Meet the Staff

The Center for Writing Excellence is staffed by student writing consultants who are highly trained and come from majors across the campus, including education, English, history, and more. All writing consultants are required to attend a semester-length training course that teaches writing and research processes, writing across the disciplines, interpersonal communication skills, and office policies and protocols.

If you are interested in applying for a job at the Center, and if you have completed the General Education writing sequence (EN 111-112 or EN 121-122) with at least a 3.0 average or above, log in to LionJobs and look for an opening.

Current Center for Writing Excellence Staff:

J. Michael Beaver

Michael Beaver

Majors: Computer Science and History

Minors: Mathematics and Philosophy

Roles: Consultant

Strengths: APA, Editing, Revising, Organization, Argumentation, Logic, the Socratic Method


Michael is a senior, and his majors include computer science and history, while his minors include mathematics and philosophy. He is a four-year veteran of the writing center, and he enjoys working with students from history, English, philosophy, mathematics, and computer science courses. Michael also works as a mathematics fellow for the Mathematics Learning Center. In July 2013, Michael completed a major research project as part of a study abroad program under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Bibbee, Associate Professor and Chair of the History  Department. After completing his undergraduate degree, he hopes to pursue graduate school. He enjoys wearing tacky Christmas sweaters and contemplating the future. "Hmmmmm...."

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Olivia Brady

Olivia Brady

Major: Secondary Education: Social Science

Roles: Consultant

Strengths: Organization, Grammar, Creative Writing, Persuasive Writing


Olivia is a junior at UNA. She runs cross country and track, and she is passionate about anything to do with running. Olivia is in the Honors Program and the President of the Infinity Project. She loves being outdoors and volunteering at the local animal shelter. On sunny days you may find her at the park in her hammock or by the river taking pictures. Olivia's dream job is to teach at the college level and coach cross country.

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Bethany Pierce

Major: Language Arts/Secondary Education

Minor: German

Role: Consultant/Writing Fellow

Strengths: Brainstorming, Outlining, Documentation, Revising, Grammar, Argumentation, and Blogging


Bethany is a senior. She hopes to teach English in Germany after completing her undergraduate degree. In her spare time, Bethany enjoys traveling, reading Young Adult literature (she refuses to grow up), writing blogs, and spending time outdoors.

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Courtney Geiger

Courtney Geiger

Major: Elementary Education

Role: Consultant

Strengths: Organization and Grammar


Courtney grew up in Madison with her mom, dad, and little sister. She graduated from Bob Jones High School where she was active in the arts programs, National Honor Society, and the yearbook staff. Courtney plans to graduate from UNA in 2016 with a degree in Elementary Education. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, singing, going to church, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Bri Palmer


Major:   Film and Media Digital Production
Minor:  N/A
Role:    Consultant
Strengths:     MLA and APA Formats, Revising, Editing, Organization

Bri is a junior at UNA. This is her second year working in the CWE. She is also a lab assistant in the communications department at UNA, and she holds the position of secretary in the UNA Film Club. She enjoys screenwriting, cinematography, and other aspects of filmmaking. After she graduates, she hopes to one day work in the film industry.

Annelise Kennedy


Major:    Psychology and Professional Writing
Minor:   N/A
Roles:  Consultant/Writing Fellow
Strengths: APA, Grammar, Development, Theses, Argument, Organization, Audience Analysis

Biography:   Annelise is a senior. She has been involved in multiple research projects in the Psychology Department and one in the English department. She hopes her involvement in research will prepare her for graduate studies in Psychology. Outside of school, she likes to spend her time binge-watching television and movies, reading, cooking, and playing video games.

Mollie Schaefer


Major:      Art/Digital Media
Minor:      Public Communication
Role:   Consultant
Strengths: Revision, Organization, Argumentation, Invention, Creative Writing

Biography:  Mollie is a junior at UNA pursuing a degree in art and public communication. When she is not in the writing center, Mollie can be found dashing across campus leaving a trail of art supplies and scribbled notes in her wake. She has served as the Art Club president and is the current chair of the Student Welfare Committee of SGA (Student Government Association). In her spare time, Mollie can be found fawning over food she cannot afford, writing in her journal, or strolling through downtown Florence, Alabama. She has a love of writing that is shared through original songs, and she quite enjoys writing captivating lyrics that most people can relate to. When she grows up, Mollie hopes to inspire a love of art and creativity in others through education. 

Mary Beth Willcoxon


Major:    Digital Media and Animation
Minor:    N/A
Role:  Consultant
Strengths:   Revision, Word Choice, Sentence Structure, Organization, Grammar

Biography:   Mary Beth's favorite movie is The Princess Bride, and her favorite book is Howl's Moving Castle. She enjoys reading, writing, and drawing and is a member of the Art Club and the Disney Alumni Association.

Rachel Morgan


Major:   Professional Writing
Minor:   Spanish and Digital Media Production
Role:   Consultant
Strengths:  Organization, Brainstorming,  Grammar
Biography:  Rachel is a member of the Honor's Program at UNA. In her spare time, she likes to read and spend time with friends. She loves to listen to music by Fall Out Boy and All Time Low. After she graduates, she wants to go to graduate school and eventually teach at the college level.

Mae-Lee Colwell-Shockley


Major:   English/Language Arts
Minor:  Art History
Role:  Consultant
Strengths: Outlining, Researching, Formatting, Revision, Brainstorming
Biography:    Mae-Lee is a junior at UNA. She hopes to one day teach English at a Community College level. In her spare time she enjoys reading horror and crime novels, writing book reviews, and working on her novel that she will never finish. She is a member of the UNA Art Club and often spends time at the Wesley Foundation.

Rachel Sweigard


Major:   English/Language Arts Secondary Education
Minor: N/A
Role:  Consultant
Strengths:   Brainstorming, Organization, Formatting, Argumentation, Editing, Revising, Grammar
Biography: Rachel is a senior at UNA and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies and is actively involved in the Multicultural Club at UNA. Rachel plans to teach English/Language Arts at the middle or high school level upon graduation and hopes to pursue a graduate degree shortly thereafter. She enjoys medieval literature, modernist poetry, and works by diverse authors. Her favorite book is a tie between 1984 by George Orwell and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and her favorite poet is T.S. Eliot. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time outdoors, and running.

Katie Spillman


Major:  Social Work
Minor:   N/A
Role:  Trainee
Strengths:  N/A

Katie is a Decatur, Alabama native where she grew up with her parents and two siblings. She is now a sophomore majoring in Social Work and hopes to one day work as a guidance counselor. In addition to working in the writing center, Katie also works at Collier Library. In her free time, she likes to curl up inside with a good movie and Chinese food. During the summer, she works as a SOAR Counselor, which is her favorite extracurricular activity. Katie also enjoys reading, writing, going to church, and visiting her two-year old niece. 

Dr. Kathleen Richards

Dr. Kathleen Richards

Role: Assistant Director


Dr. Richards has a Master's degree in British Literature from UNA and a Doctorate in English Composition and TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Richards has been teaching First Year Composition for approximately seven years and ESL courses for two years.  For the first couple of years as an adjunct, part-time English composition instructor, she often volunteered to work in writing centers as a tutor. While tutoring and teaching students in English composition, she became fascinated with writing centers and the work that they do for students. Dr. Richards has been directing the UNA Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) for three years. In order for the writing consultants at UNA to be the very best, she initiated the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC), sponsored by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). Students at UNA can be assured that the writing consultants in the CWE have gone through extensive tutor training and are fully capable of tutoring students in writing across the disciplines.  

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Spring & Fall

In-House Consultations:

Mon - Thurs: 9:00am-9:00pm

Fri: 9:00am-3:00pm

Online Consultations:

Mon - Thurs: 2:00pm-4:00pm & 6:00pm-8:00pm

Fri: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Summer I & II
(June and July Sessions)

Mon-Thurs: 12:00pm-5:00pm

(Check the CWE scheduling page at for availability.)


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