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Warren Writing Faculty and Staff

  • Dr. Jeff Gagnon

    Dr. Jeff Gagnon

    Program Director
    EBU3B 1122, 858-534-1700

    Dr. Gagnon holds a Ph.D. in Literature from UC San Diego and an M.Ed. from Harvard University. Most recently he was the Assistant Director of the Dimensions of Culture First-Year writing program at UC San Diego, where he taught interdisciplinary writing and research courses on topics such as justice, popular culture, and the histories of social movements in U.S. culture. In his teaching career he has taught nearly every grade from 7th to the college-level, and feels most at home in college classes focused on reading, writing and critical thinking. His research interests include first-year writing pedagogy, ethics in STEM education, public writing, civic-minded education and sports and social justice movements. Originally from Massachusetts, he is an avid follower of Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox.

    Winter Course and Office Hours
    WCWP 10B se014
    Office Hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 11:00-12:00pm

    Spring Course and Office Hours
    WCWP 10B se028
    Office Hours:

  • Dr. Liz Blomstedt

    Dr. Liz Blomstedt

    Assistant Director
    EBU3B 1110, 858-246-2116

    Dr. Blomstedt did her graduate work at the University of Houston, earning a Ph.D. in in Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy and an M.A. in English Language and Literature. She received her B.A. in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include first-year writing pedagogy, writing assessment, digital and multimodal rhetorics, and teacher research.

    Winter Office Hours
    Mondays 12:00-1:00pm

  • Keith McCleary

    Keith McCleary

    EBU3B 1114, 858-534-1704

    Keith McCleary holds an M.F.A. in Writing from UC San Diego, and a B.F.A. in Film & Television from New York University. He has taught at UCSD since 2011 in Warren College, Sixth College, and the International Triton Transition Program. Keith's research deals with pedagogy, writing, and multimedia, and he is an author and/or contributing editor for a variety of comic books, graphic novels, journals, and anthologies. 

    Winter Office Hours
    Tuesdays 1:00-4:00pm

  • Mark Young

    Mark Young

    EBU3B 1112, 858-534-4351

    Mark Young earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside, with an emphasis in twentieth- and twenty-first century literature and media. As a writer and researcher, his interests include the roles of music, nostalgia, and the fantastic in the processes of artistic creation and public remembering. As a teacher, he has worked at all levels of California’s higher education system and shares a particular interest in how mentorship drives academic innovation and the success of first-generation college students.

    Winter Office Hours
    Wednesdays 11:00-2:00pm

  • Niall Twohig

    Niall Twohig

    EBU3B 1107, 858-534-4352

    Niall Twohig has an M.A. in English from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Literature from UC San Diego. He is a yoga instructor and published poet whose first book of poetry, Cosmic Dustbowl, is published through Charybdis Press. He writes and teaches to bring a lineage of systemic critique and ethical praxis to his students.

    Winter Office Hours
    Wednesdays 11:00-2:00pm

  • Hanna Tawater

    Hanna Tawater

    Program Coordinator
    EBU3B 1108, 858-534-3068

    Hanna is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the Warren Writing Program, including the new Technical Writing Program (beg. FA19), as well as the three Warren College Interdisciplinary Minors. General questions or concerns about the Writing Program - including class information, instructor information, employment opportunities, and student concerns/issues/needs - should be directed to her.

    Program Office Hours
    Mon. 8:00-4:30
    Tue. 7:30-4:00
    Wed. 8:00-4:30
    Thu. 7:30-4:00
    Fri. Office closed, Hanna available via email
    M-Th Office closes from apprx. 12:30-1:30 for lunch