Composition Program Contacts

Dr. Andrea Olinger

Director of Composition 

Andrea Olinger

Humanities 320
(502) 852-3051

Dr. Olinger joined the faculty in 2014 after receiving her PhD in English with a specialization in Writing Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her current research focuses on how writers in different disciplines understand and practice “style." She is also a co-founder of the UofL  Discourse and Semiotics Workshop  and a Co-Coordinator of the CCCC Standing Group on  Writing about Writing  pedagogies.

Her research broaches a wide range of topics, including writing across the curriculum/writing in the disciplines; metalinguistic awareness and linguistic (and semiotic) flexibility; language and literacy ideologies; methods of discourse analysis, qualitative research; second language writing, translingual approaches to writing; literacy and composition studies.

Linda Baldwin

Administrative Specialist

Humanities 315C

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. 

Jeb Herrin

Assistant Director of Composition

Photo coming soon.


Humanities LL04D


OFFICE HOURS: Mon. 2:00-3:00 p.m.; Wed. 2:00-4:00 p.m., and Fri. 12:00-1:00 p.m. (All office hours in HM LL04D)

Bio coming soon.      

N. Claire Jackson

Assistant Director of Composition  

Humanities LL04D
(502) 852-6060

OFFICE HOURS:  Mon. 2:00-4:00 p.m. (HM LL04D) & Wed. 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Virtual)

I’m a Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition with research interests in writing program administration, writing pedagogy, and transfer. I’ve been teaching first-year composition since 2012 and used to teach high school English in rural Maine. While working with several dual credit programs, I saw first-hand how writing program administration directly affects student learning and the ways in which student writers adapt to new writing contexts. I’m thrilled to be part of the ADC team and hope to continue my work fostering successful transitions from high school to college.


Dakoda Smith

Assistant Director of Composition 

Humanities LL04D


OFFICE HOURS:  Tues. 1:30-3:30 (HM LL04D)  & Thurs. 1:30-3:30 (BAB 217) 

"I am a Ph.D. student in Rhetoric & Composition with teaching interests in multimodal composition and LGBTQ literacies. I began teaching as a Master’s student at Oklahoma State University, where I eventually became an adjunct instructor and a mentor for new instructors. I’ve also taught composition and developmental writing at Oklahoma City Community College. I like to design assignments that engage students in applying course concepts outside the classroom—whether it be campus groups, popular culture, digital spaces, or their local communities. Please come chat with me about all of the above."