Writing Center Faculty

Writing Center Director

Michelle Hager

Michelle Hager

Michelle Hager is the Writing Center Director and a lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from San Jose State University. She has been teaching college-level writing for over ten years, and she has seven years of experience in writing center administration.

Prior to becoming the Writing Center Director in July 2013, she served for four years as the Writing Center Associate Director. In this position, she developed the web presence of the Center and created and supervised the program for lower-division Assistant Writing Specialists. She has presented at national and regional conferences, and she is currently conducting multiple research projects related to writing centers. She has also been working with the Writing Across the Curriculum Director, Dr. Tom Moriarty, to develop and supervise the new Writing Fellows program at SJSU.  

Michelle teaches English 1A and 1B (Composition), English 22 (Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature), English 103 (Modern English Grammar), English 106 (Editing for Writers), English 112A (Children's Literature), and English 112B (Young Adult Literature). She sits on the English Department Composition Committee and the university Writing Requirements Committee. 

She belongs to the National Council for Teachers of English and the International Writing Centers Association, and she enjoys the daily adventures of teaching and working at the Writing Center. 



Shannon Bane

Shannon Bane

Shannon Bane is a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Department, and she has been teaching at San Jose State University since 2002. She earned a B.A. in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and Evolution from University of California Santa Cruz and an M.S. in Environmental Studies at San Jose State University. She has worked for federal and state resource agencies, as well as for consulting firms, where she specialized in natural resource conservation and environmental compliance, especially for endangered species. This work included field research and writing documents especially for these fields, including Habitat Conservation Plans, restoration plans, forest management plans, and documents necessary to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, federal and state endangered species acts, Clean Water Act, and other important environmental laws.

Shannon teaches Environmental Studies 100W (Environmental Research and Writing), Environmental Studies 187 (Environmental Restoration), Environmental Studies 191 (Advanced Environmental Restoration), and Environmental Studies 10 (Life on an Changing Planet). She also continues to provide environmental consulting services to the City of Santa Cruz and other local entities, and she owns a certified organic apple orchard that sells apples to winemakers that make hard cider.

Maria Judnick 

Maria Judnick

Maria Judnick is a proud second-generation SJSU Spartan! While her father earned his M.A. in Educational Counseling from San Jose State University, Maria earned an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from SJSU and a M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from St. Mary’s College of California. She completed her B.A. (English major with minors in Art History and Theology) at Loyola Marymount University. For five summers, Maria Judnick has been honored to serve as the Project Coordinator for a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for teachers ("John Steinbeck, the Voice of a Region, a Voice for America" in 2009, 2011, and 2013 and "The California Immigrant Experience in Literature and Theatre" in 2014 and 2016) directed by SJSU professors.

Since 2013, Maria has taught English 1A, English 100A, and Stretch English at San Jose State University. She is also a full-time lecturer at Santa Clara University where she teaches a wide variety of themed freshmen courses including those focusing on Sustainability and California literature, in particular. She has also taught Advanced Nonfiction Writing, Engineering Communications, and a course in the Environmental Studies department. In her spare time, Maria Judnick is a freelance writer and is working on her first young adult novel. 



Former Writing Center Director

Dr. Linda C. Mitchell (2007-2013) 


Former Faculty-in-Residence

Gloria Collins (2008-2016)
Debra Caires
Jessy Goodman (2015-2016) 
Cindy Baer
Martin Leach
Jan Hagemann
Sabine Rech (2007-2008)
Andrew Fleck (fall 2008)
Jim Lobdell (spring 2007)
Nancie Fimbel (spring 2007)