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Meet Our Consultants



  • Phil Shaw, Writing Commons Coordinator

    Phil Shaw is Writing Commons Coordinator as well as a full-time lecturer in the University Writing Program. He first became interested in Writing Center work as a peer consultant at the University of Denver and then as a professional consultant here at RIT. His other research interests include metacognition and cognitive studies, student agency, and knowledge transfer between disciplines. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo. He enjoys road trips, vinyl records, cats, effects pedals, and coffee.       


  • Claudia Alant

    Claudia is a first-year Mechanical Engineering major expecting to complete a Mathematics Minor and Bioengineering immersion. She will be working as a peer writing consultant and she is thrilled to learn more about how students across many disciplines use language to bring ideas to fruition. Claudia is a member of Hot Wheelz (a Formula Electric vehicle team comprised completely of females), fluent in Afrikaans, and insatiably curious.


  • Luke Daly

    Luke Daly is a full-time lecturer in the University Writing Program, a consultant in the Writing Commons, and a working poet.  His research interests include threshold concepts of composition and creative writing.  Luke has worked in various consultant roles in student writing centers since 2007, and he values the face-to-face quality of such environments as a missing ingredient in much writing instruction.  In his free time, Luke likes exercising, playing catch with his kid, and reading.


  • Ian Effendi

    Ian Effendi is a third-year Game Design & Development major, working as a peer consultant in the Writing Commons. In his spare time, he competes in the poetry slams hosted by Mental Graffiti and runs the International House in his official role as the organization’s President. In his spare time, he studies the craft of graphic design, in hopes of becoming a better artist.


  • Annika Garbers

    Annika is a fourth-year Industrial and Systems Engineering major. This is her fourth semester working in the Writing Commons, where she enjoys working with students on a variety of interesting writing projects. She's the Chief Mechanical Engineer for Hot Wheelz (all-female Formula Hybrid racing team), works part-time for a machine intelligence software startup, and is involved in several activism organizations on campus.


  • Gregory Goh

    Gregory Goh is a fifth-year Computer Science major and is in his seventh semester working at the Writing Commons. He likes to call himself a writer who writes in natural languages and programming languages. He enjoys flourishing and performing tricks with playing cards, as well as crafting and exploring narrative experiences. He also dreams of making robots that converse like humans. Besides English, Gregory can speak Mandarin Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia.


  • Taylor Gould

    Taylor is a 4th year BS/ME Industrial and Systems engineering student here at RIT and is entering her 4th semester working in the Writing Commons.  She enjoys working at the WC because it gives her the opportunity to work with new people on new things in a variety of disciplines other than her own. The most fulfilling part of this job to her is when she feels she is able to help someone feel more confident about them self as a writer.  She is also a member Zeta Tau Alpha, Society of Women in Engineering, and enjoys hiking and yoga.


  • Geoff Kanteles

    Geoff is a third year Computing Security major. He has been working in the Writing Commons for four semesters, where he enjoys helping students develop their writing skills. Geoff also works on campus for ITS and has worked as a systems administrator on co-op. Geoff has a passion for gaming, loves to laugh, enjoys reading about space, and likes to meet new people.


  • Roshan Mathew

    Roshan is a fourth-year student majoring in Human-Centered Computing at GCCIS and into his third year as a Writing Consultant. He loves collaborating with writers from various disciplines and enjoys being a part of the process that translates people’s thoughts and ideas into words. Roshan is multi-lingual, has experience working with writers whose first language is not English and is also conversant in basic ASL. In his free time, he helps promotes international student outreach for Global Union, participates in various club activities such as the RIT UX Club, RIT Badminton, and DISA.


  • Betsy Hicks McDonald

    Betsy is an English/ASL linguist.  She enjoys applying her linguistic, cultural, and academic experience to written work of all lengths, genres, and disciplines with undergraduate and graduate students. She is bilingual in ASL and English, and is particularly interested in the intersection of confidence and competence in academic writing across genre, discipline and culture.  


  • Benjamin Padovano

    Ben Padovano is a 4th-year student in his 5th semester as a writing consultant.  He enjoys discussing a variety of topics involving learning & behavior, and is on the Clinical/Developmental Track in his psychology program.  He enjoys being an ultra-consumer and immersing himself with different narratives in albums, video games, and films.  Being familiar with metacognitive practices, Ben aims to help clients become more familiar with personal pitfalls involving their writing practices; in order to promote self-improvement and sense of voice for analytical writing.      


  • Kaitie Spaude

    Kaitie is a recent RIT graduate with degrees in Journalism and Media Arts and Technology working her fifth semester in the Writing Commons. She works both as a school photographer and faculty here at RIT during the week and packs parachutes at WNY Skydiving on the weekends. She loves the entire writing process and enjoys helping students with everything from brainstorming to checking citations. On the off chance she’s not working, Kaitie enjoys watching movies, playing with her cat, and avoiding adult responsibilities.


  • Anthony Troiano

    Anthony is a second-year Computing Security major. He enjoys the unpredictability of the Writing Commons and is eager to help anyone who comes in. Outside of working in the WC, he also takes part in RIT's Competitive Cybersecurity Club (RC3) as well as hack nights and interest groups pertaining to the field. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and programming.


  • Sevinç Türkkan

    Sevinç Türkkan has been teaching academic writing for the past 10 years. She specializes in comparative world literary studies and she is a practicing translator from Turkish and German. Sevinç teaches modern Turkish literature and intellectual history at the University of Rochester. At RIT, she enjoys working with students at the Writing Commons, helping them become better writers. Don't forget to book her in advance! Check out her most recent translation The Stone Building and Other Places by the acclaimed woman writer and human rights activist, Asli Erdogan: