Writing Center Staff

Our friendly staff consists of professional Writing Specialists who have advanced degrees and teaching experience, and highly qualified undergraduate and graduate program student Fellows.

Interim Manager of the Writing Center and Adjunct Faculty

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    Debbie Goss, MA


    Support for all writing at any stage in any subject is the Writing Center’s raison d’etre. In concert with SUA’s mission of “fostering a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life,” Debbie is committed to supporting excellence in writing across the curriculum. Her work is grounded in scholarship on reading and writing connections, transfer of writing skills across contexts, supporting multilingual writers, inclusion and accessibility in the writing center, and Ikeda/Soka studies in writing. Debbie oversees programming, initiatives, and research in the Writing Center. She is a PhD candidate in Composition and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has an MA in TESOL from the SUA Graduate School. Debbie joined the SUA Writing Center in December 2017.

Writing Specialists

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Adrienne Domasin, MA


Adrienne is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University. She earned a BA in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California, an MA in Film Studies from Chapman University, and an MA in Library and Information Science from San José State University. Adrienne’s research interests concern the history of television as a cultural artifact, technology, and medium. She is interested in the manner in which cinematic discourse is used to elevate television starting from efforts in the broadcast era to infuse television with the theater to the present post-network era in which “peak” or “quality” television is erroneously referred to as “cinematic.” Producers, creatives, and talent are in fact migrating to the production of episodic serial melodramas to take advantage of increased agency in the writing process in comparison to film, the medium’s temporal structure, and opportunities for in depth character development; factors of which create an aesthetic singular to the medium of television. Adrienne’s dissertation will explore how taste discourses surrounding television have evolved over time according to cultural conceptions of taste and class associated with visual culture.

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Gregory Jenks, PhD


R. Gregory Jenks has a PhD in New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. His dissertation, entitled Paul and His Mortality, looks at first-century values of valorous premature voluntary death and focuses on noble death, martyrdom, and atoning sacrifice. His expertise engages first-century Jewish and Greco-Roman backgrounds, Koine Greek, hermeneutics, and philosophy. Greg was the form reader for approximately sixty master’s theses a year for three years and has tutored numerous students in academic research and writing. He has taught and currently teaches courses in Greek, ancient literature, philosophy, and biblical theology. He has worked in the Writing Center since the fall of 2016.

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Cory Jones, JD


Cory Jones worked as a Writing Specialist at Soka University from 2001 to 2006. He returned to Soka in 2016. He has experience teaching English as a Second Language, and working as a technical writer in the computer software industry. He also taught business writing courses and ran a private practice as an attorney at law. He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of California, Riverside and an M.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. His J.D. is from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.

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Larry Klevos, MA


Larry Klevos joined Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo in August of 2001 as a Writing Specialist when he retired from the Anaheim Union High School District after teaching for thirty-three years in the English Department at Loara High School. He was a Mentor Teacher and a BTSA Mentor for eighteen years. In addition, he served as the yearbook advisor and as an AP Art History and International Baccalaureate instructor. Mr. Klevos received his MA in humanities from New York University. Larry and his wife and family reside in the city of Orange with their three dogs: Sydney, Rhett, and Soji.

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    Carolyn Millar, PhD


    Carolyn Millar joined the Soka University Writing Center staff in the spring of 2014. She received a MA/PhD in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior, from the University of California, Irvine. For the past several years, she has facilitated a Mythological RoundTable and conducted educational programs to increase public awareness of the study of mythology and the pioneering work of Joseph Campbell. Apart from engaging with students, she enjoys working with plants as a Master Gardener in the UC Master Gardener Program, a public service and outreach program under the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Writing Fellows

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Ha Bui

Undergraduate Class of 2022

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Sophia Greco

Undergraduate Class of 2022

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Yixin Wang

Undergraduate Class of 2023