Workshop Facilitators



Master of Arts, Professional Writing

Beth has been working at the University Writing Center since 2009. Though an English teacher by training, her love of the logic of science, her predilection for concision, and her ability to work with dense technical writing have contributed to her working predominately with students writing in the sciences and/or in graduate school. When she is not working, she spends time with her cat, Darcy.


Master of Arts, Written Communication: The Teaching of Writing
Bachelor of Science, English Language

Bryan has been a writing consultant at EMU since 2014 and began serving as the University Writing Center Satellite Coordinator for the College of Health & Human Services in 2017. He is a part-time lecturer who teaches writing intensive classes in both the School of Nursing and the Health Administration Program. Bryan enjoys working at the writing center because it gives him the opportunity to work one on one with students and to witness firsthand as they learn about themselves and grow as writers. In his free time, Bryan likes listening to a broad range of music genres (blues, rap, rock, classical, R&B, pop, folk, etc.) and going to concerts; spending time cuddling with his cat, Olivia, while watching Netflix shows like "The Umbrella Academy," "Stranger Things," and "Peaky Blinders"; going to museums; drawing and painting; and getting his geek on by regularly playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends.



Ph.D. in Educational Studies
Bachelor of Arts in English Secondary Education

Kaia earned her Ph.D. in Educational Studies at EMU and wrote her dissertation on the topic of writing pedagogy in secondary schools. She attended EMU for her BA and McMaster University in Canada for her MA. As a consultant for the UWC for a few years and a teacher of written composition at a community college, Kaia loves talking with and learning from all kinds of writers. She is also interested in equitable education and educational technology. While much of Kaia's life revolves around writing and teaching, she also enjoys creating art, cooking and baking, caring for houseplants, and spending time with her cat.



Doctoral Candidate, Educational Leadership
Master of Arts, Written Communication: Teaching of Writing

Kim has been consulting and serving as Associate Director of the University Writing Center for more than ten years. She is grateful for the many wonderful teaching and learning opportunities that she has had at Eastern, including teaching first-year writing and the peer tutoring course and being trained in Reading Apprenticeship and Cognitive Coaching. She enjoys helping writers explore topics, develop ideas, and find their own voice in their writing. Outside of work, Kim likes to read, write, walk, garden, study at coffee shops, and spend time with family and friends.


Master of Arts, Children's Literature
Bachelor of Arts, Children's Literature

Kristi has been a consultant at the University Writing Center for four years, while she worked to complete both her undergraduate and graduate degree in Children's Literature. In addition to her work with the UWC, she is also a First-Year Writing Instructor. She loves to be a mom, read, write, learn, listen to podcasts and cross-stitch in her "free" time, as well as consult with a variety of different writers from the UWC, YpsiWrites, and the Washtenaw County Writing Center for Secondary Students.


Master of Arts, Literature
Master of Arts Certificate, Teaching of Writing

In addition to consulting with the UWC, Laura is a part-time lecturer in the First-Year Writing Program (WRTG 120 and WRTG 121) and in Nursing (NURS 300W). She began her career teaching English and history at the high-school level, moving to EMU in 2015 as a graduate assistant in Literature, the First-Year Writing Program (FYWP), and the University Writing Center (UWC). After graduation, she continued as a part-time lecturer in First-Year Writing and a consultant with the UWC. In 2019, she became an associate director of the FYWP. Laura's focus in the UWC is on working with graduate students, faculty, and nursing students. Her close work with faculty and graduate students has led to numerous publications and co-authorship of an article currently in press.



Pursuing Master of Arts in Creative Writing

Marie (she/her) is a creative writing graduate student, and she is a graduate assistant for the Writing Center and First Year Writing. She also graduated from Eastern with a Bachelor's degree in creative writing and two minors in literature and art history. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked in the Writing Center as a receptionist and then became a writing consultant her last semester as a senior. Marie has a passion for poetry and Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, and she has been on two study abroad trips to Italy. She loves helping students become more comfortable with writing, and she looks forward to supporting students in the writing process.


Master of Arts, Women's and Gender Studies

Rachel earned her Master of Arts from EMU in Women’s and Gender Studies, with a concentration in Educational Leadership, where she also worked at the UWC as a writing consultant during her undergraduate and graduate years. In addition to working with the UWC, Rachel is currently a part–time lecturer in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department (WGST 200 & WGST 202), and also teaches writing intensive courses (BMMT 300W). Outside of reading, writing, and teaching, Rachel spends most of her spare time with her partner and their 1 year old son, gardening, baking or being outside. 


Master’s Degree in Linguistics 
Bachelor’s Degree in English Language

Shelby started attending Eastern Michigan University in 2012. During the five years she pursued her bachelor’s degree, she worked at the student paper, The Eastern Echo. It was her first job and it launched her into the academic writing world. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she pursued her Master’s in linguistics, during which time she joined the First Year Writing Program as an instructor. 

Now, Shelby teaches at both Adrian and EMU. Winter 2022 will be her first semester with the UWC.

Shelby is most passionate about helping students learn that they are not “bad” writers, they just have their own unique voice.


PhD, Rhetoric & Communication
Master of Arts, Teaching of Writing
Bachelor of Science, Written Communication: Technical Communication

Rhonda earned her PhD in Rhetoric & Professional Communication from Iowa State University and worked for several years in the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering Program in Technical Communication. At U of M, she taught writing to students in computer science, electrical engineering, robotics, environmental engineering, and bio-engineering. Now she’s returned to her roots as an Eastern Eagle, where she earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees and worked as a part-time lecturer and writing consultant in the nursing program. Rhonda’s “free time” is spent doing personal writing and research, leading small groups in writing and creativity, and volunteering as a producer for her church.

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