Department of Language, Literature, & Cultural Studies

Writing Center Administrators

Dr. Michael Becker

Dr. BeckerWriting Center Coordinator

Dr. Michael Becker (he/him) earned his PhD in English from University of Rhode Island, his MA from University of Sussex, and his BA from University of Colorado. He has previously worked at the University of Rhode Island’s Writing Center and has taught writing and literature classes at University of Maryland, Bowie State University, Providence College, Johnson & Wales University, Community College of Rhode Island, and University of Rhode Island. He has been teaching and tutoring for over 15 years, working closely with faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and high school students as well.

Originally from the mountains west of Denver, Colorado, Dr. Becker lived in New England for over a decade before moving to Bowie, Maryland. A lover of good food, he is interested in knowing about your favorite restaurants and recipes.



Erik Johanson

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Erik Johanson (he/him) earned his MA in English Literature from the Catholic University of America, and his BS/BA from Providence College in Rhode Island. He has previously worked in the Writing Centers of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He has taught rhetoric, composition, and English literature classes at USNA & CUA, and worked as an academic advisor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has been teaching, tutoring, and advising students of all levels for over 10 years.

A proud native of Rhode Island, Erik has lived in the DMV area for nearly a decade now, and is passionate about film, television, video games, and LEGO bricks.