Our professional writing specialists provide consistent, sustained assistance to writers at every stage of the writing process. In addition, we furnish a safe space for writers to ask questions, brainstorm ideas, interpret assignments, and write/revise documents.
Andrea is the Acting Director of WSIP. She has extensive experience as a teacher, tutor, editor, and writing consultant and has worked in WSIP for over 10 years. Andrea coordinates special projects for WSIP, including the Graduate Writing Institute, Young Writers Institute, and People of Color Writing Groups. Andrea received her PhD in Mexican American Studies. She is an adjunct professor in the UA Mexican American Studies Department, as well as a published researcher, essayist, and poet.
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."
Jen Glass teaches workshops and tutors both undergraduate and graduate students at WSIP. In addition, she 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.
Karen Barto teaches workshops, tutors, and facilitates writing groups at WSIP. Karen holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona, with a major in linguistic analysis and a minor in psycholinguistics. An avid language learner, Karen began teaching French as part of her first M.A. in French and Francophone literatures, and later moved on to teaching English applied linguistics, English as a Second Language, and teacher training. In addition to teaching both graduate and undergraduate level writing courses, she has tutored in the Graduate Writing Institute at WSIP. Karen also designs and develops curriculum, including a course on graduate-level writing for international students and a teacher training program in English Medium Instruction, and is co-author of a leading textbook on second language acquisition. In the past, Karen has conducted psycholinguistic and linguistic research in syntax and phonetics. Her current research interests include second language acquisition, English Medium Instruction teacher training, and second language writing.
Nadia teaches writing at Pima Community College and recently joined WSIP as a tutor. Her background is in English as a Second Language (ESL) and foreign language teaching. Nadia has taught ESL at the UA Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) and at Shantou University, China. She has also taught Italian at the UA, where she earned her MA in ESL.