Writing Center Staff

Michelle Miley
Dr. Michelle Miley
Assistant Professor
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 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!
Jess Carroll
Jess Carroll
Assistant Director
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.
Miles Nolte
Miles Nolte
Tutor Development Coordinator
I came to Bozeman in 2003 with the ambitious notion of fishing for a couple of months and then moving on to the next adventure. I have lived here ever since. I started at MSU in 2005, working as an advisor in the First Year Initiative program, helping students transition from high school to college. In 2009 I began teaching writing at Gallatin College. I started tutoring in the Writing Center in 2010 and discovered how much I love talking one-on-one with students about writing. After I earned my M.A. from MSU, I continued working at the Writing Center helping to develop peer tutors while also teaching in the writing program and English department. In addition to my roles here on campus, I work as a freelance writer and as a columnist for the outdoor magazine Gray’s Sporting Journal.
Jill Mackin
Jill H. Mackin
Office Administrator
Along the South Fork of the Teton River, on the Rocky Mountain Front, there is a place where my Chippewa-Cree relatives have dwelled and many great writers have come to write. Place is a source of knowledge and creative inspiration. I cherish this place and the writing that happens here. At the Writing Center, we work to create a relational space where creativity and mutual support flourishes. It is a joy to share in the journey of the writers who come through our door and to support their work. When I am not at the Writing Center, I am engaged in my own research and writing as a doctoral student in History.