Center for Writing Excellence

Meet the Staff

The Center for Writing Excellence is staffed by student writing consultants (sophomore through graduate levels). They come from majors across the campus, including Education, English, and more.

All writing consultants are encouraged to attend a semester-length training course that teaches about the writing and research processes, issues of writing across the disciplines, interpersonal communication skills, and office policies and protocols.

If you 're interested in applying for a job at the Center, and if you have completed the General Education writing sequence (EN 111-112 or EN 121-122) with at least Bs, log in to LionJobs and look for an opening.

Current Center for Writing Excellence Staff:



J. Michael Beaver


Michael Beaver

Majors: Computer Science and History

Minors: Mathematics and Philosophy

Roles: Consultant, Webmaster

Strengths: APA, Editing, Revising, Organization, Argumentation, Logic, the Socratic Method

Biography:

Michael is a senior majoring in Computer Science and History and minoring in Mathematics and Philosophy. He is a three-year veteran of the Writing Center, and he enjoys working with students from History, English, Philosophy, Mathematics, and Computer Science courses. Michael also works as a Mathematics Fellow for the Mathematics Learning Center. In July 2013, Michael completed a major research project as part of a study abroad program under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Bibbee, Associate Professor of History. After completing his undergraduate degree, he hopes to pursue graduate school. He enjoys wearing tacky Christmas sweaters and contemplating the future.


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Corinne Beckinger


Corinne Beckinger

Major: Journalism

Minors: Professional Writing and Spanish

Role: Consultant, Creative Writing Group Leader

Strengths: Researching, Revising, APA, MLA, Brainstorming

Biography:

Corinne is a senior at UNA and is very involved both on and off campus. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Flor-Ala and freelance writing in her spare time. Corinne enjoys traveling, running and swimming, and eating the chocolate in the Writing Center.


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Holden Belew


Holden Belew

Major: Professional Writing

Role: Consultant, Creative Writing Group Leader

Strengths: Brainstorming, MLA, APA, Editing, Grammar, Argumentation

Biography:

Holden is a junior majoring in Professional Writing and minoring in French. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, camping, hiking, watching movies, making videos, and listening to music. Holden especially enjoys writing creative works of fiction. He runs a creative writing group for UNA students in the Writing Center.


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Olivia Brady


Olivia Brady

Major: Secondary Education: Social Science

Roles: Consultant

Strengths: Organization, Grammar, Creative Writing, Persuasive Writing

Biography:

Olivia is a sophomore at UNA. She runs cross country and track, and she is passionate about anything to do with running. Olivia is in the Honors Program and the President of the Infinity Project. She loves being outdoors and volunteering at the local animal shelter. On sunny days you may find her at the park in her hammock or by the river taking pictures. Olivia's dream job is to teach at the college level and coach cross country.


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Sarah-Jane Davis


Sarah-Jane Davis

Major: Secondary Education: English/Language Arts

Role: Consultant

Strengths: Brainstorming, Source Integration, Media Writing

Biography:

Sarah-Jane is a junior majoring in Secondary Education: English Language Arts. She wants to teach high school English and eventually make her way to teaching at a university. She enjoys reading, watching I Love Lucy re-runs, and crafts.


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Jordan Edgerly


Jordan Edgerly

Major: Professional Writing

Minor: Music

Role: Consultant

Strengths: Brainstorming, Outlining, Documentation, Revising, Grammar, Argumentation

Biography:

Jordan is a Junior, and he is a former Music Major who switched to Professional Writing last year. Jordan was born in Boise, Idaho, and moved to New Hampshire, where he lived for ten years before coming to UNA. He has ambitions to write novels and has started on a few projects already. Jordan loves to write various types of fiction, including horror and fantasy. He also studies music; he has a fervent interest in Classical music and enjoys playing the piano. Jordan spends his time reading, writing, watching good movies, and visiting with friends.


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Jacob H. Ezell


Jacob Ezell

Major: Social Work

Role: Consultant

Strengths: Organization, Media Writing, Writing Structure, Subject Matter, Grammar

Biography:

Jacob has been a writing consultant for the past two years. Currently, he tutors at UNA and Northwest-Shoals Community College. Jacob is a senator of SGA. Jacob looks to obtain a Master’s degree in social work after graduating UNA.


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Kathleen Franks


Kathleen Franks

Major: English

Minor: Spanish

Role: Consultant

Strengths: MLA, Literary Analysis, Organization, Argumentation, Grammar

Biography:

Kathleen is a senior and the Editor-in-Chief of UNA's literary magazine Lights & Shadows. She enjoys reading, writing, going to concerts, and hanging out. After graduation she hopes to teach English in Spain and later move to Boston to pursue a career in editing.


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Courtney Geiger


Courtney Geiger

Major: Elementary Education

Role: Consultant

Strengths: Organization and Grammar

Biography:

Courtney grew up in Madison with her mom, dad, and little sister. She graduated from Bob Jones High School where she was active in the arts programs, National Honor Society, and the yearbook staff. Courtney plans to graduate from UNA in 2016 with a degree in Elementary Education. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, singing, going to church, and spending time with her friends and family.


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Amy Goodman


Amy Goodman

Graduate Studies: Secondary Education: English/Language Arts

Role: Consultant

Strengths: MLA, APA, Brainstorming, Clarity, Organization, Analysis

Biography:

Amy received her BA and MA in English from UNA and has returned to pursue an A-level teaching certificate and Master's in Education through the Alternative A/Fifth Year Program. She is a founding member of the UNA Willing Hams, the English Department's amateur theatre group that performs for UNA's Annual Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English, and has recently shifted into the role of director.


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Shelby Heathcoat


Shelby Heathcoat

Major: English

Minor: History

Role: Consultant

Strengths: Editing, Creative Writing, Formatting

Biography:

Shelby's hobbies include reading, doing puzzles, and playing with her dog and daughter. After finishing many more years of schooling, she would love to come back to UNA and teach British and/or world literature. Although she generally loves any type of literature, Shelby typically prefers British literature and British history. In fact, she would love to go live in London for a few years.


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Molly Keeton


Molly Keeton

Major: Professional Writing

Role: Consultant

Strengths: Creative Writing, Brainstorming, Researching, Blogging

Biography:

Molly is a senior at UNA who enjoys creative writing and reading all genres, though her favorites are fantasy and sci-fi. She also loves other geeky activities such as movies, video games, writing book reviews on her blog, and looking at cat pictures. She isn't sure what she wants to do yet, but she knows that she would prefer not to teach.


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Dr. Robert T. Koch, Jr.


Dr. Robert T. Koch, Jr.

Role: Director

Biography:

Dr. Koch received his PhD in English Composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2004, and has been directing writing centers for six years. Dr. Koch has recently published an edited collection Before and After the Tutorial: Writing Centers and Institutional Relationships, co-edited with Dr. Nick Mauriello and Dr. Bill Macauley. His research interests include writing center theory and practice, classroom pedagogy, composing in digital environments, and writing in the disciplines. He also writes poetry and long fiction.


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Jessie Lambert


Jessie Lambert

Major: Professional Writing

Minor: English

Role: Consultant

Strengths: Brainstorming, Organization, Clarity, Creative Writing

Biography:

Jessie welcomes students from any major because she likes learning about various topics.  When she is not studying or working, she is busy reading and writing.  She has two publications in Northeast Mississippi Community College Literary Journal and another coming shortly in Spotlight on Recovery Magazine.  She secretly still awaits her Hogwarts acceptance letter.


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Sarah McNeely


Sarah McNeely

Majors: Political Science and French

Role: Consultant

Strengths: APA, APSA, MLA, History, Political Science, Law, Foreign Languages, International Studies

Biography:

Sarah is a double major at UNA and really loves history and can help in the Liberal Art Department. She also can help write scholarship essays for UNA's various study abroad programs.


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Kate Partain


Kate Partain

Major: Public Communication

Role: Consultant

Strengths: Brainstorming, Development, Research, Visualization

Biography:

Kate is from Cullman, Alabama, which is about an hour and two right turns away from Florence. Her hobbies include writing, singing, SCUBA diving, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee. One day Kate hopes to follow in the footsteps of Steve Jobs and Jack Dorsey; she wants to have a "Big Bang" moment that changes an entire generation.


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Teena Patel


Teena Patel

Major: English

Role: Consultant

Strengths: MLA, Brainstorming, Organization, Transitions, English

Biography:

Teena is a sophomore majoring in English Literature. She writes for the Flor-Ala and teaches at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library as part of Youth Services during the summers. She enjoys helping others learn, making conversation, and reading/translating anything Latin-based.


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Bethany Pierce


Bethany Pierce

Major: Secondary Education: English/Language Arts

Minor: German

Role: Consultant

Strengths: Organization, Grammar, Research, MLA

Biography:

Bethany is a junior at UNA from Huntsville. She enjoys traveling, studying German and linguistics, and photography. She has always loved writing, as she was first published in a local newspaper at age thirteen. After she graduates from UNA she would like to pursue a certification in teaching English as a Second Language for K-12.


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Kennedy Pope


Kennedy Pope

Major: Film/Digital Media Production

Minor: Entrepreneurship

Role: Consultant

Strengths: Creative writing, MLA, Brainstorming, Organization, Revising

Biography:

Kennedy is majoring in Film and Digital Media production. He enjoys creative writing, composing music, and making films. Kennedy hopes to pursue a writing or directing career in the film industry after college.


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Dr. Kathleen Richards


Dr. Kathleen Richards

Role: Assistant Director

Biography:

Dr. Richards has a Master's degree in British Literature from UNA and a Doctorate in Composition and TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Richards has five years of experience teaching First Year Composition, three years of experience tutoring in writing centers, and one year of experience tutoring ESL Writers in a First Year Composition course.


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Hannah Summers


Hannah Summers

Majors: Industrial Hygiene and General Chemistry

Role: Consultant

Strengths: MLA and Scientific Writing

Biography:

Hannah is a senior. She enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, and singing. After graduating from UNA, she hopes to go on to graduate school to pursue a graduate degree in environmental sciences.


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Writing Center Hours

In-House Consultations
Spring & Fall:

Mon-Thurs: 9:00am-4:00pm & 6:00pm-8:00pm,

Fri: 9:00am-3:00pm,

Sun: 2:00pm-8:00pm


Summer I & II:

Mon-Thurs: 12:00pm-8:00pm


Online Consultations
Spring & Fall:

Mon-Thurs: 2:00pm-4:00pm & 6:00pm-8:00pm,

Wed: 4:00pm-6:00pm,

Fri: 1:00pm-3:00pm,

Sun: 2:00pm-4:00pm


Summer I & II:

Mon-Thurs: 6:00pm-8:00pm

 

FOCUS Center Hours

The FOCUS Center is located in Rice Hall.

 

Mon: 6:00pm-11:00pm

Thurs: 6:00pm-11:00pm

 

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