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

Writing Fellows are hired based on their proven excellence in English writing and eagerness to develop this expertise as both scholars and tutors. Each fellow must take part in an intensive training program that includes on-the-job practice, self-guided study, peer observation, and performing the role of teaching assistant for at least one semester in an advanced English writing course offered by the TUM Language Center. Completing this training confers on Fellows a certificate of competence in tutoring written English, co-sponsored by TUM ProLehre | Media and Didactic and recognized across Bavarian institutes of higher education.

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 jacobs@zv.tum.de and  wellershausen@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

Paula Acosta - Sustainable Resource Mangement

Born and raised in Uruguay, Paula started learning English at the age of 5. She moved to Spain in 2012 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management, where she took a keen interest in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. Currently, Paula is doing her first semester of the Master in Sustainable Resource Management and living in Freising. As an English Fellow writer, she expects to help her fellow peers with a great language that has opened the door to many opportunities in her life. She has always been interested in sustainable traveling, learning from other cultures, and new languages. In her free time, Paula enjoys hiking, doing yoga, reading, traveling, and going to concerts.

Abdullah Ahmed - Management

Abdullah is from Pakistan, but was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. He has completed his pre-engineering in Saudi Arabia and obtained his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), China. Abdullah has previously worked as Peer Tutor at Leibniz Universität Hannover (Leibniz Language Centre) and has 3 years of in-depth experience, working as an R&D engineer in China and as a Project Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry in Saudi Arabia. He is now pursuing a M.Sc. in Management (MiM) at TUM. Besides English, he can speak Chinese, Urdu, Arabic, and Hindi with various degrees of fluency. Abdullah has been an avid enthusiast of debate and discourse. He partook in various competitions and has won several debating awards at the United Nations, New York (National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA)). In his free time, Abdullah enjoys playing table tennis and reading scientific literature on clinical psychology.

Saskia Brose - Earth Oriented Space Science and Technology

Saskia grew up in a bilingual family, living in Colorado and California before moving to Hamburg for high school. In 2016 she relocated to Munich to be closer to the mountains and study Engineering Science at the TUM. Upon completing her bachelor’s thesis on alpine permafrost, she started her graduate studies in the master’s program Earth Oriented Space Science and Technology. When not skiing or running, Saskia enjoys reading biographies and cooking.

Jessica Brown - Management and Technology

Jessica was born and raised in Texas. She has spent the last 5 years in Germany where she completed her Bachelor's in Management and Technology at TU Munich. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's in M&T also at TU Munich. Reading was her first love, and her love for writing came shortly after. Her favorite writing center appointments are CVs and Cover Letters.

Gideon Chiusole - Mathematics

Gideon was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. In 2018 he moved to Munich, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Mathematics at TUM. Initially, his interest in the English language came from a purely practical place; books and papers on nutrition, health & fitness, and mathematics. However, over the years, he learned to appreciate the details of elegant writing in a non-technical context, ultimately leading to him joining the EWC. He enjoys learning about other people’s work and helping them improve their writing and the formatting of their papers – especially via the LaTeX software. In his free time, Gideon likes to cook, go to the gym, and spend time with friends and family.

Ana Cukarska - Mechanical Engineering

Ana was born into a bilingual family in North Macedonia. After graduating from an English taught high school, she moved to Munich to learn German and study mechanical engineering. Her main interests are (computational) fluid dynamics, numerical analysis and machine learning. She sees English writing as an important communication tool in the scientific world as well as a way to express ourselves. Ana spends her free time reading 20th century American novels, exploring the Munich area by bike or playing table tennis, backgammon and chess.

Aleksandra Daniluk - Chemistry

Aleksandra was born in Poland but moved to Houston, Texas, at the age of eight, where she attended elementary school. After her return to Poland, she extensively studied the English language which led to her working as an English Tutor. She studied German for six years and moved to Munich in 2019. Currently she is a chemistry student pursuing a bachelor’s degree. In her free time, Aleksandra loves hiking in the Alps and spending time with her friends.

Gabe Hannon - Transportation Systems

Gabe is from New York City and, despite telling himself that high school German would be totally useless, has been in Munich since 2021 for a M.Sc. in Transportation Systems. Along with jobs as a fitness instructor, sailing coach, and rope salesman, Gabe has been working as a freelance editor and tutor for over five years and has helped academic authors from all over the world, from Bachelor’s students to fully-fledged professors. He spent maybe a little too much time sailing, has accidentally started a fountain pen collection, and believes that your great ideas deserve great writing to get them out into the world!

Sheh Khan - Environmental Engineering

Born and raised as a Pakistani in Saudi Arabia, Shehryaar is a salad bowl of multiculturalism striving to add more to himself. He studied at a Bangladeshi School and has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Curtin University Malaysia. He possesses a keen interest in the expressiveness of English Writing and has worked as an English Tutor and Writer in Karachi, Pakistan for around one year. His experience and passion for solving the water crisis drove him to enrol in the master’s program for Environmental Engineering. Shehryaar moved to Munich in April 2019 and aims to learn more languages than just German. In his leisure time, he enjoys cooking, reading, travelling, and surfing the internet for something new worth exploring.

Emilia Kinzler - Bioeconomy

Born into a German speaking household in London, Emilia grew up speaking both English and German fluently. She edits for a student newspaper and is passionate about sustainability and the untapped potential of the semi colon. When she is not working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Bioeconomy at the TUM campus Straubing, you will typically find Emilia reading the nearest trashy fiction book or rowing.

Alora Kraus - Sustainable Resource Management

Alora is from the United States and grew up in the state of Iowa. Currently, she is a master’s student in Sustainable Resource Management at TUM. She has a keen interest in sustainable agriculture, although her background is in biochemistry and English writing. Alora worked as an English writing tutor at the University of Iowa during her bachelor’s, and she is so thrilled to be doing it again in Germany! When she’s not working or studying, Alora loves to cook and experiment with vegan recipes, play chess, enjoy
the outdoors, and do crossword puzzles. Fun fact: Alora has dabbled in making her own crosswords and her ultimate dream is to get published in the New York Times.

Zak Nantais - Sustainable Resource Management

Zak grew up in Ontario, Canada where he completed his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. In 2021, he enrolled in the Sustainable Resource Management masters program at TUM. In his free time, Zak enjoys, hiking, travelling and listening to music.

 

Jenkin Ng - Sports and Exercise Science

Jenkin was born and raised in Chicago, IL and has been in Munich since October 2018 in pursuit of a M.Sc. in Sports and Exercise Science. He has worked extensively as a dance teaching artist, fitness instructor, and in rehab for older adults prior to his arrival. Much of his free time is spent dancing where he enjoys rolling around the floor and atop his head and is an avid participant in calisthenics training. In his quest to satisfy his intellectual curiosity in the realms of philosophy, politics and religion, he often finds himself engaged in civil discourse with strangers on the U-Bahn. Other hobbies include traveling, skating, fishing, cooking, playing chess and piano.

Darragh Power - Politics

I'm Darragh from Dublin, currently taking a masters in Politics and Technology at the School of Governance. I believe in the power of words to shape worlds, and have written for both academic magazines and my local college newspaper. I have experience teaching through English with both adults and children as a volunteer in Central America. I look forward to finishing the novel left fermenting on my desk since before moving to Germany! I also look forward to working with others on their own projects. I find having another pair of eyes to go through something with you can be an illuminating and empowering experience.

Sophia Storkov - Management and Technology

I grew up in a Russian American family in Arkansas, USA. Growing up bilingual sparked my interest in languages and growing up in the Ozark Mountains marked the beginning of my love for reading and nature. During the completion of my B.Sc. in Business Administration, I taught supplementary accounting courses, and tutored various other classes, like business law. I am currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Management and Technology, and a M.A. in Science and Technology Studies (STS). In my free time, I enjoy spending weekends in the Alps hiking, running, biking, or swimming!

References: All pictures were provided by the Fellows themselves.