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Staff

 

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Bethany Guida
Director
Associate Faculty in English
Writing Consultant
Phone: 618-537-2150

Bio: Bethany Guida primarily teaches English 109, 111, and 112. She received a BA and MA from SIU-Edwardsville.

Her writing and research interests include gender, race, and class in horror films. She also writes entertainment articles for two online magazines, and enjoys attending pop culture conventions and movie premieres, and interviewing celebrities for her articles. Her favorite interview so far is with actress Marion Ross, who is most famous for her years as beloved matriarch Mrs. Cunningham on Happy Days. Among some of the many other celebrities she has met, some of the most notable are Gary Busey, Lou Ferrigno, Linda Blair, Jared Leto, Ernie Hudson, and Elvira.

In her free time, she enjoys baking, watching movies, and collecting older paperback horror novels and movie memorabilia.

Writing Specialties: MLA, brainstorming, source integration

 

 


Adjunct Faculty




Melanie Jenkins

Melanie Jenkins
Associate Faculty in Psychology
Writing Consultant

Bio: Melanie Jenkins is a psychology and University 101 professor. She has been adjunct teaching at McKendree University since 2004, and has also taught at other institutions, including SIU-Edwardsville, Rend Lake College, and Jefferson College.

She obtained her bachelor's degree in 2000 from McKendree University and her master's degree in 2003 from SIU-Edwardsville. She has been part of the writing center staff since 2015, where her specialty is APA style writing.

Her interests include gender studies, speech writing, theology, and performance art. She enjoys directing musicals, coaching speech team, Bible studies, family time, and vacations (mainly to Disney).

Writing Specialties: APA, source usage, syntax

 


Writing  

 Tricia Grissom
 Associate Faculty in English
 Writing Consultant

Bio: Coming soon.

     

 

 

                  
Sue McBroom

Sue McBroom
Writing Consultant

Bio: Sue McBroom holds a MA in Library Science from the University of Missouri Columbia with an emphasis in school libraries. She obtained a BA in secondary education from Greenville College in English and Spanish. Her career began as a middle school English teacher. During this time, she took classes in remedial reading. Because of her interest in libraries, she went on to work for St. Louis County Library.

While working on her MA, she went back to working in the schools as a high school librarian. Now retired, Sue teaches technology at Victory Christian School and works as a Writing Consultant at McKendree.

Besides her love of libraries, technology, and working with students, Sue enjoys reading, hiking, and being with her grandchildren.

Writing specialties: Source citations, punctuation, brainstorming



                         

 

 

 

Writing

 

Dr. Layng-Awasthi
Associate Faculty in English
Writing Consultant

Bio: Dr. Layng-Awasthi teaches composition and online literature classes. 

Writing specialties: Brainstorming, MLA, writing in an academic style

 

 

 

Peer Tutors*

 Anna

Anna Belmonte

Bachelor of Arts, Professional Writing and Rhetoric
Minor, Public Relations Studies
Writing Consultant
Year: Senior

Specialties: Thesis development, rhetorical analysis, sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation

Interests: Music performance, coffee, are, and the animal kingdom


Emily

Emily Davis

Bachelor of Arts, Professional Writing and Rhetoric
Minor, Spanish
Writing Consultant

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Katherine Gemmingen

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science & Professional Writing and Rhetoric
Writing Consultant

Year: Sophomore

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Ryan Herling

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology--Criminal Justice
Writing Consultant

Year: Sophomore

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Kailey Bischoff

Bachelor of Arts, English, Secondary Ed.

Writing Consultant

Year: Sophomore

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*All peer tutors are current McKendree students. The degrees listed correspond to the current degree program they are enrolled in.  If interested in applying for a peer tutor work study position, email Bethany Guida, Director of Writing and Tutoring Services, for general information and a list of application requirements.