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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:

Bethany Pierce

Bethany Pierce

Majors: Language Arts/Secondary Education
Minors: German
Roles: Consultant/Writing Fellow
Strengths: Brainstorming, Outlining, Documentation, Revising, Grammar, Argumentation, and Blogging
Biography: 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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Bri Palmer

Bri Palmer

Majors: Film and Media Digital Production
Role: Consultant
Strengths: MLA and APA Formats, Revising, Editing, Organization
Biography: 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.

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Annelise Kennedy

Annelise Kennedy

Majors: Psychology and Professional Writing
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.

Mary Beth Willcoxon

Mary Beth Willcoxon

Majors: Digital Media and Animation
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.

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Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan

Majors: Professional Writing
Minors: 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.

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Mae-Lee Colwell-Shockley

Mae-Lee Colwell-Shockley

Majors: English/Language Arts
Minors: 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.

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Rachel Sweigard

Rachel Sweigard

Majors: English/Language Arts Secondary Education
Roles: 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.

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Katie Spillman

Katie Spillman

Majors: Social Work
Role: Trainee
Strengths: N/A
Biography: 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.

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Dr. Kathleen Richards

Kathleen Richards
Role: Assistant Director
Biography: 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 nine 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 four 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 tutortrac.una.edu for availability.)

 

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