Writing Center

Meet Tutors & Staff

Professional Writing Tutors

Patti Chandler

Intermittent College Lab Assistant - Summer

Department: Student Services
Office: L-217
Phone: 651-450-3596
E-mail: patti.chandler@inverhills.edu

Bio

Having trouble with procrastination? Can't quite make that thesis work? Patti understands that the writing process can be a daunting experience for many students, herself included.

She has learned a few tricks over the years of being an exhausted student trying to write yet another paper while staring down a fast-approaching deadline. She has faced many of the fears and tribulations that writing can present--having won some of those battles and having lost some.

Even her writing failures have, upon reflection, given her greater insight into how she functions as a writer, what her limitations are, and how she can use her strengths to get her back to the page again. If you want to explore who you are as a student writer--successes, failures, and all--then she would like to come along on that journey with you. To explore with students their written work is an honor that she cherishes.

As a writing tutor, Patti works closely with Career Programs, especially with nursing, paralegal, criminal justice, and EMS students. Prior to her work at Inver Hills Community College, she was a hospital chaplain and mental health case manager. She is currently ABD (all but dissertation) in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Luther Seminary and holds a Master of Arts in Theology and Pastoral Care from Saint Catherine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Greenville University. She has great respect for those entering the helping professions, so it's a goal of hers to prepare you for the writing requirements of your profession--to make you the best possible version of yourself for the workplace.

She looks forward to working with you!

Patti Chandler

Alexander Harris

Writing College Lab Assistant

Department: Student Services
Office: L-220
Phone: 651-450-3922
E-mail: AHarris@inverhills.edu

Bio

Alex is a professional writing consultant with experience in a variety of subject areas and academic levels. Their collaborative and supportive approach can help you manage the anxiety of starting a daunting research assignment, unpack why a final draft feels unfinished, or clearly articulate technical aspects. They hold a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Education Credentials:

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (BSME) - Majors: Mechanical Engineering - Minors: Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Ana - University Of Minnesota Twin Cities

Alexander Harris

Keith Richter

Writing Tutor Instructor of English

Departments: English, English For Academic Purposes,Student Services,Writing
Office: L-223
Phone: 651-450-3541
E-mail: KRichter@inverhills.edu

Bio

Even before Keith received his B.A. in anthropology in 1992 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he had already made up his mind to abandon archaeology and instead pursue a career teaching English. During his undergraduate years, he had become more interested in excavating texts and analyzing the cultures within those texts than digging square holes in the unforgiving earth and scrubbing rusty nails.

Keith received his M.A. in English from Kansas State University in Manhattan in December 1996, and nine months later, IHCC hired him as a writing tutor and a part time English instructor. While at IHCC, Keith has created a training course for tutors of English Language Learners, co-presented a session called “Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay” at the Minnesota Association for Developmental Education Conference in 2009, attended the National Summer Institute on Learning Communities at The Evergreen State College in 2011, and presented a session called “Integrating College Readiness in LCOMs” at IHCC's Learning Community Institute in 2012.

Keith has taught full time since 2007, teaching mostly developmental and college-level composition, but his other teaching interests include American Indian fiction and gothic literature.

Education Credentials:

Master of Arts (MA) - Majors: English - Kansas State University

Keith Richter

Professional Writing Center Coordinator

Keith Richter

Writing Tutor Instructor of English

Departments: English, English For Academic Purposes,Student Services,Writing
Office: L-223
Phone: 651-450-3541
E-mail: KRichter@inverhills.edu

Bio

Even before Keith received his B.A. in anthropology in 1992 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he had already made up his mind to abandon archaeology and instead pursue a career teaching English. During his undergraduate years, he had become more interested in excavating texts and analyzing the cultures within those texts than digging square holes in the unforgiving earth and scrubbing rusty nails.

Keith received his M.A. in English from Kansas State University in Manhattan in December 1996, and nine months later, IHCC hired him as a writing tutor and a part time English instructor. While at IHCC, Keith has created a training course for tutors of English Language Learners, co-presented a session called “Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay” at the Minnesota Association for Developmental Education Conference in 2009, attended the National Summer Institute on Learning Communities at The Evergreen State College in 2011, and presented a session called “Integrating College Readiness in LCOMs” at IHCC's Learning Community Institute in 2012.

Keith has taught full time since 2007, teaching mostly developmental and college-level composition, but his other teaching interests include American Indian fiction and gothic literature.

Education Credentials:

Master of Arts (MA) - Majors: English - Kansas State University

Keith Richter