Writers Workshop Staff
Carolyn Wisniewski, Director
Tam Decquir, Office Manager
Writers Workshop Consultants
I am a Ph.D student in the History of Education, Education Policy Studies (EPOL) here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My focus is on Reconstruction-era and early 20th Century education, with a focus on African-American education. I enjoy working here at the Writers Workshop and am looking forward to another fulfilling year.
I'm a Ph.D. candidate at the English Department, and my dissertation focuses on the interconnections of higher education and postbellum Black novels. Before coming to U of I, I worked as a translator and a business English teacher. Here I've taught Rhetoric 105, Intro to Fiction, Intro to American Literature, and The American Novel Since 1914. I've also worked as a TA for the African American literature survey courses, and a grader for Intro to Fiction and Literatures of Global Culture courses. This semester I am working for the LAS Freshman Seminar as well as the Workshop, where I've been a consultant since 2005.
I received my MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, with a specialization in Writing Studies, at UIUC in 2008 and since then have taught at universities in China and Vietnam; San Diego and Santa Barbara, CA; and Boston. I have now returned to work on a PhD in Global Studies in Education. I began my work with English language and writing when I lived in Amsterdam, NL for twenty years – as an academic editor, teacher, short story writer, and pirate radio presenter. I’m so happy now to be working one-on-one with students and their writing here at the Workshop, facilitating the International Graduate Writing Group, and teaching at the Intensive English Institute. I just love being part of the thoughtful, dynamic, global culture at the U of I.
I am a PhD student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. My interests include philosophy of education, global and online learning policy and practice, and aesthetic education's role in educational development and flourishing. Before coming to Illinois, I taught adult learners at community colleges in the Seattle and New York City metro areas. Currently I am researching massive open online courses (MOOCs) and their efficacy for international humanitarian action. As a writing consultant, I particularly enjoy helping with "think pieces" and being challenged with new cultural perspectives. I look forward to being your discussion partner and learning from you!
Creative Writing major, but lacks creativity (At times).
I am a graduate student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership studying the history of education and social foundations in education. My research interests intersect issues and concepts linked to culturally relevant pedagogy, antiracist education, and teacher preparation programs. More specifically, I am interested in studying the change and continuity of black teachers’ pedagogy and activism and also examining social studies curriculum as a framework for teaching and implementing social justice particularly with students of color. Prior to attending the University of Illinois, I completed my undergraduate degree in History and Secondary Education at the University of West Georgia and was a social studies teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. I am looking forward to this rewarding opportunity to collaborate with those visiting the Writing Center.