Writing Support Services Consultants

Ting Zhang Ting Zhang is a PhD candidate in teaching and curriculum at the Warner School. She holds a BA in English, and an MA in Applied Linguistics. Prior to her doctoral study, she has taught English literacy courses at the secondary and undergraduate levels in China. She has explored nonnative-English-speaking graduate students’ experience with academic English writing and publishing. As a result of her research, she aims to support graduate students’ writing with her perspectives and strategies.

Onesmo Mushi Onesmo Mushi is a PhD student in the Teaching and Curriculum program at the Warner School of Education. He has a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Second Languages (TESOL) from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, under the Fulbright scholarship and a Bachelor of Education in Special Needs from the University of Dodoma, Tanzania. Before joining graduate school, he taught English to secondary school students for five years in Tanzania. He also spent a year learning the Chinese language at the Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics in China. His research interests include Academic and Professional Writing, Transnational Literacy, and Curriculum Reform.

Flutura Shala Flutura Shala is a PhD student in Teaching and Curriculum program at the Warner School of Education. She holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature from University of Prishtina and an MA degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Second Language (TESOL) from University of Rochester. She has worked in educational projects and as an English Language Teacher for 10 years in both public and private educational institutions in Kosovo. Since 2018, she has been working at Warner as a teaching assistant in TESOL courses and graduate assistant for the master’s program of TESOL. She is very passionate about doing research on equity and access in education for minority and heritage language speakers in multilingual contexts as well as exploring the potentials of educational technology in this regard.

Xiatinghan Xu Xiatinghan Xu is a PhD student in teaching and curriculum at the Warner School  and coordinator of Writing Support Services. She holds a BA in English from Sichuan University and a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from University of Southern California. Before coming to Rochester, she worked as an ESL teacher at LA Technology Center, where she finished her case study of immigrant adult English learning. She also has years of experience teaching TOEFL reading and writing. Her research interests include second language education and language and content integration in instruction, course development and assessment design.

Alexis Zimmer is a PhD student in the Human Development program at the Warner School of Education. She holds a BA degree in Psychology and an MA degree in Clinical Psychology. Prior to coming to the University of Rochester Alexis worked with undergraduate students in research and writing. Her research interests include mental health and resilience especially in the contexts of discrimination and social connection.

Yanhong Zuo Yanhong Zuo is a PhD candidate in teaching and curriculum at Warner School. She holds a BA in English and an MA in American Studies. In the past 15 years, she taught English reading and writing at several universities in China and worked at Quincy College in Boston for one year as a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant under Fulbright Scholarship. Her research interests include reading and writing relations, curriculum reforms and English language teaching. 

Yanhong Zuo Xinyue Wang is an EdD student in the Counseling and Counselor Education program at the Warner School of Education. She has a BA degree in Communication Studies and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a MA degree in Education Psychology, with a focus on Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has been working with international students in higher education settings, providing them with academic and social-emotional support for the past seven years. She is interested in understanding international students' experiences and fostering optimal development, well-being, and a sense of belonging for the student population in higher education settings. 

Sarah Carey Sarah Carey is a doctoral student in the Teaching and Curriculum program at the Warner School of Education. She holds both a BA in English and an MA in English as a Second Language Education from Georgetown College, as well as her second MA in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to beginning her studies at the University of Rochester, Sarah was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea and taught English as a Second Language, English language arts, and gifted education in Kentucky and New York City. Her research interests include English teacher identity and linguistic poststructuralism.