Writing Center

Writing Center Faculty


Pauline Newton

I enjoy one-on-one time with students outside of the classroom; since I’m not their instructor, this allows me to offer “neutral” input. I help students brainstorm, work on annotated bibliographies, and flesh out paragraphs fully. Our bodies may age, but, as writers, our brains can remain pliable as we learn a stronger way to make an introduction or a better-sounding means to represent an idea. If you’re looking for that secret on how to become a better writer, there’s no shortcut, but, as William Faulkner once said, in order to become a strong writer, you must “Read, read, read.”

Kristen Polster

B.A. from SMU in 1993, and after a few years of teaching high school English pursued a teaching fellowship to earn M.A. in English from SMU, and later a PhD in English from the University of North Texas.  Have been teaching in the writing program at SMU since 2001 and have enjoyed working with students in the Writing Center since 2008.  I believe all students can (and should!) learn to write well and gain confidence in their writing abilities.

Richard Treat

Having had the opportunity to teach second-language learners in the United States as well as students in Mexico, Morocco, and South Korea, one of my favorite things is having the opportunity to work with people from different cultural backgrounds.  I particularly enjoy working one-on-one with students to help them become better writers because I can focus on their individual needs and often witness a visible change in short period of time.  As a lecturer in the Discernment and Discourse program, I look forward to working with the international students both in the classroom and at the A-LEC.