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

In 2010 Cassie began her career in teaching and studying writing as a graduate student tutor at the University Writing Center. Before returning to the University Writing Center as the Associate Director in 2015, she taught writing and directed a writing center. While at UofL, Cassie earned a Masters in English and a Certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies. She also has a BA in English and Spanish from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Her favorite part of working in a writing center is being amidst a center buzzing with conversation about writing! When she's not working in the writing center or writing her dissertation, she enjoys exploring Louisville, running, cooking, gardening, and traveling.

Amber Yocum

Administrative Associate

Amber is a Louisville native who graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Women’s and Gender Studies and a minor in English. She has over five years of working in education and enjoys helping students discover their passion and potential. 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 the 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, Religious Rhetoric (especially Jesuit Rhetoric), and the Intellectual Dark Web.

Rachel Rodriguez

Rachel Rodriguez

Assistant Director

Rachel is a third year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition. Her love for writing centers runs deep. Before coming to the University of Louisville to study, she worked as the Writing Specialist at an interdisciplinary tutoring center at a community college on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She earned her MA in English with a concentration in Gender from the University of Maine, and her BA in English and Spanish from McDaniel College. Her areas of interest include writing centers, basic writing, disability studies, feminism, and alterity, or the study of Otherness. When her nose is out of a book, it can be found hiking forest trails, painting, or watching period romances.

Aubrie Cox

Assistant Director of the Virtual Writing Center

Aubrie is a second-year PhD student in rhetoric and composition, and recently completed her MFA in poetry at Temple University. She is the co-founder and executive producer of the literary podcast Citizen Lit (citizenlitcast.com), and has acted as an editor for online and print publications in both poetry and scholarship. With six years of teaching first year composition, creative writing, and literature, she is eager to serve the university's writing community in a new capacity. Her current research and writing interests include identity politics, hybrid genre, and writer agency and identity. Aubrie is an avid collector of enamel pins and atmospheric black metal records.

Megen Boyett

Assistant Director for Graduate Student Writing

Megen is a fourth-year PhD student in the Rhetoric and Composition program. She has been teaching at UofL since Fall 2014. Her research interests include transnational feminism studies and bringing community engagement projects into the classroom. She is also invested in motherhood studies, both on and off campus – She has two sweet, funny boys who amaze her everyday! 

Ashley Bittner

Ashley is a second year MA student in English with a concentration on creative writing. It has done most everything, and it has done not a whit of it particularly well. Riding on the coattails of a previous BA in French one can find minors in Physics and Creative Writing, a four year stint in the Marine Corps, and an AA with a focus on Psychology, in that order; and a dozen odd jobs in no particular order. Ash is fond of French electronica artists, contrarian positions, and wallowing in mud when it would be good to be reading instead.

Michelle Buntain

Michelle is a first-year MA student. She grew up in rural Kansas and earned her BA in English at the University of Dallas. She taught English and basic logic for one year at a local high school, and loved it. Her research interests include the power of poetry, the philosophy of art, and literary theory. Outside of school she spends her time volunteering for dog rescues, finding new music, and coming in last place at bar trivia.

Lauren Plumlee

Lauren is a first-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 husband and Labradoodle, traveling whenever she gets the opportunity, watching crime dramas and wildlife documentaries, and spending time with her family in Tennessee.

Tristan DeWitt

Tristan is a first-year graduate student in the English Master’s program. She is a Louisville native and received her BA in English from the University of Louisville. Her interests are in 19th and 20th century American literature and art, as well as historical fiction. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, running, traveling, and art.

Rose Dyar

Rose is a first-year graduate student in the English MA program. She received her BA at the University of Dayton, where studied English and Human Rights. While at Dayton, she served as editor of Orpheus Art and Literary Magazine and worked on the Moral Courage Project, a multimedia storytelling project that highlights the work of human rights defenders along the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas and Juárez, Mexico. She is committed to studying rhetoric because she believes that power is negotiated and (re)claimed through the words we use to tell stories to ourselves and others. She warmly looks forward to working with students and their words.

Kelby Gibson

Kelby is a first-year MA student from rural Illinois. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Denver with a B.A. in English along with a minor in writing and rhetoric. She spent a year working as a substitute teacher and would love to teach at literature at either a high school or collegiate level. She spends the majority of her free time with her dog and her horse.

 

Kendyl Harmeling

Kendyl has come to the University of Louisville from Connecticut, her home state. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in History with a minor in Philosophy from Western Connecticut State University. At the same time, she was introduced to the writing center world or peer tutoring and educational pedagogy and fell head first in love with the field. She transitioned from pursuing a PhD in History to earning her Masters and PhD in Rhetoric and Composition so she could satisfy her new professional goal of becoming the director of a writing center some day. As a New Englander, Kendyl is very excited to settle into life in Kentucky and serve the needs of her peers at UofL!

Olalekan Adepoju

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.

 

Cat Sar

Cat is a first year MA student. A Louisville native, Cat earned her BA in philosophy from UofL. Her academic interest include community narrative and storytelling, poetry, and creative writing. Outside of the classroom, Cat enjoys being outside and chasing new adventures. 

Hayley Salo

Hayley is a first-year English MA student originally from the suburbs of Vancouver, BC. She has a BA in English and a minor in humanities from Simon Fraser University. During and after her degree, she worked in various learning centres with students of all ages. Academically, her main interest is Victorian literature, though she also finds herself revisiting medieval literature and Old English from time to time. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, kayaking, and hiking with her dog.

Shiva Mainaly

Shiva Hari Mainaly is a first semester PhD Student. He is from Nepal, a neighboring country of India and China. He is enrolled in the rhetoric and composition program. He is inclined to view any text, object, and artifact from the socio-politico-cultural angle. Before he came to Louisville, he taught at Tribhuvan University which is the only state-sponsored university of Nepal. He taught at this university for almost ten years. At Tribhuvan University he taught Master’s Degree students in the various courses such as Literary Theories, English Literature, Nepalese Studies, and Oriental Religion. Since the start of his teaching career he has had a sustaining deep interest in Indian mysticism, yogic practices, meditations, and lots of esoteric and occult practices. A scholar with an inquisitive and audacious bent of mind, Shiva is recently interested in cultural adaptations, myths associated with the struggles of immigrants in America and the pang of diasporic people in different western metropolis. The notion that writing is a form of activism has touched the center of his soul. He is jolted into attention upon knowing that writing has a process, follows a process. What impresses him a lot is the fact that process-based approach to writing works undoubtedly for giving a constructive touch to our writings. The first awakening brought forth in his life by the university of Louisville is that even people with average and moderate talent can write well if they abide by the process of writing. The maxim that has been driving Shiva since the start of his college life is-‘Act as if it is a real life and live as if it is an acting’.

 

Kayla Sweeney

Kayla is a Somerset, Kentucky native who received a BA in English for Secondary Teachers from Western Kentucky University. After graduating, Kayla spent a year teaching in Perak, Malaysia with the U.S. Fulbright ETA Program, where she fell in more deeply in love with teaching and Southeast Asian cultures. Before deciding to move to Louisville, she taught high school English for three years in her hometown. Kayla loves working with students of all ages, and helping people be more independent and confident in the writing process! 

Liz Soule

Liz Soule

Liz is a second-year graduate student pursuing a master’s in English. She is from Massachusetts, and graduated from Salem State University with a B.S. in Education and a B.A. in English. Liz has previously worked as a consultant at Salem State’s writing center, where she discovered the joys and fulfillment of working alongside other student writers. Her research interests are rooted in pedagogy as well as the intersection of English and student groups, such as first-year students and non-traditional students. Outside of academia, Liz enjoys swimming, cooking, video games and making best friends with strangers' dogs on the street.