Mission Statement

Our mission in the Hofstra University Writing Center is to work with current Hofstra undergraduate and graduate student-writers of varying experience levels, learning styles, and linguistic backgrounds. We work in and across disciplines. We support students’ growth as writers through one-on-one sessions with tutors trained in collaborative learning practices. Our sessions are conversation based. Rather than editing their writing, tutors help students gain independence by discussing the writing process in its entirety, including genre, audience expectations, and revision strategies. We place particular emphasis on meeting the needs of a particular writing situation. We offer a structured and safe learning environment that helps undergraduate and graduate students excel in college-level writing and helps them develop skills that lead to both academic persistence and success beyond graduation.



Andrea Rosso Efthymiou, PhD
Writing Center Director 
Assistant Professor, Writing Studies & Rhetoric

Originally from California, Andrea Rosso 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 and her BA at UCLA. Outside of the Writing Center, she can often be found cooking, swimming, or traveling with her family.

Marilyn Buono, PhD
Writing Center Assistant Director
Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing Studies & Rhetoric

Marilyn Buono is the assistant director of the Writing Center and an adjunct associate professor of writing in the Department of Writing Studies and Composition at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. She 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 is a faculty member in the Writing Studies and Rhetoric Department. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in Radio, TV, and Film. She loves watching students succeed.

David is an adjunct faculty member of the Writing Studies and Rhetoric Department at Hofstra, teaching WSC 1 and 2. 

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 for both print and web publications.

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

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

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 friends or entangling himself in the NYC freelance grind. 

Ryan is a senior with a double major in Linguistics and Rhetoric, with a concentration in Political Communication. He is originally from Bloomfield, NJ. He plays the alto saxophone well, the clarinet poorly, and is on the long road towards learning the trombone. When not playing instruments or working in the Writing Center, Ryan is likely watching YouTube, Netflix, or taking a nap of considerable length. He enjoys helping in the organization of ideas, and is happy to help with all kinds of writing.

Lauren is a senior Film Studies & Production major with a minor in Psychology. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and loves to travel around the city with her friends. Her main interest is pursuing a career as a screenwriter/director and making films mostly focused on mental health issues. She is the president of the Hofstra Filmmaker's Club and is the package producer of the HEAT network show, Director's Cut. During her down time, Lauren will actually read books, listen to a variety of music and sing along to it (badly), research behind the scenes tv and movie facts, and write as much of a screenplay as she can.

Irene, a junior from Rhode Island, has a dual major in Spanish and Global Studies and minors in Sustainability Studies and International Relations. She is a member of LEAF, Overbooked, and Habitat for Humanity, and spends her free time reading, drawing or hiking.

Sarah is a Neuroscience major with great interest in both biology and psychology. Although her main studies lie in the sciences, she considers literature just as important. As a winner of the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards, she truly believes in the power of the pen! During her free time, she likes to draw (not that she's ever completed a piece), watch YouTube, and play trending games. She is happy to work with all kinds of writing, and enjoys the myriad of topics students bring to the Writing Center.

Catie is a senior from Boston, MA. She has a double major in English and Psychology and a minor in LGBTQ+ Studies. Catie is the vice president of Culinary Club and is a member of Hofstra Hillel's a cappella group, the Chai Notes. In her free time, Catie enjoys reading (particularly re-reading the Harry Potter books), watching Netflix, and playing piano! She likes working with students from all majors on any kind of writing.

Victoria is a junior from Monroe, CT, with a major in Publishing Studies major and minors in Writing Studies and Psychology. She is a member of The Hofstra English Society and a copyeditor for the Hofstra Chronicle. In her free time, Victoria is likely to be reading, listening to music, dancing, or taking a nap. Victoria enjoys working with students on brainstorming, organization, and expressing their ideas through their writing.

Shayna is a Journalism major with a double minor in writing studies and RTVF. She is from East Islip, Long Island. When she is not tutoring, Shayna is Hofstra’s Morning Wake-Up Call Director for 88.7FM, Radio Hofstra University. On her off days, one can find her typing away at her laptop writing articles, or snuggled up under a blanket with a good book. Shayna enjoys helping students brainstorm writing ideas, drawing out more emotion from their writing, and helping students find their own authoritative voice.

Maddie is a junior from Suffolk, VA, with a Drama major and minors in Writing Studies and Creative Writing. She is a member of Spectrum Players (an acting club) and in her free time she is probably doing something crafty or trying to write. Maddie enjoys working with students from all majors and will try to help no matter what subject matter is brought in!

Nick is a senior Publishing Studies major and Linguistics minor from LaGrangeville, NY. Nick often spends his free time playing Smash and other games, as well as occasionally writing for fun. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Hofstra's co-ed community service fraternity, and is ready and excited to help students with any assignment. 

Abby is a sophomore from Great Neck, NY. Her major is General Business with a minor in Computer Science. Abby loves to play basketball, softball, and tennis. In her free time, she likes to be with her family and friends, watch Netflix, eat, and play sports. 

Caitlin M. is a sophomore from Albany, NY. Her major is Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Math. She is a member of Engineers in Action, Hofstra Rock Climbing Club, and Society of Women Engineers.

Oceane is a sophomore from Danvers, MA. Her major is English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Literature. She also minors in French. Oceane loves to write and read in her free time. She is also a member of Delta Gamma sorority and Her Campus. 

Molly is a sophomore double majoring in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Global Studies. She is from Levittown, NY. She is a member of DECA. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing badminton, and reading. She enjoys helping with all types of writing and brainstorming. 

Katerina is a junior from Merrick, NY. She is a Writing Studies and Rhetoric major with double-minors in Political Science and Spanish. Katerina is the president of the Hellenic Society at Hofstra, and during her free-time she enjoys playing guitar.

Caitlin F. is a student in the Public Relations MA program at Hofstra. She has a bachelor's degree from Lindsey Wilson College, where she majored in English and Psychology. Caitlin also worked at Lindsey Wilson's writing center for three years. In her free time, Caitlin loves to read, swim, and watch cat videos. She loves helping students with organization and literary analysis but is more than happy to help with all types of assignments at any stage in the writing process.



Code of Conduct

The Hofstra University Writing Center aims to provide a safe space for the exchange of intellectual ideas. Consistent with the mission of Hofstra University, Writing Center staff and clients will treat each other with respect and dignity. We aim to model professional exchange and engagement. The Hofstra University Writing Center does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any members of the Hofstra community.

Appointment Policies for Current Hofstra Students

  • Writers may make a maximum of one appointment per day and three appointments per week. All appointments are 50-minutes long.
  • Writers should arrive on time to their sessions. If a writer is five (5) minutes late, we consider the appointment missed; however, we will call to see if the writer is on the way. If the writer is not on the way, we will mark the appointment as missed and open the appointment to another writer.
  • If necessary, writers should cancel appointments online at least two (2) hours before their sessions. If a writer misses two appointments, without canceling in advance within one semester, that writer will not be able to make Writing Center appointments for the remainder of the semester.

Tutoring sessions are a limited resource, and we want to help our many Hofstra writers as effectively as possible.

If writers need to discuss these policies or their scheduling accounts with the Writing Center, they should contact Writing Center Director Andrea Efthymiou (andrea.r.efthymiou@hofstra.edu) or Assistant Director Marilyn Buono (marilyn.f.buono@hofstra.edu).

Revised as of January 1, 2022.