Literacy & Learning Resources Writing Fellows

Fall 2016 Writing Fellows

The office of Literacy and Learning Resources in the Academic Enrichment Center is pleased to offer a 2-credit fall internship for students who have demonstrated strong abilities as writers and would like to develop their capacities as tutors. Successful applicants will receive training led by Dominican University faculty, tutors, and staff through an intensive practicum. In this semester-long practicum, Fellows will learn about writing center pedagogy and reflect on their tutoring experiences. After the initial training, the Fellows will begin working as tutors for 6 hours a week. Writing Fellows will receive continuous support and guidance throughout their internship by participating in observations and debriefing sessions. Fellows are paid for their work as tutors, as well as their hours in training. Although most graduate students do not choose to pursue course credit for the internship, they are still paid for their time as Fellows and are encouraged to apply.


  • Dominican University junior, senior, or graduate student for the 2016-2017 school year
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Students from all academic disciplines are invited to apply
  • Possess significant skills as a writer, reader, and interpersonal communicator
  • Have great enthusiasm for exploring the writing process
  • Would like to help build and be part of a community of learners

How to Apply

Submit an application including:

  • A completed application form:   Fall 2016 Application
  • A 500-750-word personal statement explaining why you are interested in the internship and notes what aptitudes, skills, and personal qualities you would bring to the position
  • Two writing samples that you have submitted for class assignments or for publication at Dominican
  • The names and email addresses of two Dominican faculty members who can attest to the quality of your work as a student
  • The names and email addresses of two Dominican students who can attest to your communication and interpersonal skills
  • A copy of your Dominican transcripts

Applications can be brought into the AEC or emailed to Jennifer Stockdale, Writing Fellows Coordinator


The deadline has been extended. All application materials are due by Friday, March 25, 2016. Fall Writing Fellows will be announced on Monday, April 18, 2016.

Testimonials from Previous Writing Fellows

"Working as a writing tutor for the Academic Enrichment Center was the perfect opportunity for me to contribute to the Dominican community while honing my English, educational, and editing skills. Throughout the semester, I tutored a variety of students, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and even English as a second language (ESL) students. As a future educator, I plan on helping students to improve both their reading and writing skills, and this internship allowed me to do just that.” -Thomas Puhr

“ When I first applied for the internship I didn’t know what to expect. Luckily I had so much help from everyone at the AEC, who gave me careful instruction. My tutees vary in writing ability, so I make sure to give them the attention they need and ask if they have any lingering doubts. I hope I really have made a difference and helped make a difficult paper easier to write. The experience has made me take a closer look at my own writing and identify the problems I might have. I am happy I decided to take the chance and apply for this internship, and have decided to stay on as an employee.” - Sandra Lopez

The Fall 2015 Writing Fellows

The AEC is very pleased to introduce you to the Fall 2015 Writing Fellows. The Fellows, who were competitively selected for their considerable strengths as writers and communicators, were trained to work as tutors in our office of Literacy and Learning Resources. Below, please find a brief introduction to our Fellows. If you have a passion and an aptitude for writing and are interested in becoming a Writing Fellow in the Fall of 2016, please consider applying. For any questions, please contact Jennifer Stockdale, Writing Fellows Coordinator.


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Beatrice Jedrycha


Hello, my name is Beatrice, but many simply call me “Bea.” Till age four, I lived in San Antonio, Texas, with both of my parents. Most of my childhood was spent in Chicagoland. At the age of ten, I moved to Poland. It was a very challenging time for me because I had to overcome many social barriers. During that time, my Polish was not very fluent, however, I managed to overcome the language barrier after just three years. I moved back to the northwest suburbs of Chicago where I graduated from William Fremd High School in 2011. In the fall of 2014, I transferred to Dominican University from Harper College as an English major.


  • Learning about different cultures
  • Traveling
  • Drawing
  • Writing
  • Listening to music
  • Long walks
  • Learning about history
  • Reading

What being a Writing Fellow means to me

Being a Writing Fellow will open up new unique perspectives for both myself and others. I will have the opportunity to help others succeed and improve, which is of great importance to me. I will have the opportunity to form relationships with my peers.     

Intellectual Interests/Passions

I enjoy writing stories and expressing my creativity. Like with all my work, I try to add some meaning. Just like with a physical art piece, there always is a unique fingerprint or style an author leaves behind, which is quite fascinating. When I look at the same piece after a certain amount of time, the perception of my work changes and I can surpass my previous expectations. By practicing and editing, anyone has the ability to create a writing piece that remains for decades to come.   



Nicole Kleinert


My name is Nicole and I am a recent graduate of Dominican University. I am back for the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences (GSLIS) program and couldn't be happier. I love learning and literacy and believe every student deserves to the opportunity to succeed in his or her chosen field. I was born and raised in Connecticut and New York, but fell in love with Chicago and wanted to stay in the area to finish up my degrees. I hope to maintain a permanent connection with Dominican and its dedication toward accessible resources for all students.


  • Reading/writing
  • Drawing
  • Water color painting
  • Jogging
  • Healthy eating/vegetarianism
  • Clash of Clans

What being a Writing Fellow means to me

This is not my first time as a writing fellow. I was a tutor at my previous college in Connecticut and worked with a wide variety of students. I love the person-to-person contact and the learning transaction that happens. I learn something new from each session and truly believe that every students has some new insight to offer with every assignment.

Intellectual interests/passions

I'm still in school after finishing my undergrad, and my hopes are to continue my education for the rest of my life--even if I'm not in school. I love all things literary and carry a huge passion for the arts. I recently got back into ceramics and am working on honing my skills and learning new ways to incorporate my penchant for the arts into that medium.


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Katie Ratterman


My name is Katie Ratterman and I am from Carol Stream, Il .  I am a junior studying History, Secondary Education, and Spanish.  This year, I will be acting as the president of the National Residence Hall Honorary and as a peer mentor to underclassmen in the Mazzuchelli Honors Program.  I love to write and am very excited to work with others to become better writers.

Hobbies and Interests

  • Tennis
  • Cooking and baking
  • History
  • Reading

What being a Writing Fellow means to me

I believe that being a writing fellow means working with my peers to learn new things about being a writer and to collaborate in order to improve writing skills.  It means teaching others as well as learning from them and being open to new ideas.

Intellectual Interests/Passions

My favorite book is The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien.  I read it in high school and it is important to me because it is very insightful and very real.  It is an emotional read that is meant to open the eyes of the readers’, brining home some of the most difficult truths of war and what it means to be a soldier.  I found this book to be relatable to all different people, not just to soldiers, and that made the book very special.


Andrew Meissen


I’m a senior behavioral neuroscience major and resident student. I come from Roscoe, IL, a moderate-sized village in Winnebago County, and grew up with my 7-years-older brother who now lives in Osaka, Japan with his wife. Everyone in my family has been educators and artists, except me, the youngest and only scientist. However, in time I’ve found my callings for art and education, although maybe not in their traditional roles, and being a writing tutor as an aspiring neuroscientist is one of those roles.


  • Rock climbing
  • Volunteering in Chicago-- most recently the Mammals Department at the Field Museum of Natural History
  • Reading scientific publications 
  • Fiction
  • Research on mental illness, traumatic brain injury, and extraordinary memory

What being a Writing Fellow means to me

Have you ever tried to fix something like your hair aimlessly, only to find it incredibly easy to adjust once you look into a mirror? If you happen to write down your thoughts exactly as they appear in your head on paper, then you've done something profound: You've created a clear mirror of your mind. I want to be a writing tutor because I empathize with those who always seem to summon unclear mirrors, and I know how much easier life is once you figure out how to summon more that are clear.

Intellectual Interests/Passions

I revisit the book Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi  (me-high, chick-sent-me-high) on days where I feel unhappy or in some anguish, and I listen to the book like a child who sits eagerly before his wise, story-telling grandfather. I’ve found no book that has reconciled the human condition with happiness as well as Flow, and perhaps anyone who can master its contents will have lived fully.


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Ashley Rojo


Ashley Rojo is an aspiring intellectual. She believes that writing is a good way to convey the ideas she has a hard time speaking out loud and that in its own way, how a person writes lets an individual see into that person’s life. She is also an avid watcher of The Amazing World of Gumball and a lover of dark chocolate.


  • Reading non-fiction, how-to, horror
  • Learning new skills and information
  • Playing videogames about assassins and/or magic
  • Strength training
  • The Amazing World of Gumball TV show
  • Crash Course YouTube series
  • Haruki Murakami books

What being a Writing Fellow means to me

To me, being a Writing Fellow means being a person of integrity. As a Writing Fellow, my goal is to help others to improve their writing skills and in return, enhance my own. But If I am considered untrustworthy, then there is no way I can give help to those who want it, because people do not want to work with a person they don’t trust. Good relationships between people are based on trust, and so to earn trust, I must be a person of integrity.

Intellectual Interests/Passions

A favorite book titled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

This book speaks to me overall but the seventh habit, which is called “Sharpening the Saw”, is something that I’ve discovered on my own. The point of this habit is to basically take care of the physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional aspects of our lives. These four things are the foundations of our lives and we must keep them in good shape in order to keep growing.