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, and she has been teaching college-level writing for over ten years. Prior to becoming the Writing Center Director, she served for four years as the Writing Center Associate Director. In this position, she developed the web presence of the Center and supervised the program for lower-division Assistant Writing Specialists. She became Writing Center Director in July 2013. She was honored as the Lecturer of the Year in the English Department for the 2011-2012 academic year.

She 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. 

Though most of her teaching experience has been at SJSU, she also taught courses at Santa Clara University in 2006. 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. 


 Gloria Collins

Gloria Collins

Gloria Collins earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English at San Jose State University. With Dr. Virginia de Araujo as her mentor, she taught English 1A-F and 1B-F, composition for foreign speakers, when she was a Teaching Assistant in 1979. In 1980, she continued with this assignment until the special "F" sections were discontinued in 1999. She continues to teach composition courses in the English Department and also coordinates the Writing Skills Test.

She is an experienced holistic reader for tests like the TOEFL, EPT, WST, and other abbreviated exams too numerous to fog your mind with. Gloria is a member of the English Department Composition Committee and the university Writing Requirements Committee.

In her year as Faculty-in-Residence at the Writing Center (2008-2009), she compiled a report about how the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) is enforced throughout the California State University system. In her second semester, she proposed a new writing course for students having trouble passing the Writing Skills Test.

She is secretary of the California Faculty Association executive board at SJSU and a union activist.

She is a published poet and hopes to complete her second novel manuscript before she gets much older.


 Debra Caires


Debra Caires

Debra Caires is an SJSU alumna, earning her B.A. in both Creative Arts (English Literature emphasis) and Biology (Neurophysiology), and an M.S. in Neurological Mechanisms. 

Since 1998, she has taught courses in several disciplines throughout SJSU. She started teaching in biology, later moved to engineering, and eventually found her niche in computer science, where she remains today. Her roles, within her department and the College of Science, include coordinating student community-centered projects as an instructor and managing interns as the Internship Director for the College of Science.

Her focus is student empowerment and success through communication. See the list below for a few examples of student/instructor collaborative projects.

That’s What We Do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdoQ6UG2c7M

Computer Science Interns and Industry Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qXhPRPLX4c

Technical Communication: http://www.sjsu.edu/cs100w

Science Education Resource Center: http://serc.sjsu.edu

STEM Center (SJSU): http://www.sjsu.edu/stem


Jessy Goodman


Jessy Goodman

Jessy Goodman earned her MFA in creative writing from San Jose State University in 2014 and now teaches English and Global Studies at SJSU.

She has written two novels and won a variety of awards for her short fiction and poetry, including the prestigious Lois King Thor Short Story Scholarship. Jessy also works as lead fiction editor for the popular online Bay Area lit journal, The Rumpus.

She attended the exclusive Salzburg Global Seminar as a faculty Fellow this summer, and she also attended as a graduate student in 2013. Jessy hopes to relocate abroad in the next couple of years—hopefully to London.


Former Writing Center Director

Dr. Linda C. Mitchell (2007-2013) 


Former Faculty-in-Residence

Cindy Baer (2013-2015)
Martin Leach
Jan Hagemann
Sabine Rech (2007-2008)
Andrew Fleck (fall 2008)
Jim Lobdell (spring 2007)
Nancie Fimbel (spring 2007)