Tutors and Staff


Hello everyone, my name is Paul Christian , and I am just starting my second semester this fall. I am currently in the Engineering program, and planning to transfer and finish a four-year degree, most likely at New Paltz. I moved here to New York last fall, and I really like it so far. Outside of class I enjoy traveling (new places especially), reading and scuba diving. This will be my first time working in the Writing Center, or even tutoring at all - it should be a great experience, and I am really looking forward to seeing you all in there. As a non-traditional student, I will take an extra year to finish up here at Dutchess, so hopefully I will have plenty of time to spend in the Writing Center, getting to know all of you - thanks!

My name is Catherine Cole, and I'm in my fourth semester at DCC.  I'm a non-traditional student and am in school after a long break, career, and raising my kids.  I love writing and literature and hope to impart encouragement, guidance and enthusiasm for your written work at DCC.  I love tutoring and have done some literacy tutoring previously and am looking forward to tutoring in the Writing Center! 




 Sup world; my name is Aidan O'Callaghan and I'm a freshman at DCC in my second semester. I've loved to read and write my entire life, and have been employed at the Red Hook and Hyde Park Observers (local newspapers) as a contributing writer and journalist since late 2012. I am extremely excited to begin tutoring in the Writing Center, as I can think of nothing I'd like to do more than facilitate better writing and assist my fellow students in achieving their academic aspirations.

 Hi. I'm Tina Staniscia , a non-traditional student in my third semester at DCC.  Next to my family, words are my passion. Whether written or spoken, words continually fascinate me. Being in the LAH program has improved my writing and conversational skills and has also piqued my curiosity on so many levels. By being part of the Writing Center team, I hope to mentor my fellow students so they too can love words, not fear them.

 Hi. My name is Jonathan Stupple . If you choose to come to the Writing Center, and I have the pleasure to assist you with your writing, I will do my best to help you in whatever way possible. I have spent the majority of my life overseas. As a result, I am open-minded and patient, but, more importantly, I am fully familiar with the struggles of trying to adapt to a new system of schooling and thought. I also have first-hand experience with the difficulties of writing in a foreign language, which college-level writing can most certainly seem like sometimes. So, whether you are just starting with your paper and looking for someone to bounce ideas off of, looking for a second eye to go over your final draft, or somewhere in between, I promise that I will strive to provide you with the help that you need and deserve.

 Hi! My name is Joshua Tubbiola, and I’m an aviation student here at DCC. Flying airplanes is my passion and my future career, and I take great pride in saying that I’m a pilot. Guitar, piano, reading and writing are a few of my hobbies, as well as anything that involves problem solving or building. Unlike most of the students at DCC, I was home schooled: the same teacher, same classroom, same everything for twelve years, and I’m very happy that I was raised that way. In general, I love to learn anything, because I don’t think you can ever know or do enough!








Tom Denton,
Professor, English and Director of the Writing Center
 Last year was the Writing Center's busiest ever. More and more students are using our tutoring services to strengthen their writing and thinking skills, improve course grades, and enjoy a comfortable campus home where they find new friends. This year we aim to experiment with some new writing technologies that might give writers tools to capture and process their sessions, enhancing the opportunities for revision. denton@sunydutchess.edu


Leigh Williams, 
Professor, English and Director of the Teaching Resource Project
The focus of the Teaching Resource Project is the Roundtable Lunch Project, a bi-weekly discussion on issues of teaching that brings together faculty and staff from across the disciplines. The Writing Center also sponsors an annual professional development workshop for faculty. In addition, at instructors’ requests, we offer workshops to students and classes in subjects such as writing research papers and taking essay exams.  williams@sunydutchess.edu 

Edwina Gray
Teaching Lab Assistant, Writing Center Computer Lab
Hi, I am usually the first face you will see when you enter the Writing Center. I’ve been here for about twelve years now, and each semester presents its own challenges as well as joys. I am here to share both with you. I often get questions ranging from, "Do you know what time the bus comes to the Main Mall," to "How do I create a database in Microsoft Access?" So feel free to stop by and drain every fiber of my being! Just kidding, looking forward to your visit. gray@sunydutchess.edu

picShannon Flynn– Professional Tutor Hello, students,welcome to the Writing Center! We're here to help you take the stress out of writing college papers so you can focus on what you want to say. At the Writing Center, you can even make friends with APA style, if that's what your assignment requires. As for me, my professional background is in book publishing and advertising. I have a history book coming out next year and a group art show in Manhattan this fall. My masters degree is in Secondary Education, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and I enjoy traveling and studying languages. I look forward to meeting you. Have a happy and productive semester.

Ryan James McGuckin Professional Tutor and Coordinator of Student Academic Persistence. Hi, my name is Ryan and here at the Writing Center I look forward to meeting with you to discuss your reading and writing questions, ideas, and observations regarding any stage of your assignment. Whether it involves drafting, revising, focusing on a few technical aspects of your writing, or anything that involves the texts and materials for your class, I am looking forward to meeting with you. Beside my time in the Writing Center, I am also an English PhD student in the Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture concentration at Louisiana State University. My research involves looking at language and communication as a series of designed and managed networks, found in a variety of mediums, such as the fine and performing arts, architecture, photography, film, and writing. These interests guide my university teaching and service as well as the work I do here at the Writing Center.



Henry Ricci, Professional Tutor  I am excited to be here working with you on any and all writing assignments but very interested in seeing creative writing assignments as well. From my years of tutoring here in the Writing Center, I am again proposing the "money back guarantee" for your session because I know you and your paper will benefit from the experience, and you will enjoy yourself. How can you go wrong with that? I received my Master's from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut in English with a writing concentration and am a professional writing tutor here at Dutchess. PS. The administration has not (yet) approved my guarantee idea, but stay tuned!