Meet Our Staff

Bronwyn Williams

Bronwyn T. Williams

Director

I love to write and to teach writing and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work in the University Writing Center. Writing is the way we connect our ideas, emotions, and lives with one another. It is essential to the intellectual life and to communicating our common humanity. As a teacher I believe that the only way to teach effectively is to listen carefully to what students have to say and work with their writing so it expresses their ideas, not ours. Our goal as writing teachers is to help students develop a rhetorical awareness that will allow them to negotiate the unfamiliar writing and reading situations they encounter both inside the university and beyond. I also believe that writing can be pleasurable and fulfilling, even as it is hard work. I have had a broad range of teaching experiences in composition and rhetoric, literature, creative writing, popular culture, and journalism. I have also recently published a book, Literacy Practices and Perceptions of Agency: Composing Identities, that includes research that took place at the University Writing Center. My individual webpage has more information about my scholarship and my teaching.

Cassie Book

Cassie Book

Associate Director

Cassie holds a PhD in English from Old Dominion University, an MA in English with a graduate certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies from UofL, and a BA in English and Spanish from Butler University. Cassie’s dissertation studied the developing teaching practices and identities of six students pursuing their MA degree in English while they both worked as writing consultants and taught in writing classrooms. Her research affirmed the importance of communities of practice, quality mentoring, and active reflection for developing teachers and budding professionals. As such, her research interests intersect with multiple topics in Rhetoric and Composition, including writing programs, professional and technical writing, tutor development, graduate student enculturation, graduate education, and feminist research methodologies. Cassie has nine years of experience working in writing centers, and her favorite part of her job is (still) being amidst a center buzzing with conversation about writing! When she's not working in the writing center or teaching first-year writing, she enjoys sitting on her front porch, running, cooking, gardening, and traveling. Recently, she's taken up rollerblading. 

Amber Yocum

Administrative Associate

Amber is a Louisville native with a BS in Women’s and Gender Studies and English minor from UofL. She has worked in education for over 10 years - from housing to enrollment - and enjoys helping students discover their passion and potential, as well as connecting with other departments to make the student experience a seamless one. She particularly enjoys binge watching crime shows and Parks and Recreation with her two cats, Caulfield and Prynne. A few of her favorite authors include David Sedaris, J.D. Salinger, and Rebecca Walker.

Edward English

Assistant Director

Edward is a PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. Prior to his studies at U of L he taught English Language and Literature at Universidad Del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. Years back when he was working on his M.A. at the University of Oklahoma, he developed an interest in adapting teaching methodologies to help non-native English speakers in writing classrooms. This interest led him to teach English all over the globe including in India, Panama, China, Austria, and Italy. Currently much of his academic interests center on the Rhetoric of Social Change, Critical Pedagogy, and Religious Rhetoric (especially Jesuit Rhetoric).

Olalekan Adepoju

Assistant Director for Graduate Student Writing

Olalekan, a Nigerian, is a PhD student in the Composition and Rhetoric program of the Department of English, University of Louisville. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education and Master of Arts degree in English from University of Ilorin, Nigeria and University of Ibadan, Nigeria respectively. His research interests lie primarily in discourse analysis, ESL teaching, writing pedagogy, and sociolinguistics among others. He has continued to pursue these interests by publishing peer-reviewed papers on the subject and other issues of academic interest to him. He is currently a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Louisville where he guides students to identify and appreciate their writing processes and utilize such to improve on their writing skills.

Nicole Dugan

Assistant Director of the Virtual Writing Center

Nicole graduated from UofL with an M.A. in English in 2019. Since 2013, Nicole has worked in four different writing centers and completed research on pedagogy, marketing, and identity in writing centers. Beginning at her undergraduate institution Berea College, Nicole fell in love with writing center work because of the engaging and fulfilling work with fellow student writers. Her tutoring pedagogy is based on collaboration and agency-building, helping writers access the knowledge and confidence to be effective and skillful communicators inside and outside of the classroom. Nicole also teaches first-year composition at UofL and JCTC, often theming courses around pop culture and identity.  Outside of academia, she enjoys caring for her dog, bunny, and ever-growing plant collection, listening to true crime podcasts, and watching way too much television. 

Maddy Decker

Madelaine Decker is an MA student interested in producing fiction as well as researching topics related to 18th century literature and African American literature. She earned her BA in English and anthropology from the University of Kentucky. Her favorite book is The Thief Lord, and her outside interests include knitting, Irish archaeology, 2010’s pop punk, and the Muppets. Maddy hopes to one day publish a book of horror for children and learn enough Swedish to defeat the Duolingo owl.

 

Amanda Dolan

Amanda is a second-year M.A. student. Her research interests include memory, literature and other art forms, and the syncretization of myth. Prior to her return to academia, Amanda worked in education research.

Shelbi "Chuck" Glover

Shelbi “Chuck” Glover is an English GTA and MA student who also completed her Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Louisville. Her academic interests include creative writing, screenwriting, and the study of feminist, socialist, and LGBT literature. Her favorite TV shows are King of the Hill and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and her favorite movies are Parasite and Gone Girl

Kendyl Harmeling

Kendyl is a Master’s GTA who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early American History with a minor in Ethical Philosophy from Western Connecticut State University. She is from Newtown, Connecticut and comes to Louisville, and the field of English, because of her passion for Writing Center pedagogy and practice. One of her professional goals is to direct a writing center in her post-doc future. When Kendyl is not working in the English Department and is not in class, she enjoys writing poetry; playing with her cat, Salem; and exploring her adopted city of Louisville.

Ian Hays

Ian is a first year graduate student working toward an MA in Rhetoric and Composition. He views language as the practical analogue to conceptual expression, and, while working toward his degree, hopes to expand his understanding of the relationship between rhetoric and world view. His interest in this line of thinking was birthed early on, as he spent the first seven years as a student in a Spanish Immersion program—one where, for half of every day, disciplines like math and science were taught entirely in Spanish, by teachers predominately from Central and South America. He also has dozens of relatives throughout rural Appalachia he maintains close contact with. His interests include low-fiction, creative non-fiction, and identity as defined in a media saturated age. Outside of university, Ian enjoys biking, hiking, and writing essays on contemporary culture; as well conversations with everyday people throughout whichever community he finds himself in.

Andrew Hutto

Andrew Hutto is a first-year graduate student pursuing a degree in English. He received his BA in English from the University of Louisville. His critical research focuses on 17th-century British literature as well as René Girard's theory of mimetic desire. Recently he was awarded third place in the 2020 Flo Gault Poetry Prize and second place in the second annual Poetry Derby hosted at Churchill Downs. In the summer of 2019, he served as a preliminary judge for the Louisville Literary Arts Writer's Block fiction prize. Presently he serves on the Pine Row Press editorial board. His poetry appears in Thrush Poetry Journal, Cathexis Northwest Press, Math Magazine, Poet Lore, High-Shelf Press,Twyckenham Notes, and elsewhere.

Ayaat Ismail

Ayaat is a first-year English MA student. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English at UofL. Her interests are in sociolinguistics and British Literature with a focus in feminism and social class. Her love of language was developed at a young age having been raised in a bilingual household. She is from Chicago, Illinois and loves watching baseball as an avid Cubs fan, and spends the rest of her free time reading and writing. 

 

Zoë Litzenberg

Zoë, a San Diego native, is joining the Writing Center with a background in Humanities and Creative Writing. A true enthusiast for all facets of academia, Zoë loves how the writing process can empower and embolden any student of any discipline to be more effective in their field. Right now, her research interests include children’s literature, the pedagogy of leadership, the writing theory for the student-athlete. When not in the Writing Center, Zoë is probably working out, dancing, watching movies, laughing, or doing all of four at the same time.

Demetrius Minnick-Tucker

Demetrius loves the University of Louisville and am excited to help students find confidence in their abilities as writers! A few interesting facts: He is an Atlanta native. He loves reading the classics of literature. He played college basketball. Friendships are really important to him. His favorite event in Louisville is attending summer-time Shakespeare in the Park plays. His favorite books are the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. His favorite line in poetry is from George Herbert: "Love Bade Me Welcome/ Yet guilty of dust and sin I drew back." He is excited for all we will accomplish together as a community of writers this semester.


 

Lauren Cline

Lauren is a second-year English MA student. She earned her BA in English and American language and literature from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her research interests largely revolve around the application of feminist, sociological, and rhetorical theory to classic British texts. She is also very much intrigued by the evolution and structure of the English language itself. Outside the realm of academia, Lauren enjoys exploring Louisville with her  Labradoodle, traveling whenever she gets the opportunity, watching crime dramas and wildlife documentaries, and spending time with her family in Tennessee.

Spenser Secrest

Spenser is a first year M.A. student from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in English with a minor in history from McDaniel College in 2019. While at McDaniel he served as an editor for both the college’s newspaper and literary magazine. His areas of interest include modernism, 20th Century American literature, and Marxism, with an emphasis on cultural hegemony. Outside of the classroom he enjoys reading, creative writing, hiking, and binge watching movies on Netflix.

Emma Turner

Emma Turner is an English MA student. She received her BA in English and Women’s and Gender Studies from Lindsey Wilson College in May 2020. From 2018-2020, Emma served as a peer Writing Center Consultant in the Writing Center at her undergraduate institution and began to develop an ever-growing writing pedagogy. During this same time, Emma published several papers in undergraduate research journals on topics ranging from Greek literature, Wuthering Heights, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and Dolly Parton. Her research interests have continually been a mixed bag; however, she always loves what she is studying.