The 2013-2014 Writing Center staff members are:
Dr. Jim Purdy, Director
Jennifer Collins, Assistant Director
Graduate Writing Consultants
Anna Blake, business writing specialist
Justin Fanzo, writing consultant for the Online Writing Center for Leadership
Morgan Larchuk, ESL writing specialist
Josie Rush, science writing specialist
Amanda Schafer, writing consultant for the Online Writing Center for Nursing
Undergraduate Writing Consultants
Joining the Staff
Students interested in applying to be a consultant at the Writing Center should submit a cv/résumé, academic research-based writing sample, and application form to the Director. Please contact the Director, Dr. Jim Purdy, at 412-396-1293 or purdyj at duq.edu for more information.
Consultants receive ongoing training and professional development in teaching writing. They have the opportunity to attend writing center conferences (e.g., the Pittsburgh Area Regional Writing Centers Conference, National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, East Central Writing Centers Association Conference).
Past consultants have gone on to work at writing centers at other universities; been accepted to graduate programs at top universities (e.g., Brandeis, Illinois State, Purdue); and pursued successful careers in education at middle, secondary, and postsecondary levels, as well as in business and law.
The Writing Center has been a part of Duquesne’s academic life for more than twenty years. Originally housed in the English Department and designed to meet the needs of the Core Curriculum, the Writing Center has grown and expanded its scope of service to address the writing needs of the entire campus community, including students and faculty.
- Between 1995 and 2005, the Writing Center was directed annually by an advanced graduate student in the English Department.
- A full-time administrator directed the Center from Fall 2006 to Spring 2008.
- A full-time, tenure-track faculty member from the English Department now directs the Center.