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UVM Writing Center: Writing Center Staff

Meet the UVM Writing Centers Staff

Sheila Boland Chira

Director of the Undergraduate Writing Center and Senior Lecturer in English

Sheila Boland Chira Sheila Boland Chira joined the faculty at UVM in 1999 and has taught courses in American literary history, literary theory, race and ethnicity in literary studies, and composition. In 2018, she became the Director of UVM’s Undergraduate Writing Center. Sheila's enthusiasm for the rigors and rewards of writing pedagogy, practice, and support dates from her days teaching in New York University's acclaimed Expository Writing Program.

Nancy Welch

Coordinator of the Graduate Writing Center and Professor of English

Nancy WelchNancy has taught at the University of Vermont since 1995. With support from the Graduate College, the UVM Undergraduate Writing Center and the Writing in the Disciplines program, she coordinates the Graduate Writing Center. Her recent scholarship includes Composition in the Age of Austerity (Utah State University Press, 2016) plus articles on public writing and social movement rhetoric in College English, Pedagogy, and the Community Literacy Journal. Her essay "'We're Here and We're Not Going Anywhere': Why Working-Class Rhetorical Action Still Matters," received College English's Richard Ohmann Award for Outstanding Article and her short story, "Pretty," published in Ploughshares, earned citations from Best American Short Stories and Best American Nonrequired Reading. With the Graduate Writing Center's ten peer consultants, she is especially interested in helping graduate student writers in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities grasp the rhetorical features and explore the rhetorical possibilities of the academic genres in their fields.

April Christenson

Program Coordinator, Writing in the Disciplines Program

April joined the Writing in the Disciplines Program in 2016. As Program Coordinator, she provides operational and budget support, coordinates events, and manages communications, including program materials and the websites, for WID and the UVM Writing Centers. April holds a BA in biology from the University of Vermont. Prior to coming to this position at UVM, she provided medical office support and owned her own business.

UVM Writing Centers Tutors and Consultants

The UVM Writing Centers could not provide services without the hard work of its tutors and consulants. The UVM Writing Centers are staffed by over 60 undergraduate and graduate peer tutors and consultants from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. To learn more about the tutors and consultants, visit the Undergraduate and Graduate Writing Center pages.

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