University Writing Center
Ekstrom Library, Room 312
University of Louisville
MEET THE STAFF
2012 Writing Center Administrators
Bronwyn T. Williams, Director
I love to write and to teach writing. I have been involved in some form of writing or teaching of writing for all my professional life and I never get tired of it. So 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, and I hope that my teaching provides opportunities for students to realize such moments and achievements. I have had a broad range of teaching experiences in composition and rhetoric, literature, creative writing, popular culture, and journalism. My department webpage is located at https://louisville.edu/faculty/btwill02 and my professional blog at http://bronwyntwilliams.com.
Adam Robinson, Associate Director
Adam attended the University of Louisville and has worked for the University since 2006 as a Writing Center Consultant, Part-time Lecturer in the English Department, Academic Counselor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and now as Associate Director of the Writing Center. When he has time, Adam likes to hike, play guitar, and play softball.
Robin Blackett, Program Assistant, SR.
Robin is a longtime Louisvillian by way of Los Angeles. She enjoys reading mysteries and cooking. She considers it great fun working in the Writing Center and meeting all the diverse people who work in and use the Writing Center.
Ashly, Assistant Director
Ashly is working on her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. Before attending Louisville, Ashly went to school at Texas State University and New Mexico State University. In rare moments when she's not hiding under a pile of books, she enjoys action and sci-fi movies filled with plenty of one-liners, fights, and explosions. Also, ice cream and salsa, but not together.
Jennifer, Assistant Director of the Virtual Writing Center
Jennifer is a third-year PhD student researching Latino migrant worker literacy practices and sponsorship. She also volunteers as a technology instructor at the Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs. A Texas native, she received her MA in English with a Rhetoric and Composition focus from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Other academic interests include rural/agrarian literacies, as well as petro-rhetoric/literacies of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) communities.
Nancy, Assistant Director
I am currently working on my PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at UofL. Before moving to Louisville, I was a Communication Skills instructor of various academic and professional writing courses at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon where I also received my MA in Applied Linguistics and BA in Education (with a concentration in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)). My research interests include translingual writing pedagogies; planning and creating new multilingual initiatives in college writing programs and writing centers; language and language-in-education policies; new media and composition pedagogy; writing program administration; and the politics of international research. In order to cope with the overwhelming academic pressures of graduate school, I enjoy the pleasures of cooking, ignoring calorie counts, exchanging recipes with new friends from all around the world, doing yoga, and mostly skyping for hours with family and friends back in Beirut.
Tika, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Writing
I am a fourth-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition program at U of L. I hail from Nepal, where I did my Master’s in English literature in 1998 and taught Writing, Literary Theory, Business Communication, and Non-Western studies for nine years in graduate and undergraduate programs at Tribhuvan University, and Pokhara University, Kathmandu. I have also taught courses in English composition at U of L for five years. I am fond of travel writing, and love to write both fictional and creative non-fictional pieces. My research interests include transnational rhetorics, multilingual and digital literacies, and cultural studies. When I’m not buried in books and digital gears, I turn up in the community – reminiscing mountain and hillside trekking; playing tennis, soccer; organizing events; singing; and playing with my kids.
2012 Writing Center Consultants
Alex hails from the mighty city of Erie, PA, home of Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame member Sam Jethro. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2012 with a BA degree in English coupled with a concentration on African American literature. He is a first year MA student at the University of Louisville, and hopes to concentrate his studies on cultural rhetoric. In his spare time, Alex enjoys playing handball, writing music reviews, and working with underprivileged youths.
Amy is originally from Flemingsburg, Kentucky, and received her B.A. in English from Transylvania University. She is ridiculously excited to be pursuing her M.A. in English and working in the Writing Center. Past relevant experiences include work as a writing coach and as a professional writer. Past irrelevant experiences include rappelling, hiking, singing, reading, and thinking about the mysteries of life. All you really need to know is that she's here to help, and that she will do her best to understand before seeking to be understood.
Brit is a Louisville native who recently earned a BA in English with a minor in Modern Culture from the University of Louisville, and is currently pursuing a master's degree. She is also a writer, critic and editor whose primary fields of interest are speculative fiction and queer literature, especially when the two coincide.
Daniel is a first year master's student at the University. Daniel received his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Louisville in 2012. Rather than taking time off between degrees in order to experience the real world, Daniel opted to continue his academic career immediately. When not reading dense philosophy, critical theory, or modernist literature, Daniel can be found running trails through the city’s many parks or enjoying some of the city’s many bars and restaurants.
Katelyn earned her BA in English from Indiana University with a concentration in writing and literature. While there, she was fortunate enough to enjoy the company of friends who introduced her to the Louisville open mic scene and persuaded her not only to stand up in front of strangers, but shout poetry at them as well. In her spare time she enjoys discovering new books, fine wine, hot coffee, and listening to movie soundtracks. In addition to savoring the honey of poetry, she has a tendency to get lost in the medieval brilliance of English literature, particularly the words of Tolkien and Lewis.
Originally from the Ozarks of southwestern Missouri, Lauren received her B.A. in English and Humanities (Interdisciplinary Studies concentration) with a minor in Spanish from the University of Louisville in May 2012. She also graduated magna cum laude as a university honors scholar. As an undergraduate, Lauren studied abroad in London, taking in the sights of the authors who have inspired her love of modernist literature, namely Virginia Woolf, on whom she wrote her senior honors thesis. When she’s not pinching pennies in hopes of one day getting back to the U.K., Lauren looks forward to her position as the Morton Chair Assistant and her role as a graduate teaching assistant. Her hobbies include spending entire days in art museums, theatre productions, knitting, vintage fashion, eating Indian food whenever she can convince someone to go with her, and sunflowers.
Mandi is from Yazoo City, Mississippi. She completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology-Anthropology at Millsaps College in Jackson, where she specialized in Mayan archaeology. Due to the immenent end of the Mayan calender (December 21, 2012), she plans to get an M.A. in Creative Writing forseeing that Mayan archaeology will be obsolete after this date. She hopes to use her writing to engage in meaningful artistic expression between herself and her readers. Mandi is a Gemini and enjoys travelling, speaking Spanish, Led Zeppelin and sipping wine at the end of a long day with her friends and her cat, Frank.
Meagan used to be a small-town homeschooled student from White Mills, Kentucky, so forgive the quirks that come with the territory. She graduated from Lindsey Wilson College with a BA in English and minor in Women’s Studies. She enjoys reading contemporary literature and fashion blogs, discussing/practicing feminism, cooking, and funny pictures of cats.
Michelle was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but grew up in Louisville. She graduated with a B.A. in news/editorial journalism from Western Kentucky University. Michelle loved telling other people's stories in her (short) journalistic career and is thankful for the chance to help other people tell their own stories. Off campus, Michelle spends most of her time involved in a local church. She also enjoys: all kinds of outdoorsy stuff, cooking, elaborate crafts, running, watching Burn Notice, and dancing (poorly).
Sam has spent most of his life just across the river in Southern Indiana. He was born and raised in Marengo before graduating from the University of Southern Indiana in 2008. For the last few years, Sam has worked both in ministry and more recently as the Editor of a regional magazine. Among other interests, he enjoys reading, writing, cycling, and running. Sam visits New York City as often as his schedule and bank-account allow and hopes to someday call the Big Apple home.
Despite being mistaken for an out-of-towner, Scott has lived in Louisville, Kentucky nearly all his life, save for an accidental but educational one-year stint in Lexington, Kentucky. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Louisville and hope to teach college composition and publish fiction on the side. When not working on writing projects, Scott loves to travel, hike, and learn new concepts, particularly surrounding the culture of the American South. His motto is, "If you don't know what to write, organize an expedition."