Meet the Staff

Administrative Staff:

Carolyn

Carolyn Wisniewski, Director 

As a writer, teacher, and scholar, I’m committed to the particular learning that takes place during the one-to-one teaching of writing. Before joining the Workshop as its Director, 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 includes qualitative and quantitative studies investigating the processes by which novice teachers of college composition develop pedagogical habits of mind and expertise in teaching writing. 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. I am also currently working with a team of writing center consultants to wrap up a mixed-method, comparative study of face-to-face and online tutorial sessions.

Though I come to Illinois most recently by way of Indiana, PA, I have also spent time in Tennessee, Arkansas, Idaho, Washington, and Michigan. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy cooking, reading hardboiled fiction, hiking, visiting natural history museums, and walking around town with my horgi (huskey-corgi mix), Barley, and my Great Pyrenees, Booger (from Boogertown Gap, Tenn.).

Debbie

Debbie Carrier, Office Manager 

I have been working at the university for almost 26 years. I have been with the Writers Workshop for 3 years. If you have a question about the Writers Workshop, I’m a great person to ask!

María

María C., Assistant Director 

I am a PhD candidate in English with a concentration in Writing Studies. My research interests include the literacy practices of Latinx students, Spanglish, archival historiography, and writing center and writing program theory and administration. I have taught Rhetoric 105 “Writing and Research” and INFO/WRIT 303 “Writing Across Media.” I particularly enjoy working with writers in the early stages of their writing processes and on long-term projects. Languages(s): English and Spanish. 

Evin

Evin G., Assistant Director 

I am a PhD candidate in English with a concentration in Writing Studies. My research interests include public rhetorics, rhetorics of memory, gender and rhetoric, and writing center and writing program theory and administration. I’ve taught Rhetoric 105 “Writing and Research,” Rhetoric 233 “Advanced Composition,” INFO/WRIT 303 “Writing Across Media,” and a series of technical writing and writing in engineering courses. I especially enjoy working with writers in the beginning stages of the writing process and on professionally-oriented documents, like personal statements and resumés. Language(s): English.

Xochitl

Xochitl E., Office Assistant

I am a senior in Social Work. I’ve been at the Writers Workshop since the spring. I look forward to helping you all this semester!

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Consultants: 

Adrian

Adrian C. Supply Chain Management and Information Systems

I have done volunteer English tutoring for international students, specializing in  expanding colloquial vocabulary and general familiarity with English. I have also co-authored a short research study on the effects of interdisciplinary writing skill transfer. Language(s): English and Cantonese.

Allison

Allison K. English / Writing Studies

I am currently a PhD Candidate in the Center for Writing Studies, my research
interests include writing centers, writing program administration, writing in college residence halls, and supporting graduate writers. At UIUC, I’ve taught Rhetoric 105 and Rhetoric 233 and have worked with ePortfolios via the Grand Challenge Learning initiative. In the Writers Workshop, I find it especially rewarding to help writers brainstorm ideas and to work with writers on long-term projects. Language(s): English. 

Ashley

Ashley O. Nutrition

My overall research interest is in understanding how dietary patterns drive disease incidences and formulating prevention strategies. Currently, I study the molecular mechanisms behind the consumption of frying oil and breast cancer recurrence. I have tutored in the Writers Workshop for three years. I have worked on several manuscripts, 1 of which is published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research and another will be coming out soon in Cell Proliferation. I also contribute to a blog for the American Society of Nutrition. Feel free to look for my work! Language(s): English.

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Aumaine G. English — MFA in Creative Writing

I have taught Writing and Research and Introduction to Poetry courses and have four years of tutoring experience. I also am currently the Managing Editor of Ninth Letter literary journal and work as a freelance copyeditor. Language(s): English.

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Autumn W. Curriculum and Instruction/Language and Literacy Education

I have a B.A. in Rhetoric and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. I worked as the Assistant Director of the Center for Writing Studies for three semesters and I have taught seven semesters of advanced composition courses in Writing Studies and Education. Mentoring and working one-on-one with students to improve their writing has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my academic career. Language(s): English.

Brendan

Brendan M. English and Political Science

This is my third year at the Writers Workshop, and my sixth year as an academic tutor. While I enjoy working with all writers on any form of composition, I am very interested in the development of novice or first year writers, specifically in classes such as RHET 105, MACS 101 and 100-200 level English courses. Outside of the classroom, I am involved in the College Honors Program, the Daily Illini, Amnesty International and Student Advocacy Coalition. Language(s): English and Spanish (Proficient).

Bri

Bri L. English/ Writing Studies

I’m a third-year doctoral student in the English department affiliated with
the Center for Writing Studies. At Cal State San Bernardino, I earned my M.A. in Composition with dual emphases in literature and applied linguistics, and I possess a certification in Teaching English as a Second Language. Here at Illinois, I have taught both Rhetoric 105 and Informatics 303: Writing Across Media. I can assist you with any traditional or multimodal text that you’re working on, and I particularly enjoy working with writers on long-term writing projects. Language(s): English.

Cait

Caitlyn B. Speech and Hearing Science/Speech-Language Pathology

I have experience as a TA in the department of Speech and Hearing Science for the following courses: Evidence-Based Practice, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, and Disabilities in the Media. I am also currently an Academic Coach for Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) and have enjoyed helping students through coaching for two semesters. Language(s): English.

Carrie

Carrie J. Curriculum and Instruction

I am a PhD student in the College of Education, and my research interests are tied to writing instruction, multimodal composing, and writing studies. This is my third year at the Writers Workshop as a consultant. I also have taught English and writing methods courses for the College of Education and before that, I was a secondary English teacher in New York City. Language(s): English and some Spanish.

Charles

Charles T. History of Education

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Education in Education, Policy, Organization and Leadership. My undergraduate degree was in American History and my minor was in English. I have worked at the Writers Workshop before and find it an extremely enriching experience. Language(s): English.

Cherish

Cherish R. English and Community Health

I’ve been a Fastweb Writer and Education Justice Project Editor since 2017. I’ve worked in the Writers Workshop since September 2017 but have tutored for about four years. In 2018, I conducted and presented research about the connection between tutoring methods and perceived success in Writers Workshop consultations. My seven years of debate background make me an ideal reviewer of argumentative essays and speeches, but I’m also experienced at reviewing application essays, resumes, and cover letters. Language(s): English.

Daniel

Daniel M. Environmental Engineering

Hello, my name is Daniel Mendoza and I am obtaining my M.S. in Environmental Engineering. I received my B.S. in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley, where, under the Civil Engineering Department, I served as a teaching assistant for 2 years and head teaching assistant for 1 year. As a TA, I aimed to incorporate different avenues of learning to promote learning in students from different backgrounds, and I hope to continue that trend here at UIUC. Language(s): English.

Eileen

Eileen W. Linguistics

This is my second semester working at the Writers Workshop. I have experience as a teaching assistant for Spanish tutoring lessons and am currently pursuing a certification in Teaching English as a Second Language. When not at the Writers Workshop I work at the Intensive English Institute on campus. Language(s): English and Hindi.

Erin

Erin G. English; GWS and Queer Studies Minors

Erin is a graduate student who teaches in both Gender and Women’s Studies and Rhetoric. Their research focuses on environmental humanities and the impact of pollution on the future. In the Writers Workshop they especially enjoy working on personal statements and citation. Language(s): English. 

Gabby

Gabby R. Labor and Employment Relations

Gabby is completing her Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree and is the Graduate Assistant at SCS Career Services. She attended UIUC for her undergraduate career and studied Organizational Psychology, Interpersonal Communication, and Leadership Studies. She served as a Teaching Assistant for the course Leadership in Groups and Teams, Leadership Paraprofessional at the Illinois Leadership Center, and Research Assistant in two Psychology research labs. She was granted Departmental Distinction for her Bachelor’s Thesis Construct Validity of the Entrepreneurship Interest Scale. Language(s): English.

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Helen M. English

I teach literature and composition courses in the English Department and have served as an Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program. This year is my fourth year at the Writers Workshop, where I’ve been a consultant, Assistant Director, and volunteer. I am completing graduate certificates through The Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (HGMS) and The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. My research focuses on the migration of memory in Armenian, Palestinian, and American Indian/First Nations literatures. Language(s): English and Armenian.

Hilary

Hilary M. Musicology

Hilary Brady Morris is a PhD candidate who has just returned from a year of dissertation research on Himalayan lutes in Nepal; she specializes in writing about music and sound. She enjoys all stages of the research and writing process and has years of experience tutoring STEM students in writing in the humanities. As a tutor, teacher, and learner, Morris is especially interested in understanding and utilizing diverse learning processes, especially for students with cognitive disabilities such as ADHD. Language(s): English. 

Isabelle

Isabelle C. Teaching English as a Second Language

I graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in English literature and Spanish and tutored Spanish and academic writing at USF and the local community college for over two years. While at UIUC, I have taught ESL 511 “Written and Oral Communication” and ESL 522 “Intro to Business Writing” and am a founding editor of iō Literary Journal, a publication for diverse and under-represented writers and artists. Language(s): English and Spanish.

Jacob

Jacob S. English and History

Beyond tutoring with the workshop for one semester, I have a personal interest in creative writing (and the various forms it comes in) and I would be more than happy to work with you on these types of documents as well as the standard sort of academic papers/presentations/etc. I also have had a fair amount of experience in other jobs where I would routinely work with people whose first language is not English. Language(s): English. 

Jessica

Jessica T. English/Creative Writing (Poetry)

I have taught both Rhetoric 105: “Writing and Research” and Creative Writing 106: “Intro to Poetry,” and have two years of experience as a writing tutor. While creative writing, literary criticism, and researched, argumentative essays are my main areas of expertise, I’ve worked in genres ranging from lab reports to commencement speeches. I hold degrees in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently serve as the Assistant Poetry Editor for the literary journal Ninth Letter. Language(s): English. 

Lisa

Lisa C. Global Studies in Education/Writing Studies

I received my MA in Teaching ESL, with a specialization in Writing Studies, at UIUC and have taught at universities in China and Vietnam, Boston, California, New York, and Illinois. I am now working on a PhD in Global Studies in Education, focusing on changing approaches to writing in increasingly multilingual classrooms. I began my work with English language and writing when I lived in Amsterdam, NL for twenty years–as an academic editor, teacher, short-story writer, and pirate radio presenter. Currently, I also teach at the Intensive English Institute, volunteer with the Education Justice Project training incarcerated men to teach ESL and assist international graduate students and their families at Orchard Downs housing, as a Community Aide. Language(s): English and Dutch.

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Liz M. English and Medieval Studies

I have 5 years of experience teaching writing and 2 of tutoring experience. I am happy to work with any kind of writing at any stage (even if you’re just thinking about what to write!). Language(s): English. 

Makayla

Makayla D. History

I am a senior undergraduate student with a History major and an English minor. Moving into my last year at the University and second and third semesters as an undergraduate consultant, I am especially looking forward to working with writers that are new to the workshop. I focus on writing in the social sciences and humanities for my own studies but I am excited to work with anyone on anything! Language(s): English. 

Nick

Nick S. French and Italian

I am a PhD candidate in French Studies with a primary interest in theater and a minor in Cinema Studies. Having just completed my dissertation, I am prepared to work with writers on everything that goes into completing a long-term project: brainstorming, outlining, revising, etc. I also enjoy working with writers on the small details: topic sentences, transitions, sentence structure, etc. I believe that writing is a process and I am excited to help writers work through that process and achieve their writing goals in the Writers Workshop. Language(s): English and French.

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Rachel S. English

When I’m not at the Writer’s Workshop, I am currently serving as one of two Assistant Sports Editors for The Daily Illini, so I am more than willing to look at writing outside of C/E/A papers; in fact, creative writing and writing for journalism courses are some of my favorite things to work on with students. Language(s): English. 

Sam

Sam O. Creative Writing

Writing Tutor at high school (~1 yr), experience in editing and technical writing, specialization in creative writing and narrative as well as in grammatical science and general writing craft. Language(s): English. 

Sarah Z

Sarah Z. Library and Information Science/Public Librarianship

I received my BA in History with an emphasis on American history of marginalized populations, with a minor in Creative Writing from Knox College. During my undergraduate years I was also a frequent TA in fiction writing classes and workshops and served as a writing tutor for three years. I am now pursuing my Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a focus on public librarianship at UIUC. I am comfortable with consulting with writers at all levels and across disciplines, but I particularly enjoy working with writers on their personal statements, cover letters and resumes, in fiction writing, and on organizational concerns. I also enjoy working with writers from science fields as a consultant outside of the discipline in working on clarity. This will be my second year at the Writers Workshop. Language(s): English and very limited French.

Sean

Sean O. Business Administration

Currently hold a BBA in Marketing and a MEd in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Experience in APA, Business communication, and Creative Writing. Language(s): English. 

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Sullivan B. Cinema Studies and Creative Writing

I am a senior undergraduate in Cinema Studies and Creative Writing. I’m trained and practiced in writing for Rhetoric, academic persuasive writing, literary/historical analysis, journalistic writing, and creative writing (including short fiction, poetry, and non-fiction). I’ve also had professional experience writing for both marketing and public relations. During my tenure at Illinois, I’ve coached Juniors and Seniors in a number of fields like Finance, the Humanities, and STEM, who are writing job and graduate school application documents, including personal statements, cover letters, and resumes. I’m experienced in both MLA and APA formats. Language(s): English.

Taylor

Taylor S. Business Administration/Human Resources and Industrial Relations

I received my BS in Organizational Psychology with a minor in Business from UIUC. I was involved with Physics Van, Engineering Open House, Model United Nations, MakerGirl, and more. Throughout graduate school, I have worked with the Gies College of Business as a Graduate Career Advisor (specializing in resumes, cover letters, and mock interviews) and as a Teaching Assistant for BADM 508:Leadership & Teams. Language(s): English and Spanish (intermediate).

Tiffany

Tiffany H. Education Policy, Organization and Leadership; Gender and Women’s Studies

I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia speaking English, yet, recognize my speech patterns are rooted in Black English or African American English and a regional dialect, southern U.S. English. Language(s): English and novice to intermediate level in understanding Spanish.

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Tim B. MusicalArts –Performance and Literature (Voice), Musicology

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.

Tony

Tony C. Civil Engineering

I am a Civil Engineering major with a focus in Construction Management. I graduated last year with my Bachelor’s Degree and am now part of the Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) Program. I have spent lots of time tutoring others in writing and especially resumes for the organization I am part of, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Language(s): English and Spanish.

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