Literacy & Learning Resources Writing Fellows

Writing Fellowship

The office of Literacy and Learning Resources in the Academic Enrichment Center is pleased to offer a 2-credit fall internship for students who have demonstrated strong abilities as writers and would like to develop their capacities as tutors. Successful applicants will receive training led by Dominican University faculty, tutors, and staff through an intensive practicum. In this semester-long practicum, Fellows will learn about writing center pedagogy and reflect on their tutoring experiences. After the initial training, the Fellows will begin working as tutors for 6 hours a week. Writing Fellows will receive continuous support and guidance throughout their internship by participating in observations and debriefing sessions. Fellows are paid for their work as tutors, as well as their hours in training. Although most graduate students do not choose to pursue course credit for the internship, they are still paid for their time as Fellows and are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications

  • Dominican University junior, senior, or graduate student for the 2018-2019 school year
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Students from all academic disciplines are invited to apply
  • Possess significant skills as a writer, reader, and interpersonal communicator
  • Have great enthusiasm for exploring the writing process
  • Would like to help build and be part of a community of learners

How to Apply

Submit the following materials to the AEC or email Jennifer Stockdale, Writing Fellows Coordinator:

  • A completed application form
  • A 500-750-word personal statement explaining why you are interested in the internship and notes what aptitudes, skills, and personal qualities you would bring to the position
  • Two writing samples that you have submitted for class assignments or for publication at Dominican
  • The names and email addresses of two Dominican faculty members who can attest to the quality of your work as a student
  • The names and email addresses of two Dominican students who can attest to your communication and interpersonal skills
  • A copy of your Dominican transcripts

Deadline

 All application materials are due by Friday, March 23, 2018. Fall Writing Fellows will be announced on Monday, April 23, 2018.

The Fall 2017 Writing Fellows

The AEC is very pleased to introduce you to the Fall 2017 Writing Fellows. The Fellows, who were competitively selected for their considerable strengths as writers and communicators, were trained to work as tutors in our office of Literacy and Learning Resources. Below, please find a brief introduction to our Fellows. If you have a passion and an aptitude for writing and are interested in becoming a Writing Fellow in the Fall of 2018, please consider applying. For any questions, please contact Jennifer Stockdale, Writing Fellows Coordinator.

Jill Barth

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My name is Jill Barth. I am from Bloomington, IL. I attended Normal Community West High School and graduated in 2014. I started college at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL where I was part of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. I transferred to Dominican my junior year. I am currently a senior here at Dominican majoring in History. After undergrad, I will continue on at Dominican in the Library and Information Sciences graduate program. I am excited to be a part of the Writing Fellows team and I look forward to finishing my time here at Dominican.

Hobbies/Interests

  • Reading
  • Netflix (especially Marvel shows and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
  • Listening to Broadway musicals
  • Anything to do with the American Revolution

What it means to be a Writing Fellow

Being a Writing Fellow means being able to help others learn outside the context of a classroom. Most of the development of an academic paper lies outside of the classroom and giving others he opportunity for feedback from another student instead of a teacher is extremely valuable. I also believe I will learn as much from others as they learn from the writing center.

Intellectual Passion

Over the years, I have become passionate about many things. My passion for history has given me a career path and a lifelong interest. One piece of work that has struck me most recently is the musical Hamilton. I find myself listening to it over and over and wanting to learn more about its characters. It highlights one man, Alexander Hamilton, in such a rich and interesting part of American history and makes learning about that time period much more fun. It is part of the reason I chose to study American history because it showed me an image of the Founding Fathers that was human and familiar.

Simon Czerwinskyj

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My background is rooted in Montessori education. My parents were Montessori teachers, and I followed in their footsteps; I’ve been an early childhood teacher for 16 years. Growing up, my family didn’t own a television. I became a bookworm at an early age, and subsequently, got my BA in English from Northern Illinois University. I’ve been writing ever since, from song lyrics, to poetry, to book and record reviews. Growing up around books and music, I understand the value of articulate expression in all facets of life. Currently, I’m a graduate student working towards a master’s degree in Library and Information Science and am working as a cataloging intern at the Poetry Foundation Library in Chicago. 

Hobbies/Interests

Cycling, playing drums, watching movies, writing, reading literature and poetry, record collecting, playing drums, vegan food, and environmental politics.

What it means to be a Writing Fellow

Education and writing have been a huge part of my life, and synthesizing the two as a Writing Fellow is an exciting prospect. I hope to help others find their creative voices and in turn, become confident writers. Writing can be difficult, and I look forward to being a guide through the process.

Intellectual Passion

I have a deep admiration for coming-of-age novels. My two favorites are The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow and The Lost Estate (the French Catcher in the Rye) by Alain-Fournier.  The pull of nostalgia is great in these novels, and this nostalgia oftentimes clashes with reality. We all struggle with regret and the subsequent wistful longing for better times, and these novels show two sides of the spectrum: with Augie March, the protagonist is swept along in action of the story, with little agency of his own, while the protagonist of The Lost Estate actively attempts to rewrite and recreate history. As I grow older, these novels have greater resonance, as I have more memories to recall and nostalgia is an attractive escape from the responsibilities of the present. If nothing else, I’ve learned—from repeated readings of these novels—the value of being in the moment.

Shekinah McCullum-Lawrence

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I graduated from Alabama A&M University in 1997 with a BA in Telecommunications and a minor in English. Not long after, I began a career in training and development as a corporate trainer. I took some time off in 2009 to become a stay at home mom.

Writing has always been a passion of mine. I am a voracious reader, and I have spent much of my free time reading and writing for pleasure. When I completed my first Masters in Communication in 2014, I found that writing took on a new meaning as I began to learn more about research writing, inquiry and response. I had always written my thoughts for myself, but my course of study gave me the space to expand my writing skills and have my efforts evaluated. The learning opportunities I received increased my love and interest for writing.

Now as I seek my second master's degree in Library Science I not only get to continue my academic writing practice, I also hope to develop my writing instruction skills. My becoming a librarian who is skilled in writing and writing instruction will benefit library patrons by directing them towards the most compelling resources.

Interests/Hobbies

I enjoy spending time with my family. I love to cook because I love to eat. I love all kinds of flowers and gardening. If I do not have my head in a book, then I’m perusing social media to keep up with the latest trends in fashion, entertainment, and interior decorating. I hate to admit it, but I’m quite captivated by breaking news.

What it means to be a Writing Fellow

The chance to serve as a writing fellow is exciting! I look forward to learning from what challenges students like me face when an attempt is made to communicate through the written word. It is never as easy as it seems. Some people are naturally gifted. The rest of us have to work at it as writing is a discipline. All students may not fall in love with the process, but all students can appreciate and be proud of their efforts when they have worked diligently to complete a writing assignment. My aim is to support the students during their writing journey, so they know are not alone when they face a writing challenge.

Intellectual Passion

My favorite book is the Bible. I feel that it is a living and breathing work of art and life. I refer to it regularly for advice and council. I enjoy reading it for history. I have memorized portions of it because it provides me and my family comfort and peace. I study the life of Jesus as a passionate follower. I believe the Bible is the word of God, written by men inspired by the Spirit of God. It provides me a retreat and a sanctuary.

Erica Rocha

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Erica Rocha is an undergraduate senior that combined her love of nature and science into her major. As an Environmental Science student, Erica hopes to work on conservation issues and endangered species. She has conducted research as an REU at the Chicago Botanic Garden, as a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar at UCSC, and as an intern at the St. Louis Zoo. One of the coolest things she has done is helped reintroduce a critically endangered species, the American Burying Beetle. While she wishes she could save all the endangered species and combat climate change, she must first earn her bachelor degree and hopefully attend graduate school in the near future. Although she’s looking forward to graduating as a first-generation college student, she is anxious and nervous of leaving the Dominican community and going out “into the real world.” Nevertheless, she is excited to spend her senior year interacting and connecting with her Dominican peers as a Writing Fellow.

Hobbies/Interests

  • Petting animals
  • Quoting The Office
  • Singing Hamilton
  • Being terrible at yoga
  • Being outdoors
  • Exploring Chicago
  • Venting on paper aka journaling
  • Watching/playing baseball
  • Taking “quick” trips to Target

What it means to be a Writing Fellow

Being a Writing Fellow allows me to interact with and give back to our Dominican community. I hope to become a better writer by learning from my peers and helping others develop their writing style. I believe it is crucial to improve our writing because it is universal and can give us the ability to express ourselves while transcending borders.

Intellectual Passion

Professor Maggie Anderson introduced me to one of my favorite books called Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives edited by Peter Orner. The book tells the stories of different immigrants from their journey to the U.S. to their first jobs in the country. I think it is important to read their stories because often times immigrants are given a bad image and many do not have the ability to freely tell their side of the story. This allows these marginalized workers to have a voice that can be heard.

Emma Bond

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My name is Emma Bond and I’m a Chicago native. I’m currently a Sophomore at Dominican
double majoring in English writing and Theology with a minor in Philosophy. I’ve been in love
with writing, the creative process and the power of narrative for as long as I can remember. After
attending Ignatius College Prep for high school I also fell in love with scripture and the way it
gives insight our human history. I came to combine these two majors in pursuit of a deeper
understanding to the nature of humanity through literature. I look forward to working as a Writing
Fellow and hope that I can use my enthusiasm for the written word to help others articulate their
research, insights and stories.

Hobbies and interests

  • Writing
  • Old Testament Scripture
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Environmental Science
  • Bess/Beekeeping
  • Watching and rewatching Rick and Morty
  • Hiking

What it means to be a Writing Fellow
Being a Writing Fellow offers me a chance to deepen my relationship with the Dominican
community that I have fallen so in love with this past school year. It means being able to help
others, and in turn, grow myself as a writer and individual. My deepest hope is to give students
the opportunity to collaborate on their work in an environment that makes the writing process
exciting, enriching and, above all, enjoyable!

Intellectual Passion
I am in love with food. No, really. I am in love with its cultural and religious significance, and the
way it hooks us into watching marathons of Chopped without ever once tasting the meals we’re
viewing. I am captivated by the modern traditions surrounding different meals as well as its
spiritual significance to ancient man. Food trends throughout history make me giddy. Molecular
Gastronomy makes me swoon. I should make arrangements to be buried with Duck Confit. To
me, food is the second closest way to understanding the human condition next to written
communication.

Nina Kucher

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I am currently studying Elementary Education at Dominican University, and I am pursing English as a Second Language licensure. I was born, raised, and educated in Chicago. My parents are immigrants from Ukraine, so I have been keenly aware of language and language barriers since a young age. I have loved reading from a young age, and I think that clear, purposeful writing can change people’s minds, which is the catalyst for lasting social change.

Hobbies/Interests

  • biking
  • swimming
  • playing Scrabble
  • reading
  • eating fish tacos
  • exploring
  • traveling

What it means to be a Writing Fellow

Being a writing fellow will give me the chance to connect with the Dominican University community in a meaningful way. I enjoy reading, writing, and giving feedback on others’ work. Many times, I’ve noticed that I learn just as much from conversations and collaborations with my peers as I do from my professors. I think there is much value in learning and working with others.

Intellectual Passion

One of my favorite books is The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. His work forces me to rethink and reevaluate my faith and how I live my day-to-day life. Another book that I love is Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury. This books takes me to a different time, when life was simpler (or merely seemed simpler).

Gabriela Molina

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My name is Gabriela Molina and I am a Senior majoring in English Lit with a minor in Education. I live in Cicero, IL and graduated from Morton East High School in 2014 (Go Mustangs!). I was born in Chicago, but lived in Mexico for the first few years of my life. I have two sisters and a plethora of cousins that are basically my siblings.  I am the first in my family to go to college and will be the first in my family to attend Graduate school to pursue a PhD in Multiethnic American Lit.

Interests/Hobbies

  • Reading/Writing
  • An extensive taste in music (I can listen to practically any genre. It ranges from Lady Gaga, to J-Pop, to Hans Zimmer, to Chopin, and then back to Drake)
  • Animation and Art
  • Sci-fi and comic book movies/ TV shows
  • Binge watching on Netflix (Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Parks and Rec, Stranger Things)
  • Buzzfeed quizzes 
  • Gordon Ramsay reality TV shows
  • Taking walks and bike rides along the lake front
  • Animal lover
  • Watching competitive Figure Skating

What it means to be a Writing Fellow

It means being part of a community of learners. I believe the best way to learn is through collaboration, sharing ideas and giving and getting feedback. It also means using my own strengths to help my peers in the DU community. I can help those who are struggling and make a positive impact in their learning. I hope to give my fellow DU students the confidence to face an assignment or a paper head on.

Intellectual Passion

Believe it or not, I actually enjoy doing research. I love research papers, especially when I get to do them on a topic I am interested in and want to learn more about. I love to study about literature and learn and apply literary theories such as feminism, psychoanalysis, Historical, and New Historicist criticism. What I especially love about the study of literature is the nuances in language that create works of literature. I love to dissect every line of a poem or an author’s writing style, to really understand the message they are trying to get across.

Shaina Warfield

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My name is Shaina Warfield. I was born in Chicago, Illinois and currently reside in Westchester with my family. I am a Sophomore at Dominican University, majoring in English Literature and Writing.  I hope to continue in higher education as I have always thought of myself as a lifetime learner. I am excited to challenge myself and explore the writing process with my peers.

Hobbies/Interests

  • Writing
  • Literature
  • Museum visits
  • Paint-by-number crafts
  • Board games / card games
  • Work place comedies
  • Food (cooked by others)
  • Tumblr

What it means to be a Writing Fellow

This fellowship offers an opportunity to develop a better understanding of writing in the community of my peers. I look forward to collaboration and intellectual discussion as well as contributing to the production of good academic work. Writing and altruism are two of my greatest passions and I am excited to hone my skill set and pursue my passion in the service of others.

Intellectual Passion

Audre Lorde’s contribution feminism and the theory of intersectionality has greatly influenced how I make sense of my own identity.  I believe developing a thorough understanding of self is essential to pursuing life goals. I love to explore and analyze identity through physical appearance and real life experience or through channels such as astrology or MBTI. Lorde’s collection of essays illuminates the many aspects of identity and allows them to both stand alone and work together; neither one can negate or overcome the other. Her essay “The Uses of Anger”, validates the experience of all women across the barriers of other sectors of identity and supports the idea of inclusive feminism.

Khay-leen Wright

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My name is Khay-leen Wright, and I am a senior majoring in English and minoring in Black World Studies. The big goal is to open a nonprofit organization that services inner city youth by providing them with a productive literary outlet. I would also like to become a published author, as I am working on a few short stories now.

Hobbies/Interests

  • Being a makeup artist
  • Telling corny jokes
  • Singing
  • Writing poetry and short stories

What it means to be a Writing Fellow

As I Writing Fellow, I will be able to create meaningful connections with students on campus, while helping them perfect their writing. Through this, I will be able to develop my own writing skills and also get a chance to learn a bit of each student's stories through their writing and ideas.

Intellectual Passion

I recently read a novel by Aldous Huxley entitled Brave New World about a dystopian society in which individuality was forbidden. Within the context of the novel, the society was utopian, but the reader is to assume that the society is dystopian. While reading this novel, I came to the realization that everyone has a different perception of perfection, and since this is the case, we, as humans, are obligated to create our own utopias. I think writing helps us to do that.