Meet the Staff

Administrative Staff:

Dr. Carolyn Wisniewski, Director 

As an administrator, teacher, and scholar, I’m committed to the learning that takes place during the one-to-one teaching of writing. Before joining the Workshop as its Director in 2015, I worked in four university writing centers, an athletic tutoring center, and a non-profit community literacy center. I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in persuasive writing, public writing, writing research methods, composition theory and pedagogy, and writing center theory, research, and practice. My recent research focuses on two areas: (1) feedback on student writing and (2) modes of writing center tutorials. In 2018, I was awarded a research grant from the Council of Writing Program Administrators to support a study of how graduate instructors from across the curriculum learn to respond to student writing. My co-authored research (with a team of writing center consultants) comparing face-to-face and synchronous online tutorials recently appeared in The Writing Center Journal, and I have recently begun a follow-up study comparing experiences across tutorial modes as the Writers Workshop returns to on-site tutoring in addition to our live online and asynchronous online appointments.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy cooking, reading detective fiction, and hiking with my horgi (huskey-corgi mix), Barley, and my Great Pyrenees, Booger (from Boogertown Gap, Tenn.).



Bri L., Assistant Director

I am a fifth-year PhD student in the English department affiliated with the Center for Writing Studies. My research is focused on multimodal composition, digital rhetorics, and identity. I have worked in writing centers at various universities and community colleges since 2006, and I have presented research on writing centers at both regional and national conferences. I earned my M.A. in Composition with dual emphases in literature and applied linguistics at Cal State San Bernardino, and I possess certification in Teaching English as a Second Language. Language(s): English



Liz M., Assistant Director

I am a sixth-year PhD student in English and Medieval Studies. I have 6 years of experience teaching writing, 4 years of tutoring experience, and 5 semesters of experience teaching literature at the 100 and 200 level. My dissertation utilizes frameworks from the field of Writing Studies to examine early medieval writing communities. Language(s): English



Tim B., Assistant Director

I have a research base in Gender Studies and Musicology, specializing in feminism in the Victorian Era. In addition to working on a dissertation focusing on Jenny Lind and her tour with P.T. Barnum (1850-1851), I have also written on Aaron Copland and the McCarthy hearings as an exploration of Copland’s The Tender Land through Gender and Political Studies. Language(s): English


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Frank C., Office Staff

Hi, my name is Frank. This is my third year working for the Writers Workshop, and I am excited for the school year. I am a junior in English and History.



Allison C. Social Work

I am a doctoral student in Social Work, previously earning Master of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees, with a double-major in Social Work and Psychology and minor in Spanish. My research utilizes social justice theory to examine criminal legal content in social work education. I have experience with a variety of written work, including course assignments in the social sciences and higher education; academic works including peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters; and professional works including resumes, personal statements, and graduate school applications. Language(s): English



Caitriona P. Law / Business Administration

As a JD-MBA student, I have experience writing long and short-form assignments in law and business as well as social sciences, including white papers and memos. I also specialize in job application materials and reviewing presentations. Looking forward to working with you! Language(s): English and Spanish



Caroline T. English

Hi! My name is Caroline and I am currently working towards my BA in English. I have always had a passion for tutoring and have four years of experience. Besides consulting, I am also involved in Greek life and the College Honors Program on campus. Language(s): English


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Dan Z. English / Writing Studies

Dan Zhang is a PhD candidate in the department of English and the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to UIUC, she earned a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Secondary Education and taught English Language Arts in Kansas. At UIUC, while pursuing her PhD, Dan keeps teaching a variety of English writing courses and works with writers at the Writers Workshop. Language(s): English, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese


Dani N. Musical Arts: Performance and Literature (Flute) / Ethnomusicology

I have years of experience as a private flute instructor, teaching assistant, and peer writing & research mentor, and am excited to work with writers on a variety of projects from creative, academic, and ethnographic work to applications for grants and jobs and professional documents like contracts and syllabi. I love working one-on-one, with students from diverse backgrounds, and with ESL writers. I am passionate about the writing process as an exercise in self-discovery, expression, and empowerment. Language(s): English and Bulgarian



Devin E. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

I am a doctoral student studying reptiles, amphibians, and their conservation. Prior to graduate school, I worked for two different biodiversity conservation NGOs and briefly for the federal government. I have authored or coauthored more than twenty peer-reviewed scientific publications and written three popular books about keeping pet amphibians. I love working with other science writers and students, and helping people communicate their ideas to the world. Language(s): English and Malagasy


Elizabeth S. Information Science

I have been working as a writing tutor for three years, and I love every minute of it. While my own writing and research focuses heavily on urban queer history, book publishing, and culture studies, I am always interested in working with you on projects outside of my niche. I enjoy helping writers get started on large research projects whether they are an expert researcher in need of an eager listener to bounce ideas off of or if they are approaching their first research assignment. Language(s): English


Erin G. English / Gender & Women’s Studies

Erin has taught a variety of classes in Gender and Women’s Studies, ranging from intro-level courses to upper-level theory courses. Before teaching in the GWS Department, they previously taught writing, including RHET 105 at UIUC. They are especially interested in disability accessibility and supporting writers from all backgrounds. Prior to coming to UIUC, Erin earned a MA in English and a BA in English and Psychology. Language(s): English


Eva C. Biology / Creative Writing (Minor)

I am a senior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minoring in Creative Writing. I’m an editor for a neuroscience journal here at UIUC, and I enjoy working on all types of writing, especially scientific writing and creative writing. Language(s): English



Fredeurika T. Business Administration / Human Resources and Industrial Relations

I am an alum of the University, receiving a dual-bachelors in Psychology and Community Health in 2018. I took a year off and spent time as a recruiter and case management specialist in Chicago Public Schools. I am now in my second year of my dual Master’s program and have lots of expertise in narrative, research, memo, and industry specific writings. I am super excited to be able to meet with you and work on any kind of writing! Happy Writing! Language(s): English and Haitian Creole


Hannah L. Speech and Hearing Science

This is my second year as a writing tutor with the Writers Workshop! I have worked with both undergrad and grad students in various genres, including research papers, personal statements, and even presentations, in addition to other writing assignments. My tutoring experiences have also included being an English tutor and a TA. I’m excited to work with writers of all different backgrounds and varying levels of writing experience! Language(s): English and Mandarin Chinese


Jan B. Spanish Education

As a senior studying Spanish and Education, I have many years of tutoring experience in both English and essay writing, starting from high school and extending into college. This is my second semester working as a Writer’s Workshop consultant, and I’m excited to help students with any writing-related pieces they have, ranging from personal statements to creative pieces! Language(s): English, Spanish, and Korean



Jordan H. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with a primary interest in aquatic ecology. I have published 2 papers in scientific journals from my B.S. at the University of Missouri and completed my dissertation from my M.S. in Biology at Tennessee Technological University. My primary interest is to work with both science and non-science majors on the process of scientific writing, from outlining to finishing a research report for class to publishing in a journal. Language(s): English


Jordan S. Physics

I have been teaching a laboratory physics course for nearly four years now, and have much experience grading scientific writing there. Generally, I am rated very well by my students on ICES forms. Prior to that, I tutored primarily physics for about 5 years. I generally focus on teaching scientific writing and teaching scientists how to communicate their findings effectively. Language(s): English


Julia K. Education/Curriculum & Instruction

I am a graduate student working towards my Master’s in Secondary Education – English. I have had three years of tutoring experience at the University of Washington where I earned my BA in English- Creative Writing. I love working with all kinds of writing, but am particularly excited to help with more personal or creative work. Language(s): English


Lauren S. Communication

I am a second-year PhD student in the Communication department where I study European political rhetoric, and I have a BA in English and French and an MA in Communication Studies. I’ve taught classes in public speaking, composition, and presentation communication, including CMN 111 and 112 here at University of Illinois. I especially love working with multilingual writers! Language(s): English and French


Mackensi C. Education / Curriculum & Instruction

I have an undergraduate degree in Special Education and Language, Literacy, and Writing Education. I have extensive experience in supporting upper-level high school students and undergraduates, with and without disabilities, in the process of researching, outlining, and revision in online and academic spaces. My current studies focus on the creation and teaching of multimodal and non-traditional texts such as oral presentations, film, music, audio recordings, and graphic design. Language(s): English


Maha K

Maha K. Political Science / English

Outside of the Writers Workshop, I am involved in qualitative research with Professor Benjamin Miller, analyzing academic articles related to Aristotle and Neo-Aristotelian Education. I am also the Vice President of the Illinois Trial Team, an organization where we practice trial advocacy and litigation. I am a part of the Muslim Student Association and the Pakistani Student Association as well. At the Writers Workshop, I enjoy working with class essays, personal essays, and creative texts. Language(s): English, Urdu, Spanish


Martha L. English

Martha obtained a dual honors B.A. in English Literature and B.F.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in Women’s Studies at Penn State University; she began tutoring in Fall 2013 and received the Outstanding Writing Tutor Award for the 2015 academic year. She came to the University of Illinois to pursue her doctorate focused on Renaissance literature in 2017. Martha comes to the Writers Workshop with specialized experience working with English as Second Language (ESL), Neurodivergent (ND), and STEM students on every kind of writing imaginable! She looks forward to helping you develop your writing skills. Language(s): English and French (novice)


Meghan L. Communication

As a highly creative person with a deep interest in the craft of writing itself, I have developed expertise in a wide variety of fields, from narrative writing to scientific research to satirical journalism. This past summer, I researched and wrote innovative proposals detailing future engineering feats, which were submitted for review to organizations such as the Department of Defense and NASA. In the past, I’ve worked as an editor for the Daily Illini. I love working with students from all different backgrounds, especially watching people progress and helping them to realize their potential in becoming more potent writers. Language(s): English and French


Mel M. Ethnomusicology / Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (minor)

I am a PhD student studying Ethnomusicology with a minor in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies. I have years of experience as a graduate teaching assistant and as a student writing papers for courses in the humanities. I have written grant applications for research abroad, and would be happy to help you with grant writing. I have enjoyed working with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and I especially love working in the one-on-one setting. I am excited to help you achieve your writing goals. Language(s): English, Russian, and Ukrainian


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Minh N. Bioengineering

I used to participate heavily in speech including impromptu and extemporaneous (politically centered) limited preparation speaking. Additionally, I’ve helped my friends and classmates throughout my high school and college career multiple times on multiple different essays and personal statements. Language(s): English and Vietnamese


Nabilah N. Law

I’ve worked as a tutor since 2017, specializing in academic writing, history, math, and test preparation. I have also worked as a copywriter and editor for small businesses, and have a BA in literature. I especially enjoy helping students write essays for various subjects, do research, and prepare personal statements for professional programs. Language(s): English, Hindi, and Urdu



Neal L. English / Writing Studies

I’m a third-year Ph.D. student in English/Writing Studies, focusing on transnational/intersectional literacies. Prior to being a graduate student at UIUC, I had taught writing domestically and internationally at various educational settings. At UIUC, I have taught Rhet 105 and implemented a wide array of pedagogical tools and methods in my own classroom. In Fall 2021, I’ll be teaching the advanced composition (Rhet.233) on campus. My latest publication focuses on speak affiliations and identity roles during writing conference exchanges. Language(s): English and Mandarin Chinese


Peizhen W. English Literature

I am a Ph.D. student in English Literature focusing on Digital Humanities (Literature + Programming), Nineteenth Century British Literature, Science Fiction, etc. I hold a B.A. in English Literature from Tsinghua University. I have tutored in academic writing for five years, and have taught 100 and 200 level courses in writing and literary studies at UIUC. My research fields are highly interdisciplinary, and I am happy to work with students from humanities, STEM, fine arts, and other areas. Language(s): English and Mandarin Chinese


Rayven M. Education Policy, Organization and Leadership / Gender and Women’s Studies

I am a 3rd year PhD student in EPOL, and I’ve gotten both my B.S. and M.A. from UIUC. With a heavy background in Gender and Women’s Studies, I am very proficient in social justice topics and how to critically analyze texts about race and gender (as well as other identities). Language(s): English and African-American Vernacular English


Rose M. Creative Writing

This is my second semester at the Writers Workshop and I have years of experience in writing and editing from my major. Due to past courses I have taken I especially enjoy tutoring history papers, research papers, argumentative essays, analytical essays, literature essays, creative writing, personal statements, and application materials. However, I am happy to work with anyone on anything and I am always more than happy to discuss and meet pets!   Language(s): English


Savannah B. English / Writing Studies

Hi, I’m Savannah! I am a graduate student in the Center of Writing Studies and been at the Writers Workshop for a year and a half now. I have worked with undergraduates and graduates alike on short- and long-term projects. I taught Rhet 105 for a few years and have briefly studied first-year composition, but I’ve also had the opportunity to work with students in a variety of disciplines. Language(s): English


Tamia M. English

I’m currently a rising senior studying English, and this is my second semester as a writing consultant. I love working on personal statements, helping writers navigate the brainstorming stage, and finding the heart in any piece of writing. Language(s): English


Tiffany H. Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership / Gender and Women’s Studies (Minor)

Prior to being a graduate student at UIUC, Tiffany was a high school social studies teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. She has much experience working with first-generation students and students of color through various programming such as the Principal Scholars Program, Summer Pre-doctoral Institute, and Illinois Scholars Program. Tiffany enjoys providing feedback on all types of writing, especially personal statements, course papers, proposals, and dissertation drafts. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia speaking English, yet, recognizes her speech patterns are rooted in Black English or African American English and a regional dialect, southern U.S. English. Language(s): English and Spanish (Novice-to-Intermediate).


Tracy Anne T. English Literature

Hello! My name is Tracy Anne, and I am happy to help you with a range of writing tasks, but especially developing your argument. I enjoy exploring with you how to put research in conversation with your own ideas. Together we can work towards more effective presentation and critique of evidence and analysis in your writing, and put to work academic writing moves that can help clarify your argument. I specialize in APA style. I have a master’s degree in Folklore and Oral Tradition from the University of Missouri and am now working on my PhD in English Literature at UIUC. I have taught Rhetoric 105 at UIUC and have consulted hundreds of student writers at Penn State Harrisburg, University of Missouri, and Harrisburg Community College in Central Pennsylvania. Regenerative Agriculture is my passion outside of academia and I love compost!



Trayshawn S. Business Administration / Human Resources and Industrial Relations

I was a Graduate Student Resident Advisor for 3 years, Graduate Teaching Assistant for College of LAS, and Student Trustee for 3 years. I have Human Resources Intern experience and received a B.A. studying political science and communications. Writing strengths are professional documents, i.e. resumes, cover letters, and personal statements. Language(s): English



Will S. Clinical Psychology

I’m a senior studying Clinical Psychology and have been with the Writers Workshop since my freshman year. I love working on all kinds of writing but have distinct experience in Psychology/soft science research papers and in creative writing (stories, poems, etc.). I cannot wait to work with you! Language(s): English


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