Writing Fellows Program

TUM writing fellows are native (or near-native) English-speaking students, who work as teaching assistants for writing-intensive courses and regularly staff the English Writing Center. The program has the long-term goal of hiring multiple fellows in each of the 13 TUM faculties. In this model, students from all TUM programs will be able to work with peer consultants who are both experts in English writing and knowledgeable in the students’ specific fields.

Training

The writing fellows are hired based on their proven excellence in English writing and eagerness to develop this expertise as both scholars and consultants. Each fellow must work for at least one semester as a teaching assistant in an advanced English writing course offered by the TUM Language Center. They also receive regular on-the-job training from the English lecturers, either through assisting in courses or additional training.

Become a Writing Fellow

If you would like to apply to be writing fellow, send a CV, cover letter, and 500-word writing sample to Dr. Heidi Minning (minning@zv.tum.de; CC shannon@zv.tum.de, jacobs@zv.tum.de).

The writing fellows are paid according to the standard “Vergütungssätze von wissenschaftlichen und studentischen Hilfskräften.” They also profit greatly from the responsibilities and work experience they gain as part of the consulting team at the English Writing Center.

Current Writing Fellows

Fazail Ahmad - Management and Technology

Hailing from Pakistan, Fazail is pursuing MSc. in Management and Technology at the TUM School of Management. Fazail developed interest in writing during his Bachelors at the Carnegie Mellon University, and he completed a minor in Professional Writing with focus on style, inter-cultural communication and academic writing. In the past, Fazail has worked as a Teaching Assistant for Professional Writing courses, and currently, he co-manages a study abroad initiative, where he has guided several students in their university applications. When away from work, Fazail follows cricket, watches Korean shows or takes on an adventure somewhere in the world.

Obren Amiesimaka - Health Sciences

Born in Nigeria, Obren is a cheerful and friendly native English speaker, with a flair for the language. He got his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle University in England where he was a member of various university committees and an officer of the students’ union. Subsequently, Obren worked in international development, education administration, auditing and lastly financial services. In the autumn of 2017, he came to TUM in pursuit of a master’s degree in Health Sciences – Prevention and Health Promotion. He is also a published author of a scientific paper. As a voracious reader and a lover of literature, he spends his free time reading books of all genres and staying abreast of the news and current affairs.

Hasan Ashraf - Computational Science and Engineering

Hasan comes from the verdurous plains of Punjab in Pakistan. His romance with English goes back to an abridged version of Oliver Twist he had to read for school. He has a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from PIEAS in Islamabad and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Computational Science and Engineering at TUM. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, going on long walks, and struggling with the German language.

Caryl S. Benjamin - Sustainable Resource Management

Caryl is from the Philippines, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development and completed postgraduate coursework in Marine Science. Her writing experience includes proposals, project reports and manuscripts for both Social Science and Natural Science research. Her work on coral ecology and agent-based modelling were published in peer-reviewed journals. After several years of Marine Science research and around four hundred hours spent underwater, she moved to landlocked Munich to pursue a Master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management.

Jessica Brown - Technology Management

Born and raised in Texas, Jessica has been living in Munich since 2015. She has spent the last two years studying the German language. Previously working as a Graphic Designer, she is now pursuing a degree in Technology and Management at TUM. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her dog.

Catriona Bruce - Applied Physics

Catriona is from England, where she earned her Bachelors degree in physics from the University of Birmingham. During her first degree she worked in the University office of international student affairs, and herself did study exchanges to New Zealand and China. Before settling in Munich in Spring 2016, she attended the graduate school of the Climate Systems and Predictions research cluster in Hamburg and wrote bulletins for the European Climate Research Association. Now a Masters student of applied physics at TUM.

Ming Chun Tang - Sustainable Resource Management

Ming grew up in Hong Kong and has lived in Switzerland, the UK and the US, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree majoring in world politics from Hamilton College. After a brief stint writing foreign policy analysis and op-ed pieces for a think tank in Washington, D.C., he returned to work as an academic editorial assistant at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is now pursuing a master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management at TUM, although his main interests are ironically aviation, freight transport, and tourism.

Maeve Cook-Deegan - Health Science

Maeve was born and raised in the US and she went to Scotland (St Andrews) to receive her undergraduate degree in Psychology and International Relations. Being the daughter of an academic, an avid reader, and a general writing enthusiast, she is pleased to be among the Writing Fellows assisting students at TUM. Maeve has a background in academic writing in both the sciences and the humanities and has also published articles for a psychology blog. Maeve came to Munich to pursue her MSc in Health Science. In her free time around Munich, Maeve rock climbs, enjoys käsespätzle and beer, and hopefully will soon be surfing the Eisbachwelle.

Jessica Dolan - Management and Technology

Jessica was born and raised in Cork, Ireland. Inspired by her love of adventure and languages, she moved to Munich in 2015 and began working in a bilingual kindergarten and taking German classes. She has a B.A in Education Studies from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and is now pursuing a degree in Management and Technology at TUM. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading and cooking.

Keefe Huang - Computational Science and Engineering

Keefe hails from Singapore, a small island country in South East Asia, where he obtained a Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Computational Science and Engineering. He served a brief stint as an editor for the student publications department in his Alma mater and honed his written communications skills through the various technical assignments required for his coursework. Keefe spends his days attempting to write computer code, eating pretzels and butchering the German language when not assisting non-native speakers with the English language.

Nael Kerzabi - Sustainable Resource Management in Freising

Nael Kerzabi was born in the USA and was raised in both France and the US. He has lived in the USA, France and Japan for multiple years. He got his undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Political Science. He has previous work as an English teacher in Japan for 2 years.

 

Keith Murray - Sustainable Resource Management

Keith comes from New Zealand, where he received his Bachelors in Political Science and History at the University of Canterbury. For the last five years he has worked as an English and History teacher in Taiwan, Iraq, and Somalia. Now, he is back in the student role, studying for a Master’s in Sustainable Resource Management at TUM.  

Mary Rizk - Sustainable Resource Management

Mary was born and raised in the United States, but has lived abroad since completing high school. She has a BA in International Comparative Politics and History from the American University of Paris, where she worked as a writing fellow for four years. She is currently pursuing a MS in Sustainable Resource Management.

Connor Spiech - Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at LMU

Connor is from a small town in Ohio and graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from The Ohio State University in 2012. Through his philosophy minor, Connor developed his clear and concise style and a frustratingly critical eye for writing. He has also taught a seminar on professional skills like résumé and cover letter writing. Connor is now working toward his MSc in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at LMU where he regularly writes scientific manuscripts. In his spare time, Connor brews craft beer and butchers the German language with his roommates as he learns Bavarian.

Christelle Al Haddad - Transportation Systems

Born and raised in Lebanon, Christelle earned her French Baccalaureate in High School. However, she was always passionate about English Language, reading and writing. She completed her university degree at the American University of Beirut, earning her Bachelor of Civil Engineering with a minor in Music. During her university studies, she further enhanced her writing skills through technical reports, which were part of assignments and projects. She currently moved to Munich to pursue her MSc in Transportation Systems.

 
Photo Credits: Foto 1: Fazail Ahmad, Foto 2: Obren Amiesimaka, Foto 3: Hasan Ashraf, Foto 4: Caryl S. Benjamin , Foto 5: Jessica brown, Foto 6: Catriona Bruce, FoFoto 7: Ming Chun Tang, Foto 8: Maeve Cook-Deegan, Foto 9: Danial Danzl, Foto 10: Jessica Dolan, Foto 11: Keefe Huang, Foto 12: Nael Kerzabi, Foto 13: Keith Murray, Foto 14: Mary Rizk, Foto 15: Coonor Spiech, Foto 16: Christelle Al Haddad