Staff Directory

Below are bios on our key Center staff. The bios of our consultants can be found by following these buttons:  

Stephen Disrud

Interim Director

I am proud to work with the experienced and dedicated staff at the Center for Writers, where I hope to contribute to a mission of helping students and faculty meet the highest possible standards for writing, research, and teaching. To the Center, I bring a practical background in applied linguistics that comes from more than fifteen years of teaching multilingual undergraduate and graduate students at NDSU. My teaching portfolio includes graduate courses like Strategies for Research Writing, Language & Classroom Skills for International GTAs, Strategies for Literature Reviews, and Academic Writing in the Engineering Disciplines, as well as undergraduate courses like First-Year Composition, and ESL-skills courses (particularly writing, grammar, and reading). My doctoral work is in Writing Studies with research focusing on Writing Program Administration and the rhetoric of program archives.

I have a deep love of language that is a joy for me to share and a sincere desire to help others achieve their goals. Writing can be difficult and is a skill that develops over a lifetime. It’s a privilege to participate in this journey with the NDSU community. Come visit and let’s get some work done together!

Mary Pull

Associate Director

I am a bona-fide product of North Dakota: I was born and raised in Bismarck, and I earned my B.A. in English Education and M.A. in English at NDSU.

After teaching secondary language arts for a short time, I became a graduate instructor in the NDSU English department and, eventually, a lecturer and assistant to the director of the Center for Writers.  Currently, I serve in three capacities: Director of the Center for Writers, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, and Academic Advisor for English Education. 

Over the years, I have taught a variety of courses at NDSU:  College Composition I and II, Methods of Teaching English I and II, American Literature I and II, Peer Tutoring and Writing in the Disciplines, Writing in the Health Professions, Writing in the Technical Professions, Grammatical StructuresWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and World Literature.   My academic interests include the history of writing instruction, writing across the curriculum (WAC), writing in the disciplines (WID), writing center theory and practice, and early American and British literature. 

My free time is spent with my husband, four grown children, their spouses, and twenty-three grandchildren.  In addition to traveling to warm climates, I enjoy volunteering and teaching at my church.  

Kristina Caton

Senior Writing Consultant

I come to the Center for Writers with a background in teaching and an emphasis in teaching writing composition. My 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 grant 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, faulty, and an institution.


Kwabena Dadson

Administrative Assistant

Hi there! My name is Kwabena Dadson. I was born to a humble family in the heart of Apimenyim, a small village surrounded by a thick forest with interesting people in the western region of Ghana, West Africa. I lived most of my life along the beautiful beaches of Ghana--Sekondi-Takoradi (Twin-City), Cape Coast and Accra—playing soccer, watching fishermen sing while they pulled their large canoes on shore, and admiring lovers and families spending time by the ocean. I completed my basic school in Accra and high school in Sekondi. I graduated from the University of Cape Coast with a B.S in Agribusiness, where I served as a teaching assistant in the Department of Agriculture Economics and Extension. Now I am at NDSU pursuing my masters in International Agribusiness.

I love travelling and agree with Saint Augustine, who says, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” At NDSU, I find myself reading the third page.The first is filled with adventurous trips around Ghana while working as Assistant R​egional Coordinator for the Youth Arise Organization, a non-governmental organization, and coordinator for my church. I turned the second page when I made a trip to Germany for the 8th Conference on Universities, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development. It was an opportunity to showcase my first product: “ Kaklo Mix” (Ripe Plantain Fritters Flour) I developed from my project work. I still remember Heidelberg in December, lights beaming through the night as trams crisscrossed town and colorful Christmas markets.

My 3rd page is here at NDSU where I am delighted to be working as an administrative assistant at the Center for Writers because it feels like a family. The consultants are excellent and provide a unique service assisting with the writing needs of students on campus.

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