Daniel M. Gross
Campus Writing & Communication Coordinator
Director, Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication
PhD, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, 1998
Daniel M. Gross is Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty in the Critical Theory Emphasis. His research in rhetoric runs along three tracks: writing and communication, history of the disciplines, and medical humanities. When it comes to writing and communication, Professor Gross has been deeply influenced by his time at the University of Iowa, where he worked with a large Communication Studies department typical of public universities in the Midwest, and where writing and speaking pedagogies are deeply integrated. His publications in writing and communication include an interview in Composition Forum on “The Passions of Rhetoric and Composition,” and a critical piece in the journal Pedagogy on the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing. In terms of history of the disciplines, Professor Gross has been working since his dissertation on rhetoric and the origins of the human sciences, arguing that the early human sciences including psychology, politics, and pedagogy were first rhetorical arts designed to move people, before they were partially reconfigured as descriptive sciences. Publications along these lines include a piece in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, and a forthcoming book Being-Moved: Rhetoric As the Art of Listening (University of California Press 2020). His work in the medical humanities focuses on emotion, also from a history-of-rhetoric perspective. Publications include The Secret History of Emotion: From Aristotle’s Rhetoric to Modern Brain Science (Chicago 2007), and Uncomfortable Situations: Emotion between Science and the Humanities (Chicago 2017). He has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from the University of California Office of the President, which has recently funded his gamification, and online teaching initiatives.
MFA, University of California, Irvine, 1972
BA, Louisiana State University, 1970
Sue Cross works with the writing center staff and with partners across campus to make sure the Director’s vision is realized on a daily basis. In addition to helping students individually, Sue also trains and supervises the tutors in the Writing and Library Research Undergrad Specialist (WALRUS) peer tutoring program. She says, “It’s great to work with these bright, energetic, creative people — a diverse group in terms of experience, personality and major field of study.”
MFA, University of Oklahoma, 2013
BA, University of Oklahoma, 2009
Lindsey’s personal and professional interests are rooted in the intersections of art, performance, and various writing genres. As an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications, she studied creative writing and poetry at Univerzita Karlova in Prague, and Spanish cinema and language at Universidad de Alcalá de Henares near Madrid, as well as novel-writing. After a brief stint in professional blogging and journalism, she went on to pursue her MFA in the Art, Technology, and Culture program, focusing on digital art and performance. As a Lead Consultant at the University of Oklahoma Writing Center, she served as the Fine Arts Writing Fellow and taught English Composition. She remains a practicing performance and video artist, having performed and curated events in Toronto, Amsterdam, Seoul, St. Petersburg, and across the U.S.
MA, Cal State Fullerton, 2014
BA, Boise State University, 2011
Upon moving to Germany after high school, Amber had the opportunity to learn another language outside the classroom and has since wanted to meld the excitement and frustration that comes from language learning with a career where she can help others overcome linguistic hurdles.
As a student passionate about service learning and community-based education programs, Amber began tutoring as a Writing Center consultant at Boise State University in 2009- a school known for its large nontraditional student population. Here she worked with ESL students, student athletes, veterans, mid-career adult students returning to the classroom, refugees new to Idaho, and graduate students.
Post-graduation, she began a research MA in Linguistics at Cal State Fullerton, completing her thesis abroad funded by Rotary International. Her training in ESL comes from a blend of Applied Linguistics courses, CELTA training, and career teaching experience.
After teaching ESL to adults in the public and private education worlds, Amber is excited to return to the university setting working with UCI’s diverse student population. Her research interests are adult literacy, alternate language pedagogies, language politics/policy/ planning, and dual-immersion program statistics.
ESL Writing Specialist
MA, San Francisco State University, 2010
BA, UCLA, 2008
Language encompasses Percival’s academic life. As an undergraduate, he majored in Linguistics at UCLA, and as a graduate student, he did his master’s in TESOL at San Francisco State University (SFSU). While teaching academic English classes in the Bay Area, Percival also provided one-on-one student support at SFSU’s Learning Assistance Center. This transitioned to a career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Writing Center where he would stay for five years. In that time, he grew ESL support for students and faculty, developed new Writing Center programs, and gained a broader perspective of both writing and academia. In his free time, Percival enjoys transferring rhetoric from the collaborative writing context to the competitive gaming context.
ESL Writing Specialist
MA, Boise State University, 2005
BA, San Diego State University, 1995
Kerri has been at the Writing Center since 2016. Prior to that, Kerri was in UCI’s Academic English Program, where she taught Academic Reading/Vocabulary and Academic Writing. She continues to work closely with AE to help English Language Learners succeed at their academic writing. She was also an instructor at UCI Extension’s Intensive English Program. Over the past 20 years, Kerri has enjoyed teaching English as a Foreign Language at the preschool, middle school, and adult levels for students from 5 to 72 years old, as well as Developmental and Freshman Composition in the College/University setting, both online and face-to-face. Additionally, she acted as Boise State’s Service-Learning Writing Liaison, leading community writing in courses from Kinesiology to Feminist Studies. When not working with English Language Learners on the job, Kerri enjoys sailing, spending time with her spouse and their two daughters, and raising their yellow morph parrotlet, Peep.
Writing Specialist & Scholarship Opportunities Program Advisor
MFA, University of California, Irvine, 2014
BA, The College of Wooster, Irvine, 2001
Prior to his work as a Writing Specialist and Scholarship Advisor, Brendan studied English literature in his undergraduate studies and creative writing in his graduate work. He worked for seven years here at UCI teaching Composition, Creative Writing, and Academic English courses, working with both lower-division and upper-division students.
Whether he’s been working with students on fostering critical thinking and research skills, developing creative narrative work, increasing academic vocabulary and English proficiency, or applying for prestigious scholarships, Brendan has been continually honored and excited to work with UCI’s impressive undergraduates. Brendan’s other interests involve reading novels, seeing independent films, traveling, running, and writing fiction.
Writing Specialist & Scholarship Opportunities Program Advisor
MFA, University of California, Riverside, 2006
BA, University of California, Irvine, 2004
Courtney Santos brings a unique combination of academic and administrative experience to the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication. Courtney followed her enduring passion for writing fiction, poetry, and personal essay through an undergraduate major in English; a graduate major in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts; and stints as a peer tutor, teaching assistant, and research assistant. She also holds a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from UC Irvine Extension.
Prior to becoming a Writing Specialist in 2014, Courtney provided comprehensive administrative support to major research projects at the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub at UC Humanities Research Institute and at the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Irvine. These positions honed her skills in grant writing, information literacy, writing for academic publications, and public-facing communications.