Writing Center Staff
Dr. Michelle Miley
I joined the MSU Writing Center as Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center in Fall 2013. A Texas native, I am having lots of fun learning about winter and mountains. Before coming to MSU, I was at the University of Houston Writing Center where I served for eight years as Assistant Director of Writing in the Disciplines. My conception of the Writing Center is that it is what Edward Soja calls a “thirdspace,” a creative space where the intersections of writing become visible. My hope is that if we look at these intersections, we can learn more about how writers write, and how teachers teach writing. Writing, in my opinion, is a relational activity. The Writing Center is a wonderful place to build those relations!
I have been living in Bozeman and working with MSU students since 2003. In addition to supporting the tutors in the Writing Center, I teach in the First-Year Writing Program, the Honors College, and the College of Letters and Science. Before moving to Bozeman, I lived most recently in Massachusetts, where I taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Michigan, where I earned my MFA in fiction writing. I love writing, helping writers, having writerly conversations, living in states that start with M, and, most especially, working at the Writing Center.
Assistant Director for Writing Across MSU (WAMSU)
I am the Assistant Director for Writing Across MSU (WAMSU, pronounced wham-zoo). My primary job is to connect MSU faculty and staff to the resources and people of the Writing Center. My research interest is Writing Pedagogy. I also try to write as much as possible.
Graduate Program Coordinator and Multilingual Writing Specialist
My career is a blend of writing and teaching: I have a journalism degree from the University of Montana and I was a Peace Corps education volunteer in the country of Georgia. I have been a reporter, a middle and high school teacher, and an English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor. I love dessert (hint, hint) and I practice yoga regularly. So, remember: the important thing is just to breathe (and eat chocolate).
Coordinator of WAMSU
I hold a BS in microbiology from MSU as well as an MA in English (concentration in rhetoric) from Western Washington University, which means that I like bacteria and Baruch Spinoza in equal measure. There's a PhD in rhetoric and Jewish studies in my future at some point. As Writing Center staff, I both assist wtih tutor education and help coordinate our efforts to support writers from all across the MSU community. If I'm not badgering our tutors and writers about their projects, I can be found making latkes and chatting with my cat, Primavera Machiavelli Meowington.
Administrative & Academic Program Coordinator
I hold degrees from MSU in both English literature and sociology and am currently working toward a master's in public administration. I enjoy checking too many books out from the library, and spending time with my family. Come see me at the front desk to make an appointment with a tutor!
I am the Office Assistant (extraordinare) for the Writing Center. Most of my time here is spent creating unnecessarily complicated spreadsheets, drinking tea, and consuming way too many lifesaver mints. I ended up here after spending a few years working in Yellowstone National Park, and finally decided to come to college to pursue a degree in English education.