People

Director

Tae Sung

Dr. Tae Sung
Associate Professor of English 
Founding Director of University Writing Center

  • Bio
    Tae Sung is Associate Professor of English & Founding Director of the University Writing Center. He is passionate about helping people understand the power of languages and literatures to create deep meanings, identities, and traditions. He began his undergraduate studies as a bioengineer at UC San Diego before switching his major to English literature. He completed his M.A. in theology from Fuller Seminary and went on to receive his Ph.D. in American literature & critical theory from UC Irvine where he was awarded the Strauss Fellowship in English and the Koehn Fellowship in Critical Theory. His writing has appeared in Books & Culture, the William James Studies journal, the journal of Religion and Literature, the Emerson Society Papers, and elsewhere. He is working on his first novel and completing a scholarly monograph titled, The Spirit and the Gift: A Postsecular Reading of Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James, which is projected to be the first of a three-part series on the spirit in American literature. With his family, he lives in the Inland Empire where he grew up, served as a foster parent with Olive Crest, and now teaches a weekly class for incarcerated men through Prison Fellowship. 
 

 

Writing Coaches

Joseph Arriaga

Joseph Arriaga
Major: English
Focus Areas: MLA, Graduate Students, Architecture, Visual Arts, and Design, Arts and Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business, Christian Studies, Education, Music, OPS

  • Bio
    Joseph is a graduate student in CBU's credential program. He holds an English degree from CBU and plans to teach the subject at the high school level. He is one of the founding members of the writing center and excited to be returning as a graduate tutor. Academically, he studies literature, psychology, and philosophy with an eye towards the way we use thoughts and narratives in our daily lives.

 

Joshua Arroyo

Joshua Arroyo
Major:
English, Teaching Credential
Focus Areas: MLA, Students with Various Abilities, Education, Music

  • Bio
    Coming soon.

 

Bethany Bruce

Bethany Bruce
Major: English
Focus Areas: APA, MLA, Arts and Sciences, Education, OPS

  • Bio

    Bethany is an English major at CBU Online aspiring to become a high school English teacher. Before transferring to CBU, she attended Norco College where she earned an Associates Degree in English for Transfer, an Associates Degree in Social and Behavioral Studies, and an Associates Degree in Humanities, Philosophies, and Arts. She loves working with people and is passionate about the field of education, eager to help students understand and apply writing concepts. Inspired by her own high school English teacher and memorable classes in American and British literature, she realized a passion for reading, writing and literature. Among her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Aside from reading and writing, she also loves music and has been singing and playing guitar since early high school, serving as a worship leader and choir singer at her church.

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/bethany-bruce-8a986a1b2

 

Sammy Carter

Sammy Carter 
Major: English, Minor in Philosophy
Focus Areas: APA, MLA, Graduate Students, Students with Various Abilities, ARts and Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • Bio

    Sammy Carter is a sophomore, double majoring in English and Philosophy. He is planning on pursuing a PhD with the intent to become an English Professor. Outside of academics, he loves surfing, skating, and listening to and finding music (particularly hip hop, rock, and EDM). He has a passion for helping others understand and communicate complicated things in a way that is easily manageable. Fostering growth, progress, and creative expression is his number one priority as a writing coach and future educator. He has expertise with MLA and APA and enjoys the planning and structuring processes of essay writing.

 

Sarah Huntting

Sarah Grace Huntting 
Major:
Masters in Music Composition
Focus Areas: Graduate Students, International Students, Veterans, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Music, Chicago/Turabian, History

  • Bio

    Sarah Huntting is currently working towards her master’s degree in music composition. She graduated from CBU in 2019 as a double major in history and in music composition. As well as coaching students in writing, she is also a graduate assistant in music theory at CBU and teaches Sunday School at her church. Sarah makes it a goal to create positive relationships with all of her students. Sarah hopes to use her passion for music composition to write music that reaches people where they are, as well as using her gifts for teaching to continue empowering students. 

 

Ben Lang

Ben Lang
Major:
MA English
Focus Areas: MLA, Graduate Students, Arts and Sciences, Business, Christian Ministries, Creative Writing, Literature

  • Bio

    Ben Lang is a first-year student in the MA English program at CBU. He graduated summa cum laude from Concordia University Irvine in 2020 with a major in English. While at CUI, his paper “Violence, Feuding, and the Wergild: Christian and Germanic Metaphysics in Beowulf” was selected as a semifinalist for the CUI President’s Academic Showcase. He has previously tutored history classes during his time at Concordia, and has spent the last four years coaching a high school debate club. After graduating from CBU, he plans to either continue graduate studies at the Ph.D. level or begin a career as a novelist. He has substantial experience with MLA formatting, English language and literature analysis, and creative writing. 

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjamin-lang-8199b6122/

 

Katherine Moreno

Katherine Moreno
Major:
Exercise Science
Focus Areas: APA, MLA, Graduate Students, Arts and Sciences, Health Science, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business

  • Bio
    Katherine Moreno is a third year student at CBU, majoring in Exercise Science. She aspires to go to PT school after obtaining her bachelors in science and hopes to start her own physical therapist practice in the future. Katherine has a passion for both the sciences and for writing. She believes that knowledge is power and enjoys learning new things. She has experience with APA and MLA writing formats. She believes that with good practice and hard work anyone can become a better writer. Throughout her previous years of education, Katherine has had many English teachers who have inspired her to continue growing as a writer. She hopes that she can help others with their writing but also inspire them to continue practicing writing outside of the classroom. 

 

Ahmed

Ahmed Nahian 
Major: Biomedical Sciences major with Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Engineering minor
Focus Areas: APA, MLA, Arts and Sciences, Health Science, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education

  • Bio

    Ahmed is in his third year here at CBU. He is majoring in biomedical sciences and is part of the combined eight-year BS/DO medical school program offered to LECOM Medical School affiliated universities. He has previously taught SAT courses and focused on managing students with special educational needs. He wants everyone to understand that learning requires no superpowers; a dedicated mind with an authentic drive to learn is the only prerequisite to academic success. Ahmed teaches by learning, and he hopes to empower students with strategies for developing an honest desire to learn under a safe-zone of no judgements.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ahmednahian/

 

Savannah Rios

Savannah Rios 
Major:
Early Childhood Development, Multiple Subject Credentialing
Focus Areas: APA, MLA, Veterans, Students with Various Abilities, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education

  • Bio

    Savannah is an undergraduate senior majoring in Early Childhood Development and striving to earn a multiple subject credential. She seeks to use her personal experience to help guide purpose-driven writers. Savannah has recently been granted the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Certificate of Clearance, which has opened up opportunities to volunteer with Riverside elementary schools as a classroom aid. She has expertise in MLA, CMS, and APA styles, as well as subject writing for English, Spanish, Psychology, Early Childhood, and Human Development. Savannah is equipped to accommodate the needs of peers seeking academic support and strives to make their experience as comfortable and rewarding as possible. Throughout her academic and spiritual journey at CBU, she hopes to aid her peers and demonstrate CBU’s commitment to be biblically rooted, academically prepared, globally-minded, and equipped to serve.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/savannah-rios-019b6b165/

 

Noah Sigsbee

Noah Sigsbee
Major:
History and English
Focus Areas: MLA, Graduate Students, Education, Music, History

  • Bio

    Noah Sigsbee is a fourth-year undergraduate student at CBU who is pursuing a double major in history and english. He intends to get his teaching credential after graduating so that he can go on to teach middle or high school classes. Along with his studies, Noah participates in 3 different ensembles at the CBU School of Music and teaches a class for middle schoolers at a local homeschooling academy. Noah is very passionate about helping guide fellow students to be better writers and believes that writing is an extremely valuable skill that can be developed with practice and assistance just like any other. He hopes that he will be able to inspire growth in many people through the writing center and looks forward to any opportunities to help others grow and learn.

 

Brittney

Brittney Smalley
Major: English, Integrated Single Subject Credential Program
Focus Areas: APA, MLA, Graduate Students, Veterans, Students with Various Abilities, Arts and Sciences, Education, OPS

  • Bio

    Brittney is a traditional student at California Baptist University, expecting to graduate in Spring '22. She is an English major and in the Integrated Single Subject Credential Program. Her dream job is to teach English at the secondary level. She believes hard work is the foundation for success. Her teaching philosophy includes a learner-centered approach where students are the main focus and have more autonomy. She also values the need for teacher-student relationships where a human connection is obtained rather than just the focus of teaching content. She understands that every student is unique and wants to cater to their distinctive needs. Therefore, her position at the writing center is another opportunity for her to connect with students and help them improve. She loves the written word and is so blessed to have this opportunity to be a writing coach.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittney-smalley-14a726202

 

Emilie Thomas

Emilie Thomas 
Major:
English and Graphic Design, Concentration in Creative Writing
Focus Areas: APA, MLA, Graduate Students, Students with Various Abilities, CAVAD, Arts and Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Creative Writing

  • Bio
    Emilie is a fourth-year undergrad student pursuing a double major in English and Graphic Design. She has expertise mainly in the area of MLA, English, and Graphic Design, but is also fond of creative writing, particularly poetry, and is pursuing a concentration in the field. In fact, some of her poetry and fiction were published in the 2021 Dazed Starling literary journal! In her spare time, Emilie loves to read anything and everything, and is currently working towards building her library, thanks to suggestions from her coworkers and employee discount at Barnes and Noble. She is very passionate about acquiring new knowledge and skills, as well as helping others do the same. Due to her lifelong love of reading and writing, Emilie celebrates the written word and heartily enjoys helping others improve their skill in writing and rhetoric.

 

Allison Weaver

Allison Weaver
Major:
English, Single Subject Teaching Credential
Focus Areas:
APA, MLA, Graduate Students, Arts and Sciences, Health Science, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business

  • Bio
    Allison Weaver is a fourth-year undergraduate student at CBU, pursuing an English and Single-Subject teaching credential. Allison’s goal in life is to become an educator and serve those He has created. She has been serving in the educational sector for the past three years as an intern for the Riverside County Office of Education and Upland Unified School District. She gained much knowledge on how to serve students and support staff effectively. Allison is passionate about helping students of all abilities and walks of life as she herself has a learning disability. She hopes that as she serves in the Writing Center, she can inspire, motivate, and cultivate confident writers.

 

Alicia Wu

Alicia Wu 
Major: English
Focus Areas: APA, MLA, Graduate Students, International Students, Veterans, Arts and Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education

  • Bio
    Alicia Wu is one of the founding members of the Writing Center. She is a graduate in English Literature. It is her passion for helping people and love of Literature that drove her to be a tutor in the Writing Center. Alicia came to CBU as an exchange student from China in her senior year and stayed at CBU to pursue a master degree in English Literature for being a big fan of culture, literature and arts. During this academic year, Alicia presented her essay on world literature in the 2021 Arts & Letters Symposium held by CBU. She is a good choice for graduate students and humanities major’s writing. Because Alicia worked for International Center as a English-teaching assistant with an athlete program and she also tutored many international students in the Writing Center, she is a good choice for international students. 

 

 

Alumni Coaches

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If you're looking for one of our fantastic writing coaches who have graduated from CBU, see below for their LinkedIn profiles. 

Nick Cortz 

Kasaan M. Hammon 

Eunice Hahn 

Joanna Ingold 

Melody Leon

Richard May 

Rebekah Puckett 

Clarissa Rossman 

Jenna Van Mourik 

Jennifer Wergedal