Director, The Effective Writing Center
Dan Gallagher joined the Effective Writing Center in fall of 2010 after working as an administrator in the Temple University Writing Center for many years. His major interests lie in discovering how students learn to write, how instructors teach writing, and how writing centers play a role in both. He views the writing center, and its diverse array of services, as a resource for everyone at the university, and he hopes that you will, too.
When he's not doing writing center work, Dan writes fiction (long, short, and in-between), which he has also previously taught. He currently lives in the District of Columbia.
Lead Advisor, The Effective Writing Center
Anna Dumonchelle is a lead writing advisor with UMUC's Effective Writing Center. She has had the pleasure of working for the center for almost 10 years in various capacities, including writing advisor, writing fellow, and database coordinator. Anna truly enjoys working for the center because it combines her love of writing with her passion for teaching. She finds it extremely rewarding to work in such an innovative writing center and to help students become more confident writers. In her spare time, Anna is learning metalsmithing and jewelry-making techniques and tends to her small hobby farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Writing Fellows Coordinator, The Effective Writing Center
Michelle Bowman coordinates the writing fellows program for the Effective Writing Center and has been with the center since 2006. Michelle oversees scheduling, conducts performance reviews, handles communications within and about the program, and serves as a liaison for faculty and writing fellows to provide timely and professional writing workshop services for online students.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Distance Education and E-Learning from UMUC. She enjoys tutoring students in writing and takes pride in fostering their success. She helped develop an undergraduate writing course for UMUC and has assisted in the creation of instructional writing videos, including "How to Write an Introductory Paragraph," which has more than 184,000 hits on YouTube.
Michelle lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughters and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, kayaking, and traveling.
Lead Advisor, Training, The Effective Writing Center
Aimee Maxfield is the EWC's lead advisor for training, and she has also worked as an online writing advisor and guest lecturer from 2005 to 2010. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro, and master's degrees from the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon and University of Maryland, College Park.
In addition to her work at the EWC, Aimee has taught courses in academic writing, drama, and Shakespeare at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently working on a PhD in English at UMCP. Her dissertation explores depictions of community in contemporary American passion plays, and her research interests include early modern textual history and performance studies.
When she is not reading or writing, Maxfield enjoys spending time with her husband and their toddler and newborn.
Senior Advisor, The Effective Writing Center
David Taylor, a senior advisor with EWC, taught English and journalism at liberal arts colleges in Virginia and Pennsylvania before serving as an executive editor in the magazine division of Rodale Press for nine years. Today, he teaches business and technical writing at UMUC and coordinates the guest lecture program of workshops.