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Academic Center Tutors

Kris Percival is the Academic Center Director and a pinch-hitter tutor. She has an MFA from Ohio University and an MSEd from Hunter College. Prior to tutoring at SJC, she wrote knitting books for Chronicle Books in San Francisco and was thrilled when one, The Knit Knack Kit, was chosen for Oprah Winfrey's O List. She very much enjoys working with college students and encourages all to take advantage of the Academic Center's rich resources.

Rhomesia Ramkellowan graduated from St. Joseph's College in 2010 with a B.S. in Biology and Minors in Chemistry and English. After graduation, she started working as a Lab Technician and Teaching Assistant for laboratory classes for the Physics and Physical Science Deaprtment at SJC. She also works as a Science Tutor focusing on General and Organic Chemistry but can tutor most science classes. She is currently a chemistry and physics teacher at St. Saviour High School in Brooklyn, NY.

Tariq Shah is a writer, poet, and 2nd-year student in the Writer's Foundry MFA program at St. Joseph's College. From 2007-2008 he served in the US Peace Corps, during which time he taught 8th and 9th grade English in Moatize, Mozambique, and he speaks Portugeuse proficiently. He is the co-founder and co-head of alibi, a literary journal of fiction and poetry, and holds a BA in English from DePaul University. An active percussionist for over 15 years, he also has extensive music performance, composition and education experience.

Shelly Auster has been a writing tutor in the Academic Center at St. Joseph's since 2011.  She has a BA in English from the University of Michigan, an MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a PhD in English from SUNY Stony Brook and over 15 years' experience teaching college literature and writing courses.  While she enjoys teaching in a classroom setting, she loves working one-on-one even more and finds it particularly satisfying to work closely with individual students and witness their growing confidence and abilities as writers. 

Along with tutoring at the Academic Center, Craig Chanin also teaches writing at Rutgers University.  Craig majored in English at Skidmore College, where he received his BA, and he also holds an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers University.  He is currently writing short stories, as well as a longer length work (possibly a novel?).  Craig’s hobby is learning finger-style acoustic guitar a la Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, Stephen Grossman, and a bunch of other old-time bluesy players.

Melanie Danza has been a tutor at the Academic Center since 2013. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from The City College of New York, where she currently teaches Creative Writing, Prose Writing and English Composition. At John Jay College she taught a Writing Across the Curriculum class with an emphasis on the psychology of the criminal mind. At CCNY she was on a panel to review and design a curriculum for NYC high school seniors in developing and strengthening the necessary writing skills for college. She was on the editorial board at Fiction Magazine. Her writing has been published in Promethean Magazine, and her murals and artwork have been showcased in Bedford Magazine and HG magazine. Melanie holds a 3rd degree black-belt in Kung Fu and is a certified Pilates instructor. When she is not writing, cooking, teaching or tutoring, she is sketching the NYC strap-hangers while she commutes. Her drawings can be seen on her blog: Sketches from the Underground. At the AC she feels very rewarded working one on one with students, as they strive to improve and develop into intelligent writers.

Alana Devine-Dunn Alana Devine-Dunn is a Brooklyn native. After attending St. Saviour High School she went to Barnard College, Columbia University where she studied Psychology and European History. She attended St Joseph’s College as a non-matriculated student to work on pre-med courses. Alana has enjoyed working for the academic center for the last year tutoring Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, French, and History and has enjoyed working with students in academic advisement. She hopes to attend graduate school for clinical psychology. Her areas of interest are in the treatment of anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. Alana also enjoys cooking and riding her bike.

Kenneth Keyes has an MBA from Huizenga School of Business, NOVA Southeastern University. Kenneth is an accounting and finance tutor who has worked at St. Joseph’s College for 8 years.

Josh McCuen is a recent graduate from the Writer’s Foundry. He has taught English composition classes at St. Joe’s, and will be teaching at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the fall. Prior to obtaining his MFA and tutoring at the Academic Center, Josh was working at a barbecue restaurant in Whitefish, Montana. And like every English tutor in Brooklyn, Josh is currently working on a novel.

Karyn Pilgrim is an Associate Professor of Cultural Studies. She has a Master's in Fiction from Brooklyn College and a PhD in English from Binghamton University. She writes fiction and nonfiction, and researches in the fields of environmental humanities and food studies. She serves as advising editor for Authorsalon, the Metropolitan Review, and Del Sol Review.

Hannah Wood is a writer originally from Sacramento, California. She has an MFA in playwriting from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she double-majored in history and minored in anthropology. She went back to NYU for an MA in European and Mediterranean Studies. Her thesis was about the history of nationalism and national theatre, with a focus on Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. She is also certified to teach TESOL/TEFL, and has proofread papers for students who speak English as a second language. Currently, she is a second year student at The Writer’s Foundry. On her days off you might find her reading, running, watching SF Giants or 49ers games, and most definitely drinking hot chocolate (not necessarily at the same time).

José Negroni spent seven years as the Assistant to the Editor and Director of the America Society's flagship publication, Review: Arts and Literature of the Americas, a cultural magazine that, since 1968, has promoted literature and the visual and performing arts in the Americas. The Society provides a focal point of contact for other institutions working in Western Hemisphere affairs. As an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College, José focused on Spanish and English literatures. He also sudied sustainable development. In addition, José received his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He serves as a professor at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, and is fluent in French and Spanish.



Academic Center Fall, 2017 Hours

Accounting Tutor Hours Fall, 2017

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Outlines & Organization Workshop

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MLA Citation Workshop

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APA Citation Workshop

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Chicago Citation Workshop

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Thesis Statement Workshop

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How to Write an Essay that Works Workshop

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Grammar Bootcamp Workshop

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Web Resources Workshop

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Academic Center Location

The Academic Center is on the 3rd Floor of McEntegart Hall (near the elevator).


More information can be found on SJC's website here or by visiting the MySJC Portal page.


Regular semester hours are:

Monday-Thursday 9AM - 8PM
Friday 9AM - 3PM
Saturday 10AM - 3PM


Intersession Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm and 4-8pm

Academic Center Services


Tutors provide one-on-one assistance on these basics:

  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Analyzing and understanding assignments
  • Spelling, word choice and sentence structure
  • Planning, executing and revising work


Tutors aid and advise students on more complex issues, such as:

  • Citation styles and procedures, particularly APA/MLA
  • Business and résumé writing
  • Study skills and critical thinking
  • Test preparation


Professional Tutoring available in:

  • Accounting
  • Math
  • Computer Science

Director of Academic Center

Kris Percival

Director of the Academic Center & Coordnator of Student Accessibility Services, Brooklyn

(718) 940-5859