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. 

Lauren Fusilier

Assistant Director of Composition

 Humanities LL04D


Office Hours: available via email on Th 2-4, please message me to set up meeting. 

I am a PhD student in Rhetoric & Composition with interests in digital and multimodal pedagogy, issues of accessibility and equity, and writing program administration. I earned an MFA in Fiction from Florida State University, where I began teaching. I then spent five years teaching as an adjunct in New York City, where I gained experience across diverse types of institutions and student populations. My pedagogy strives to make all students feel welcome, while introducing them to a variety of modes of communications. I am invested in creating assignments that tackle pressing social issues and build skills that will transfer outside of the classroom. Thrilled to be joining the ADC team and to help any other teachers who need support!

Brittany Smart

Assistant Director of Composition  


Humanities LL04D
(502) 852-6060

ADC virtual office hours: Tuesdays from 1-3 pm.

Brittany Smart is a graduate teaching assistant pursuing her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville. She earned her master’s in English from Northern Kentucky University, and while there, she had the opportunity to teach composition at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, where she found her love of teaching writing. Brittany also loves creative writing and has published poetry in magazines such as Kansas City Voices, Levee, and Gravitas. Her research interests include the rhetoric of health and medicine, feminist theory and pedagogy, narrative studies in research and writing, digital/multimodal literacy, and teaching information literacy in first-year writing courses. She is so excited to be an ADC, so please feel free to schedule an appointment with her to discuss all things teaching, writing, and research!

 Walker Smith

Assistant Director of Composition 

Humanities LL04D


OFFICE HOURS:  Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 (virtual office hours) 

"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."