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Matthew Nelson

Director of Writing + Critical Expression

Matt Nelson is the Director of the Writing + Critical Expression Hub in the Teaching + Learning Commons. Matt has directed academic support centers, taught creative and critical writing, and worked as a university writing tutor. These professional experiences, along with his graduate training in critical theory and creative writing, have repeatedly demonstrated to him the unique value of writing as a technology for inquiry, discovery, and learning. Under Matt’s direction, the Writing + Critical Expression Hub will support writers composing in any media, including digital and visual texts, and will help educators explore new ways of integrating writing into courses and curricula.

For students who work as tutors in the Writing + Critical Expression Hub, Matt wants the experience to be professionally and intellectually enriching. At previous institutions, students under Matt’s guidance have won awards, presented at professional conferences, and published in scholarly journals, and he will look to open the Writing Hub to both student- and faculty-lead interdisciplinary research projects.

Overall, Matt’s aim is to make the Writing + Critical Expression Hub an energetic, positive voice in the campus conversation about writing and learning.

Matt has an MA in English Literature with an emphasis in critical theory from UC Irvine, as well as an MFA in creative writing (fiction), also from UC Irvine. He serves as the current President of the Southern California Writing Centers Association.