Developing the ability to communicate in a clear, organized, and effective way is a central goal of the liberal arts education at Hamilton. To help all students strengthen their writing abilities, the College established the Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center in 1987. The central focus of the Center’s services for students is peer review provided through writing conferences.

The Writing Center is named in honor of George L. Nesbitt (1903-1985), Professor of English from 1930 to 1973, and Thomas McNaughton Johnston (1904-1986), Professor of English from 1934 to 1972. Demanding and inspiring teachers, they helped two generations of Hamilton students to write thoughtful, coherent, clear, and sometimes elegant prose. Professor Nesbitt, who chaired the Department of English from 1952 to 1968, was instrumental in establishing the English composition sequence; Professor Johnston, the principal author of Hamilton’s Essentials of English Usage style guide, was known for his own graceful style, which his best students aspired to emulate. Together they constructed the foundation for Hamilton’s present reputation as an institution that teaches and values effective writing.

Meet Our Tutors

Jennifer Ambrose, Ph.D.

Writing Center Director

Alexandria Hanson, Ph.D

Coordinator of Multilingual Student Support, Assistant Director of the Writing and Oral Communication Centers



In her dual roles as Coordinator of Multilingual Student Support and Assistant Director, Alex (she/her/hers) provides tutor training and designs faculty development workshops focused on English-language writing and speaking support for multilingual students; she also works directly with multilingual students on speaking and writing. Alex has a PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University, an MA in Rhetoric and Teaching Writing and TESOL from California State University, Stanislaus, and a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Writing and Rhetoric. Her research and teaching interests include writing program administration and writing across the curriculum, the experiences of single moms in higher education, multilingual writers, translingualism, and feminist rhetoric(s).

Student Assistants

Arianna Chai ’23

Arianna is a Mathematics and Classics double major from Qingdao, China. She likes to travel, as well as stuff herself in a blanket, and hang out with friends. She loves watching movies and anime, singing, and cooking. She is a firm supporter of a ski lift from Bundy to Sadove.

Emma Earls ’24

Emma Earls is a sophomore from Massachusetts. She is a Creative Writing major, with prospective minors in Theater and Classical Studies. She enjoys movies, music, and her dog Pip.

Jungwon Kim ’23

Jungwon is a junior from Los Angeles, CA. Majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics, he is hoping to work in tech after graduating. When Jungwon isn’t busy, he’s likes to spend time playing volleyball with friends or practicing the drums.

Rachel Parajuli ’25

Rachel is a freshman from Kathmandu, Nepal who wants to double major in Government and Psychology. An avid fan of true crime, she hosts a true crime show on WHCL on Tuesdays. She also loves watching horror/thriller movies, cooking during her spare time, and taking walks around campus with her friends.

Ben Peterson ’24

Ben is a sophomore January admitted student from Pittsburgh. He hasn't yet declared a major, but is interested in Literature, Psychology, and Neuroscience. He loves to read and would suggest that anyone here at Hamilton take a course in Literature. He is on the club soccer team and loves to play and watch the beautiful game (up the Red Devils).

Ally Zamudio ’24

Alyssa (or Ally) is a Classics major and possible Religion double major and Posse Scholar from a little south of Miami, Florida. She is a bookstagramer and is often seen studying, reading, or taking pictures of books. She was also a theatre child and has an ever-growing list of movies she hopes to watch.


Office / Department Name

Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center

Contact Name

Jennifer Ambrose

Writing Center Director

Office Location
Kirner-Johnson 152
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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