Writing Center

Writing Center Faculty



Lydia Allen

I completed degrees in psychology and neuroscience at Texas A&M and Columbia University, respectively. I completed degrees in English/Philosophy and History of Ideas at University of Texas at Austin and UT Dallas, respectively. I am in interested in the intersections of science and humanities, so my classes do both analytical writing for the sciences and the humanities.

Joan Arbery

I have a BA from the University of Dallas, with a PhD in Literature from Notre Dame. At ND, I spent a year researching in Dublin, then worked as a freelance journalist covering the Dallas arts. Since 2009, I've been teaching at SMU (DISC/Honors), also serving as SMU's Phi Beta Kappa Historian and as a teaching fellow at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. Since one of my joys at SMU has been conferencing and discussing drafts with students, I'm thrilled to come on to the A-LEC this year!

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.”



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.