Staff and Consultants
Writing centers are unique spaces in universities because, by design, they put students in the so-called driver’s seat and give the writing consultant the role of coach or helper. In writing centers, students are not taught didactically. Rather, they are in charge of projects, and they seek assistance from writing experts in order to complete these projects successfully: publishing a paper, securing a grant, completing a thesis or dissertation, finding employment, or even just writing an email that accurately conveys a message or idea.
We see ourselves as consultants who help students to become successful writers, but we also see ourselves as writing consultants to faculty, departments, and colleges. We seek to understand the specific writing needs of graduate students (and faculty) in different disciplines and try to meet them collaboratively. My job is a) to ensure that we are helping graduate student writers, and b) to help create initiatives that will assist faculty, departments, and NDSU as a whole in providing an education to graduate students that includes the key skills of writing and communicating. Part of my job directing our Center is to teach a graduate academic writing class. You can find more information about classes we offer here.
In the fall of 2014, after three years as a generalist graduate writing consultant at the Graduate Center for Writers, I became the writing consultant dedicated to the College of Human Development and Education. In this role I not only consulted one-on-one with HDE graduate students, many on a repeated basis, but also guest-lectured in HDE graduate classes, presented workshops for HDE graduate students, and worked with HDE faculty. As both a writing consultant, and as a lecturer in the English First Year Writing program, I try to help writers, at any stage of their writing process, write with their readers in mind.
One of my first recognitions of the importance of writing with the reader in mind was as a kindergarten teacher many years ago. One of my students, after several days of crossed out letters and crumpled papers, finally wrote his full, rather long, name all by himself. This task required both intense concentration and, as evidenced from his white knuckles, true grit. Indeed, he was rightfully proud when he explained that, although he had known which letters to use all along, it was really hard to write them in the right order so I, his reader, could make all the "right sounds at the right time." He understood that writing with the reader in mind was vital for both the reader and the writer.
Dan's responsible for reviewing and publishing graduate disquisitions and papers. Nygard earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he also taught freshman composition as a teaching assistant.
Nygard was a legal document services shift lead at Integreon prior to NDSU. He is a native of the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Disciplinary Consultant for the College of Engineering
I am a doctoral student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department with a specialization in cardiovascular engineering. My research areas include ventricular-arterial coupling, EM-induced genetic expression, countermeasures to microgravity and cardiovascular depression.
I am originally from Washington, though I did my undergrad at Iowa State University. After graduation, I moved to Kansas for two years, where I developed human-machine interfaces for and maintained the computer networks of manufacturing plants that produced a variety of goods from PVC to sugar. Fall 2015 is my first semester working as the disciplinary consultant for the College of Engineering and also my first year as a writing consultant.
Hi, I'm Tammi! I am about mid-way through my first semester as a generalist writing consultant at the Graduate Center for Writers. I never planned a career in writing however as fate would have it that is exactly where I am and I couldn't be happier.
I was raised in rural North Central North Dakota and obtained a B.S in Animal and Range Sciences from NDSU. During my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to work as a Summer Research Assistant in Animal Sciences and learned research was AWESOME!!! To further explore research, graduate school came next, along with writing and more writing. I quickly learned writing was very important! I completed my Master's of Science in animal and Range Sciences and began my research career where I worked with USDA as a Biological Research Technician and then at NDSU as a Research Specialist in Animal Sciences. During my time as a research specialist, my writing skills were further honed. I had the opportunity to author and co-author several papers in my spare time. It was at this point I exercised my writing brain. It is not until you use your brain to write that you can become good at writing.
Due to my prior experiences, I now have the opportunity to work with you to exercise your writing brain to help you become good at writing! So head on over the One-on-One Sessions and Appointments page and let's start working!
I've been a writing consultant for eight years now, having consulted and taught at Boise State University, New Mexico State University, and the US Army Sergeant Major's Academy, before coming to NDSU.
My teaching and consulting experience involves working with all fields across the arts & sciences, with some particular emphasis on writing in the health professions.
More info can be found at my website: https://philbodeloveswriting.wordpress.com/category/aboutme/
I am a doctoral student in the Department of Communication, and this is my second semester working as a writing consultant. Before coming to the United States for my graduate education, I was a mass communication professional for eight years in India. After working with a national daily, I switched to teaching mass communication and journalism, and I have chosen interpersonal communication as my field of research for the rest of my life.
Writing has always been an inseparable part of my life, and I believe that writing is similar to traveling. Sometimes it is adventurous like a road trip (think about writing opinion pieces, reflection papers), sometimes it is ritualistic like visiting a holy place (you know it when a professor gives you a pretty standard assignment), and at other times it is like daily commute (those times when you report medians and standard deviations!). Just like traveling, writing is fun!
So, I invite you to share some of your journeys with me. I will be right there with my binoculars.
Scarlet Gray Bernard
As Grants Consultant in the Graduate Center for Writers, I will be working on grant initiatives for the Graduate Center for Writers and specializing in helping graduate students and faculty with the grant and fellowship writing and application processes. From May 2014 to June 2017 I was the Grant Coordinator for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Human Development and Education where, in short, I did what I could to help faculty be successful at applying for grants. I have been a staff writer for a small daily newspaper; a graduate student instructor in Composition and Business & Technical Writing; an independent music teacher of flute, guitar, and bass; a planetarium educator, which included writing, producing, and presenting shows and promoting them; and a freelance editor and proofreader.