Instructor bios

Meet the GWC Workshop Instructors


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

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.


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.


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 and researches 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.