The Writing Center is staffed by graduate instructors and undergraduate peer tutors. Our graduate instructors have received highly competitive fellowships and assistantship awards that fund their work in the Center. Our undergraduate peer tutors have been nominated by Catholic University professors and then selected after a rigorous review and interview process. All Writing Center staff undergo extensive and ongoing training.
Writing Center Instructors
Charles is a PhD student and Teaching Fellow in the Semitics Department, where he studies ancient near eastern languages and teaches Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. He is from Texas, and he got his first master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, studying the Old Testament. It was there that Charles discovered his love for Biblical languages, and afterwards he acquired a master's degree in Semitic languages, from CUA.
Writing Instruction Specialties: Theology, Grammar, and Chicago style.
Rachel Daly is our Writing Center Lead Instructor. She is a PhD student in English, focusing on the influence of French Catholicism on the British modernists. Originally from upstate New York, she received her BA in English from the University of Dallas. She worked a variety of jobs—including one as a copyeditor and copywriter for a publishing company—before returning to school to get her master’s in English at CUA. She currently serves as the Lead Instructor at the Writing Center and teaches in the Cornerstone Program. When she is not studying, she is hiking or riding her bike.
Writing Instruction Specialties: Chicago Style, literary analysis, structure, thesis statements, and grammar.
Caelan Elliott is an MA/PhD student in CUA’s English department. A Texas native, Caelan completed her undergraduate degree at Baylor University studying Great Texts and English, where she wrote for and edited several campus publications. Her writing has also been published by the Turkish Heritage Organization and The American Spectator. Before moving to D.C., she taught writing, literature, grammar, and poetry at Valor North Austin, a classical charter school. Caelan’s research interests include Modernism, contemporary Irish literature, and cross-cultural storytelling.
Writing Instruction Specialties: Structure and Outlining, MLA Style, English Literature, and Personal Statements.
Suzanne E. Joseph is an anthropologist and paraprofessional librarian whose teaching career is equally divided between the United States and the United Arab Emirates. She earned a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Georgia and completed an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in demography at Brandeis University. Her research broadly focuses on marriage, kinship, and the demographic underpinnings of social inequality. She is also currently exploring the tension between scientific and literary approaches to the study of culture as part of her concentration on cultural heritage and information management in academic libraries. Aside from her monograph published with the University Press of Florida, her work has appeared in scholarly journals such as American Anthropologist and Current Anthropology. Suzanne values the Writing Center as a unique academic forum for bringing students and tutors together from different disciplines, genres, and backgrounds to discover approaches to writing that are most useful to the individual writer.
Writing Instruction Specialties: Social Sciences and Humanities, Bibliographic Citations (APA, Chicago), Literature Reviews, Capstone Papers, Scientific Papers, and Dissertations.
Evan Hulick is our Writing Center Coordinator. He is a graduate Teaching Fellow in the sixth year of his PhD in the Department of English at the Catholic University of America. His research interests include twentieth-century American fiction, poetry, and transatlantic modernism as well as the Inklings. He is currently dissertating on J.R.R. Tolkien's influence on several late twentieth century and contemporary authors. He received his M.A. in English at the State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz as well as a B.A. in Political Science (Theory) at the same institution. He served as a Teaching Assistant during his M.A. and taught two years of English Composition (I and II). He received C.R.L.A. certification from his experiences as a Tutor for three years at the SUNY New Paltz Tutoring and Writing Center. He is currently serving as our Asynchronous Writing Center Online Coordinator.
Writing Instruction Specialties: English, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Politics, Citation Formats (APA, MLA, Chicago), and Social Work.
Bridget Matz is a Master's student in the English department. She grew up in nearby Virginia and received her B.A. in English from George Mason University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Her interests include medieval literature, the 19th-century novel, and the various developments of English literature and its genres through history. She is also a graduate scholar in the Institute of Human Ecology’s Graduate Scholar at CUA.
Writing Instruction Specialties: English literature, sentence structure, and argument organization.
Emilie Scarchilli is a PhD student in the English Language and Literature program. She earned her B.A. in English from Christendom College and her M.A. in English here at Catholic University. While she enjoys studying everything from Old English poetry to Shakespeare's plays, her primary focus is the 19th-century British novel. When she's not surrounded by Charles Dickens and his contemporaries, she enjoys taking nature walks and crafting creative fiction.
Writing Instruction Specialties: Literature, creative writing, and Chicago Manual of Style.
Michelle Datiles is our Writing Center Outreach Coordinator. She is a History Ph.D. student focusing on religion, law, and society in late medieval/early modern England, writing her dissertation on Catholics and the English Reformation. She has taught in the History Department (incl. HIST 322A, The Tudors and the English Reformation) and for several years in the Intensive English Program. Michelle is also a graduate scholar in CUA's Institute for Human Ecology (link here).
Writing Instruction Specialties: history, philosophy, law.
Sumeeya Chishty Mujahid
Sumeeya is a second-year doctoral student at the National Catholic School of Social Service. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Hampshire College Amherst, MA, a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA, and an Education Specialist degree in Community Counseling from The George Washington University, in Washington, DC. Sumeeya greatly enjoys teaching and has taught at a private middle and high school in Karachi, Pakistan, as well as undergraduate and graduate students at Hampshire college and Harvard University. She has taught a wide range of subjects-- English Language, English Literature, History, Sociology, Education, African and African American studies, and Women’s Studies. Sumeeya’s current doctoral research focuses on women of color and the emotional impact of institutional/systemic racism, and she uses the theories of intersectionality and feminism as her conceptual lens. Sumeeya loves reading (especially humor and feminist writers) and traveling (while eating all the delicious food the world has to offer along the way). She has visited over twenty-five countries, lived in two continents (Asia and North America), and visited all the rest except Antarctica--as she is not very fond of the cold. Sumeeya is excited to work at the Writing Center this year!
Originally from New Jersey, Sophia Giudici is a second-year Master's student in the English department. She received her B.A. in English Language in Literature from Fordham University and her Masters in Teaching (English K-12) from Montclair State University. Through her experience as a middle school English teacher, she enjoyed facilitating student-led editing and growth in the writing process. While her primary interest is Shakespeare, she is also intrigued by formal verse and epic poetry in every period of literature.
Undergraduate Peer Tutors
Trinity Ruiz is a junior English and Philosophy Pre-Law major. In literature, she particularly loves the transcendental movement, i.e. Emerson, Alcott, and Thoreau; in philosophy, she enjoys Boethius' Consolation and Aristotle's Ethics. Trinity is the treasurer of the Philosophy Club and a Cardinal Service Corps leader. Post-grad, she either hopes to go to law school to specialize in disability law or enter the field of journalism for policy and crises journalism.
Delia Murphy is a junior pursuing a B.S. in Brain Science and a Spanish for Healthcare Certificate. Outside of the writing center, Delia plays on the Women ‘a Rugby team and is a member of the CUA Chess club. She works as a teacher at a local DC daycare in addition to her work as a tutor here at the Writing Center. She is always excited to help students at any stage of the writing process!
Amelia "Millie" Bamsey
Amelia “Millie” is a sophomore from St. Paul, Minnesota pursuing an economics major with an English minor. On campus, she is an office manager for Residence Life and is a Cornerstone program scholar and mentor. She loves visiting art museums and reading books, especially autobiographies. Her hope as a Writing Center tutor is to help students feel more comfortable with and less intimidated by their writing assignments.
Anita Gulia is a senior Italian Studies and English double major. She is the CUA Italian Club president and a member of Redline A Cappella. Anita works as an Italian tutor on campus and hopes to work as a high school English teacher post-grad. Her academic interests include Shakespeare (of whose plays she has read sixteen and counting), Dante Alighieri, Jane Austen, the Italian Renaissance, drama, fairy tales, and creative writing.
My name is Cynthia Vigna, and I am a sophomore English major with a politics pre-law and sociology double minor. I am from North Jersey and have an adorable pitbull terrier named Muffin. I am part of the Campus Ministry Leadership team and enjoy participating in various service sites on campus and back home. One of my favorite forms of writing is poetry. I am very excited to help students grow and gain more confidence in their writing abilities.
Elly Beavers is a sophomore Psychology B.A. major, and she is pursuing a career in clinical psychology. She is a member of the Cornerstone Program, the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and the Psychology Club at Catholic. She is also a mentor for other students in the Cornerstone Program and the Psychology Club. She has a passion for writing, and she hopes to help many students grow as writers as a tutor in the Writing Center at Catholic.
Kayla Thuel is a junior English Secondary Education student with a minor in Music. She has several years of experience tutoring students in Pre-K through college across disciplines in both formal and informal settings. Off hours, she can typically be found studying on-campus, dabbling in one of her many art projects, or playing violin in the CUA Symphony Orchestra. Within the field of English, she particularly enjoys satire, argumentative essays, medieval and Romantic literature, and any writing that presents opportunities to learn about other students’ passions. If you want to get to know Kayla, she always appreciates new music recommendations; if you’re feeling especially bold, ask her about her favorite Roman emperor.
Liesl Ament is a senior History major with minors in Theology, Psychology, and Studio Art. A member of the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, she also enjoys oil painting, drawing, and traveling. Liesl’s passion for fiction storytelling has helped her improve her academic writing. Currently, she is writing a forty-page thesis paper on first lady Rosalynn Carter and loving every second of it.
I am a Junior English and Secondary Education major with a minor in Psychology. On campus, I am involved in the Orientation Program as well as our Honors Program. Poetry and narratives are my favorite genres of literature, and I am super excited to teach them to my future students! At the Writing Center, I can’t wait to work with students during their writing process!
Bridget Farrell is a junior English Secondary Education major who has spent several years tutoring students from first grade through high school. She is currently serving as the Sidewalk Co-Chair of Cardinals for Life and has acted in multiple CenterStage productions. Bridget is a proud Long Islander with strong opinions on New York pizza and Billy Joel (namely, that nothing can beat them). Ultimately, she hopes to become a high school English teacher and share her love of science fiction and Shakespearean comedies with her students. Expect to hear several bad jokes in your session with her!
Felipe Avila is a sophomore nursing student pursuing a minor in writing. He regularly mentors students within the university's Cornerstone program. Felipe is also a Spokesperson for Students for Life of America, where he leverages his writing skills to publish articles. After graduation, he hopes to work in a critical care unit before attending graduate school.
David Moretti is a junior English and Politics major with a minor in Irish Studies. Outside of the writing center, David is involved in the Orientation program and loves to read and play guitar. After graduation, he hopes to teach and continue studying English Literature. David can't wait to have positive discussions about writing and to help students in all phases of their writing process.
Jane Cochran is a sophomore Philosophy and English major. She especially enjoys Shakespeare, 19th century British literature, and the classical philosophers. She is part of the University Honors Program as well as the SGA Catholic Values Initiative. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a Masters in either Philosophy or English, and a career which enables constant reading.
Isaac Krom is a sophomore philosophy and mathematics major. His study of two analytical disciplines influences his approach to writing, helping him to focus on structure and logical cohesion. Isaac is involved in the IHE undergraduate program, Take Note Acapella, and the Cornerstone Student Advisory Board.
Caitlin Hernandez is a sophomore Elementary Education major with a minor in Marketing. In addition to working at the Writing Center, she also works for the Office of Campus Activities' Events and Marketing team and serves on the executive board for both Redline A Cappella and the Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). She loves a lot of things, including Starbucks' Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso with vanilla sweet cream cold foam, but especially writing and helping others - she can't wait to see all the friendly faces that pop into Mullen 219!