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Our Staff

The Clark University Writing Center has a Director, Assistant Director, and a staff of graduate and undergraduate Writing Consultants who are described below.

Director of the Writing Center and Writing Program

Jennifer Plante

Jennifer has been working at Clark since 2000, and has been the Director of the Writing Center and Writing Program since 2006.  During her time at Clark, Jennifer has taught a variety of courses, including Expository Writing, Queer Horror, Writing: The Beats (a course that studies texts from Beat Generation writers), and she has taught Continuing Education courses in both literature and film.

Jennifer comes to this position with a lengthy history in the Worcester area.  She graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Humanities; after working as a technical writer in the area, Jennifer decided to pursue a graduate degree in English from Clark University. 

Assistant Director of the Writing Center and Writing Program

Jessica Bane Robert

Jessica Bane Robert has taught for the English and Interdisciplinary departments, as well as for the Higgins School of Humanities since 2007. She currently is the Assistant Director of the Writing Center and a LEEP Center Staff member. Some of Professor Robert’s course offerings include Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Sense of Place: Writings of Place and Nature, and Mindful Choices.

Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and have won prizes such as the Rita Dove International Poetry Prize and the International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review. Her first chap book of poems, Scarred Seasons, was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press and was nominated for a Mass Book Award and a Pen New England Literary Award.

Bane Robert owns the Barred Owl Retreat: Center for Writing and Learning in Leicester, MA that provides individual and group retreats for artists and educators.

As the Assistant Director of the Writing Center and a member of the LEEP Center Staff, Professor Bane Robert specializes in helping students craft personal statements for graduate school and competitive proposals for grants and fellowships.

Writing Consultants

 

Jessica Hoops

Jess is a senior English and Philosophy double major who drinks a lot of black coffee and wears a lot of black clothing. She serves as both co-president of Clark’s English Honor Society and Editor-In-Chief of Clark Writes, the Department's official creative writing blog. In addition to working at the Writing Center, Jess is a reader/editorial consultant for The Robbins Office, one of New York’s top literary agencies.

 

 

 

 

Nina Thacker

Nina graduated from Clark in May, 2017 and is currently a fifth-year student getting her Master’s Degree in Community Development and Planning. As an undergraduate, Nina majored in Political Science and minored in History and Studio Art. After she gets her Master’s Degree, Nina plans to pursue a career in criminal justice reform.

 

 

 

 

 

Senegal Carty

Senegal is currently working on an ADP Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She was born in St. Martin and raised in Anguilla, and has yet to get over fall colors and snow. She hopes to earn a Ph.D. in immunology and lead great research on immune hypersensitivity someday.

 

 

 

 

Emma Sonberg

Emma received her B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing at Clark University in the spring of 2017, and she is currently in the graduate English program at Clark. Emma loves to read and write and plans on pursing a career in publishing, teaching, or editing after graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Farren

Christian is a recent Clark graduate, with a B.A. in English, a minor in Spanish, and a concentration in education. He is on track to begin a personalized fifth-year program with the goal of becoming a college professor/evil genius; currently, he is creating a course centered on narrative structures in video games. In his spare time, Christian enjoys reading Star Wars novels, ancient mythologies, particularly the Norse and Greek pantheons, binge watching Netflix and playing video games.

 

 

 

 

Mary-Elise Schiffer

Mary is a junior studying Earth System Sciences and Creative Writing but also enjoys researching psychology, art, and philosophy. She is the editor-in-chief for STIR Magazine, and she always has a journal in her bag. Her dreams include becoming a well-published author, backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail, and holding a handstand. She spent her childhood living at the library and dreaming up fantastical stories. Now, she is older, wiser, and happy to help at any step of the writing process!

 

 

 

 

Adelaide Petrov-Yoo

Adelaide is a Clark Graduate 5th Year majoring in History. Her graduate research focuses on the U.S. efforts to encourage militant Islamic radicalism in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the 1980s. She spent her undergraduate work researching Middle Eastern history, U.S. foreign policy, and Soviet foreign policy during the 20th century in order to contextualize current events in the Middle East. 

 

 

 

 

Claire Krasinski

Claire is a first-time consultant for Clark University’s Writing Center. She recently graduated from Clark this past May with a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB) and a concentration in Public Health. Claire is currently pursuing an Accelerated M.S. in BCMB while conducting research in Dr. Lazo’s Lab. She also is applying to medical schools for the entering class in Fall 2018. Someday, she hopes to establish a career in clinical academic medicine. In her spare time, Claire likes to play tennis/attend the gym, bake cupcakes, explore new places, and hang out with friends and family. Although she is a science major, Claire has always had passions for writing and editing. She is a firm believer that anyone can become a good writer with perseverance, practice, and collaboration with others.