Instructor and Staff Profiles


Brandi Pretlow

Brandi Pretlow

Brandi Pretlow is the Director of the Leland Scholars Program and an alumna of Stanford (Class of 2005).  Brandi earned her master’s degree in education from Lesley University and holds an MSW degree from the University of Chicago.

Prior to returning to Stanford, Brandi worked...Read more

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Joy Robinson

Joy Robinson is the Program Manager of the Leland Scholars Program and an alumna of Stanford (Class of 2018). In the fall of 2018, Joy aided in the success of the second Frosh 101 pilot as a Program Coordinator. Prior to graduation, Joy led a Frosh 101 section in Rinconada, was a resident...Read more

Residential Academic Directors

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Brian Cabral

Brian Cabral is currently a PhD student at the Graduate School of Education in the Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE) program. His research focuses on the intersections of urban city schooling, abolition, and carcerality. He is from one of the greatest cities in the world...Read more

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Becky Tsang

Becky Tsang grew up in Oakland, CA. She grew up as a FLI student in Oakland, and is currently a Master's student to become a Physician Assistant under the School of Medicine. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Psychobiology. Prior to coming to Stanford, she previously worked as a...Read more


Charles Cox

Dr. Charlie Cox’s primary interests lie in the field of chemical education, and in bringing cutting-edge science into the undergraduate classroom. He focuses on methods to promote active learning in organic and general chemistry, targeting improvements in problem solving, critical thinking and...Read more

Jennifer Schwartz Poehlmann

My name is Jennifer Schwartz and I am a Senior Lecturer in Stanford's Chemistry Department. I also did my graduate work here in Ed Solomon's lab earning a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 2008. During those 6 years, I found that teaching was my greatest passion, and I got deeply involved in...Read more

Instructors-Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR)

Mutallip Anwar

Areas of expertise: applied linguistics, language education, discourse analysis

Genre expertise: research writing, scholarship essays

Enjoys giving writers a heightened sense of audience presence


Mutallip Anwar completed his PhD in Language & Rhetoric at the University of Washington. Prior to joining PWR, he taught college writing courses at the University of Washington and Highline College. His primary teaching and research interests include rhetoric and composition studies,...Read more

Tara Diener

Areas of specialization: Anthropology, History, Bioethics, Nursing

Genre expertise: Creative non-fiction, storytelling, academic (humanities and social sciences), PR

Enjoys helping students achieve the goals they set for themselves.


Tara received a Ph.D. in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan in 2016 and a Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Society in 2014. Prior to graduate studies at Michigan, she practiced as a Registered Nurse in obstetrics and pediatrics while earning an M.A. in...Read more

Megan Formato

Areas of specialization: humanities, history, science and technology studies

Genre expertise: personal statements for graduate school applications, grant and fellowship applications

Enjoys coaching strategies for overcoming writer's block, brainstorming, revision

Meg Shields Formato is a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford and a tutor in the Hume Center for Speaking and Writing. She holds a PhD in History of Science from Harvard University and a BA in English from Amherst College. As a historian of modern science and technology,...Read more

Jennifer Johnson

Areas of specialization: social sciences, cultural studies and qualitative research methodologies

Genre expertise: abstracts, proposals, personal statements, and honors theses and social science dissertations

Enjoys coaching brainstorming, argument development and revision strategies

Jennifer Johnson holds a B.A. in Art History with Honors from the University of Maryland at College Park and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Education (Language, Literacy and Culture Division) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to Stanford, Jennifer taught courses in the Linguistics...Read more

Lisa Marie Swan

Area of specialization: social sciences

Genre expertise: problem statements, literature reviews, journal articles

Enjoys coaching brainstorming and organization

Lisa Swan is a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in English Education from the University of Maryland. Her research interests include composition pedagogy, equity, and faculty professional development. Lisa has...Read more


Dana Paquin

Dr. Dana Paquin earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics at Stanford University in 2007.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at California Polytechnic State University, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University.  Previously, she was the Division Head of...Read more