Graduate Consultants

Kristina Caton

I come to the Center for Writers with a background in teaching and an emphasis in teaching and composition. May B.S. is in Early Childhood Education from New Mexico State University and my M.A. is in English from North Dakota State University. For several years I worked as a disciplinary consultant for the College of Human Development and Education. As a disciplinary consultant I worked with graduate students and faculty on a variety of initiatives from NSF-GRFP grand proposals to developing writing rubrics for disquisitions. Now, as a generalist writing consultant I work with graduate students and faculty across the university in one-on-one, workshop, and classroom settings to support both writing and writing instruction.

I think that one of the best aspects of being a writing consultant is trying to demystify the writing processes-perhaps through explaining a point of grammar or diagnosing a problem with "flow." And, while writing, especially academic writing, is complex and can be frustrating and overwhelming, it is also incredibly important to us as students, faculty, and an institution.

Troy Reisenauer

Hi, I'm Troy. I grew up on a ranch near Dickinson, North Dakota. Raising horses, cows, and chickens was not my passion, so I left the dusty West for the greener, if flatter, fields that are home to Minnesota State University Moorhead. I graduated from MSUM with a bachelor's degree in history and Russian studies. I then decided to to pursue graduate studies here at North Dakota State University. At NDSU, I earned a master's degree in twentieth-century European history and am currently working on a PhD in that same field. My dissertation focuses on the Australian writer, Joseph Roth, who lived and worked in Vienna in the post-WWI period. As a consultant at the NDSU Center for Writers, I love working collaboratively with fellow graduate students in the writing process. I firmly believe that anyone can become a better writer!

Drew Taylor

My name is Drew Taylor! I'm a doctoral student in ECE, though the focus of my research spans from cardiovascular engineering to engineering education. I'm a native of the west coast, but I've lived and worked in the Midwest since I moved to Iowa for my undergrad. Although I've always loved the academic lifestyle, I moved to Kansas after graduation and designed control systems HMI's for a couple of years before coming here to NDSU for grad school. I've worked here at the Center for Writers as the disciplinary consultant for the College of Engineering for several years now and I can safely say it's the best job I've ever had-not only do I get to see the breadth of amazing research being done by our graduate students, but here at the Center I get to help those students get their work out into the world on a daily basis.

For me, that entire process-finding something new through research and sharing it-is the bread and butter of the information age. Unfortunately, while we often get a lot of training on research methods as graduate students, many of us are left to our own devices when it comes to writing. As a consultant, I love being able to bridge that gap, to help students drive innovation through their peculiar and diverse ideas.

Nick Humphrey

Nick is a Ph.D. candidate in Emergency Management and Disaster Science. He has been a Graduate Writing Consultant with the Center for Writers since Fall 2022. He is a general consultant, working with individuals of different backgrounds and fields, such as agriculture, music, and computer science. His approach is to make new clients feel welcome to the Center and be able to share their work and experiences writing. Nick assists clients in everything from fine-tuning a mostly finished product, to teaching how to organize sections, as well as brainstorming. His goal is to help clients leave the Center feeling accomplished and having learned something new. 

Isaac Rush

Isaac is an evolutionary and morphometric biologist working on his Ph.D. in biological collection sciences and his teaching certificate focusing on museum-setting education. He is the writing center’s Graduate RaMP Consultant, helping bridge between undergraduate and graduate education. He is particularly skilled at assisting in preparing application material, for example grants, fellowships, proposals, and other academic applications. His goal is to help students work through and develop their skills in their writing, rather than being an editor. He believes clear communication in writing is important in any field; research can't advance if you can't effectively communicate your study and findings. Often it helps to just sit and have a conversation about your ideas or what you are having trouble with. Don’t be afraid to seek help, whether that be from your advisor or a writing consultant. Consultants are always seeking new and more effective ways to help students, so Isaac is learning alongside the students he consults. 


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