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Meet the GWC Instructors

Lyla Englehorn is a Research Associate at NPS. Her work over the last several years has included technical writing and editing for the Maritime Defense and Security Research Program (MDSRP), the Multimodal Information Sharing Team (MIST), and the Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER). She has also offered a Presentation Skills seminar to students in the Systems Engineering Department. With a Master of Public Policy degree from the Panetta Institute, Ms. Englehorn’s skills include crafting concise problem statements, argument structure, and presenting supported recommendations in writing and presentations. She has written on maritime domain awareness and published research on all-hazards supply-chain threat information sharing between industry and government. She currently teaches international maritime law and policy.

Susan Hawthorne is the Lead Thesis Processor in the Research and Sponsored Programs Office, overseeing the team responsible for the finalization and publication of NPS theses, capstone reports, and dissertations. Her 30-year career in publishing has focused on document quality and preparation, including positions as a typesetter and graphic artist, managing editor, production editor, and production supervisor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in institution management and general dietetics.

Cheryldee Huddleston (contractor) possesses a passion for guiding students in all genres of writing. She has taught writing at Diablo Valley College, the University of Georgia, and more recently, as a self-employed writing coach.  Cheryldee particularly enjoys working with students at the beginning of the writing process, helping them brainstorm, mind map, and outline their ideas and data. She received her MFA in Creative Writing (Playwriting) from the University of Nevada and her PhD in Theatre from the University of Georgia.  Her dissertation, The Dancer Re-Turns as the Photograph is Re-Called: The Performative Memory of Vaslav Nijinsky in L’Aprés-midi d’un Faune (Faune), incorporates scholarship in photographic realism, archivalism, phenomenology, and embodied consciousness. In 2011, Faune was nominated for Best Dance Research by Dance Journal. As a professional playwright, her play, Who Loves You, Jimmie Orrio?, won the 2002 PEN USA Award for Drama and is published by Dramatic Publishing. Cheryldee’s father was a career Naval officer, and she is thrilled to be back “on board” working with NPS students. She recently facilitated a short course, My Glory Never Dies: The Military in the Arts, offering students, faculty, and staff a unique approach to the critical thinking process.

Carla Orvis Hunt (contractor), originally from Toledo, Ohio, comes to NPS after two years of travel focused on expanding her first novel, The Hobos. Carla welcomes talking with students and colleagues about the writing process from beginning to completion; she believes in keeping an eye on the larger picture while paying careful attention to detail, coaching others toward producing concise, fresh language that optimally expresses innovative ideas (and matches requirements!). Carla holds three degrees in English and Writing (including a B.A. in English Literature, U.C.-Berkeley, 2006, 3.9GPA and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing, University of San Francisco, 2011, 4.0GPA). With a dual academic background in academic research and creative writing, Carla formally teaches in both disciplines as well as independently mentoring people through academic, professional, and creative writing projects tiny and large since 1998 when she came west. She specializes in one-to-one coaching, applying both training and intuition. In her spare time, Carla also operates her own small business, fusing cash handling, people, and safety skills into strategizing the entrance plans for music festivals nationwide.

Ann Jacobson is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at NPS, where she has held a variety of positions since receiving her Master of Library and Information Science degree (MLIS) from San Jose State University in 1998. She has fifteen years of experience teaching a variety of workshops on conducting research and on using RefWorks.  Ms. Jacobson  became interested in public speaking when a student invited her to an NPS Toastmasters Club meeting when she was still in library school; she went on to earn the Advanced Toastmaster Bronze certification.  Since then she has been on the program planning and review committees or has been a moderator for conferences including the Off Campus Library Services Conference, Military Librarians Workshop, Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, and Internet Librarian, and has presented at a variety of conferences and workshops including LOEX, Special Libraries Association, Handheld Librarian and the MOBAC Reference Hands On Workshop. She was the editor of Military Libraries, the newsletter of the Military Libraries Division of the Special Libraries Association from 2010-2012, and currently serves as the Joblines Chair for the Silicon Valley and San Francisco chapters of the Special Libraries Association.

Glen Koué is a Reference and Instruction librarian at the Dudley Knox Library. He has 25 years of experience as a librarian and has taught workshops on conducting research in the library since 2001. He was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2005. Mr. Koué holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Library Science from San Jose State University.

Sandra Leavitt directs the Graduate Writing Center and Thesis Processing Office at NPS. She joined the faculty in 2009 as a Research Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the research-oriented Center on Contemporary Conflict in the Department of National Security Affairs where she taught Introduction to Comparative Politics and Political and Ethnic Violence in Southeast Asia, advised theses, and wrote and coached other faculty on writing their grant proposals. She previously taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Catholic University of America, Georgetown University, and the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. She has nearly thirty years of experience in research grant writing, project and program management, and academic publishing. Her own research and publications examine state-minority relations in Asia. She received her master’s from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Georgetown University with a focus on comparative politics and international relations.

John Locke, a frequent writer and occasional artist, serves as deputy director of the GWC. He received a B.A. in English from the University of California Berkeley in 1977. His first book, Isometric Perspective Designs and How to Create Them, has been in print since 1981. He has published articles on subjects as diverse as film criticism and virtual reality; written cultural studies of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria for the Army Defense Language Institute; and conducted original research into the history of popular fiction, publishing over 30 books in the field. At NPS, he has been a C programmer, UNIX Systems Administrator, 3D modeler, and digital geography specialist. He is not related to the famous philosopher whose name he shares, and, as far as he knows, did not inspire the character on Lost.

Greta Marlatt is the Outreach and Collection Development Manager for NPS’ Dudley Knox Library and the Content Manager for the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL). She has over 30 years of experience working in libraries in various capacities. In 2012, the New York Times and Carnegie Corporation recognized Ms. Marlatt’s work with the I Love My Librarian Award, a national-level honor. She has served on several government and private-sector advisory groups and is currently a member of the Homeland Security Affairs journal Editorial Review Board. Ms. Marlatt has published several articles and is the author of a number of bibliographies and help guides for topics relating to intelligence, information warfare, special operations, homeland security, mine warfare, directed energy weapons, NBC terrorism, and more. She has given numerous presentations related to conducting research in the homeland security and military arenas. Ms. Marlatt holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Arizona State University, a Master of Library Science from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from California State University, San Bernardino.

Rebecca Pieken (contractor) graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a B.A. in liberal arts and an English minor. She grew up in New York City and spent most of her career in book publishing as a managing editor, editor, and copy editor. She used to cook professionally but ran back to the business world, kicking and screaming, because working in a kitchen is really hard! Today she is a thesis processor, committed to helping students navigate the tricky waters of thesis preparation and completion with a smile and a laugh.

Lawrence G. Shattuck (Colonel, US Army, Retired) is a senior lecturer in the Operations Research Department where he serves as director of the Human Systems Integration Program.  He is also the chair of the NPS Institutional Review Board.  He received his B.S. in General Engineering from the United States Military Academy, his M.S. in Human Factors Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his Ph.D. in Cognitive Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University.   He has been an active researcher in the domain of military command and control for two decades.  Most recently, he has served as the architect for NPS’s Human Systems Integration Certificate Program and the Distance Learning Master of Human Systems Integration Program.

Zachary Shore is Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at NPS and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Last year, he was a Fellow at Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Professor Shore earned his doctorate in modern history at Oxford, performed postdoctoral research at Harvard, and served on the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State. He is a historian of twentieth-century international conflict whose research focuses on foreign policy decision-making. His work explores the question: Why do people shoot themselves in the foot? This conundrum has driven each of his past three books: What Hitler Knew: The Battle for Information in Nazi Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 2003); Breeding Bin Ladens: America, Islam, and the Future of Europe (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006); and Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions (Bloomsbury, 2008). His forthcoming book, A Sense of the Enemy: The High-Stakes History of Reading Your Rival’s Mind (Oxford University Press), investigates how leaders have learned to think like their enemies. In a previous life, Shore served as a student writing instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. He now aims to help the officers at NPS hone their own writing skills.

Marianne Taflinger (contractor) has been a writing coach in the GWC since it opened in 2013. She previously coached at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now Middlebury). For the GWC, she has given presentations on how to create posters, prepare scientific talks, and illustrate a thesis. She earned a Master's in International Development from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Bachelor's in English from Butler University.