Writing Specialists

About the Stanford Writing Specialist program

The Stanford Writing Specialist program locates lecturers from the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) in a range of departments and programs to support undergraduate writing and the teaching of writing across all four years of study. Funded by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Writing Specialist program grew out of the 2012 SUES Committee’s recommendation that experienced writing instructors should serve as “formal writing consultants” in departments and programs across the university.

Writing Specialists support the culture of writing in affiliated departments/programs in a variety of ways, including

  • Designing and offering writing workshops for students
  • Consulting with faculty and graduate student instructors on assignment design and the integration of writing into courses
  • Working with students and faculty in Writing in the Major classes
  • Training TAs on effective commenting and grading practices for written work
  • Supporting Honors students during the thesis-writing process

In addition, Specialists work in PWR teaching required writing classes and tutoring in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking.

Writing Specialists Profiles and Consultation Hours

Currently nine Writing Specialists work in departments and programs across campus.  For consultation hours, see below; click on their names for profiles and contact information.


Art and Art History: Gabrielle Moyer

WS Consultation hours:

  • Tuesdays 11:30am to 12:30pm in the Hume Center (Building 250) Lounge
  • Thursdays 11:30am to 12:30pm in the Hume Center (Building 250) Lounge


Biology: Russ Carpenter

WS Consulation hours:

  • Tuesdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Bytes


Computer Science: Ruth Starkman

WS Consultation hours:



Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences: Emily Polk

WS Consultation hours:

  • Mondays 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the Hume Center (Building 250) and 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Y2E2 Rm. 176

  • Wednesdays 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Y2E2 Rm. 176


English: Susan Schuyler-Olmsted

WS Consultation hours:

  • On leave 2015-2016



History: Clara Lewis

WS Consultation hours:

  • Mondays 3:00pm to 5:00pm in the History Corner (Building 200) Rm. 122



Human Biology: Shay Brawn

WS Consultation hours:

  • Tuesdays 12:00pm to 1:00pm at Building 20 Rm. 22L

  • Fridays 12:00pm to 1:00pm at Building 20 Rm. 22L


Public Policy: Alyssa O'Brien

WS Consultation hours:

  • Wednesdays 3:00pm to 5:30pm in the SIEPR-Gunn Building Rm. 110



Science, Technology & Society: Kevin DiPirro

WS Consultation hours:

  • Wednesdays 11:15am to 1:15pm in Building 200 Rm. 05



For more information about the Writing Specialist program, contact Adam Banks, Faculty Director of Program in Writing and Rhetoric.