APA Style got you Down? Editing Woes? Graduate Writing Assistant Judy Carlson Can Help!

Judy, we’d like to welcome you as the new Graduate Writing Assistant. What brought you to PSU? What program are you pursuing?

I am at PSU working on my MEd in English Education with a concentration in teaching writing. One of the main reasons I came to Plymouth State University is the Plymouth Writing Project and its affiliation with the National Writing Project.

Could you tell us about your background and professional areas of interest?

I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and writing enthusiast. I have pursued writing as a hobby for as long as I can remember, taking workshops through the NH Writer’s Project and dabbling with freelance writing on and off over the years. My employment history has encompassed work in human resources and training, small business service management, and for approximately seven years, I worked at several statewide non-profit organizations, most recently as the Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager for the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. Last year, I taught high school English as a long-term substitute. While learning how to be a teacher on the job, I realized I wanted to continue my formal education in both the education field and in writing.

What services will you provide as the graduate writing assistant? How do you hope to benefit graduate students?

As the graduate writing assistant, I am available approximately 12 hours per week to assist any graduate student as a reader and reviewer of their writing. I will offer my input on the specific focus the graduate student requests. In other words, on some writing pieces, I may be asked to read for clarity of content and on others I might be asked to review the APA or MLA formatting for compliance, and for many I will do both. My goal is to help each student with the aspect of their writing that they feel they want to address on any given assignment.

What is the best way for students to get in touch with you?

The best way to reach me is through my e-mail at jscarlson@plymouth.edu. I check my messages often, and when contacted, I will reply as soon as possible. Much of the work I am reviewing for graduate students has been conducted through e-mail, but I am willing to schedule face-to-face meetings as well.


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