Course Credits and References


Dr. Michele Poff

Course Author Dr. Michele Poff (BA, MA, Ph.D.) is a Communication PhD, with an expertise in effective messaging. Her scholarly expertise lies in communication and language usage. She is a published author and a social scientist by training. She received her BA in English at the University of California, Berkeley; her Master's in Linguistics/English Language Instruction; and completed her Ph.D. in Communication. Dr. Poff has been a lecturer and instructor at the University of Washington for over 10 years.

Dana Kristan

Course Instructor

Dana Kristan, with a BA in Sociology and an MA in Public Policy and Education, is an experienced online writing instructor and avid writer, bringing over two decades of teaching expertise to her role. Her knowledge extends into special education, where she specializes in needs assessments and systematic instructional designs, ensuring her teaching methods meet diverse learner needs. Dana's background includes managing educational programs for adults with severe disabilities in New York City. Her interests are diverse, spanning writing, journaling, music, cultural studies, and history, all of which add depth and breadth to her professional and personal endeavors.