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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 Colleen, Michael, or Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Ayisi

Elizabeth is a PhD student and graduate research associate in mathematics education in the Patton College of Education at Ohio University. She has presented research posters and delivered presentations at local, regional, and national research conferences. She holds a BA in mathematics from The College of Wooster and MS in mathematics from John Carroll University. Liz has taught high school mathematics, physics, and computer science and college applied calculus prior to coming to Ohio University. Her expertise includes complex analysis, differential geometry, functional analysis, statistics, and the use of quantitative statistical analysis techniques (e.g., analysis of variance, linear regression, Monte Carlo simulation, structural equation modeling, research methodologies, etc). She is a native speaker of English and Twi and can tutor in both. 

Colleen Cowgill

Colleen is a doctoral student in experimental social and cognitive psychology at Ohio University. Her areas of research include religion, gender bias, identity threat, stereotyping, concept formation, category learning, and intergroup interactions. She conducts experimental, lab-based studies, and uses quantitative statistical analysis (e.g., analysis of variance, linear regression, multilevel modeling, mediation analyses, etc.) as well as qualitative analysis to answer research questions. She also conducts online experimental research and works with archival data. Colleen serves as an instructor in the psychology department, teaching classes such as Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences and Social Psychology.

Nigel Daniels, PhD

Nigel earned his doctorate in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Newcastle University, United Kingdom in 2010 studying renal dysregulation of salt balance at a molecular level as a possible cause of hypertension. Since then, he has held positions as medical center support staff, laboratory technician, and postdoctoral fellow with a focus on cellular and mouse model studies of type 2 diabetes. As a postdoctoral fellow studying metabolic diseases at Ohio University, he has authored research articles published in the scientific journals Endocrine and PLoS ONE. He has authored and presented research posters at several international biomedical research conferences. Nigel has also enjoyed mentoring domestic and international undergraduate and graduate students during laboratory research projects including advising on their presentation of their work.

Polina Decker, PhD

Polina holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Spanish from Yale and a PhD in Hispanic Studies from Brown. Her dissertation examined the early work of Jorge Luis Borges in a comparative framework. Bilingual in English and Russian and fluent in Spanish, she has held research positions in Latin American Studies and has taught language and literature courses at the university level; she has also taught a Humanities Seminar at Bard College. Polina's most recent translation work appears in The Paris Review. She has extensive writing center experience and specializes in mentoring theses and dissertations in the Humanities, advising students on personal statements and job search materials, and offering feedback on articles in preparation for publication or presentation.

Kathy Devecka

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, PhD

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 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.

David Johnson

David is a doctoral candidate in English Rhetoric & Composition and is the Interim Director of the GWRC. He holds a BA and MA in English and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing from Stony Brook University. His research areas include Writing Center Studies, Rhetorics of Race, World Rhetorics, and Literacy Studies. He is a native speaker of English and Malayalam and is also proficient in Spanish. David has additional expertise in qualitative research methods, structuring thesis and dissertation projects, journal articles, conference proposals, and professional communication.

Talinn Phillips, PhD

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/statements of purpose, theses/dissertations, and grant applications. She recently published a co-edited collection, Supporting Graduate Student Writers: Research, Curriculum, and Program Design with University of Michigan Press. Talinn enjoys working with writers from all fields.

Michael Senteney

Michael is a PhD student in Educational Research and Evaluation (EDRE) at Ohio University. He holds a master’s degree in financial economics and a bachelor’s degree in computer science. His areas of research include Monte Carlo simulation, structural equation modeling, statistics, and applications of research methods. He has worked as a statistics and methods tutor in the Patton College of Education for the past two years and has several published articles in various disciplines.

Yi-Ting Wang

Yi-Ting holds an MA from National Taiwan University. She was a Fulbright scholar and her doctoral work at Duke University was on transatlantic literature in the long 18th century. She is also an alumna of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. She has published two book-length translations from English to Chinese, a classic feminist theory textbook Sexual/Textual Politics and a New York Times Bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise. Through her translation and editing work, she has extensive experience with academic writing in various disciplines. She has taught first-year writing courses, and she understands the issues that non-native English speakers often have with academic writing very well. She is bilingual and can conduct sessions in English and Mandarin Chinese. 

Bob West, PhD

Bob completed his doctorate 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 used mixed methods.

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