Faculty consultants work with students who are writing personal statements for post-graduate opportunities such as graduate school, professional school, or post-graduate fellowships.

Current students and alumni wishing to meet with one of the CWL faculty consultants may request an appointment using the standard request form, using the "writing advisor" option.

A Portrait of Professor Amy Spivey

Amy Spivey, Professor of Physics

Pronouns: she/her/hers

"I am trained as an experimental physicist, and my research area involves the study of how different types of materials interact with laser light. However, I have always enjoyed writing, and I like helping students in all fields become better writers. For example, scientific writing emphasizes precision and brevity, but writing personal statements for fellowships or further study involves telling your personal story in a professional yet engaging way. Good writers try to captivate, inform, and convince their audiences as effectively as they can. In addition to working with students and alumni, I am always glad to consult with faculty on grant proposals, personal statements, and course assignment prompts."

Hours: M 12-1pm, Tu 10am-12pm, Fri 11am-1pm

Regina Duthely Portrait

Regina Duthely, Assistant Professor of English

Pronouns: she/her/hers

"My training is in composition and rhetoric studies. I specialize in Black feminist digital rhetorics, African American rhetorics, and multimodal composition and rhetoric. To put it simply, I look at the ways that people write and communicate online, with a specific focus on the ways that race, gender, sexuality, and other identities inform that writing. While in graduate school I worked at my university's graduate center, and I really enjoyed helping students get their brilliant ideas out on paper. Everyone has something important to say; we just have to help people communicate those ideas effectively for the audiences they want to reach. That is why I chose to study writing and become a writing professor. I look forward to being back in a center and working one on one with writers from across campus!"

Hours: Tu 12-2pm, W 2-3pm, F 1-3pm

Renee Simms

Renee Simms, Associate Professor of African American Studies

Pronouns: she/her/hers

"My training is in creative writing and law, and I teach courses in fiction writing, The Harlem Renaissance, Survey of African American Literature, Black Fictions and Feminisms, and Environmental Racism. My research interests include community writing pedagogy and black feminist interventions in literary canon formation, environmental justice, and law. I enjoy helping students think through choices they’ve made in a draft as well as the expectations of a written genre. I believe all great writing happens during revision."

Currently on sabbatical