Who We Are

Writing Consultants

Simone R. Bridgemohan is an English Composition 101 Instructor at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ. In addition to teaching, Simone is a PhD Candidate in Global Affairs at Rutgers-Newark. Her research involves World Bank lending for poverty alleviation and development. In 2015, Simone's research took her to northern Peru where she conducted 6 months of fieldwork and solidified her Spanish-speaking skills.

Dana Jaye Cadman is an adjunct professor and tutor in writing at NJIT and Rutgers-Newark. She also teaches for REaCH a program for High School students to earn college credit through Rutgers. She has an MFA in Poetry from Rutgers-Newark and her work is published in several online and print journals. She has a background in running poetry readings and journals and is also a visual artist.

Mike Darnell has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and is a writing teacher at NJIT and Columbia.  His major interests are transnationalism and globalism, immigration, popular culture, and the politics of corporatism and consumerism.  Before returning to academia, Mike worked as a technical writer, documenting electronic medical record management software and reporting tools. At the writing center, Mike has worked with freshmen and advanced undergrads, graduate students working on theses and dissertations, and English language learners.

Kevin Kilroy spent his early years in southern New Jersey. He completed his BA at Hofstra University, then earned his MFA in poetry and his MA in English literature from Rutgers University-Newark. He is an instructor of first-year writing and ESL at NJIT, Rutgers-New Brunswick, and Essex County College. In his free time, he writes, skis, and travels. 

Vanessa Phillips is an adjunct professor in writing at NJIT and Montclair State University. She has an MA in English with an emphasis in Writing Studies and American Literature from Montclair State University, where she also worked as a Writing Consultant. She spent her twenties in Tucson, Arizona, where she earned a BFA in Art Education and taught at an alternative, non-profit K-12 school. For her MA thesis, she researched the impact of self-efficacy beliefs on the young writers at this school. She has also worked as an English teacher at a public high school in New Jersey. Most of her free time now is spent with her baby daughter, Eleanor, in whom she hopes to instill an early love for literature.  

Miriam Rocek has a BA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University, where she worked as a peer tutor at the writing center.  She lives in Brooklyn, and works primarily in museum education.

Jake Slovis is a writer and educator. He earned his MFA from Rutgers University-Newark, where he currently teaches English Composition. He has also taught art and journalism in New York City public schools, and has participated in a variety of social justice campaigns with a focus on food access and teacher advocacy. In his spare time he enjoys long-distance running and searching for the perfect coffee shop. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is hard at work on his first novel. 

David Tress is a 2012 NJIT graduate, with a B.S. in Communication and Media. He works in the Office of Graduate Studies here, and is enrolled in the MS-PTC program.   David maintains a WordPress blog of music reviews, Delayed Burial, and has also written several music reviews for NJIT's school newspaper, The Vector. He has also written varying forms of short and long fiction, ranging from short stories for classes to a novel as part of 2014's National Novel Writing Month. David loves writing, and loves to help other people become better writers.

Catherine Siemann (Director) has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University.  Before coming to NJIT, she worked at the Center for Writing at the Cooper Union in New York City, and taught writing and literature at the Cooper Union, Columbia, NYU, John Jay College-CUNY, and Yeshiva University.  Along with Dr. John Wolf, she has received an NJIT Faculty SEED Grant for 2016 for the study, “Exploring the Effects of a Writing Center Outreach Program on STEM Students’ Beliefs about Writing.”  She has presented at the International Writing Centers Association Conference, as well regional writing center conferences, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Northeast Writing Centers Association (NEWCA).  Other research interests include Victorian literature, popular culture, and science fiction. 

Graduate Consultants

Aisha Khan is a graduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at NJIT. She received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Holocaust and Genocide from Stockton University in South Jersey. At Stockton, she worked as a peer tutor; she taught and was certified to teach ESL at Atlantic Cape Community College.  She speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Hindko.

Manan Badani is working on an M.S. in Information Systems at NJIT.  He has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University and worked as a Technical Editor for Packt Publishing in Mumbai.

Peer Consultants

Jemima Baskar is a senior majoring in Biology/pre-med.  She also speaks Tamil.

Louis Gomez

Kristen Langel is a junior Biology major.

Marzia Rahman is a junior majoring in Biology.