Writing Center Staff
Dr. Michelle Miley
As the Director of the Writing Center, I have the pleasure of collaborating with students, faculty, staff, and administrators within and across Montana State University. My areas of scholarly interest include Writing Center Theory, WAC/WID, feminist theories, and research methodologies like institutional ethnography or autoethnography that allow us to explore institutional relationships and structures. Writing centers are unique, interdisciplinary environments. Being a part of such an environment means I am constantly learning about worlds outside my own. I love being a part of cultivating a community that fosters our development into critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and active participants in our world. I love the relationships we build as we think, learn, and write together.
As Assistant Director for Tutor Education, I work with our peer tutors to create, maintain, and grow the learning community of our Writing Center. I love our multi-disciplinary space and the way that writing connects so many people across campus.
Before moving to Bozeman in 2003, I was a student and a teacher in Utah, Massachusetts, and Michigan. Since coming to MSU, I’ve taught a variety of seminars and writing courses (most recently, creative writing), and I’ve immersed myself in the diverse, collaborative work of the Writing Center. I’m grateful to get to spend most days reading, writing, and talking with people about reading and writing.
Writing Across MSU
My career has followed a path guided by a love of language, writing, and teaching. I have a journalism degree from the University of Montana, and I was a teacher with the Peace Corps in the country of Georgia. I have been a reporter, an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor, and a Composition and Technical Writing teacher at Montana State. I run, swim, and do yoga, all of which have taught me an essential truth that definitely applies to writing--keep breathing and keep trying.
Business Operations Manager
I have been fortunate to be a part of the MSU community for over 25 years. The hats I have worn at MSU include student, gallery director, adjunct faculty, assistant dean, program manager, advising coordinator, and business and operations manager. As a part of the Writing Center team, I enjoy managing the institutional processes so that the creative, collaborative, and supportive environment of the Writing Center can flourish.
Visit the Romney Writing Center and I will be delighted to welcome you, answer questions and connect you with a writing tutor! What I love most about being part of the Writing Center team is the shared commitment to the mission, welcoming atmosphere and thought-provoking discussions that spontaneously occur on a daily basis.
I have been called a career nomad, although my professional life has mainly centered around outdoor education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). At MSU, I also have the privilege of teaching CLS101. I fill my free time with travel, hiking, skiing, baking, sewing and learning languages.