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Our Team

An interdisciplinary group of faculty and post-docs, along with a software developer comprise the M-Write Team.

Project Leaders

Anne Ruggles Gere, Co-PI for M-Write, is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Gertrude Buck Collegiate Professor, and she currently serves as director of the Sweetland Center for Writing. Incoming President of the Modern Language Association and author of a dozen books and over 100 articles, she is currently conducting research on students' development as writers as well as on the ways writing contributes to learning in multiple disciplines.

Ginger Shultz, Co-PI for M-Write, is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Her research is aimed at understanding the teaching and learning of college level chemistry. A current area of interest is understanding the ways in which writing contributes to learning in science.

Participating Faculty

Mitchell Dudley, Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan, graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Economics, completed his Master’s degree and Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics at North Carolina State University. In his twelve years of teaching, Mitchell has taught at four different universities, including the University of Michigan. He is passionate about teaching and mentoring students.

Rachel S. Goldman, an early adopter faculty member for  M-Write, is  Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Associate Director of the Applied Physics Program. Fellow of the American Physical Society and author of more than 120 publications, she is promoting writing-to-learn pedagogies in introductory and intermediate courses in materials science and engineering.

Brenda Gunderson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Statistics.  She coordinates and teaches the largest undergraduate statistics course, Stats 250: Statistics and Data Analysis, with over 4000 students each year. She is involved in a number of projects that are looking at various interventions to help engage students and provide multiple paths for developing, practicing, and testing their understanding of concepts and relationships.


Solaire Finkenstaedt-Quinn is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of chemical education, with a joint appointment in the Chemistry Department and Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan. Her research involves development, implementation, and assessment of writing assignments in large, intro level courses. As a graduate student, her research was in the field of bioanalytical chemistry at the University of Minnesota.

Raymond Pugh is a Postdoctoral Fellow with M-Write. He has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Lehigh University and previously completed postdoctoral training at Penn State University in Biochemistry.

Alena Moon is jointly appointed in Chemistry and the Sweetland Center for Writing. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry at John Brown University before completing her doctoral work in Chemistry Education in the Towns group at Purdue University. Her current research aims to understand how undergraduate chemistry students' writing relates to their conceptual understanding. To further explore this relationship, she is also investigating STEM faculty conceptions of the role of writing in their classes.


Dave Harlan works as an application developer with the Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG) in collaboration with Sweetland Center for Writing on MWrite, a digital toolkit supporting writing-to-learn pedagogies at scale in order to enhance student learning and provide individualized feedback for students in large-format gateway courses.