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Our professionally trained faculty and dedicated staff are deeply committed to serving our students and the wider campus community.

In collaborations across campus and in our activities off campus, we promote excellent teaching and strong student support services by addressing the needs of our diverse student population, recognizing outstanding student work, and engaging in ongoing professional development. We invite you to contact us at any time.




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Maggie Sokolik, Ph.D. Director of College Writing Programs

Maggie Sokolik
Office Hours: By appointment
Place: 113 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-9491
Email: msokolik@berkeley.edu

Maggie Sokolik received her Ph.D. in applied linguistics from UCLA. She has taught writing and technical communication on the Berkeley campus since 1992. She is the author of over twenty ESL and composition textbooks, including Sound Ideas, co-authored with Michael Krasny. She has also written for and been featured in several educational video projects in Japan. She travels frequently to speak about grammar, writing, and instructor education, most recently in Tokyo, Japan, India, and Mexico.

Natalie Kato, Program Manager

Office:  111 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-5976
Email: nkato@berkeley.edu

Fadia Damon, Program Assistant

Fadia Damon
Office: 112 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-5570
Email: fad@berkeley.edu

Michelle Baptiste, M.A. Lecturer

Michelle Baptiste
Office Hours: WF 9:30-10:30 
Place: 117 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 643-4591
Email: michellebaptiste@berkeley.edu

Michelle Baptiste has a B.A. in English and a Masters degree in English as a Second Language. She has taught writing to international students at the University of Hawai'i, as well as to Navajo (Dine) teachers on the Navajo (Dine) Indian Reservation through Northern Arizona University. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and loves to interact with people from diverse cultures.



Stephanie Bobo, Ph.D. Lecturer

Stephanie Bobo
Office Hours: TuTh 1:30-2:30
Place: M21 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3547
Email: sbobo@berkeley.edu

Stephanie Bobo has a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Boston University and has taught at the university level for almost twenty years. She has taught College Writing R1A since 1992. She writes both fiction and poetry, and does freelance writing and editing consulting for businesses and professionals.



Yuet-Sim Darrell Chiang, Ph.D. Lecturer

Yuet-Sim Darrell Chiang
Office Hours: Th 12-2
Place: M21 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3547
Email: chiang@berkeley.edu

Yuet-Sim Chiang teaches courses in reading and composition and composition theory and practice at UC Berkeley. In addition to her work as a Bay Area Writing Project teacher-consultant, she also researches literacy issues, including the cultural tension and politics of English literacy for students of non-western roots. Her other research interests include teacher growth and development, English literacy practices in and out of schools, and post-colonial cultural studies. She has written chapters for such collections as Situated Stories: Valuing Diversity in Composition Research, Generation 1.5 Meets College Composition, and Under Construction: Working at the Intersections of Composition Theory, Research, and Practice.



Caroline Cole, Ph.D. Lecturer

Caroline Cole
Office Hours: MW 12:30-1:30
Place: 119 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 643-8436
Email: cmcole@berkeley.edu

Caroline Cole received her doctorate in the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois. In addition to teaching composition courses, she has taught courses in business writing, technical writing, and desktop publishing. Beyond the College Writing Programs, she teaches Business Communication (UGBA100) for the Walter A. Haas School of Business and leads professional communication seminars and workshops in university and industry settings.



Chisako Cole, M.A., B.M. Lecturer

Chisako Cole
Office Hours: F 12-2
Place: M16 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3527
Email: chisakoasakawa@berkeley.edu

Chisako Cole received an M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.M. in voice performance from Boston University. She has taught English as a second language to both immigrants and international students at New York University, The City University of New York and UC Berkeley. Currently she teaches rhetoric and composition at the University of San Francisco. She has translated a Japanese cookbook for iPad and has also assisted with other Japanese to English translations, including concert program notes and artist bios.



Teri Crisp, M.A. Lecturer

Teri Crisp
Office Hours: Tu 12:45-1:45; Th 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Place: 118 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3340
Email: tcrisp@berkeley.edu

Teri Crisp has an M.A. in international studies from the University of Washington and did Ph.D. coursework in education at UC Berkeley, where she received an Outstanding GSI Teaching Award. Certified in TESOL, she has trained teachers in San Francisco, Prague, and Hong Kong. Her College Writing courses encourage collaborative research, critical thinking, and writing on ecology, art, and social values and policy.



Donnett Flash, M.A. Lecturer

Donnett Flash
Office Hours: F 1-3
Place: M19 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3607
Email: dflash@berkeley.edu

Donnett Flash has an M.A. in political science from UC Berkeley, and did coursework toward a Ph.D. in political science at Berkeley, as well. She was awarded an Outstanding GSI Teaching Award for her work in that department. She has taught writing and political science courses for many years in African-American Studies, Political Science, and in the College Writing Programs at UC Berkeley, and also at the City College of San Francisco, and Laney College. Donnett particularly enjoys teaching CW N2 Writing the Bridge: From High School to the University.



Kim Freeman, Ph.D. Lecturer

Kim Freeman
Office Hours: Tu 2-3; Th 11-12
Place: M14 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3234
Email: kfreeman@berkeley.edu

Kim Freeman has been teaching writing for twenty years, most recently at Northeastern University in Boston, where she directed the Writing-In-The-Disciplines Program. In addition to her interest in writing in the disciplines, particularly the sciences, she is also interested in creative writing and writing theory. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Improving Writing in the Agricultural Sciences, as well as Love American Style: Divorce and the American Novel and various articles on literature and composition in journals such as a/b: Autobiography Studies and American Literary Realism. She has also published fiction in various journals, such as Meeting House and Prick of the Spindle.




Mary Grover, Ph.D. Lecturer

Mary Grover
Office Hours: MW 1:30-2:30
Place: M17 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-8565
Email: marymgrover@berkeley.edu

Mary Grover earned her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Texas in Austin. She's been a writing instructor for eighteen years. Her poems and essays appear in Salon, Calyx, and poemmemoirstory.



Carolyn Hill, Ph.D. Lecturer

Carolyn Hill
Office Hours: TuTh 12:30-1:30
Place: 115 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 643-8018
Email: chill4@berkeley.edu

Carolyn Hill received her doctorate in rhetoric from UC Berkeley, studying the argumentative artistry of Sir James Frazer's Golden Bough. She has been teaching at the university for over thirty years, writes science fiction and fantasy, and maintains the CWP website. For publications and more, see carolynhill.com.



Nancy Hunt, Lecturer

Nancy Hunt
Office Hours: Th 3-4
Place: 118 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3340
Email: nhuntngh@berkeley.edu




Dan Husman, Lecturer

Dan Husman
Office Hours: M 2-4
Place: M20 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3389
Email: danielh@berkeley.edu

Dan Husman has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in East Asian studies from the University of Michigan. His doctoral research was focused on history, memory, and local politics in a village in North-Central China, and, never being able to say no to interesting course titles, his graduate coursework included post-socialist social transformation, the anthropology of globalization, international security policy in North Asia, Tang Dynasty poetry, and social theory. For CWP he has taught R1A and R4B classes on globalization, migration, Bay Area history, and the history of modernity.



Linda Jensen Darling, Lecturer

Dan Husman
Office Hours: TuTh 2-3
Place: M18 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3524
Email: jensendarling@berkeley.edu





Jonathan Lang, Ph.D. Lecturer

Office Hours: F 2-4
Place: 119 Wheeler
Phone: 643-8436
Email: see the CalNet Directory

Jonathan Lang received a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from UC Berkeley, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from Princeton University. His interests are in English, French, and American literature of the nineteenth century and the modern period. As a consultant for the College Board and the Educational Testing Service, he has served on the test development committees of the SAT I (Writing) and SAT II (English Composition) exams. In the past two years, he has also worked with both high school and college instructors across the nation on establishing the standards for scoring the Advanced Placement English Composition exam.



Michael Larkin, M.F.A. Lecturer

Michael Larkin
Office Hours: MW 3-4
Place: M17 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-8565
Email: larkinm@berkeley.edu

Michael Larkin earned his B.A. from UC Berkeley and his M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh. He is coordinator of the College Writing Programs' Summer Bridge Course, CW N2--Writing the Bridge: From High School to the University. His fiction and nonfiction have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, been featured as "Notable Reading" in the Best American Nonrequired Reading series, and are forthcoming or have appeared in publications such as The Missouri Review, Arroyo Literary Review, Cimarron Review, and Writing on the Edge, among others. In the digital realm, he can be found variously on his home page, his blog, or on Twitter @LarkinBerkeley.



John Levine, M.F.A. Lecturer

John Levine
Office Hours: TuTh 11-12 
Place: M15 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-1294
Email: jblevine@berkeley.edu

John Levine received his B.A. in English from Oberlin College and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where he also completed extensive coursework in college-composition pedagogy. He has been teaching writing since 1995 and teaching public speaking since 2006. Before becoming a teacher, he worked in radio and television. An award-winning playwright, John has had plays produced throughout the U.S., as well as in Mexico, India, Australia, and the U.K. He penned the script "Human Resources," which was screened at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Market.



Kaya Oakes, M.F.A. Lecturer.

Kaya Oakes
Office Hours: MW 11-12
Place: M15 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-1294
Email: kayaoakes@berkeley.edu

Kaya Oakes is the author of a memoir, Radical Reinvention (Counterpoint Press, 2012); a social science book of nonfiction, Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture (Henry Holt, 2009; San Francisco Chronicle notable book, 2009), and a poetry collection, Telegraph (Pavement Saw Press, 2007; Transcontinental Poetry Prize). At Berkeley, she was the recipient of an innovation grant and a faculty fellowship from the Mellon Faculty Institute for Undergraduate Research. A working journalist and creative nonfiction writer since elementary school, Kaya's essays have twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in nonfiction, and her poems have received awards from the Academy of American Poets. Her books and essays are taught in creative writing and composition courses at numerous universities, and she is a frequent speaker on the intersections of spirituality, feminism, and popular culture. She joined the CWP faculty in 1999.



Barrie Roberts, Lecturer

Barrie Roberts
Office Hours: TuTh 2-2:30; W 4-5:15
Place: 118A Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3503
Email: bjr@berkeley.edu




Michael Rodriguez, Lecturer

Michael Rodriguez
Office Hours: TBA
Place: M20 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3389
Email: michaelr@berkeley.edu




Jordan Ruyle, Lecturer

Jordan Ruyle
Office Hours: MW 10-11
Place: M16 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3527
Email: ruyle@berkeley.edu




Ryan Sloan, M.A., M.F.A. Lecturer

Ryan Sloan
Office Hours: MWF 10:30-11:30
Place: M14 Wheeler
Phone: 642-3234
Email: rsloan@berkeley.edu

Ryan Sloan received his M.F.A. in fiction from New York University and an M.A. in English literature from University College London. Along with his work teaching composition, creative writing, and business communications, Ryan is Co-Facilitator for the interdisciplinary U.C. Berkeley Lecturer Teaching Fellows Program. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Ryan writes fiction and creative nonfiction, and has been published in LA Weekly, Opium Magazine, The Modern Spectator, and Painted Bride Quarterly. He is one of the co-hosts of the San Francisco-based reading series Babylon Salon. He can be found at his home page and on Twitter.



Ben Spanbock, Lecturer

Ben Spanbock
Office Hours: M 12-1; W 1-2
Place: M20 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3389
Email: spanbock@berkeley.edu

Ben Spanbock has been teaching writing, reading, and research at the university level since 2010. He received his Ph.D. in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013, where his doctoral research focused on social and linguistic translation practices and the historical development of the U.S. Mexican borderlands. In addition to his training in both transnational American studies and writing pedagogy, Ben’s interests include cultural theory, social equality and democratic citizenship, and new technologies for learning and writing.



Jane Stanley, Ph.D. Former Director of College Writing Programs

Jane Stanley
Office Hours: By appointment
Place:  M19 Wheeler
Phone: 642-3607
Email: jstanley@berkeley.edu

Jane Stanley is interested in the history of composition and the politics of remedial writing instruction. Beyond her work as a compositionist, she is a specialist in ESL. Her most recent research focused on the history of remedial instruction at UC Berkeley, and culminated in a book, The Rhetoric of Remediation: Negotiating Entitlement and Access to Higher Education (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009). In addition to her service to the College Writing Programs, she teaches a teacher-preparation course for graduate students in comparative literature. She has taught composition and administered composition programs for twenty-some years.



Pat Steenland, Ph.D. Lecturer

Pat Steenland
Office Hours: TuTh 1-2
Place: 115 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 664-9964
Email: steenpat@berkeley.edu

Pat Steenland has a Ph.D. in English literature from Brown University. She has taught literature and writing at several places, including the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Brown University, and Harvard University. She has taught writing at UC Berkeley since 1997.





Margi Wald, M.A. Lecturer

Margi Wald
Office Hours: TuTh 2-3
Place: 117 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-2652
Email: mwald@berkeley.edu

Margi Wald received her M.A. in Applied English Linguistics from the University of Houston. She is currently director of UC Berkeley's Summer English Language Studies program and co-editor of The CATESOL Journal and TESOL's Second Language Writing News. Her research focuses on corpus-based materials development and academic literacy development among immigrant ESL students.



David Wiese. Lecturer

David Wiese
Office Hours: Tu 1-3
Place: M18 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3524
Email: dcw2116@berkeley.edu




Beth Williams, M.A. Lecturer

Beth Williams
Office Hours: MW 9-10 and/or 12-1
Place: M16 Wheeler Hall
Phone: 642-3527
Email: beth.tuttle@berkeley.edu

Beth Williams received her Bachelor's degree in political science from UC Berkeley and her Master's degree in English composition at San Francisco State University.  She is particularly interested in the roles composition classes play in the formation of students' identities upon entering college.  She especially enjoys working with College Writing Programs during Summer Bridge, which she has been involved with since 2006.



Melinda Erickson, M.A. Lecturer, Emeritus

Melinda Erickson
Email: erickson@berkeley.edu

Melinda Erickson taught a variety of courses in College Writing Programs, drawing on her interests in language, music, and travel as thematic content. Her academic work focuses on applied linguistics, teacher development, and composition studies. She currently serves as a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on LGBT Community at Berkeley, an English Language Specialist with the U.S. Department of State, and a member of editorial advisory boards for several journals.



Jane Hammons, M.A. Lecturer, Emeritus

Jane Hammons
Email: jhammons@berkeley.edu

Jane Hammons is a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award and for twenty years served as Coordinator for College Writing Programs' Summer Bridge Course CW N2 Writing the Bridge: From High School to the University. In addition to her passion for teaching, she is also passionate about writing. Her story "The Land with No Air," is included in Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories of 25 Words or Fewer (W. W. Norton 2010), and she recently guest-edited the inaugural issue of Fictionaut Selects for Fictionaut.com. She is a member of The Author's Guild, and her writing can be found in the Columbia Journalism Review , the San Francisco Chronicle , as well as several other journals and magazines such as Alaska Quarterly Review and Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers



Gail Offen-Brown, M.A. Lecturer, Emeritus

Gail Offen-Brown
Email: gob@berkeley.edu

Gail Offen-Brown has taught writing at UC Berkeley for over twenty years, and she is a Teacher-Consultant for the Bay Area Writing Project. She teaches courses in first-year composition and creative nonfiction to undergraduates, and provides training in writing theory and pedagogy to graduate students as well as high school and college teachers. Gail is a recipient of the 2004 Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs.




Steve Tollefson, M.A. Lecturer, Emeritus

Steve Tollefson

Steve Tollefson taught writing at UC Berkeley for several decades and authored four books on writing and grammar, including Grammar Grams (1989) and Grammar Grams II (1992, HarperCollins), as well as short stories and numerous articles. He was a recipient of the campus Distinguished Teaching Award and beloved by students and colleagues alike.  He died on June 5, 2015.



Our Commitment

Our faculty are involved in numerous collaborations across campus—revealing our deep commitment to serving our students and the wider campus community.

We recognize outstanding student writing.

  • McNair Journal
  • Celebration of Student Writers Event
  • Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Contest
  • Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

We promote excellent teaching and strong student support services.

  • Student Learning Center
  • Teaching Library
  • Educational Technology Services
  • Residential Hall and Academic Center
  • GSI Teaching and Resource Center

We address the needs of our diverse student population.

  • Immigrant Student Issues Coalition
  • Berkeley Language Center
  • Disabled Students Program
  • ESL Advisory Committee, UCOPE
  • Chancellor's Advisory Committee on LGBT Community at Berkeley

We engage in ongoing professional development.

  • Lecturers Fellows Program
  • Mellon Faculty Institute for Undergraduate Research
  • Bay Area Writing Project
  • National Writing Project (affiliated with UC Berkeley)

We support prospective and incoming students.

  • Early Academic Outreach Program, UC Office of the President
  • Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships & Honors (CUSH) Subcommittee
  • Fall Welcome Program for Incoming Freshmen
  • Cal Student Orientation (CalSO)
  • Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship Faculty Sponsors
  • Summer Bridge




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