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About Our Tutors

The USU Writing Center’s tutors are undergraduate and graduate students from a wide variety of academic disciplines. Each of USU’s colleges are represented in the Writing Center staff and our tutor’s majors include everything from mechanical engineering to mathematics and elementary education to English.

 
 
Emily Joy Powell

“I believe the best part about tutoring is when a student has that "light bulb" moment… No matter what the situation is students can always have that "light bulb" moment. I once heard someone say that tutors are not teachers, rather they're slightly more experienced explorers. We can wander into the mysterious jungles of writing with students showing them what we have discovered, and are present when students make their own discoveries. Watching the discovery process and "light bulb" moments are by far the best part of tutoring!”
-Emily Joy Powell, English Education major and Theatre minor

Practicum

Each tutor completes a semester-long tutoring practicum (English 4910). During this practicum, our tutors learn about different tutoring techniques, research tutor practices, and present on various grammar concepts. After the practicum, all tutors receive ongoing training during staff meetings, including trainings with Career Services and the Office of Equity, as well as both peer and supervisor-led observations during the semester.

A presentation from the Practicum class.
Jay Paine

“My favorite part of tutoring is witnessing writers recognize how they can manipulate language to convey ideas and craft effective writing.”

-Jay Paine, Psychology and Philosophy dual major

Research

Research is a key part of our Writing Center. Our tutors have the opportunity to conduct their own research projects and many have presented their work at various conferences across the country.

Jasilyn Heaps and Julie Brough standing in front of IWCA posters.
Erica Snow

“The Writing Center itself has the most beautiful community and atmosphere! Working here has given me the support, encouragement, and extra push to challenge myself and open up with some incredible people. My coworkers, supervisors, directors-- they are phenomenal!”
-Erika Snow, English Education major

New Tutors

Interested in becoming a Writing Center tutor? We generally hire in April for the next school year, as well as in November if we need additional staff for the Spring semester. To apply, you need to complete English 2010 (or its equivalent), fill out an application, and submit a writing sample. If you have any additional questions, feel free to stop by or email us at writingcenter@usu.edu.

Three tutors talking amongst themselves.

Our Staff

 Star Coulbrooke

Star Coulbrooke

Writing Center Director, Helicon West Coordinator

star.coulbrooke@usu.edu

 Susan Andersen

Susan Andersen

Associate Director

susan.andersen@usu.edu

 Jasilyn Heaps

Jasilyn Heaps

Assistant Director

jasilyn.heaps@usu.edu

 Star Coulbrooke

Kendall Becker

Assistant Director of the Science Writing Center

kendall.becker@usu.edu

 Shaun Anderson

Shaun Anderson

Graduate Assistant Director

shaunanderson22@gmail.com

 Terysa Dyer

Terysa Dyer

Assistant Director

terysa.dyer@usu.edu