Academic Center Tutors

The Academic Center has carefully selected a number of professional tutors who are writing experts and will give each student support and careful instruction on all aspects of the writing process.

Shelly Auster, Ph.D.
Dr. Auster has been a tutor at SJC since Fall 2011. She has a Ph.D. in English and teaches literature classes at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Chris Barthel, Ph.D.
Dr. Barthel earned his Ph.D. in Modern European History at Brown University, where he also taught in the history department.

Thomas Carlisle
Thomas Carlisle has an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Brooklyn College and an M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU. He has published several essays on film in the online journal Reverse Shot. He has taught at Brooklyn College and is currently teaching at Medgar Evers College.

David Fand
Mr. Fand is a graduate of Princeton and holds graduate degrees from Sarah Lawrence and Northwestern. He has taught writing and literature in New York area schools, including the Great Works program at CUNY Baruch. A multi-talented writer and performer, he has been a commissioned poet for New York City cultural events, and performed music and theater at substantial venues in New York.

Shivani Manghnani

Ms. Manghani has an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University. She has taught in the School of Professional and Graduate Studies at SJC as well as at Hunter College. She is a published writer and has won numerous awards for her work.

Kris Percival
Ms. Percival earned an M.S. in Education from Hunter College and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Ohio University. Her knitting books, published by Chronicle Books, have been praised in publications ranging from O Magazine to The Wall Street Journal. She has an extensive background in teaching as well as film production. She has been a tutor at SJC since 2009.

Karyn Pilgrim
Karyn has taught at SJC for many years. She has a Ph.D. in English and also teaches at Empire State College.

Joseph Rogers
Joseph Rogers has been a tutor and instructor at SJC since 2007. He has an M.F.A. (writing) from Brooklyn College and has had work published in prominent magazines. He is also teaching at St. Joseph’s and Brooklyn College.

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