Meet the GWC Instructors - Graduate Writing Center

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Meet the GWC & DKL Workshop Instructors


In addition to those listed below, our writing coaches‚ SMEs with master's and doctoral degrees in writing-related fields, lead workshops.

Glen Koué is a research and instruction librarian at the Dudley Knox Library. He has 30 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 30 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.


Greta Marlatt is the outreach and academic support manager for the 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. Ms. Marlatt is the recipient of the 2019 Federal Librarian of the Year award, presented by the Federal Library and Information Network of the Library of Congress in recognition of her work furthering data science research and education in support of the combat effectiveness of the naval service. In 2012, the New York Times and Carnegie Corporation recognized Ms. Marlatt’s work with the I Love My Librarian Award, also 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.


Kathy Norton is a research and instruction librarian at the Dudley Knox Library. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology from Scripps College in Claremont, California, and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She enjoys helping NPS students and researchers hone their library research skills to support their scholarly work. She has a special interest in user-centered design and plain language for the Web and other media. Outside of the library, Ms. Norton enjoys biking, digging in the garden, and being in the company of her husband and two playful cats.