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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!  


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

Allie is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She holds a BA in Psychology, Theatre and Media Studies from the University at Buffalo. Allie previously worked as an entertainment writer for the website Bustle and as a copywriter for several companies. Outside of school, Allie loves movies, yoga, museums, trying new restaurants, and weekend trips upstate to visit her family in her hometown of Voorheesville, NY.

Ashley V.
Originally from New Jersey, Ashley is a senior at Hofstra, double-majoring in Creative Writing and Television. In the Writing Center, Ashley loves brainstorming and organizing essays, personal statements, and talking creative writing. When she's not in the Center, Ashley is the Editor-in-Chief of Hofstra's Nonsense Humor Magazine. She can tell an okay joke, a decent story, and has seen more TV than I'm sure you'd imagine.  

Brandon is from New York and has spent much of his life between Queens and Brooklyn. He is pursuing a Master's degree in Public Health. In the future, he plans to get involved with human rights organizations as well as getting involved with community organizing and worker’s rights. Outside of school and the Writing Center, he enjoys music and playing video games.

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. 

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.  

Isaac grew up on several military bases in the U.S. and Germany, but currently lives in Northern New York (like, way up there). He is a double major in Latin and Classics with a concentration in Classical languages and literature, graduating in 2019. He enjoys literary and film analysis papers and in his free time he enjoys the TV show Black Sails and video games.

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 terminal degree in education from Regent University. He also possesses a bachelor's and master's 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.

Jennifer D.
I am a learning specialist at Student Access Services. I have enjoyed working at the Writing Center for many years. I have a Master's degree in Education from Boston College. I am enthusiastic about learning and look forward to working with you.

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.

Kara is from northern Maryland, and is working towards a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing with a minor in Drama. Outside of the writing center, she can be found writing her novel and reading. Kara enjoys brainstorming, literature, and argumentative essays.

Originally from New Hampshire, Kirsten is pursuing a degree in Publishing Studies. She loves to read, bake, and solve logic puzzles. Interested in any fiction work, Kirsten can always be counted on for a book recommendation. She specializes in MLA format, brainstorming, and argumentative essay writing.

Maia is a Publishing Studies major and Fine Arts minor from upstate New York. Aside from writing she enjoys painting, playing rugby, and watching Game of Thrones with her cat. Maia likes helping clients with brainstorming, outliing, argumentative essays, and creative writing.  

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

Morgan is a TV Writing/Producing major from Vernon, New Jersey with minors in Creative Writing and Writing Studies. When she's not writing in her classes, at work, or just for fun, she enjoys dancing with Hofstra's Danceworks Productions (where she serves as the President as well as a performer) or binge watching TV shows and movies. 

Nicole is a native Long Islander. She is a graduate student in the English Education MSEd program. Nicole received her BA from Hofstra in English Literature with minors in Writing Studies and Public Relations. She enjoys reading, watching ‘90s TV shows, and traveling. Nicole likes helping clients with brainstorming and outlining.

Olivia is a Computer Science Major who enjoys the colder weather New York offers. Born in California and raised in Arizona, she cannot stand being hot and doing nothing. Since moving to New York, she is able to explore the city with a Starbucks in her hand. She enjoys helping students with brainstorming their ideas, talking through any problem the student may have, and seeing well thought out essays come to life.

Russ(ell) was born and bred, here, on Long Island, but has successfully escaped to Queens, where he currently resides. An English major with a concentration in Creative Writing, he specializes in fiction and poetry, as well as analytical and argumentative essays. When he is not captive to the merciless grind, Russ enjoys reading, writing, classic rock, and uninterrupted sleep.

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.

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