Center for Writing Excellence

Meet the Staff

The Center for Writing Excellence is staffed by student writing consultants who 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 are 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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