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Janel McCloskey - Associate Director, University Writing Program

Janel McCloskey, MA

Program Manager, Drexel Writing Center, University Writing Program
Office: Korman Center 116
Phone: 215.895.1799

Additional Sites:



  • MA, English, Rutgers University–Camden, 2009

Research Interests:

  • Antiracist pedagogy
  • Constructive Grounded Theory
  • Linguistic diversity
  • Writing Center Praxis
  • Writing Studies


I have worked in various roles in the University Writing Program, directing, managing, and developing writing center programs for over a decade. In addition to the teaching I do in the Drexel Writing Center, I teach WRIT 210: The Peer Reader in Context, a course that focuses on writerly identity and prepares students to tutor in the Drexel Writing Center. Working with students is, by far, the work that has sustained and stimulated me the most in my time at Drexel.

As a teacher, I am invested in inclusive pedagogies, particularly antiracist pedagogy, that invite all of who we are into academic and professional spaces. As a researcher, I am interested in studying teaching that leads to more equitable outcomes and methodologies that eschew the illusion of objectivity. As a writer, I am interested in mixed genre work and translating academese into accessible, engaging language available to all interested communities.

Language and identity are inextricable, and I am passionate about expanding the kinds of language, and therefore people, we see as professional, educated, and appropriate in places of power.