Composition Program Contacts
Dr. Beth Willey, Director of Composition
Bio coming soon!
Linda Baldwin, Administrative Specialist
Linda Baldwin came to the English department in 1995 as Graduate Program Assistant and later took over her current position as Composition Program Administrative Assistant. Prior to 1995, Linda worked at UofL’s Medical School (Pediatrics and Pathology) and in the Office of the Vice-President for Administration. Linda received her degree in Psychology with a minor in Theatre Arts in May 2005. She has written for the theatre at UofL and would love to have more time to devote to her interest in playwriting. On those rare occasions when she has free time, Linda enjoys reading, water aerobics, browsing estate sales, and planning and making home improvements.
Michael Baumann, Assistant Director of Composition
As a second-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition at UofL, I've returned to my home state, Kentucky. I earned my MA (also in R&C) from Ohio University and BAs in English literature and Communication from Marian University, Indianapolis. I also teach at the Indiana Writers Center and have worked in undergraduate writing centers. At UofL, I research composition pedagogy as I see it intersecting with critical, cultural studies of identity with special foci in digital writing and queer sexuality.
Drew Holladay, Assistant Director of Composition - Summer 2016
I’m a fourth-year PhD student in Rhetoric in Composition at UofL. I am a Kentucky native and grew up in the southeast town of Corbin. My undergraduate degree is from Union University, where I studied on religion and English literature. I earned my MA in English here at UofL with coursework in literature, theory, and rhetoric. While in the master’s program, I worked as a writing center consultant in Ekstrom Library and taught English 101 and 102. I am currently working on my dissertation, which focuses on the use of medical language by people with mental disabilities in online communities. I’m interested in medical rhetoric, disability studies, and the rhetoric of science and technology—any intersection of science with popular culture or everyday life.
Michelle Day, Assistant Director of Composition
Bio coming soon!
Jamila Kareem, Assistant Director of Composition
I'm a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Rhetoric and Composition program focusing on first-year college writers of color and their transition into college-level academic writing. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana where I completed my undergraduate and master's degrees. I have taught writing at U of L for two years and served as a Writing Center Consultant and the Assistant Director of the Virtual Writing Center. I am in the process of drafting my dissertation about civically responsible writing curriculum in transitioning academically marginalized Black American students to college-level academic writing.