Andrea Scott, Faculty Director
Andrea Scott is assistant professor of academic writing at Pitzer College. Before coming to Pitzer in Fall 2013, she taught in the Princeton Writing Program for five years, serving as Associate Director of the Writing Seminars from 2010-13. Her research focuses on the often tacit ways that experts are socialized into their disciplines. She’s spent the past several years collaborating with faculty and fellows to develop teaching and tutoring practices that make this knowledge accessible to students so they can participate in their new fields. She hails from San Diego, considers Berlin her second home, and harbors obsessions for experimental poetry, memoirs, and niche perfume.
Jenny Thomas, Coordinator
Jenny Thomas has been working in Writing Center administration since 2008 and brings to her role as Coordinator of Pitzer’s Writing Center over a decade of experience working with undergraduate and graduate students to develop academic writing, reading and research skills. With a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Jenny is passionate helping students deepen their communicative competence, ranging from small details to macro-level sociolinguistic implications of language use. Her research interests include ways in which the linguistic norms of dominant speech and writing communities can marginalize or stigmatize members of less powerful social groups. She has lived in four US states, Central America, and Eastern Europe, is a crochet addict, and enjoys life as an adoptive and biological mom with an active, multicultural family.
Ben Baker, Fellow
Benjamin is a senior majoring in Economics and History, hailing from the still green Pacific Northwest. During high school and his first two years of college, his summers were spent instructing sailing and working as a chef on a food truck. Over the past summer he developed an affinity for computer science after an internship at BlackRock, a large asset-managing firm. His passions include backcountry skiing, ping-pong, grilling pork and steak, and hiking to alpine lakes with family and friends. If you don’t catch him at the Writing Center, you might find him kicking back by the pool with some light Dostoevsky.
Eric Benjamins, Fellow
Eric is a senior biology “pre-vet” major from Los Angeles with a passion for helping others. He enjoys anything outdoors, jamming out on the saxophone, and traveling. With three years of science courses and previous biology tutoring experience, Eric is most comfortable with science-related inquiries, but is excited and prepared to help with other forms of writing as well. He approaches every experience as a learning opportunity and strives to keep an open mind.
Will Duke, Fellow (Fellowship Consultant)
Will is an Organizational Studies major from California. This year he is looking forward to playing on the Ultimate Frisbee team, working at the Outdoor Education Center (OEC), and performing a senior violin recital. His teaching experience ranges from violin lessons to economic courses to swimming classes.
Tashi Berger, Fellow (Fellowship Consultant)
Tashi is a junior from Brooklyn, New York. She plans on majoring in Political Studies and minoring in Anthropology. She loves traveling, swimming, and listening to music. When she’s not on campus, Tashi likes to go hiking around Southern California.
Amelia Haselkorn, Fellow
Amelia is senior from Seattle studying PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) and French. This year she is looking forward to captaining the Greenshirts, the 5C women’s Ultimate Frisbee team. She has successfully completed the “5C Academic Challenge” (taking at least one class at each college) and thus has experience writing in a variety of disciplines. Last fall, she studied abroad in Paris where she managed to balance French school work and French pastries fairly well.
Jordan Jenkins, Fellow (Fellowship Consultant)
Jordan is a junior majoring in Political Studies with a Spanish minor. Her passion is in education, which was sparked by a service trip to Peru, where Jordan taught English to 1st through 6th graders. In the future she hopes to use politics to help strengthen educational systems around the world. This year Jordan is looking forward to spending more time in the Writing Center, as well as creating, running and exploring Southern California.
Patrick Jimenez, Fellow
Patrick is a Philosophy major, with a long history of tutoring college students in many different disciplines. He endeavors to enter academia as a university professor. In addition to philosophy, Patrick enjoys discussing politics, history, psychology, and animal rights. As a non-traditional student who has learned how to be successful with a learning disability–dyslexia–Patrick is also extremely focused on how writing instruction can be as inclusive as possible, with an emphasis on the needs and goals of individual students.
Doug Lewis, Fellow
Doug Lewis is a junior majoring in Public Policy Analysis / Sociology with a focus on urban studies. After spending his fall 2014 semester in Nepal, Doug developed an affinity for urban transportation and navigating public transit. He has experience writing across a broad range of disciplines and is particularly interested in history, American literature, and the social sciences. Doug is a founding member of Claremont’s Designing Urban Spaces club, an avid ping-pong enthusiast, and lover of all things Tintin-related.
Elle Neal, Fellow
Elle is a sophomore majoring in Spanish and Human Biology. After volunteering in the Lower Ninth Ward post Hurricane Katrina, she developed a strong passion for health equity and social justice. On campus, she is actively involved with the Pitzer Feminist Coalition as well as the Shakedown Cafe. She has writing experience in Biology, Politics, and Sociology and is excited to engage with students from diverse backgrounds. Most of her free time is spent running, experimenting in the kitchen, exploring the outdoors, and caring for her six-month old cactus named Franklin.
Sarah Nelson, Fellow
Sarah AKA Nel, is a Pitzer junior studying human biology and cross-cultural health. She has always had a love of working with words on the page as well as working with her peers. Now that she has returned from her time abroad in Bhutan she feels invigorated to be doing both of these things in the Pitzer community. When she’s not in the Writing Center you might find Sarah attempting to play the banjo, exploring the San Gabriel Mountains, or tending to her pet newts.
Kate Niven, Fellow
Kate Niven is a senior from Boston, majoring in Organizational Studies and Sociology. She plays for the Claremont Women’s Rugby team and is involved with Latino Student Union. Kate has a love for creative writing and enjoys helping students see the influence behind their own words in academic papers. She appreciates that everyone comes into college with different skills and abilities in the writing process and is passionate about working with students to see past the challenges they may face while writing. In her free time Kate likes to paint, dance, and binge watch Netflix.
Anjuli Peters, Fellow
Anjuli Peters is from the San Francisco Bay area and is currently a sophomore at Pitzer College. With hopes to attend law school someday, she is pursuing a dual major in Legal Studies and Sociology. After two years as the editor of her high school newspaper, Anjuli is fascinated by powerful rhetoric and contrasting interpretations and viewpoints throughout world history and politics. Other interests include traveling, trying new foods, exploring new places, and anything that involves succulents.
Alison Rollman, Fellow
Alison Rollman is a sophomore at Pitzer College whose academic interests lie in the fields of Sociology, Psychology, Writing, and Holistic Health. She loves art, dance, poetry, and nature, and spends her time working at the Grove House, practicing and teaching yoga and meditation, and marveling at all of the beautiful succulents around campus.
Lena Tran, Fellow
Lena is a sophomore studying cognitive science and media studies. She is interested in the application of different writing pedagogies in academia and hopes to make academic writing more accessible to students at Pitzer. She’s fond of her three dogs, Sufjan Stevens, and Finnish pastries.
Talia Trilling, Fellow
Talia is a senior from Washington, D.C., majoring in Psychology and minoring in Media Studies. She also works on campus as a New Student Mentor and a tutor for Psychological Statistics and Research Methods. In her free time, she likes watching campy movies, playing video games, reading and eating lots of Chipotle burrito bowls.
Tessa Tweet, Fellow (Fellowship Consultant)
Tessa is a senior and loves majoring in anthropology at Pitzer College. She hopes to pursue further education in the field of anthropology. In her free time, she enjoys visiting museums and galleries and has worked at the Museum of Flight in Seattle for six years. Last summer, she was lucky enough to travel to Germany to attend the European Writing Center Association Conference. This is her third year as a Writing Center fellow and she loves making connections with other Pitzer students, especially first-year students. She owes all her writing skills to the Writing Center, where she was a regular during her first year at Pitzer! Last spring she traveled to Brazil on a Pitzer exchange.
Andy Wright, Fellow (Fellowship Consultant)
Andy Wright is the Web Editor of the Claremont Port Side, a senior majoring in English and Media Studies, and a lover of sunshine. After he gives up on being a starving artist, Andy plans to sneak his way into grad school for either of his majors, hopefully ending up in the hallowed halls of Academia. Andy specializes in working with English, Film, and journalism papers, but has an open mind to the universal language of learning.
Morissa Zuckerman, Fellow (Fellowship Consultant)
Morissa is a senior at Pitzer College, majoring in Environmental Policy and minoring in Spanish. She is passionate about community organizing, environmental justice, and incorporating education into both of these areas. She has experience in fellowship applications and academic writing, but also really enjoys creative writing and poetry. In her free time, Morissa likes to cook fun things, read, go on adventures, and be outdoors.