Meet the Staff

Administrative Staff:

Dr. 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 also study online tutorial sessions and have a co-authored piece (with a team of writing center consultants) forthcoming in The Writing Center Journal that compares face-to-face and synchronous online tutorials.

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 Carrier, Office Manager 

I have been working at the university for almost 26 years and with the Writers Workshop for 5 years. If you have any questions about the Writers Workshop, I’m a great person to ask!


Charles T., Assistant Director

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



Bri L., Assistant Director

I am a fourth-year PhD student in the English department affiliated with the Center for Writing Studies. My research is focused on multimodal composition, digital rhetorics, and identity. I have worked in writing centers at various universities and community colleges since 2006, and I have presented research on writing centers at both regional and national conferences. I earned my M.A. in Composition with dual emphases in literature and applied linguistics at Cal State San Bernardino, and I possess certification in Teaching English as a Second Language. Language(s): English




Adrian C. Business / Supply Chain Management

As a business transfer from DGS, I’ve had extensive and varied experience with multiple forms of professional writing. My strengths include business related assessments, resumes, cover letters, etc. Languages: English and Cantonese

Alexis K. English / Writing Studies

I am currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of English with a specialization in Writing Studies. My research interests focus on emergent media literacies and queer/feminist rhetoric. Some of the classes I’ve taught before include Rhetoric 105, Business & Technical Writing, Advanced Composition: Social Media Management, and WRIT 303/INFO 303 –Advanced Composition Writing Across Media (WAM). Language(s): English.


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. 

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Anabel N. English / Journalism

I spent one year as a Copy Editor for the Daily Illini, and have a large amount of journalistic writing experience through my Journalism minor. I am most specialized in creative, analytical, and argumentative writing through my own personal experience as a writer. Language(s): English.


Anita G. Linguistics

I have Master’s in Linguistics and in TESL and majored in English and Spanish as an undergrad. I have taught ESL Academic writing for graduate students, Language and Globalization, Pronunciation for ITAs at the University of Illinois and Pronunciation and Listening and Speaking at U of I’s Intensive English Institute. I have also been a private tutor and editor for almost 10 years. Language(s): English, Korean and Spanish


Anthony G. Political Science / Legal Studies

I’m a major in Political Science, minoring in Legal Studies, with a future in law school. I have interned for various federal agencies, including the EPA, and statewide campaigns. I wrote for the Daily Illini, have participated in NANOWRIMO multiple times, and have 4 years of experience tutoring and teaching. Language(s): English and Russian


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 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 M. English / Political Science

This is my fourth year as a Writers Workshop consultant and my sixth year as a writing tutor. I have previous experience in journalistic writing, policy writing and freelance editing. I’m happy to help with any form of writing and especially enjoy working with application materials and first year/novice-level writers. Language(s): English and Spanish (Proficient)


Caitriona P. Law / Business Administration

As a JD-MBA student, I have experience writing long and short form assignments in law and business as well as social sciences, including white papers and memos. I also specialize in job application materials and reviewing presentations. Looking forward to working with you! Language(s): English and Spanish


Caroline T. English

Hi! My name is Caroline and I am currently working towards my BA in English. I have always had a passion for tutoring and have four years of experience. Besides consulting, I am also involved in Greek life and the College Honors Program on campus. Language(s): English


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 Spanish (Intermediate)

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Dan Z. English / Writing Studies

I like working with writers both in the classroom and the workshop. I have tutored for more than 4 years. During this time, I have worked with students on various types of documents. Language(s): English and Chinese Mandarin & Cantonese


Dani N. Musical Arts: Performance and Literature (Flute), Ethnomusicology

In addition to my work as a classical flutist, I am minoring in Ethnomusicology and Balkan Studies. Recently back from a Fulbright grant to Bulgaria, I am now writing my interdisciplinary dissertation on Bulgaria’s classical flute tradition. I have years of experience as a private flute instructor, teaching assistant, and peer writing mentor, and am excited to work with writers on a variety of projects from creative, academic, and ethnographic work to applications for grants and jobs and professional documents like contracts and syllabi. I love working one-on-one, with students from diverse backgrounds, and with ESL writers. I am passionate about the writing process as an exercise in self-discovery, expression, and empowerment. Language(s): English and Bulgarian


Daniel M. Environmental Engineering

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 in my second year with the Writers Workshop. Language(s): English and Spanish


Devin E. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

I study and write about amphibians, reptiles, and their conservation. I have authored over a dozen peer-reviewed scientific publications, helped describe new species of frogs, and written three books about keeping and breeding amphibians in captivity. Language(s): English and Malagasy

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Eliza S. Creative Writing

I was a part of the editorial staff for the Ninth Letter online edition, and I have years of experience tutoring/mentoring students in writing and STEM. Language(s): English


Fredeurika T. Business Administration / Human Resources and Industrial Relations

I am an alum of the University, receiving a dual-bachelors in Psychology and Community Health in 2018. I took a year off and spent time as a recruiter and case management specialist in Chicago Public Schools. I am now in my second year of my dual Master’s program and have lots of expertise in narrative, research, memo, and industry specific writings. I am super excited to be able to meet with you and work on any kind of writing! Happy Writing! Languages: English and Haitian Creole


Hannah L. Speech and Hearing Science

I am a first year master’s student in speech-language pathology.As a tutor, I have experience teaching English to Chinese students, both children and adults. I also spent several months creating original content by writing weekly blog posts for a language school. In the past, I’ve written three papers that were posted in an online repository and co-written a poster for the Undergraduate Research Symposium, which is published in the IDEALS Repository. Language(s): English and Mandarin Chinese


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 and Tibetan


Jack E. English / Psychology

I am a fourth year English and Psychology student here and I have been tutoring happily and heartily for the Workshop since spring (2020). I am also a social justice educator with the SJEP program and a mental health advocate in an incredible RSO called Active Minds. I love learning, teaching, and meeting new faces. Language(s): English


Jordan H. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with a primary interest in aquatic ecology. I have published 2 papers in scientific journals from my B.S. at the University of Missouri and completed my dissertation from my M.S. in Biology at Tennessee Technological University. My primary interest is to work with both science and non-science majors on the process of scientific writing, from outlining to finishing a research report for class to publishing in a journal. Language(s): English


Kristin L. iSchool

I’m a graduate student in the iSchool, where I’m studying to become an academic librarian or archivist. Before returning to school, I worked as a civil rights lawyer in Mexico and the US. In my work with the ACLU of New Mexico and other immigrants’ rights organizations, I enjoyed collaborating with multilingual college and graduate students on many writing projects. And as a curious and insatiable reader, I love working with writers from all disciplines. Language(s): English and Spanish


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


Liz M. English / Literature

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


Margo C. English

I am a senior majoring in English. I have been tutoring elementary school students for years, and I am excited to work with college students at all stages of the writing process. I particularly enjoy helping students work on academic papers in the humanities field, but I look forward to collaborating with students in all disciplines. Language(s): English and Polish


María C. English / Writing Studies

I am a PhD candidate in English with a concentration in Writing Studies. My research interests include the literacy and language practices of Latinx students, 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


Neal L. English / Writing Studies

I’m a second-year Ph.D. student in English/Writing Studies, focusing on transnational/intersectional literacies. Prior to being a graduate student at UIUC, I had taught writing domestically and internationally at various educational settings. At UIUC, I have taught RHET 105 and implemented a wide array of pedagogical tools and methods in my own classroom. Language(s): English and Mandarin Chinese


Rachita R. Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

I am a PhD student in Global Studies in Education. My research interests revolve around women education and environmental sustainability in developing countries. I have received my master’s in teaching ESL, at UIUC and have taught ESL Academic Writing courses. I am a certified rater for UIUC English Placement Test (EPT). I also work as a community aide for Family and Graduate Housing. Language(s): English and Hindi


Rayven M. Education Policy, Organization and Leadership / Gender and Women’s Studies

I’ve taught English to high schoolers. With a heavy background and minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, I am very proficient in social justice topics and how to critically analyze texts about race and gender (as well as other identities). Language(s): English and African-American Vernacular English

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Rebecca X. Engineering / Computer Science

I’ve tutored at the Writers Workshop for two years and was a writing center tutor in high school for two years. Though I major in Computer Science, I’m also fairly comfortable with physics, math, Asian American studies, English, and history. Language(s): English and Mandarin (Spoken)


Sam O. Creative Writing

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


Savannah B. English / Writing Studies

I tutored at my undergraduate school’s writing center for 3 years before attending UIUC. Here, I have taught RHET 105 for 3 years and am familiar with first-year writing/composition pieces. Language(s): English


Sean O. Business Administration

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


Sullivan B. Creative Writing

Sullivan is a graduate in Creative Writing, with a focus on short fiction and non-fiction. He is trained and practiced in writing for Rhetoric, academic persuasive writing, literary/historical analysis, journalistic writing, and creative writing. He has professional experience writing in both marketing and public relations, and consultation experience for job and graduate school applications in various fields: including Humanities, STEM, and Fine Arts. Language(s): English


Tiffany H. Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership / Gender and Women’s Studies (Minor)

Prior to being a graduate student at UIUC, Tiffany was a high school social studies teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. She has much experience working with first-generation students and students of color through various programming such as the Principal Scholars Program, Summer Pre-doctoral Institute, and Illinois Scholars Program. Tiffany enjoys providing feedback on all types of writing, especially personal statements, course papers, proposals, and dissertation drafts. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia speaking English, yet, recognizes her speech patterns are rooted in Black English or African American English and a regional dialect, southern U.S. English. Language(s): English and Spanish (Novice-to-Intermediate).


Tim B. Musical Arts: 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


Trayshawn S. Business Administration / Human Resources and Industrial Relations

I was a Graduate Student Resident Advisor for 3 years, Graduate Teaching Assistant for College of LAS, and Student Trustee for 3 years. I have Human Resources Intern experience and received a B.A. studying political science and communications. Language(s): English


Will S. Clinical Psychology

I’m a junior studying Clinical Psychology and have been with the Writers Workshop since my freshman year. I love working on all kinds of writing but have distinct experience in Psychology/soft science research papers and in creative writing (stories, poems, etc.). I cannot wait to work with you! Language(s): English

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