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The Writing Center

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172300
Bozeman, MT 59717-2300

Tel: (406) 994-5315
Fax: (406) 994-5686
Location: 1-114 Wilson Hall


Writing Center Staff

Michelle Miley
Dr. Michelle Miley
Assistant Professor
Jess Carroll
Jess Carroll
Tutor Development Coordinator
Portia Hall
Portia Hall
Program Assistant
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 snow 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 can be 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. I have been the Program Assistant for the Writing Center since February 2011. It‘s been exciting and gratifying to be a part of the growth that the Writing Center has undergone since our move to Wilson 1-114 and the remodel. I will graduate this spring with a BA in Philosophy and look forward to helping the Writing Center continue it‘s growth and presence around the MSU campus. I have learned so much about how writers write in my time here; I wish all students would come in just one time and see what we have to offer. I think they would be surprised!

Updated: 01/20/2014