Administration & Staff
Writing Center Director
Before coming to APU, Jennifer Mawhorter taught at the University of California, Riverside, Learning Center and directed the Claremont School of Theology Writing & Speech Center. She holds an M.Sc. in Psycholinguistics from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Texas, Austin. Her undergraduate major was Earth Science. She is passionate about helping students succeed. She is always eager to learn about other cultures and how language is processed in the brain.
Doctoral Writing Coach
Dr. Tori Dalzell holds a PhD in ethnomusicology (UC Riverside) and a BA in Music and English (Hollins University). She has worked with both undergraduate and graduate students in writing centers since 2012. Most of her students have been English language learners, non-traditional students, and involved in the STEM fields. She views writing as an integral part of professional development for any chosen field. Tori conducted her dissertation research in Nepal on a Fulbright IIE grant (2012-2013), and remains involved as an alumna in UC Riverside’s Latin American Music ensemble, which performs folk and popular music from the Andean region of South America.
Specialties & interests: Music, anthropology, cultural studies, English literature, journal articles, conference papers, abstracts
Professional Writing Coaches
Nicole Dow, MA
Professional Writing Coach
Nicole works as a writing coach/ESL specialist and also teaches ESL here at APU. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and an M.A. in English, with concentrations in TESL and Rhetoric and Composition. While Nicole’s background is in English, she comes from a medical family and enjoys working with nursing students. She cares deeply for her students and writing center clients and aspires to encourage confidence, authenticity, and success. When she is not at APU, Nicole is busy raising her two daughters.
Specialties & Interests: Multilingual students, English language learners, nursing, liberal studies, education, social sciences, music
Allie Frazier's passion for helping others in the writing process started with her first coaching experience as a 3rd grade tutor to 2nd graders in her elementary school. Since then, she has earned her BA in Writing from Point Loma Nazarene University and her MFA in Creative Writing Fiction from Chapman University. Now she uses her past experiences of being a paper editor, writing consultant, and grammar TA to guide APU students through the writing process and develop their writers' voices.
Specialties & Interests: creative writing, fiction, research, literature, business writing, music
Dan Roberts, MAR
Professional Writing Coach, Inland Empire and High Desert Regional Campuses
Dan received his BA and MAR in Religion. These helped him develop a deep respect for the power of communication through the written word. His academic writings have included studies of the Magical Realism literary genre, films using multiple media, and post-existentialism. He loves to assist students in finding better ways to express their thoughts in a clear and effective style. His key strengths include attention to word choice, structure, and readability. He is comfortable helping students learn the APA Publication Manual’s formatting requirements.
Specialties & Interests: Theology, Christian history, philosophy, neuropsychology, fantasy and science fiction, music, and poetry
Jesús Salazar, PhD
Professional Writing Coach
Jesús Salazar holds a B.A. (Pyschology) from Pitzer College, M.A. from UC Santa Cruz (Social and Development Psychology), and Ph.D. from USC (Educational Research). He taught five years at the USC School of Education, where he read hundreds of term papers. He worked 25 years at the L.A. Unified School District as a report writer, statistician, and database manager. He retired, but chose to work at APU’s Writing Center due to his writing background. His two passions are reading about history, economics, languages, and eschatology; and spending time with his family.
Specialties & Interests: Journalism, screenwriting, journal articles (currently about life from a Christian perspective), and book writing
Graduate Student Writing Coaches
Paul graduated from APU in 2015 with a BA in English. After a year break doing missionary work in Spain, he is back and more excited than ever to work with students and writers! Also among his great passions are God, hiking, good books, dead languages, the beach, and Beethoven. He is currently pursing an English MA with the intention of becoming a teacher.
Veronica has been writing for the majority of her life. She spent her undergraduate years focusing on Victorian and modern literature and writing her thesis on The Picture of Dorian Gray and its influence on the public. She graduated with excellence in the English major from UC Santa Barbara in 2016. Currently, she is a clinical psychology graduate student at APU, using the tools that the English major provided her to understand what it means to be an efficient therapist. She has been a writing coach for three years and enjoys helping students of all majors practice writing skills they can carry to any paper.
Jeremy is currently in his second year of the M.A. in English program at APU. He completed his undergraduate studies at California Polytechnic University, Pomona with a B.A. in English: Literature and Language. While a career in screenwriting is his ultimate goal, he thoroughly enjoys studying and analyzing literature, as well as writing essays. His love of classical literature includes authors such as Shakespeare, Milton, Chaucer, and Dante, while more recently he has taken an interest in the compositions of J.R.R. Tolkien. A firm believer in collaboration as an essential step in the writing process, he is excited to help writers with their works in progress.
Laura graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in political science, and is now a graduate student in APU's English program. However, both as a student at Pasadena City College, and after her transfer, she worked as a tutor in the English Division's Writing Center. She looks forward to working with and helping any APU students with any part of the writing process they need help with.