Writing Center Faculty and Staff


Michelle Hager

Michelle Hager, Director

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 eight 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 also worked with the Writing Across the Curriculum Director, Dr. Tom Moriarty, to develop and supervise the new course-embedded writing tutors program at SJSU (which is now housed in the Writing Center).  

Michelle teaches English 1A and 1B (First Year Writing), 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 is also the writing program representative on the Graduate Non-Resident Task Force. 

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. 


Maria Judnick 

Maria Judnick, Digital Initiatives Coordinator

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. 


Pat Walls 

Pat Walls, Office Coordinator

Pat Walls started as the Writing Center Office Coordinator in fall 2013. He earned a Certificate in Film and Television from Bond University, Robina, Australia; a B.A. in Theatre Arts and History from Concordia University, Irvine; and an M.A. in History from University of San Diego. He has compiled the statistics for and written the Writing Center annual reports, and he has presented at regional and national conferences on writing center best practices.

Prior to working at SJSU, Pat worked in real estate, property management, and accounting for six years in Orange and San Diego Counties. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova where he partnered with a state government office that helped local nonprofits write effective community development grants. He also worked at a Los Angeles nonprofit that assists vulnerable veterans with housing services, job training, and substance use treatment programs. In Long Beach Pat tutored first through tenth grade students in math and reading, and in San Diego he taught art, theater, music, and steel drum classes to first through twelfth grade students with housing instability. 

Pat's thesis on Bill Owens, Buffalo Bill's Brewery, and the birth of craft beer will soon be published by White Mule Press. His research interests include comparative, cross-culture history and cultural and social history of food and drink. He is currently studying for the Certified Cicerone® and Beer Judge Certification Program exams.


Former Writing Center Director

Dr. Linda C. Mitchell (2007-2013) 


Former Faculty-in-Residence

Shannon Bane (2016-2017)
Gloria Collins
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)