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September 8, 2020

Staff and Offices

Writing Studies physical offices are closed due to COVID-19, but we are still here for you! All staff are working remotely. For questions via phone call 612-624-3445 and leave a message. For general inquiries via email, contact

For questions for specific staff, refer to this information: 

Human resource and administrative questions

Jennifer Franko: Email (preferred); or call 612-624-2283.

Department chair inquiries and travel inquiries

Bill Fricke: Email, or call 612-624-1784.

Undergraduate program: 

Shannon Klug: Email, leave a message at 612-625-9236, or use either to contact her via Google Duo.

Graduate programs: 

Laura Luepke: Email or call 612-624-4761.
To meet with Laura, please reserve an appointment slot or email to schedule a meeting.

First-Year Writing program: 

Michelle Lubbers: Email, or call 612-624-6633.


Instruction at UMN this fall instruction will be a mix of completely online (asynchronous), remote (synchronous online), hybrid, or face to face. See the class schedule for details. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your instructor, or the department at If you'd prefer to leave anonymous feedback, please use this form

Writing Consultations

The Center for Writing (C4W) reopens Tuesday, September 15th for writing consultations via Zoom or MySWS. Please visit their website for more information.


Events have either been postponed or moved online. Please see the individual event pages for details or contact a staff member.