Writing and Design Lab

People

Dr. William FitzGerald

Director

bill-colorBill FitzGerald specializes in rhetoric and writing studies with particular interests in the rhetoric of religion, Kenneth Burke and the rhetoric of style. At Rutgers, he also teaches undergraduate courses in media and literacy studies and graduate courses in genre, composition theory and research methods. His book Spiritual Modalities: Prayer as Rhetoric and Performance (Penn State Press 2012) is part of a larger project on the relationship between speech in general and speech addressed to God. Finally, Bill directs the Teaching Matters and Assessment Center in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Travis DuBose

Managing Director

duboseforWDLsiteTravis teaches classes focused on digital media and professional writing at Rutgers-Camden and serves as faculty adviser to the campus’s digital literary magazine The Scarlet Review. His current research interests include the ideologies of interface and experience design and the rhetoric of typography. He also maintains creative interests in hypertext narratives and procedural generation. An alumnus of the Rutgers University Graduate School–Camden, Travis earned his master’s degree in English in 2014. That same year, he received the James Sanderson Graduate Award, which is awarded to the student who wrote the best graduate paper in the previous academic year.

Student Consultants

Sam Paulson

Student Consultant

paulsonforWDLsiteSam Paulson is an undergraduate consultant at the WDL. He studies Music Composition and German Language and is currently working as a composer in the R-C Game Studio and a performer in several music groups on and off campus. Having a strong interest in poetry and rhetoric of all kinds, Sam finds himself at home helping students in the WDL. Outside of school, he also enjoys video games, painting, and his rascally dog, Zeus.

Ruby Murrani

Student Consultant

Ruby Murrani is currently a 2nd year student at the Honors College. She is studying English and is an active member of the Rutgers Civic Scholars. Outside of her school studies and engagement, she helps teach English and writing to Syrian Refugees at the Camden Catholic Charities. During her free time she enjoys writing, working on design projects and creative projects. After college, she hopes to work as a journalist in a Middle Eastern country.

John Patouhas

Student Consultant

patouhasforWDLsiteJohn is currently a senior here at Rutgers-Camden with a major in English and a theatre minor. His Interests include reading, musical theatre and creative writing, especially for stage. He also takes special interest in design elements in presentations and the variety of writing styles students bring to our lab. He hopes to one day write professionally for stage and screen creatively.

Maggie Montalto

Student Consultant

Maggie Montalto is an undergraduate consultant at the Writing and Design Lab. She is a member of the Honors College and majors in English and Digital Studies with a minor in communication. She was part of the editorial staff for the first issue of the Rutgers Camden literary magazine, The Scarlet Review. She currently writes for The Odyssey Online and hopes to one day pursue a career in online publication.

Greg Hennis

Student Consultant

hennisforWDLsiteGreg Hennis is a Computer Science undergraduate student at Rutgers-Camden. He hopes to use his degree to contribute towards the research and development of artificial intelligence, among other things. Google is where Greg feels he would be most at home in his professional career. Greg’s interests include coding (specifically in C), conducting research on and watching internet comedy shows, and listening to music. Upon completing undergraduate studies, Greg wishes to continue on with Computer Science, becoming a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin.

Brigida Costantino

Student Consultant

Brigida Costantino is a second year English and Digital Studies major at Rutgers-Camden. She has a strong interest in theater, and performed in two on-campus productions in Fall 2017. She is a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon and currently serves as her chapter’s Philanthropy and Social chair. After college she hopes to work in publishing and to write Young-Adult fiction. Outside of school she enjoys traveling, playing the ukulele, and watching 90s television.

Joseph Roman

Student Consultant

Joe is an undergraduate at Rutgers-Camden pursuing a double major in English and Digital Studies with a minor in Anthropology. In addition to serving the WDL as a consultant, he also works for the Office of Housing and Resident Life as a Building Manager and at the school bookstore. His interests include reading, writing, rapping, listening to music, and playing video games. He also is actively involved in Greek life on campus as a member of his fraternity, Tau Epsilon Phi. He hopes to become a New York Times bestseller soon after the completion of his debut novel. After graduation, he would like to pursue research in either writing, media, or digital studies, specifically focusing on the linguistic relationship between man and machine, such as how we communicate with artificial intelligence.