Loyola University Chicago

Writing Center


Amy Kessel

Amy Kessel


Amy Kessel earned a BA in English Literature and Composition and a Secondary Education Certification from Beloit College and an MA in English Literature from the University of Chicago. She has been teaching composition and literature to college students for 29 years and has been directing the LUC Writing Center for seven years. She enjoys stories in all forms, gardening, and spending time with all kinds of animals, including human ones. 

Specialties: Amy’s academic interests include constructing and deconstructing arguments, film and popular culture studies, and Victorian literature. She teaches a variety of core literature courses, UCWR 110, and Theory and Practice of Writing Tutoring (ENGL 220).

Contact for concerns and information about the Writing Center.


John Hawkins

John Hawkins

Associate Director:

John C. Hawkins is a third-year PhD candidate in English, with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies. His current research focuses on companion species, and especially dogs, as they act in twentieth-century U.S. fiction and media. He also studies affect theory, connections between feminist and Marxist criticism, and literary responses to large-scale systems of oppression. 

John loves teaching, watching films, and spending time with his partner, dog, and cat. 

Specialties: English, Screen cultures, and 20th century American literature 

Contact for general inquiries regarding the Writing Center, our tutors and resources, and support with special projects (e.g. theses, dissertations, faculty publications, etc.)


Lyle Enright

Lyle Enright

Assistant Director:

Lyle Enright is finishing his PhD in Loyola's English department, where he studies religion and literature. He has published on many topics such as Catholic literature, modern theology, new media and political theory. He also writes regularly for several blogs and online journals, and serves as a contributing editor at TL;DR Press. When not working on his dissertation, he reads reams of horror and fantasy fiction, is an avid foodie, and loses to his wife at lots of video games. 
Specialties: Catholic literature and theology, modern philosophy, 21st Century fiction and publishing, academic and web-content writing.

Contact for class visits, special tutoring requests, faculty projects, and assistance with professional writing.



Michael Slager

Michael Slager

ESL Specialist:

Michael has a Ph.D. in Literary Studies with a concentration in Russian and Central European literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also received an MA and BA.

In addition to studying literature, he did graduate coursework in linguistics, translation studies, and participated in workshops and conferences on second language acquisition. 

Michael teaches English 100 (Developmental Writing) and UCWR 110. He has also been an instructor for an array of courses in the English Language Learning Program (ELLP), including Beginning Writing, Advanced Reading, and Standard American Pronunciation. 

In addition, he has taught American short fiction, Russian language and literature, and cultural studies courses. 

Michael enjoys going to the Art Institute, listening to music of all kinds, and cooking foods from different parts of the world. 


Gilda Ruman

Gilda Ruman

ESL Specialist:

Gilda (‘Gil’)  Ruman is an English Language Specialist currently teaching the Bridge Writing course in Loyola’s English Language Program.  Gil developed the course specifically for students transitioning into graduate-level studies.  She holds an MA in Linguistics and an MBA which she put to good use during her Marketing career with Citigroup.

Her ESL teaching experience encompasses all levels from developmental to academic research writing as well as working with students and professionals in the LLM, Business and Social Science programs.

Gil’s research interests gravitate towards the cognitive aspects of language learning (how we learn) and the pragmatic uses of language in social discourse.  Besides her love of language and spending time with students, Gil enjoys sailing or just puttering around in her loft.

Specialties:  ESL Writing, Pronunciation, Reading and Grammar