• Writing and Communication Center Staff

     

    Rob Cannella (he/him/his)

    Director

    As the leader of Hamline’s Writing and Communication Center (WCC), Rob coordinates and conducts tutoring in writing, public speaking, and other forms of communication. His other responsibilities include teaching undergraduate writing courses and visiting classes across campus to discuss writing-related topics. He holds a bachelor's degree in communication from Merrimack College and a master’s degree in English from New Mexico State University.

    Specializations: business writing, application materials (résumés, cover letters, study abroad essays), education capstones, APA style, rhetorical analysis, editing and proofreading


    Kristin Boldon (she/her/hers) 

    Tutor

    Kristin is a graduate student in creative writing. She also has a master's in religion. Her undergraduate degree was business administration, with a major in marketing. She has worked with writing in academia, advertising, and even comic books. A recipient of a 2020 Minnesota State Arts Board grant, she loves stories in all forms, particularly books and movies.

    Specializations: prewriting (understanding the assignment, brainstorming, outlining), clarity and concision, editing and proofreading, creative writing, public speaking and presentation skills, application materials (résumés, cover letters, study abroad essays) 


    Robyn Earhart (she/her/hers) 

    Tutor

    Robyn is a graduate student in creative writing. She comes to Hamline with an undergraduate degree in English. Robyn is the managing editor for Water~Stone Review, and has several years of professional editorial experience. She is particularly fond of the revision stage, and she enjoys working with students at any stage of their writing process.

    Specializations: clarity and concision, editing and proofreading, Chicago style, APA style, creative writing, working with first-year students, application materials (résumés, cover letters, study abroad essays)  


    Justin Hockensmith (he/him/his)

    Tutor

    Justin is a dual degree graduate student in business administration (concentrations in finance and leadership and change management) and business analytics. With an undergraduate degree in political science, Justin has experience writing philosophy and research papers. Having recently won his MBA senior capstone competition, Justin excels at business writing and presentations. 

    Specializations: writing process (emphasizing prewriting, drafting, revising, and evaluating), concise business writing and presentations, application materials


    Joanna Johnson (she/her/hers)

    Tutor

    Joanna is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in English. She received an associate of arts degree from Ridgewater College. Previously, she spent time writing as an intern for a communications organization and mentoring young students in presentation skills. Joanna loves helping others learn how to express their ideas through writing and speaking.

    Specializations: MLA style, citations, editing, public speaking, creative writing


    Mubanga Kalimamukwento (she/her/hers)

    Tutor

    Mubanga is a graduate student in creative writing. She has a master's degree in law from the University of Minnesota and was an attorney in Zambia for six years. At Hamline, she received the Writer of Color Merit Scholarship and the Deborah Keenan Poetry Award. Her first novel, The Mourning Bird, won the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. She also won the Kalemba Short Story Prize and appeared on shortlists for the Bristol and Nobrow Short Story Prizes. Mubanga is an alumna of the Hubert H. Humphrey (Fulbright) Fellowship and the Young African Leaders Initiative.

    Specializations: clarity and concision, editing and proofreading, Chicago style, APA style, creative writing, prewriting (understanding the assignment, brainstorming, outlining), application materials (résumés, cover letters, study abroad essays) 


    Gisela Perez (she/her/hers)

    Tutor

    Gisela is a sophomore and is studying creative writing with a minor in psychology. She has enjoyed writing fiction stories since a young age and strives to become an author. She loves helping students develop their ideas and strengthen their writing. Gisela is also a recipient of an English award at Hamline.

    Specializations: prewriting (understanding the assignment, brainstorming, outlining), editing and proofreading, clarity and concision, creative writing, MLA style, working with first-year and ELL students


    Kathryn Robinson (she/her/hers)

    Tutor

    Kathryn is a sophomore at Hamline and is pursuing a co-major in English and education as well as a minor in Spanish. She hopes to become a middle or high school English teacher. She is a reporter for the Oracle, where she writes about a variety of topics from mental health to art on campus. As a reporter, she loves being able to share others' stories. She is also one of the recipients of Hamline’s writing scholarship. Helping others find their voice through their writing is one of her passions. 

    Specializations: MLA and APA style, organization of content, prewriting, journalistic writing, editing and proofreading, thesis statements


    Sidney Trousil (she/her/hers)

    Tutor

    Sidney is a sophomore at Hamline and pursuing a degree in biochemistry and a certificate in forensic science. She is very passionate about writing and has significant experience with college-level writing in regard to several forms and styles. She is willing to work with any student's project that she is presented with.

    Specializations: editing and proofreading, MLA style, APA style, clarity and concision, public speaking and presenting skills, science writing