Faculty & Staff

Our instructional staff comprises professional writing specialists: teachers and writers with Master's degrees and PhDs. We provide consistent, sustained assistance to students at every stage of the writing process. In addition, we furnish a safe space for students to ask questions, brainstorm ideas, interpret assignments, write drafts, and revise essays.

Administrative

 

Director
Robert Cote, PhD

Robert received his PhD in Second Language Acquisition & Teaching from The University of Arizona, majoring in sociolinguistics and minoring in pedagogy and program administration. He began his career 20 years ago when he taught ESL at a farm worker's camp for Literacy Volunteers of America. Since then, he has worked as an administrator, teacher trainer, and classroom instructor in university IEPs, community colleges, adult education centers, and public high schools in Miami, Florida; Nogales, Mexico; Madrid, Spain; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Guangzhou, China. Robert is also a book-review editor for LINGUIST List and the associate editor of Arab World English Journal. Robert enjoys teaching all aspects of the English language, and his research interests include teaching writing, peer review, Generation 1.5 students, CALL, and special needs.

 

Administrative Assistant
Ms. Tammy Cox

After 25 years of working for her family-owned construction business, Tammy decided to try something new. She started at WSIP in 2013 and is passionate about the program. Tammy says, "I enjoy working with students from all over the world and feel especially gratified when they walk out with smiles on their faces. I am really enjoying my job here."

 

Instructional Staff

Coordinator, Graduate Writing Institute
Leslie Dupont, PhD

Leslie has been teaching writing and humanities to a diverse student population since 1989 and has been a member of the instructional staff at WSIP since 2004. She provides professional tutoring services for undergraduate and graduate students at the UA, is coordinator of the Graduate Writing Institute, and is a professional editor. She has published two books on writing and composition: Writing Cornerstones: Paragraphs in Context and Writing Keystones: Essays and Research. In addition, Leslie chairs the UA CAPH Digital Creations Team. Leslie received her PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English in 1999. Her research interests include communities of practice; teaching writing in small-group settings; and instructional technology, Universal Design, and digital accessibility.

 

Coordinator, Outreach
Andrea Hernandez Holm, PhD

Since she began her career in writing and teaching nearly 20 years ago, Andrea has worked as a research and publication specialist, copy editor, writing consultant, and instructor. Currently, she provides outreach for WSIP, manages the WSIP newsletter, tutors clients, and teaches writing workshops. She will begin facilitating the Women of Color Writing for Academic Success writing group for incoming master's students in fall 2016, a project supported by the UA Commission on the Status of Women Mini-grant. Andrea received her PhD in Mexican American Studies. She is a published researcher, essayist, and poet.

 

Faculty
Jen Glass, MA

Jen Glass tutors both undergraduate and graduate students at WSIP, and she also works as a Library Program Instructor at the Pima County Public Library. Jen's background is in linguistics, foreign languages, teaching English as a Second Language, and secondary education. Her more than 16 years of experience as an educator include teaching at UA's Center for English as a Second Language and at University High School, where she taught AP English Language and Composition as well as Freshman English and Writing Center (a class for students who need additional support with study skills and writing). Jen loves working with students from all disciplines to help them become more confident writers.

 

Faculty
Heather Severson, MA

Heather Severson provides professional tutoring to undergraduate and graduate students at the U of A. As a veteran teacher, writer, and editor, she supports learning in a variety of settings, including The University of Arizona, Pima Community College, and the Pima County Public Library. Each summer she scores Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Exams for the College Board. As a freelance education writer, Heather has written assessments, instructor manuals, and other content for many of the top education publishers.