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Leadership Communication Skills Center


About us

The Leadership Communication Skills Center is an instructional support resource for the MCU community—students, faculty, and staff. LCSC faculty members provide workshops, courses, and individual consulting about writing, speaking, and research. Visit our new LCSC classroom and writing center in the Gray Research Center, Room 125.  


 The mission of the LCSC is to support the Marine Corps University community in its efforts to prepare and develop effective leaders who are strong thinkers, writers, and speakers. We fulfill this mission by teaching courses, running workshops, and offering individual support—face to face or via email.  


Effective leaders are effective communicators who are able to design messages in different media for particular audiences to achieve specific goals. Communication is learned best through preparation, practice, and experience. In our classes and in our feedback on communication tasks, we give advisees the tools to understand their own strengths and to address their particular challenges.  


Andrea Hamlen-Ridgely, MEd, Instructor: Ms. Hamlen-Ridgely joined the LCSC in 2007 as one of its founding faculty members. An experienced editor, writing consultant, and teacher, she helped shape the vision, mission, and processes of the center. Ms. Hamlen-Ridgely holds a BA in English from the University of Mary Washington and an MEd in Adult Education from the Pennsylvania State University. 

Stase Wells, Instructor: Mrs. Wells joined the LCSC faculty in 2010 and was instrumental in the university’s 2010 Quality Enhancement Plan Review. An experienced teacher, writing consultant, and editor, Mrs. Wells works extensively with international military officers and their spouses. She holds a BA in English (magna cum laude) from Central Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Global Education from Drexel University.

Linda Di Desidero, PhD, Director: Dr. Di Desidero joined the LCSC as its director in 2012. She brings 30 years of university teaching, research, and administrative experience to her role at MCU. Her research examines writing pedagogy, language and identity, and discourse-based approaches to writing and speaking in mediated environments. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Northwestern University; an EdM in English Education from Rutgers University; and BA degrees in English and in German from Rutgers University.

Services for Faculty

The LCSC can help teaching faculty by reviewing their teaching materials, assignments, and rubrics. We can also help faculty develop a repertoire of feedback strategies for responding to student work. We assist and advise on curriculum development and faculty development.

The LCSC can help researchers as they prepare their work for publication.

Services for Students

LCSC faculty members assist students enrolled in MCU degree-granting programs with their writing or speaking assignments in individual consultations, face to face or via email. LCSC faculty members also offer a series of workshops and a series of courses for MCU students (Sign up in GRC 125).


Contact Us

Contact our office via email or phone:


Phone: 703.784.4401/4403

Contact us individually:

Dr. Linda Di Desidero, Director (GRC 123) 703.784.4401

Ms. Andrea Hamlen, Instructor (GRC 124) 703.784.4403

Mrs. Stase Wells, Instructor (GRC 124) 703.432.5524



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