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Melissa Pavlik

Director of the Writing Center / Assoc Professor English

“I love working with students new to the American college experience,” says Melissa Pavlik. She has been at North Park since 2005 teaching writing in a variety of disciplines and departments at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The popularity of Ms. Pavlik’s CORE 1000 course “Self in Other” stems from collaboration with guest storytellers from Chicago’s Live Lit scene who have guided students to workshop and perform their own stories both on campus and around the city. She also teaches the courses WRIT1000 “Fundamentals of Composition,” WRIT2100 “Introduction to Writing Center Studies: Tutoring Writing,” WRIT5000 “Writing for the Professions,” EN3550 “Writing Fiction,” EN3990 “Writing Creative Nonfiction,” and the CORE 3000 Keystone course “Literature and Liberation,” which cross-lists as a “Topics in Literature” class through the English department.

Since 2019, Ms. Pavlik has taught the same tutor training class she regularly offers at North Park’s Chicago campus to North Park School of Restorative Arts MA in Restorative Justice Ministry candidates housed at Stateville and Logan Correctional Centers, which has led to the addition of over 30 incarcerated Writing Advisors to North Park’s tri-campus writing center community. She also has had the privilege of teaching the graduate-level “Writing for the Professions” course to the seminary’s first cohort of MA candidates housed at Logan Correctional Center. In collaboration with Writing Advisors, Ms. Pavlik co-edits the bimonthly North Park Theological Seminary’s School of Restorative Arts newsletter Feather Bricks. Other recent publications include “Three C’s of Stateville: A Writing Center in Prison” in Writing Lab Newsletter: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship (2020) and “Writing, Incarceration, and Healing in the Writing Center” with co-author DeCedrick Walker in The Peer Review (2021).

As the Writing Center Director, Ms. Pavlik oversees undergraduate student Writing Advisors who undergo specialized training to be equipped to handle drop-in hours and one-to-one conferences with peers. She also supervises professional writing coaches who provide writing support to graduate and SPS students. The Writing Center is open for all undergraduate, graduate, and SPS students as well as North Park faculty, staff, and alumni to receive assistance on any writing assignments at any stage of the process.


In addition to an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Ms. Pavlik has an undergraduate degree in viola performance; she plays alongside her students in university symphony orchestra concerts.