Meet the GWRC Tutors:

Dori Bloom, College of Arts & Sciences

Dori is a fifth-year doctoral student in the psychology department. She earned her MS in experimental social psychology in 2012. She has taught undergraduate classes in statistics, research methods, and social psychology. Her research has two main focuses: the impact of others on self-evaluations and the malleability of moral values.

Brendon Butler, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Brendon is a second-year master’s student in the journalism department, where he has taught undergraduate news writing while also taking graduate courses. Before coming to Ohio University, he earned a double degree in French and journalism with a minor in instructional technology. As a former performer and teacher of world music, he has extensive experience with group facilitation and cross-cultural communication.

Brendon’s writing and research experiences include magazine and editorial writing, literary textual analysis, biographical writing, content analysis and statistics, multimedia techniques, and instructional technology in course-design. He is currently working on an ethnographic study of a group of reporters working with minimal resources in the non-profit media sector of West Africa.

Don Dudding, College of Arts and Sciences

Don completed his PhD in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition in 2009.  He is co-director of Ohio University’s Appalachian Writing Project. He recently retired from teaching high school English and Language Arts after 30 years in the classroom. Don has a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and BS in Journalism. His interests include writing and performing folk music, and he publishes a daily cartoon at www.pencilzania.com.

Tracy Kelly, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

Tracy earned her M.P.A. in 2013 through the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and is completing her M.A. thesis in Political Science on the topic of LGBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation.  She currently serves as the Programming and Fundraising Coordinator for the OU Center for Student Legal Services and has a background in LGBT theory / public policy, as well as the development of case briefs, promotional materials, letters of recommendation and personal statements. Tracy also has a strong familiarity with the GSS Travel and Original Work Grants process.

Craig A. Meyer, College of Arts & Sciences

Craig earned his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from OU in 2013, and he has two master’s degrees: one in Creative Nonfiction and one in Rhetoric and Composition. Aside from serving as Humanities tutor and Associate Coordinator of the GWRC, he is also one of only three Post-Doctoral Fellows in the English Department at OU. He has taught for the last eight years in composition, academic writing, business and technical writing, and creative writing. His research focuses on disability rhetoric, classical rhetoric and applying it in modern settings, and various other rhetorical applications of discourse.

Justin Purl, College of Arts & Sciences

Justin is a fourth-year student in the psychology department. He is currently pursuing an M.S. in Industrial and Organizational psychology. His academic interests lie mainly in statistics, having currently acquired proficiencies in several major areas of statistics (e.g., ANOVA, regression, structural equation modeling, multivariate exploratory analyses, general linear modeling, mathematical modeling, and scale development). To this end, he has taught basic statistics for the last two years. His research interests include employee assessment, motivation, and decision making.

Bob West, Patton College of Education

Bob West is a doctoral student in Instructional Technology in the Patton College of Education. A retired public school teacher, Bob has extensive experience in elementary, post secondary, and adult education with an emphasis on implementing technology into classrooms. Bob is planning a dissertation on Teacher Self-Efficacy that uses mixed methods.


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