Writing Center Faculty and Staff
Michelle Hager, Director
Michelle Hager is the Writing Center Director, and she taught college-level English classes for 12 years. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in English and Certificate in Professional and Technical Writing from San Jose State University.
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 writing tutors. She has 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). She has presented at national and regional conferences, including the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the Northern California Writing Centers Association Conference (NCWCA), the Young Rhetoricians' Conference (YRC), and the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education Conference (APAHE). She is currently conducting multiple research projects related to writing centers.
Michelle taught 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.
Maria Judnick, Coordinator of Digital Initiatives
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 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.
Heidi Livingston Eisips, Resource Coordinator
Heidi Livingston Eisips has an MBA with an emphasis in Market Research and Strategy from Yale University. She has worked as a marketing strategist with Fortune 100s, start-ups, and mid-size companies, across a variety of industries, including enterprise software, biopharmaceutical, and education. Heidi is an experienced lecturer and facilitator, having taught all ages from K-12 and higher ed through post-graduate and adult learners in professional development/training settings. Heidi has expertise in a wide array of educational technologies, and her research focuses on encouraging creativity, innovation, and design thinking through a balance between screen and non-screen interventions in educational settings. Heidi is also an experienced writer and editor, and she works with the SJSU Writing Center and departments across campus to develop educational resources which support writing for STEM and business disciplines.
Amy Russo, Coordinator of Multilingual Writing Support Services
Amy Russo is the Coordinator for Multilingual Writing Support Services at the SJSU Writing Center working with both undergraduate and graduate students. She earned her B.A. in European Studies from Hendrix College and her Master of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University. In December 2017, Amy earned her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey.
Prior to joining the SJSU writing team, Amy taught English for five years in Japan and tutored for two years at a graduate writing center. Over the last seven years, she has made numerous presentations at conferences about linguistics, language teaching, and writing, including the California TESOL Conference, the UC Davis Language Symposium, and the JET Skill Development Conference for English Teachers. Amy is actively involved in Toastmasters, a public speaking non-profit. In addition, she partners with the San Francisco Japanese Consulate to support the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program through teacher training. Amy is the co-founder and former officer of the JET Alumni Association of Monterey Bay (JETAAMB).
In this position, Amy creates workshops and trainings for tutors about working with multilingual students (with Michelle Hager, Writing Center Director). She also builds materials and professional development opportunities on topics relating to the support multilingual writers (with Dr. Tom Moriarty, Writing Across the Curriculum Director). Amy’s aim is to promote lifelong learning that is positive, flexible, and meaningful for students through careful content creation, learner strategy training, and collaboration with students, tutors, faculty, staff, and campus organizations.
Ching Ching Tan, Practically Speaking Facilitator
Ching Ching Tan is excited to facilitate Practically Speaking and learn from so many brilliant graduate students in SJSU. She earned her M.A. in Communication Studies in 2015 and is currently working on her M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction, both from San Jose State University. She completed her B.A. in International Studies - Linguistic from University of California, San Diego. Ching Ching is a proud immigrant from China who began her American life by studying ESL in community colleges before transferring to UCSD. Her passion for non-native public speaking is close to her heart. She naturally embraces her linguistic identity to facilitate any public speaking workshop with humility and curiosity.
Ching Ching Tan is a lecturer teaching different Communication Studies subjects in San Jose State. Aside from Public Speaking (COMM-20) and Public Speaking for Non-Native Speakers (COMM-20N), she teaches Intercultural Communication (COMM-74), Interpersonal Communication (COMM-110F), Communication and Culture (COMM-161F), and Writing for Influence (COMM-100W). Every subject is a platform for dialogue, and every classroom is a space for self-discovery.
TBD, Administrative Support Coordinator
This position is currently vacant--it will be filled soon.
Former Writing Center Director
Dr. Linda C. Mitchell (2007-2013)
Shannon Bane (2016-2017)
Gloria Collins (2008-2016)
Debra Caires (2014-2016)
Jessy Goodman (2015-2016)
Cindy Baer (2013-2015)
Martin Leach (2012-2013)
Jan Hagemann (2007-2012)
Sabine Rech (2007-2008)
Andrew Fleck (fall 2008)
Jim Lobdell (spring 2007)
Nancie Fimbel (spring 2007)