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Meet the Writing Center Staff


Andrea Rosso Efthymiou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Writing Studies & Rhetoric
Writing Center Director
Originally from California, Andrea has worked in writing center administration in the New York area since 2007. Andrea researches how working in a writing center affects tutors' civic engagement. She earned her PhD at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York her BA at UCLA. Outside of the writing center, she can often be found cooking, swimming, or traveling with her family.

Marilyn Buono, Ph.D.
Writing Center Assistant Director
Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing Studies & Rhetoric
Marilyn Buono is Assistant Director of the Writing Center and adjunct associate professor of writing in the Writing Studies and Composition Department at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Buono received her PhD in Literacy Studies and her MA in English Literature from Hofstra University. Marilyn grew up in California, but loves the change of seasons in New York-especially the fall--when you will find her fanatically preparing and decorating for Halloween!  


Aisha Wilson-Carter is a faculty member in the Writing Studies and Rhetoric Department at Hofstra University. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in Radio, TV, and Film. She loves watching students succeed.

Alexis is a born and raised Upstate New Yorker, originally from Plattsburgh, New York. She is a pre-law student double-majoring in Global Studies and Political Science and minoring in Economics. On campus, Alexis writes for Her Campus Hofstra and is currently serving as the recruitment chair for Phi Alpha Delta. Her main passions include politics, oral and written debate, music, shoes, and talking about astrology. In Writing Center appointments, Alexis greatly prioritizes communication and creative license.

Born and raised in Saratoga Springs, New York, Alicia is currently a senior at Hofstra majoring in dance education. She enjoys helping with brainstorming and organizing, but especially likes writing show reviews in the performing arts, and writing lesson plans.

Allie is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She holds a BA in Psychology, Theatre, and Film Studies from the University at Buffalo. At the Writing Center, Allie particularly loves brainstorming sessions and helping students with personal statements. Outside of school, she loves movies, yoga, and weekend trips upstate to visit her family in her hometown of Voorheesville, NY.

Andi is currently a graduate student in Hofstra's Speech-Language Pathology program. She earned her bachelor's degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she also worked as a writing center tutor. Other than tutoring, Andi enjoys dance/theater, cheesy mystery novels, and adorable corgi puppies. She is extremely excited for the chance to get to know the wonderful students of Hofstra! 


Betty is an undergraduate Journalism and Global Studies student, with a minor in Creative Writing.

Cecilia is an English Publishing Studies Major with minors in writing studies and marketing. She is originally from Annapolis, Maryland, and has a small addiction to sweet tea and online shopping. On campus, she is a member of the Hofstra English Society, Working Title, Overbooked, and Her Campus (essentially all the English clubs). Cecilia loves to help clients with brainstorming and organizing and expanding on ideas.

Dani is a sunny woman from Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a student in the Maurice A. Deane School of Law with a concentration in Criminal Law. Previously, she attended Hofstra University where she completed her major in English Literature. When Dani isn't in the Writing Center or the law library, she can be found doodling or binge watching episodes of Arrested Development.

Danny is an English Creative Writing Major. He's originally from Franklin, Massachusetts, and he's currently enrolled at Hofstra as a Junior. On campus, he not only works at the writing center but is a part of the Working Title creative writing club, and writes creatively (prose, poetry) in his free time. He loves hearing peoples ideas, and communicating with people on their work to better it. 

David Friedkin is an adjunct faculty member of the Writing Studies and Rhetoric Department at Hofstra, teaching WSC 001 and 002.

Emily is a Publishing Studies major with minors in Journalism and Marketing and is originally from central New Jersey (yes, it exists). On campus, she is a member of Alpha Theta Beta sorority, The Hofstra Chronicle, and The Hofstra English Society. Outside of academics, she can be found spending all of her money at Target or running off steam at the gym. Emily is also a big fan of helping clients with creative writing, brainstorming, or any kind of argumentive essay.  

Jamel C. Hudson is a faculty member in the Writing Studies and Rhetoric Department at Hofstra University. He teaches public speaking, oral communication, advanced public speaking, and performance studies. Jamel received his Ed.S. in education from Regent University and his BA and MA degree with distinction in rhetorical studies from Hofstra University. Jamel is constantly presenting in front of a wide array of audiences and has had the opportunity to present his research at conferences such as the National Communication Association Conference and the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association Conference.

Jen is an alumna of Hofstra University and a faculty member in the Writing Studies and Rhetoric Department; she works as a writer and editor as well for both print and web publications.

Jennifer ia a learning specialist at Student Access Services. She has enjoyed working at the Writing Center for many years. She has a Master's degree in Education from Boston College and is enthusiastic about learning and look forward to working with students in the Writing Center.

Jess B.
Jess B. is a Creative Writing major with minors in Writing Studies and World Literature. Her hometown is South Windsor, Connecticut, but she chose to come to school in New York for a change of scene. Previous to her work at Hofstra's Writing Center, Jess B. was also a writing tutor at her high school. Aside from tutoring, Jess B. is very involved on campus as the Secretary of Hofstra's only book club Overbooked and the Public Relations Chair for the all-female a cappella group, Makin' Treble. In addition, she works with international ESL students as a Peer Teacher in Hofstra's INTO Center. In her spare time, Jess B. enjoys relaxing with a good book, writing poetry or fiction, and singing.

Jess Z.
Originally from Northern New Jersey, Jessica is a double major in Television Production and English (Creative Writing and Literature Concentration) with a minor in public relations. Some of her favorite topics to work on during sessions are brainstorming, organization/structure, strengthening arguments, and expanding upon ideas. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, writing creatively, and binge watching YouTube and Netflix.

Joe is a faculty member of the English Department at Hofstra University. He teaches Creative Writing and specializes in poetry.

Michael is a faculty tutor, writer, traveler, and teacher from Boston, Massachusetts. His research interests include Dutch-American History, American Literature, and Basic/First Year writing.

Nidhi is a double major in Film Studies and Production and English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Literature. She loves to work on brainstorming, expanding and strengthening ideas and arguments and communication. She also loves Shakespeare (seriously, she means it) and in her free time she watches films. TV shows, reads and creatively writes.

Paul (KP) is a NYC fiction writer, spoken word performer, blogger/reviewer, ghostwriter, editor & literary consultant to entrepreneurs/business people.

Ryan is a double major in Linguistics and in Rhetoric with a concentration in Political Communication. He is originally from Bloomfield, New Jersey. He plays the alto saxophone well, the clarinet poorly, and is on the long road towards learning the trombone when he can find a chance. When not playing instruments or working in the writing center, Ryan is likely watching YouTube, Netflix, or taking a nap of considerable length. Ryan enjoys helping with brainstorming during appointments, as well as assissting in the organization of ideas. 

Sam is a Publishing Studies major from Burnt Hills, New York. When she's not being a writing tutor, she's Secretary of the Hofstra English Society and a peer teacher at the INTO Center, where she works with international students. In her free time, Sam loves reading, dancing, and attempting to cook.


Sumayyah is a Psychology major and Creative Writing minor from West Babylon, Long Island. Yes, she also agrees that commuting is terrible. Apart from working at the Hofstra Writing Center, she is also a member of WRHU 88.7 FM, occasionally writes for the Hofstra Chronicle, and works with international ESL students as a Peer Teacher in the INTO Center. When not juggling school work and (attempting) a healthy sleep schedule, Sumayyah loves bullet journaling, reading comics and graphic novels, writing non-fiction and poetry, and indulging in 70s and 80s hits.

Tom is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. He is original from Las Vegas, Nevada and obtained his degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Tom previously worked for a non-profit in Reno helping adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities find and maintain meaningful employment. In his free time, Tom loves to read, write, and play music.

Tyler is a faculty tutor who specializes in argumentation, poetics, and film analysis. When not teaching or tutoring, he can be found watching notoriously bad films with his friends or entangling himself in the NYC freelance grind.

William is an undergradaute pursuing a degree in Television Production with a minor in Creative Writing. He came to Long Island to escape the hustle and bustle of Fayetteville, Georgia. This mission was a wild success. He is head writer of Nonsense Humor Magazine which fuels his passion for specificity and absurdism. He loves brainstorming, developing stories, and talking structure. According to many, he has never once relaxed.

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