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 detective fiction, hiking, 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!

Alexis K., Assistant Director

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.


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


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




Adrian C. Business / Supply Chain Management

I specialize in identifying storylines within texts. I have ample experience working with personal statements and professional writing. Co-authored paper on writing transference, and consulted medium to large-sized firms on business strategy (market penetration, innovation, risk, etc.) Languages: English and Cantonese


Allison S. Social Work

I am a doctoral student in Social Work, previously earning Master of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees, with a double-major in Social Work and Psychology and minor in Spanish. My research focuses on interdisciplinary criminal justice education, utilizing social justice theory and centralized in social work pedagogy. I have experience with a variety of written work, including course assignments in the social sciences and higher education; academic works including peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters; and professional works including resumes, personal statements, and graduate school applications. Language(s): English


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.



Autumn W. Curriculum and Instruction / Language and Literacy Education

I have a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Educational, Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois. I worked as the Assistant Director of the Center for Writing Studies for three semesters and I have taught several 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


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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



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 and mentoring students in writing and STEM. Language(s): English


Erin G. English / Gender & Women’s Studies

Erin has taught a variety of classes in Gender and Women’s Studies, ranging from intro-level courses to upper-level theory courses. They specialize in gender theory, particularly as it relates to the environmental humanities and feminist science studies. Before teaching in the GWS Department, they previously taught writing, including RHET 105 at UIUC. Prior to coming to UIUC, Erin earned a MA in English and a BA in English and Psychology. Language(s): English


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Eva C. Biology / Creative Writing (Minor)

I am a junior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minoring in Creative Writing. I’m an editor for a neuroscience journal here at UIUC, and I enjoy working on all types of writing, especially creative works like fictional short stories and scientific papers or summaries.



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, and this is my second semester with the Writers Workshop. 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. I love working with and learning from students of all different backgrounds and varying levels of writing experience! Language(s): English and Mandarin Chinese



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


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Jan B. Spanish Education

I am studying Spanish Education, but I have years of tutoring experience in both English and Spanish starting from high school and extending into college. I’m excited to work with students working on humanities-related topics and applications, but I am open to helping with anything! Language(s): English, Spanish, and Korean



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

Kat W. Media and Cinema Studies

I’m a MACS major pursuing minors in Creative Writing and Critical Film Production, plus a certificate in International Development Studies. I am also a freelance content creator with experience writing/reading a wide array of texts for a diverse client base, and I am enthusiastic about working with writers of all experience levels across all genres. Language(s): English



Kristin L. iSchool

I’m a graduate student in the iSchool. 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


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Maha K. Political Science / English

I am an undergraduate student studying Political Science and English on the Pre-Law track. As part of my undergraduate research on campus, I have been reading, analyzing, and formulating outlines for academic articles and books. While I love working with all kinds of writing, I particularly enjoy working with academic papers, application materials, and creative texts. Language(s): English, Urdu, Spanish



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


Meghan L. Communication

I’m a junior studying Communication with minors in French & Creative Writing. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a love for writing. So far at UIUC, I’ve written for the Black Sheep and I have worked as a writer and editor for the Daily Illini. In the past, I have done some freelance writing work. I have experience with a variety of different writing genres, from qualitative research to satire to anything creative(poetry, narrative writing, etc). Whatever it may be, I am eager to assist in any way I can! Language(s): English and French



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


Patrick D. Linguistics

I have spent the past 8 years teaching courses in general linguistics, sociolinguistics, and French. My own research focuses on language planning/policy and the sociolinguistics of writing (in both French and English), and I am especially interested in the ways individual writers construct and express their identities through their writing. I am most experienced in writing in the social sciences and humanities.



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


Rose M

Rose M. Creative Writing

I am currently an Undergraduate student that transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Spring 2020. I have previously had my poetry published, engaged in spoken word open mics, and participated in creative writing workshops at multiple universities. I am happy to work with anyone on any piece of writing especially personal statements and writing associated with literature and history. I am also always happy to discuss music and pets, specifically my dog Joan Jett. Language(s): English



Sam O. Creative Writing

I have about 3 years in experience regarding tutoring and consulting in writing, supplemented by about a year’s worth of experience with editing works of technical writing. My specialty is in creative and narrative writing, both of the fictional and nonfictional variety. In addition, I also have extensive experience with grammatical science and the conventions of 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

Tamia M. English

As an English major, I am constantly engaging in some form of writing. I have four years of tutoring experience, ranging from elementary level students to adult learners. My favorite part about working with students is encouraging them to have confidence in their writing, especially for personal statements.


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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