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.
Graduate Program Coordinator and Multilingual Writing Specialist
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 have been the Writing Center’s graduate program coordinator and multilingual writing specialist for 5 years. 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.
Administrative & Academic Program Coordinator
I've been working in the Writing Center since the fall of 2017 and I recently earned a master's in public administration here at MSU. When I'm not helping students at the front desk or taking care of administrative duties for the Writing Center, 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!
Hey there! I'm Jenna and I am the student Office Assistant for the Writing Center. Most of my time at the Writing Center is spent creating unnecessarily complicated spreadsheets, drinking coffee, and consuming way too many lifesaver mints. I also enjoy camping, spending time outside, reading, and cooking. When I'm not doing those things, you might occasionally find me studying for my English Education classes. Come visit me at the front desk for a chat before I leave to start student teaching next semester!