream Magazine, Alternative Press, and other publications. I currently live in Asbury Park.

Scharina B.

Peer Writing Assistant

Hello, My name is Scharina and I’m currently a sophomore here at Monmouth. My major is English with a concentration in creative writing, minoring in Psychology and Spanish. I’m the Vice President of LASO, writer for The Outlook, EOF scholar and First to Fly member. I look forward to working with others in enhancing their work!

Prof. Cavallo

Faculty Writing Assistant

I received my M.A. in English from Monmouth University, and I’m currently enrolled in our new MFA Creative Writing program. I’ve spent the last two summers tutoring with Monmouth’s EOF program, and I’ve been teaching composition courses for five years (EN 101 & 102). My favorite thing about teaching composition is connecting with my students through their writing and helping them grow as both writers and thinkers. In turn, I’ve found that I learn quite a bit from them! I’m looking forward to my third year tutoring for Writing Services. In my free time I can be found photographing wildlife, pets, and concerts, as well as working on my first collection of creative nonfiction personal essays, and playing clarinet in local concert bands.

Prof. Connelly

Faculty Writing Assistant

I received my B.A. and M.A. in English from Monmouth University with a special interest in Postmodern Literature. Currently, I am in my third year of teaching first-year composition and my sixth year of tutoring in Writing Services. My goal as a professor and Writing Assistant is to aid students in reaching their potential as great writers while also helping them realize that their thoughts, ideas, and opinions are significant in this world. In my free time, I enjoy reading, binge-watching Netflix, and keeping up with the latest pop culture.

Cassandra C.

Peer Writing Assistant

My name is Cassandra. I am a senior who is majoring in English and Elementary Education with a concentration in P-3. In addition to working in Writing Services, I am a sister of Alpha Xi Delta and have been inducted into Sigma Tau Delta and Kappa Delta Pi International honors societies. Throughout my time at Monmouth, I have also been fortunate enough to serve as a writer and editor for The Outlook newspaper.

Skylar D.

Peer Writing Assistant

Hello! My name is Skylar and I am a Senior English major with two minors in Creative Writing and Psychology. I’m one of the campus correspondents for our unofficial chapter of HerCampus and a staff writer for The Outlook. I am extremely excited to help students with their present and future writing endeavors!

Prof. Hansen

Faculty Writing Assistant

Hi! My name is Adrienne Hansen. I am a tenured sixth grade Language Arts teacher and an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the School of Education. From Monmouth University, I earned my B.A., in English and Education and a Master of Science in Education: Reading Specialist Degree. In addition, I earned Post-Masters Degrees in Supervision and Teaching Students with Disabilities. I first started as a Peer Writing Assistant in 2007 as an undergraduate student. After being hired as an Adjunct in 2015, I eagerly joined the staff as a Faculty Writing Assistant.

Megan K.

Peer Writing Assistant

Hi, my name is Megan Kenny. I am a first year graduate student in Monmouth’s Speech-Language Pathology program. In 2018, I graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish. In addition to working at Writing Services, I am a graduate research assistant in the Speech-Language Pathology department. I look forward to making connections with other MU students and helping them see the rewards of the writing process.

Alyssa K.

Peer Writing Assistant

Hi, my name is Alyssa Kelly. I am a senior here at Monmouth. I major in English with minors in Psychology and Journalism, and this year I will be serving as the Director of Public Relations for the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. I’ve always loved to read and write, so I’m excited to help others improve and grow in their writing!

Prof. Keller

Faculty Writing Assistant

Hello! My name is Daphne Keller. I am an adjunct Professor in the English Department, where I teach composition and literature. I have a B.A. in English from Rowan University. I also have a School Nursing Certificate from the Nursing Department here at MU.  I have been working at Writing Services since May 2016.

Kim K.

Peer Writing Assistant

Hi, my name is Kim and I’m a junior Computer Science major. I love to read, write, and crochet. My favorite thing to do is go hiking with my friends and a camera, taking landscape photos and portraits along the way. I look forward to helping others become more confident writers.

Melissa L.

Peer Writing Assistant

My name is Melissa. I’m a secondary English and Education major with a minor in Creative Writing and an ESL endorsement. This year I’ll be co-editor-in-chief of the Monmouth Review, as well as president of Sigma Tau Delta, Monmouth’s English Honor Society. I’m also a member of the honor’s school. I’m so excited to be working at writing services because I love helping students express themselves through writing!

Brittany M.

Peer Writing Assistant

Hey there! My name is Brittany Macaluso and I am a Social Work major with a minor in Sociology. I am the president of the Social Work Society here on campus. I enjoy writing poetry and reading. I am looking forward to working with writing services to help my peers!

Nicole O.

Peer Writing Assistant

Hi! My name is Nicole Ondrof and I am a senior Secondary Education and English major here at Monmouth. I am very involved with the Honors School and help out with many of their events on campus. This year I am acting as the academic chair for the Honors School Association as well as the philanthropy chair for the English honors society, Sigma Tau Delta. I am also a member of the Outdoors Club! I am excited to work as a Writing Assistant because I am passionate about reading and writing, and I enjoy helping people to reach their full potential!

Jenna P.

Graduate Assistant

I received my B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing from Monmouth, and I am continuing my education in the MA/MFA creative writing program. As an undergrad, I was an inductee of Sigma Tau Delta, the Features Editor of The Outlook, and a contributor to and editor of the online magazine Her Campus. Outside of MU, I work as an Enrollment Services Technician at Ocean County College. Writing and higher education are my greatest passions, and I’m so excited to become a member of the Writing Services team!

Prof. Rao

Faculty Writing Assistant

Greetings! I have been with Writing Services as a tutor since 2011 and I having been teaching history at Monmouth University for the past 16 years and at Brookdale Community College for 14 years. At Monmouth, I have taught the two Western Civilization courses and two senior Perspectives courses that I created: Countercultures in America and Dissent in America. Currently, I teach the Perspectives courses and the History of Empires, another course that I created.  Prior to teaching, I was in college textbook publishing holding a range of jobs from sales representative to editor to director of educational databases. I also have taught middle school and high school in the US Virgin Islands. I enjoy following sports, especially The Ohio State Buckeyes, and reading especially history (surprise) and mysteries. Most of all, I enjoy being with my family.

Prof. Sampson

Faculty Writing Assistant

I am proud to say that I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Monmouth University, and have been an adjunct professor at Monmouth since 2002, and at Kean University since 2009. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to work as a writing assistant with Monmouth’s EOF Program. In 2007 I began tutoring in the Writing Services department at Monmouth, and the experience has been truly rewarding. Writing on an academic level can be extremely challenging for students, so our goal in writing services is to help students become better writers and, in turn, increase their overall academic success. I try to bring my love for writing to the students I work with, and encourage good writing in all aspects of life.

Katelyn S.

Graduate Writing Assistant

Hi, my name is Katelyn and I am currently enrolled in the M.A. English program. I received my B.A. in English and Anthropology at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and I just moved to NJ. I am excited to be continuing my education at Monmouth and to work in Writing Services. Teaching and tutoring have always been my passion, so I am ecstatic to help everyone improve their writing!

Cameron S.

Peer Writing Assistant

I am a sophomore majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. I am also involved in the Youth Activist Group at Monmouth University where we promote the awareness of human rights and organize events benefiting those around us. In my free time I like to go to concerts, create art with my friends, and attend protests/marches in order to express my passion for activism. I look forward to Writing Services where I can continue to help those around me and hopefully learn a few new things myself.

Nicole T.

Peer Writing Assistant

My name is Nicole and I am an English major with a concentration in creative writing. I am the vice president of 5678 dance club and a member of the Honors School. I have always loved to write and truly hope I can help others improve their writing!

Prof. Turchyn

Faculty Writing Assistant

Greetings! My name is Kendall Turchyn and I received my M.A. from Monmouth in Rhetoric and Composition, a field that I am very passionate about. I am currently an adjunct professor in the English Department where I teach first-year Composition. As an educator and writing assistant, I firmly believe that it is our duty to empower students to find their own, unique voice through writing and to equip them with the necessary tools to succeed in school and beyond. I am entering into my second year here at Writing Services. In my free time, I enjoy historical reenactments, reading, and writing creative fiction.