Academic Support & Access Center


  • Academic Support & Access Center
    Fax: 202-885-1042
    Mary Graydon Center, Room 243

    Monday-Thursday 9:00a.m. - 7:00p.m. Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Mailing Address

Meet the Writing Lab Counselors

Our writing counselors are experienced and trained to work with all AU students, including those with learning disabilities or ADHD, as well as students for whom English is not a native language.

Idris Evans 

Idris holds a Master's degree in international politics from the School of International Service, where he specialized in human rights and development. Before relocating to DC, Idris lived in Japan, where he taught English to elementary and middle school children. Originally from New Jersey, he holds a B.A. in East Asian studies from Davidson College, and speaks Chinese and Japanese.

Connie Gelb 

Connie graduated from American University with a Master's degree in TESOL and is currently an adjunct instructor at another local university. A native New Yorker, Connie also holds a Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and has worked professionally as a reporter and multimedia editor. She received a B.A. from Hampshire College in English and creative writing.

Katie Pearce 

Katie earned a degree in English and minor in Spanish from Connecticut College, where she worked for three years in the school's Writing Center. She's worked as a writer and editor since 2004, including several years with the D.C. local newspaper The Current and various academic editing gigs. A DC-area native, she started working in the Writing Lab in fall 2012.

Jamie White 

Jamie is a graduate student in counseling at Trinity University, and feels fortunate to be able to combine her love of tutoring, teaching, and counseling with her passion for writing in her work as a writing mentor with American University's Learning Services Program and in the Writing Lab. She is a former Montgomery College Writing Center tutor and DC schools teacher, and these experiences have fueled her passion for helping others achieve their writing goals. Outside of academia, Jamie is a founding member of the DC Area Screenwriter's Group and loves to spend time crafting fictional pieces and reading the work of her fellow group members.

Emma Fawcett 

Emma is presently pursuing a doctoral degree in international relations from the School of International Service at American University. She earned a BA from Rutgers University in political science and Spanish, and an MS from The New School University in nonprofit management. A native of New Jersey, Emma loves to travel and has taught English in both Venezuela and Guatemala. She speaks Spanish and is eagerly trying to learn Haitian Creole!

Jeff Levin 

Jeff is a PhD student in the History Department at AU. He studies the foundation of Israel and the development of educational systems in Mandatory Palestine. After graduating with his B.A. from the University of Florida, he taught high school English for several years before studying for his Master's at the London School of Economics. He is from Orlando, Florida, and lived in New York and London before settling in the DC area to begin his doctoral studies.

Anna Whiston 

Anna graduated from Muhlenberg College with Bachelor's degrees in English and Media and Communication. Anna began her tutoring career at Muhlenberg, where she worked in the college's Writing Center for two years and served as a Lead Tutor during her senior year. After graduating, Anna did a year of service as a numeracy and literacy tutor at an urban charter high school in Boston. In addition to working in the Writing Lab, Anna is also a Writing Mentor with AU's Learning Services Program. Anna loves taking in the scenery in her home state of Maine and is excited to get to know DC.

Laura Jung 

Laura grew up in Texas, calls Chicago home, and lives just outside the District in Rockville, MD. She holds BAs in Political Science and Spanish from University of North Texas, an MA in International Studies with focuses in political economy and critical race theory from DePaul University, and is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at American University. Her passion for writing led to her experience organizing and facilitating undergraduate and graduate-level writing workshops and to joining the Writing Lab at AU. Laura is also a Teaching and Research Assistant at AU. In her free time she enjoys sewing, baking, watching British crime dramas, and playing with her dogs.

Jordan Grant 

Jordan was born and raised in Maryland. After graduating with his B.A. from St. Mary's College of Maryland, Jordan came to American University, where he earned an M.A. in Public History and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in nineteenth century U.S. History. He has previously worked with students as a writing tutor, a teaching assistant, and an adjunct instructor. Outside of the academy, Jordan oversees the exhibition website and blog for the upcoming American Enterprise exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, as well as the museum's Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive. When he's not working, Jordan spends most of his time watching and discussing films, building websites, and walking his dog.

Lynn Bruning 

Lynn recently moved to Maryland from Colorado, but her hometown is Searcy, Arkansas. That little town is also the seat of Lynn's alma mater, Harding University, where she earned BA and MSE degrees, both in English. During her professional years, she has taught school in East Africa, instructed community college composition courses, baked artisan pastries, and operated a coffeehouse. She is enjoying living and working in the DC area, and she looks forward to pursuing a graduate degree in creative writing here in coming years. Writing is Lynn's favorite subject to study, practice, and discuss, which is why she is so happy to work with AU students in the Academic Support and Access Center Writing Lab.

Jeff Davis

After graduating from Ripon College in Wisconsin with a BA in Politics & Government, Jeff worked in Korea as an English teacher for students between elementary and high school age. After returning to his alma mater for a year as a competitive speech coach, Jeff made his way to DC where he is currently studying for his Master's degree at American University's School of Public Affairs. He is enrolled in the Justice, Law, and Criminology program, with a focus on Terrorism.