Writing Center Faculty and Staff
Full-Time Faculty & Staff
Michelle Hager, Director
Michelle Hager is the Writing Center Director, and she taught college-level writing courses 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 a 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 the university Writing Requirements Committee, the Tutor Supervisor Council, and the Working Group on Student Career Paths, along with serving on numerous hiring committees. She was also the program chair for the 2019 Northern California Writing Centers Association Conference, which was hosted at SJSU.
She belongs to the National Council for Teachers of English and the International Writing Centers Association.
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.
Lakmini Campbell, Administrative Support Coordinator
Lakmini Campbell is the Administrative Coordinator at the Writing Center, and she joined the service in May 2019. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and over 14 years of senior administrative higher education experience--both from London, United Kingdom.
Prior to moving to the US, Lakmini managed the student employment service at a London university, which provided undergraduates and graduates with paid job opportunities to work within the institution. She was also the Careers Coordinator, with a focus on engaging and equipping international students into UK recruitment practices.
Her faculty liaison introduced innovative ways for merging industry with student employability including employer career panels, university poetry slams, and student recognition awards at a national level. Lakmini’s initial higher education experience began with managing and increasing the scope and number of one-year paid placements both in the UK and internationally.
Previously, she has facilitated and delivered on employability conference workshops, careers presentation series, and a marketing review for the service; Lakmini has also been an active member of the Association for Sandwich Education and Training (ASET), National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES), PlaceNet, and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS). She aims to bring her experience to the SJSU Writing Center by contributing to raising student and faculty awareness of the service in a collaborative and creative way.
Part-Time Faculty & Staff
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.
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)