Staff

  • Lydia McDermott

    Lydia McDermott

    Director of the Center fOr Writing and Speaking

    Olin Hall 185

    Lydia McDermott is the Director of the Center fOr Writing and Speaking, and an Assistant Professor of Composition in General Studies. Her PhD is in Rhetoric and Composition and her MA is in Creative Writing. She loves to write in practically any genre and especially loves helping others find a passion for writing. Aside from writing, she loves watching and playing soccer, hanging out with her three boys, and walking her dog, Sherlock Bones, around Ankeny Field. Previous to coming to Whitman College, she helped to found and direct the Graduate Writing and Research Center at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Please feel free to drop by her office, around the corner from the COWS, or to email her to schedule an appointment. Visit her website for more information on her scholarship.

  • Jesse Moneyhun

    Jesse Moneyhun

    Assistant to the Director of the Center fOr Writing and Speaking



Student Tutors

  • Ari Appel

    Writing Tutor

    Ari Appel is a senior rhetoric major from Newton, Massachusetts. Ari has experience in teaching English as a second language and Spanish-English translation. Ari enjoys learning writing rules so that he knows how to break them.

  • Forrest Arnold

    Speaking and Writing Tutor

    Forrest Arnold is a senior rhetoric major from Snohomish, WA. He has previously served as a speaking fellow for public address students. He spent two years working as an RA mostly just asking open-ended questions and now he can't seem to stop.

  • Nolan Bishop

    Writing Tutor

    Nolan Bishop is from Northampton, Massachusetts. He will graduate in May 2018 with a degree in Philosophy. Nolan's work in philosophy has focused on Continental philosophers, including Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. Nolan also studies English at Whitman and expects to complete a minor in the discipline, with a focus on contemporary American and British literature.

  • Yuli Buckley

    Writing Tutor

    Yuli Buckley is a sophomore from Bellingham, Washington majoring in Biomedical Engineering (BBMB/pre-engineering). In her free time, Yuli can be found tossing a disc on Ankeny, reading Agatha Christie mysteries, or hanging out with her adopted grandmother, Dorothy.

  • Paige Dempsey

    Writing Tutor

    Paige Dempsey is a junior Environmental Humanities major from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Besides working in the COWS, she spends perhaps too much time soaked in chlorine as a member of the varsity swim team and writing in various creative ways about water, which is her favorite subject.

  • Catherine Fisher

    Writing Tutor

    Catherine Fisher is a senior English major from Seattle, WA. She enjoys working with Encounters, English and philosophy papers. She also loves helping with creative writing projects.

  • Erick Franklund

    Writing Tutor

    Erick Franklund is a sophomore majoring in both Philosophy and German Studies. He calls the northwest mountains of Montana home. Erick is a former high school policy debater, and a current member of Whitman's Ethics Bowl team. His scholarship focuses predominately on modern and contemporary philosophy, but he also really likes Epicurus. When not in the COWS, he can usually be found drinking a cup of tea and/or arguing with someone. 

  • Becca Gainsburg

    Writing Tutor

    Becca Gainsburg is a second year philosophy major. She has previously tutored in Wa-Hi and a primary school in Tanzania. Originally from New York, she plans to spend the fall semester of her junior year in Italy.

  • Chris Hankin

    Writing Tutor

    Chris Hankin is a Junior politics major from Seattle, Washington. Chris spent the fall semester in Morocco, trying his best to learn Arabic. Chris is one of the co-editors of the News Section at the Whitman Wire, and is always looking for a story. During his free time, Chris can often be found playing pickup soccer. He is also an avid follower of international news, and loves to talk about current events.

  • Harper Howard

    Writing Tutor

    Harper Howard is a junior from Vashon Island, Washington. She is an English major minoring in Japanese, and just returned from studying abroad in Kyoto, Japan. She enjoys reading analytical essays as well as creative work. In her free time, she likes hiking, backpacking, and swimming in the ocean.

  • Thomas Meinzen

    Writing Tutor

    Thomas Meinzen is a sophomore environmental humanities major and music minor from Eugene, Oregon. After spending the past fall on Whitman's "Semester in the West" program he's relearning how to live indoors. When not in the COWS, you can find Thomas getting distracted by pianos in the music building, rushing between classes while eating BonApp pastries, and honing his skills at strenuous intramural sports such as ping pong and dodgeball.

  • Jordan Miller

    Writing Tutor

    Jordan Miller is a junior from Boise, ID working toward a double major in film & media studies and French literature. Jordan's work tends to focus on identity in film and literature. Jordan has experience in writing about visual media and French literature, and has worked extensively with the Encounters texts. When he's not in COWS, you can find Jordan in La Maison, where he is the RA, pretending that watching TV counts as studying because of his major. 

  • Paul Minor

    Writing Tutor

    Paul Minor is from Seattle, Washington. He is a senior politics major and rhetoric minor. Paul also has experience in philosophy writing. When not tutoring in the COWS, Paul might be teaching at Edison Elementary School or schooling kids in pick up soccer.

  • Jesse Moneyhun

    Writing Tutor

    Jesse Moneyhun is a senior rhetoric major from Boise, Idaho. Jesse spent the last year abroad in Japan and now he is the RA of the Tekisuijuku Interest House.

  • Faith Nyakundi

    Writing Tutor

    Faith Nyakundi is a senior politics major and music minor. After graduation, she plans to pursue foreign policy and international relations. Growing up in a multi-lingual home developed Faith's interest in language and writing. In addition to tutoring in the COWS, Faith is a student representative to the Student Life Committee of the Governing Board, a student employment intern at the Student Engagement Center, and this year's Freedom Songs Creative Director. 

  • Helena Platt

    Writing Tutor

    Helena Platt is a sophomore rhetoric studies major. She hails from the southern Oregon coast, really misses the ocean, and writes an average of 1.7 poems per year.

  • Esther Ra

    Writing Tutor

    Esther Ra is a sophomore and prospective English major from Seoul, South Korea. Esther has experience in creative writing, philosophy, and English literature. Other than squeezing the stress cow at COWS, Esther enjoys gazing at glass objects, oceans, pastel colors, and other beautiful things.

  • Kenya Schott

    Writing Tutor

    Kenya Schott is a sophomore economics major from Sun Valley, Idaho. In her free time, Kenya can be found running cross country, bonding with her sisters in Delta Gamma, or discussing stocks in WIC.

  • Annabella Sherman

    Writing Tutor

    Annabella Sherman is a senior from Seattle, WA. She is a double major in psychology and sociology with a special interest in technology and how it relates to gender. As a former Encounters Writing Fellow, Annabella has experience with Encounters texts, English, and the social sciences. When she's not in the COWS, Annabella can be found reading a good book or watching Twin Peaks with her cat. 

  • Hillary Smith

    Writing Tutor

    Hillary Smith is a senior from Sequim, WA. She is an English major with minors in music and French. Creative writing is Hillary's passion, so bring her your stories and poems! She has experience in literary analysis, historical research papers, and persuasive writing. Aside from writing, Hillary plays four instruments and enjoys eating food, watching British murder mysteries, and traveling.