Douglas Brown holds a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University (1984) and an M.A. in Creative Writing from City College (1995). He has taught a range of writing intensive courses at Rhode Island School of Design and Providence College, as well as in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown (2002-2007). He is the 2006 recipient of the UCS Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2007 recipient of the Wilson DeBlois Award for his work with graduate students. As Director of Writing Support Programs, DOC, he heads up the Writing Center and the Writing Fellows Program.
Ashley Ferranti is currently serving as the ESL Coordinator at Brown University. Prior to beginning at Brown, she was a residential faculty member at Cheshire Academy where she designed/taught Chinese and ESL courses, advised Model United Nations, and served as the dance coach. Ashley graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and an M.A. in the Humanities. After graduation, she immediately completed her CELTA teaching certificate in ESL from Cambridge University. She spent a summer teaching an intensive course in Burma (Myanmar) and later taught at a bilingual vocational school in Bangkok, Thailand. Upon return, Ashley earned her Master's degree in Teaching Social Studies/History (7-12) from Brown University in 2010. Ashley has also served as the Assistant Academic Dean at Yale University’s Summer Institute for Gifted Students and as a faculty member at Brown University's Leadership Institute three consecutive summers.