Who We Are

Writing Consultants

Simone R. Bridgemohan is an English Composition 101 Instructor at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ. In addition to teaching, Simone is a PhD Candidate in Global Affairs at Rutgers-Newark. Her research involves World Bank lending for poverty alleviation and development. In 2015, Simone's research took her to northern Peru where she conducted 6 months of fieldwork and solidified her Spanish-speaking skills.

Dana Jaye Cadman is an adjunct professor and tutor in writing at NJIT and Rutgers-Newark. She also teaches for REaCH a program for High School students to earn college credit through Rutgers. She has an MFA in Poetry from Rutgers-Newark and her work is published in several online and print journals. She has a background in running poetry readings and journals and is also a visual artist.

Mike Darnell has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and is a writing teacher at NJIT and Columbia.  His major interests are transnationalism and globalism, immigration, popular culture, and the politics of corporatism and consumerism.  Before returning to academia, Mike worked as a technical writer, documenting electronic medical record management software and reporting tools. At the writing center, Mike has worked with freshmen and advanced undergrads, graduate students working on theses and dissertations, and English language learners.

Kevin Kilroy spent his early years in southern New Jersey. He completed his BA at Hofstra University, then earned his MFA in poetry and his MA in English literature from Rutgers University-Newark. He is an instructor of first-year writing and ESL at NJIT, Rutgers-New Brunswick, and Essex County College. In his free time, he writes, skis, and travels. 

 A graduate of Boston College (BA) and Rutgers University (MA), Jennifer Kruger has written for a number of publications including UPI and FinancialWorld. She then taught at Assumption College and County College of Morris, before coming to NJIT. At NJIT, she has been teaching HUM 099, 101 and 102, in addition to tutoring in the Writing Center.  

Eurih Lee has a Master of Arts in English from Rutgers University, Newark. She completed her undergraduate education at Binghamton University, SUNY with a Bachelor of Arts in English with concentrations in rhetoric and global culture. During her time at Rutgers, the university has recognized her academic achievements by awarding her the Rutgers University's Award for Scholarly Promise in 2015. Some of her academic interests include translation and cultural studies, and her essay, "Hypertextualizing Lolita," was recently featured at the Rutgers-Newark MA Symposium. Being a multilingual learner herself, Eurih has an inherent understanding of the obstacles many multilingual learners experience in an academic setting. Eurih is proficient in Korean and conversational French. She teaches composition at Rutgers-Newark and tutors both undergraduates and graduates in the Writing Centers at NJIT and at Rutgers-Newark.

Dr. Elizabeth Rees has more than five years’ experience as a writing center tutor and has served as director of the Writing Workshop at Fordham University (Westchester Campus). She received her PhD in English Literature from Fordham University in 2015; her dissertation, titled "'Dreaming Eyes of Wonder': Religion, Science, and Wonderment in Nineteenth-Century Children's Fiction" explores shifting attitudes towards wonder in the history of children's literature and theorizes about the relationship between wonder and the child subject. In addition to tutoring at NJIT, she is currently teaching literature and composition classes at Fordham University. 

Miriam Rocek has a BA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University, where she worked as a peer tutor at the writing center.  She lives in Brooklyn, and works primarily in museum education.

Jake Slovis is a writer and educator. He earned his MFA from Rutgers University-Newark, where he currently teaches English Composition. He has also taught art and journalism in New York City public schools, and has participated in a variety of social justice campaigns with a focus on food access and teacher advocacy. In his spare time he enjoys long-distance running and searching for the perfect coffee shop. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is hard at work on his first novel. 

David Tress is a 2012 NJIT graduate, with a B.S. in Communication and Media. He works in the Office of Graduate Studies here, and is enrolled in the MS-PTC program.   David maintains a WordPress blog of music reviews, Delayed Burial, and has also written several music reviews for NJIT's school newspaper, The Vector. He has also written varying forms of short and long fiction, ranging from short stories for classes to a novel as part of 2014's National Novel Writing Month. David loves writing, and loves to help other people become better writers.

Catherine Siemann (Director) has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University.  Before coming to NJIT, she worked at the Center for Writing at the Cooper Union in New York City, and taught writing and literature at the Cooper Union, Columbia, NYU, John Jay College-CUNY, and Yeshiva University.  Along with Dr. John Wolf, she has received an NJIT Faculty SEED Grant for 2016 for the study, “Exploring the Effects of a Writing Center Outreach Program on STEM Students’ Beliefs about Writing.”  She has presented at the International Writing Centers Association Conference, as well regional writing center conferences, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Northeast Writing Centers Association (NEWCA).  Other research interests include Victorian literature, popular culture, and science fiction. 

Graduate Consultants

Aisha Khan is a graduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at NJIT. She received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Holocaust and Genocide from Stockton University in South Jersey. At Stockton, she worked as a peer tutor; she taught and was certified to teach ESL at Atlantic Cape Community College.  She speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Hindko.

Manan Badani is working on an M.S. in Information Systems at NJIT.  He has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University and worked as a Technical Editor for Packt Publishing in Mumbai.

Peer Tutors

Jemima Baskar is a junior majoring in Biology/pre-med.  She also speaks Tamil.

Nor Habboub is a senior majoring in IT.  She also speaks Arabic.

Kristen Langel is a sophomore Biology major.

Mahathi Mudigonda is a senior majoring in Biology/pre-med and minoring in History.  She speaks fluent Telugu.

Amy Ng is a senior Biology and Science Technology & Society double major.  She writes for The Vector and speaks Cantonese.

Marzia Rahman is a sophomore majoring in Biology.

Omar Valdivia is a sophomore, who plans to study Biology or Environmental Science.

Michael Vitti is a first-year student, majoring in Biomedical Engineering.