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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

This is Jennifer's fifteenth year at Clark University and her eighth year as Director of the Writing Center and Writing Program.  During her time at Clark, Jennifer has taught a variety of courses, including Expository Writing, Introduction to Literature, 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

Joe Schwab

Joe Schwab is a graduate student of Developmental Psychology, working under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Arnett. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Joe joined The Writing Center in the fall of 2013. He is currently conducting research on a specific phase of life, emerging adulthood, and investigating the thoughts emerging adults have on what makes a life good. Taking a narrative approach to psychology, Joe is interested in all forms that stories take, including literature, film, television, and art..

Nathan Gill

Nathan Gill is a PhD student in the Graduate School of Geography. He studies forests that have experienced wildfires and other disturbances in the Colorado Rockies. Currently, most of Nate’s writing projects are scientific in nature, but he has experience writing in the humanities as well. Nate and his wife are from Denver, Colorado and they have two boys that keep Nate busy when he isn’t processing satellite images or taking samples of tree rings.

Michael Geheran

Michael is a PhD student at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Born in Germany, he holds degrees from Norwich University and Harvard University where he studied history and German language. Michael worked as a project manager at Bose Corporation for twelve years before returning to graduate study to pursue his interest in European history. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on the experiences of German-Jewish WWI veterans during the Third Reich.

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Jeremy Levine

Jeremy Levine is a current senior at Clark University, majoring in English with a Political Science minor. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Scarlet and writing a metafictional novel as an Honor’s Thesis. He is interested in a career in writing, teaching it and/or doing it, and so he spends a good deal of time thinking about how words work, a passion he brings to each Writing Center consultation. 

Matt Newberg

Matt Newberg is a senior undergrad English major at Clark University. He is the Arts & Culture editor as well the assistant to the editor-in-chief for STIR Magazine. This past fall, his first full-length play, Disciples, premiered at the Little Center. Additionally, Matt has completed numerous pieces of short fiction and creative nonfiction. He has had experience with coursework within several disciplines including Sociology, Screen Studies, History, Political Science, Spanish and English.