Thanks for your interest in learning more about the Effective Writing Center! Below you can find contact information and also learn a bit more about your advising team at University of Maryland University College.

Our Mission

The EWC offers students:

  • Written and audio feedback on writing assignments (organization, introductions, transitions, conclusions, etc.)
  • Answers to writing-related questions
  • Self-study activities on research and writing
  • An academic integrity tutorial
  • Resources on topics from argument development to English as a Second Language
  • An Online Guide to Writing and Research with related links and self-assessments

Learn more in frequently asked questions about the writing center.

 

Meet the Advisors

The EWC's experienced writing advisors are advanced undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and UMUC faculty. They are trained in an intensive program that includes mock and live student writing requests. They are available 24 hours a day for one-on-one, online writing advice.

 
Dan Gallagher

Dan Gallagher

Director, The Effective Writing Center

Dan Gallagher joined the Effective Writing Center in fall of 2010 after working as an administrator in the Temple University Writing Center for many years. His major interests lie in discovering how students learn to write, how instructors teach writing, and how writing centers play a role in both. He views the writing center, and its diverse array of services, as a resource for everyone at the university, and he hopes that you will, too. 

When he's not doing writing center work, Dan writes fiction (long, short, and in-between), which he has also previously taught. He currently lives in the District of Columbia.

Anna Dumonchelle

Anna Dumonchelle

Lead Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

Anna Dumonchelle is a lead writing advisor with UMUC's Effective Writing Center. She has had the pleasure of working for the center for almost 10 years in various capacities, including writing advisor, writing fellow, and database coordinator. Anna truly enjoys working for the center because it combines her love of writing with her passion for teaching. She finds it extremely rewarding to work in such an innovative writing center and to help students become more confident writers. In her spare time, Anna is learning metalsmithing and jewelry-making techniques and tends to her small hobby farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Michelle Bowman

Michelle Bowman

Writing Fellows Coordinator, The Effective Writing Center

Michelle Bowman coordinates the writing fellows program for the Effective Writing Center and has been with the center since 2006. Michelle oversees scheduling, conducts performance reviews, handles communications within and about the program, and serves as a liaison for faculty and writing fellows to provide timely and professional writing workshop services for online students.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Distance Education and E-Learning from UMUC. She enjoys tutoring students in writing and takes pride in fostering their success. She helped develop an undergraduate writing course for UMUC and has assisted in the creation of instructional writing videos, including "How to Write an Introductory Paragraph," which has more than 184,000 hits on YouTube.

Michelle lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughters and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, kayaking, and traveling.

Aimee Maxfield

Aimee Maxfield

Lead Advisor, Training, The Effective Writing Center

Aimee Maxfield is the EWC's lead advisor for training, and she has also worked as an online writing advisor and guest lecturer from 2005 to 2010. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro, and master's degrees from the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon and University of Maryland, College Park.

In addition to her work at the EWC, Aimee has taught courses in academic writing, drama, and Shakespeare at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently working on a PhD in English at UMCP. Her dissertation explores depictions of community in contemporary American passion plays, and her research interests include early modern textual history and performance studies.

When she is not reading or writing, Maxfield enjoys spending time with her husband and their toddler and newborn.

David Taylor

David Taylor

Senior Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

David Taylor, a senior advisor with EWC, taught English and journalism at liberal arts colleges in Virginia and Pennsylvania before serving as an executive editor in the magazine division of Rodale Press for nine years. Today, he teaches business and technical writing at UMUC and coordinates the guest lecture program of workshops.

Staff

Dan Gallagher

Dan Gallagher

Director, The Effective Writing Center

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Anna Dumonchelle

Anna Dumonchelle

Lead Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Michelle Bowman

Michelle Bowman

Writing Fellows Coordinator, The Effective Writing Center

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Aimee Maxfield

Aimee Maxfield

Lead Advisor, Training, The Effective Writing Center

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David Taylor

David Taylor

Senior Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Faculty Advisors

Amanda Barnett

Amanda Barnett

Faculty Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Gay Claiborne

Gay Claiborne

Faculty Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Advisors and Writing Fellows

Miriam Allen

Miriam Allen

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Monique Bishop

Mo Bishop

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Natalie Casale-Altieri

Natalie Casale-Altieri

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Laura Deffley

Laura Deffley

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Alison Diefenderfer

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Allison Dorsey

Allison Dorsey

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Zoe Fisher

Zoe Fisher

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Kevin Folliard

Kevin Folliard

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Shannon Hayes

Shannon Hayes

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Anna Henderson

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Suzanne Hill

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Debra LiCausi

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Joan Mitchell

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Mary Alice Moore

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Ashley Morales

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Alicia Rasley

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Chris Reed

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Leigh Ann Ruggiero

Leigh Ann Ruggiero

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Theresa Stevens

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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Amy Welde

Amy Welde

Advisor, The Effective Writing Center

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