Tutors

You are welcome to make an appointment with any tutor and are not restricted to working with a tutor from your college. The bios below are provided to help you find the best tutor for your project. If you have statistics questions, make an appointment with Dori, Leah, or Justin.

Dori Bloom, College of Arts & Sciences
Dori is a doctoral student in Social Psychology. Dori earned her MS in Social Psychology from OU in 2012. She has taught undergraduate classes in statistics, research methods, and social psychology. Her research has two main focuses: the impact of others on self-evaluations and the malleability of moral values. 

Kathy Devecka, College of Arts & Sciences
Kathy’s doctoral work at the University of Michigan had a dual emphasis: acting/directing and theatre history/dramatic criticism/theory. She has two master’s degrees: U of M in Theatre and the University of Pittsburgh in English. Kathy has taught composition, speech, theatre, and voice. As a Faculty Associate for OU’s Center for Teaching Excellence, she offered workshops in diction, coached graduate students and faculty, and created participatory plays for education. Her areas of interest are performance/theatre as a tool for social change, first-person living history and historical plays (period sources and history interwoven with narration, music and song).

Don Dudding, College of Arts and Sciences
Don completed his PhD in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition in 2009.  He is co-director of Ohio University’s Appalachian Writing Project. He recently retired from teaching high school English and Language Arts after 30 years in the classroom. Don has a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and a BS in Journalism. His interests include writing and performing folk music and he publishes a daily cartoon, Pencilzania.

Leah Halper, College of Arts and Sciences
Leah is a third-year graduate student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Her research focuses primarily on workplace motivation, and her thesis work involves researching when individuals allocate resources to personal strengths versus weaknesses. Leah teaches statistics for the social and behavioral sciences after taking advanced statistics classes both in and outside of the university. She has also had experience writing grants and fellowship applications, having applied to the NSF Fellowship, Spencer grants, and Ohio University grants.

Mary Catherine Kennedy, Scripps College of Communication
Mary Catherine completed her PhD in Mass Communication from the School of Media Arts and Studies in Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication in August 2014. Her research focused on new media use within the Catholic Church and how relationships between lay Catholics and priests are maintained in social media spaces. More broadly, Mary Catherine is interested in religion, media, and communication theory. She is comfortable with both quantitative and qualitative research methods, but leans more towards qualitative tactics. Mary Catherine also teaches public speaking for the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University and is the youth director and social media coordinator for the Athens Catholic Community. 

Lana Oweidat, College of Arts & Sciences
Lana  is a postdoctoral fellow in English at Ohio University. Her research focuses on transnational feminist rhetorics and how they challenge and broaden our understanding of cultures, texts, and identities. She is also interested in multilingual composition, especially in the linguistic and cultural negotiations of multilingual writers and teachers. In addition to teaching classes in rhetoric and composition and women’s and gender studies, she is currently serving as the Assistant Coordinator of the Student Writing Center at Ohio University.

Talinn Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences
Talinn holds a doctorate in English Rhetoric & Composition and directs the GWRC. She specializes in working with multilingual writers and in working on personal statements and statements of purpose. Talinn enjoys working with writers from all fields.

Justin Purl, College of Arts & Sciences
Justin is a fifth-year student in the psychology department. He is currently pursuing an Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational psychology. His academic interests lie mainly in statistics, having currently acquired proficiencies in several major areas of statistics (e.g., ANOVA, regression, structural equation modeling, multivariate exploratory analyses, general linear modeling, mathematical modeling, and scale development). To this end, he has taught basic statistics for the last two years. His research interests include employee assessment, motivation, and decision making.

Bob West, Patton College of Education
Bob is a doctoral student in Instructional Technology in the Patton College of Education. A retired public school teacher, Bob has extensive experience in elementary, post secondary, and adult education with an emphasis on implementing technology into classrooms. Bob's dissertation on Teacher Self-Efficacy uses mixed methods.

Marshelle Woodward, College of Arts & Sciences
Marshelle  is a doctoral student in English, specializing in Renaissance literature. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Marshelle has taught a wide variety of composition and literature courses, and has tutored students at all levels in writing in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Her research explores intersections between poetry, religion and science in Renaissance England.

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