Lawrence Stanley
Interim Director, Senior Lecturer in English, and Co-Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program

Lawrence received his B.A. in English from Covenant College; a Masters in English from the University of Maine; and a PhD in Philosophy and English Language and Literature (1992) from the University of Oxford.  He is the 2004 receipient of the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning at Brown.

Stacy Kastner
Associate Director, Writing Center

Stacy received her B.A. and M.A. in English from St. Bonaventure University and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing from Bowling Green State University. She served as an Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director of the Writing Center at Mississippi State University before joining Writing Support Programs at Brown. Stacy’s work here centers on the Writing Fellows program, the Writing Center, and Excellence at Brown.

Anne Kerkian
Assistant Director, English Language Learning

Anne received her B.A. in English and Theater/Drama from Indiana University, and her MA in TESOL from SIT Graduate Institute. She taught ESL in Asia and South America, as well as at the A.C.E. Language Institute at the University of Rhode Island. 

Sara Gramley
English Language Learning Specialist

Sara Gramley holds a master's degree in the Teaching of English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught English language courses for international students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Boston University, and Harvard University. Most recently, she taught for Roxbury Preparatory Charter School in Dorchester, MA.  Sara speaks Spanish, which was the focus of her undergraduate studies, and Portuguese, which she learned while teaching English in Brazil. Here at Brown, Sara specializes in supporting graduate level ELL's.

Xiao Yizhi
ELL Fellow, 2016-2017

Xiao is a sixth-year PhD student in the department of Comparative Literature. His research interest focuses on literature and science in the long nineteenth century, particularly the way literary works interact with modern scientific knowledge and the sense of the fantastic to accommodate and express the experience of modernity. As an international student who was an English language instructor in China, he is also interested in studying the challenges faced by non-native speakers in English composition.

Janet Peters
Assistant Director of Academic Tutoring

Janet received her B.A. in Psychology from Rhode Island College. She is the 2013 recipient of the Wilson DeBlois Award for her work with graduate students. Janet is responsible for all aspects of the Academic Tutoring Program and co-directs Excellence at Brown.


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Writing Center Staff

Stacy Kastner, Writing Center Associate Director  SciLi 506 by appointment
Anne Kerkian, ELL Specialist  SciLi 508 by appointment
Sara Gramley,
ELL Specialist
 SciLi 507 by appointment
Janet Peters,
Assistant Director of Academic Tutoring
 SciLi 504 by appointment