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 111H - 112H) with at least a 3.0 average or above, log in to LionJobs and look for an opening.

Current Center for Writing Excellence Staff



Emma Hall


Major:  Journalism and Digital Media Production
Minor: Professional Writing
Role:  Writing Consultant (Certified Tutor)
Writing Strengths: Content Development, Creative Writing, and Sentence Structure
Biography: Emma is a senior at the University of North Alabama. She was born in Huntsville, Alabama and has been writing poetry most of her life. Emma's dream is to be able to write her autobiography from anywhere in the world. For now, she enjoys having fun with friends, playing instruments, and hiking.


Dani Whisonant


Major:  English Literature
Minor: Spanish
Role:  Writing Consultant (Certified Tutor)
Writing Strengths:  Grammar/Mechanics, Academic Writing, Organization, and Sentence Structure
Biography: Dani is a graduate student at UNA. She is studying Rhetoric and Composition in hopes of one day becoming a college professor. She is an alumni of Alpha Delta Chi. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and spending time with friends and family.


Megan Parris



Major:  Collaborative Education
Role:   Writing Consultant (Certified Tutor)
Writing Strengths: Content Development, Grammar, Outlining, and Organization
Biography: Megan is a junior at UNA. She is currently the president of the Elementary Education Undergraduate Research Team, a COEHS ambassador, and a member in Alpha Delta Pi. She plans on getting her master's in either Instructional Leadership or Library Media. When Megan is not studying, she enjoys watching scary movies on Netflix and spending time with friends.


Dr. Kathleen Richards

Kathleen Richards
Role:  Director
Biography: Dr. Richards has a master's degree in English literature from UNA and a doctorate degree in English composition and TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Richards has been teaching at UNA for approximately sixteen years. For the first couple of years as an adjunct 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 support they provide for students. Dr. Richards has been directing the UNA Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) for nine 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 to assist students in writing across the disciplines.