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Faculty Writing Consultants

Jared Featherstone

UWC Associate Director of Writing

Jared Featherstone, M.F.A. 

feathejj@jmu.edu

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Jared Featherstone directs the University Writing Center and teaches courses in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. His interests include mindfulness, contemplative writing, creative nonfiction, service learning, and songwriting. He is a facilitator for the Madison Meditates program.

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Peer Education Coordinator

Laura Schubert, Ph.D. 

schubelk@jmu.edu

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Laura Schubert consults with students and faculty on all kinds of writing, and she teaches for the School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication. She has a Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL and experience teaching English Language Learners. Her most recent project is a first-year writing textbook, co-authored with Dr. Kurt Schick, titled So What? The Writer's Argument. She conducts research on writing center assessment, writing fellows programs, and the intersections between teaching and tutoring.

Lucy Malenke

Writing Instructor and Liaison to CHBS

Lucy Bryan Malenke, M.F.A. 

malenklb@jmu.edu

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Lucy Bryan Malenke is the Writing Center liaison to the College of Health and Behavioral Studies. She also serves as outreach coordinator for the UWC and a writing consultant for students and faculty. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Penn State University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her personal essays, short stories, reviews, and journalism have appeared in Nashville ReviewSojourners magazine, The Georgia Review, and other literary journals and magazines. In addition to all kinds of writing, her interests include wilderness preservation and philosophy, sustainable agriculture, and service learning.

Brian Flota

Faculty Associate

Brian Flota, M.L.I.S. and Ph.D. 

flotabc@jmu.edu

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Brian Flota is the University Writing Center's Librarian in Residence for 2017. He is one of JMU's two Humanities Librarians, and works with the English, Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Theatre and Dance Departments. He received his Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. Prior to that, he earned a Ph.D. in English from The George Washington University in 2006.

Kevin Jefferson

Faculty Associate

Kevin Jefferson, M.A. 

jefferkx@jmu.edu

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Kevin Jefferson is a Faculty Associate from WRTC. He has a background in 19th- and 20th-century British and American literature and a history of long road trips. His teaching and research interests include first-year composition; editing; rhetorics of place, the environment, and the West; and publishing student writing. He works with the student editors and faculty reviewers of the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal (JMURJ) to promote, publish, and share undergraduate scholarship from all JMU disciplines.

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Faculty Associate

Rudy Barrett, M.A. 

barretrl@jmu.edu

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Rudy Barrett is a WRTC faculty member with years of UWC tutoring experience. He is passionate about many geeky things (rhetoric and discourse, graphic novels, Japanese language and culture, video games, horror fiction, art and animation, and tabletop gaming) and a handful of less geeky things (you'll have to take his word for it). This Fall 2017 semester, Rudy is teaching three sections of WRTC 103: Critical Reading and Writing.

Graduate Writing Consultants

Blake Lubinski

Graduate Assistant

Blake Lubinski 

lubinsbn@dukes.jmu.edu

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Blake Lubinski is a 1st-year WRTC graduate student. Her experience includes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, though she is primarily interested in rhetoric and syntax. Specifically, she enjoys advocating for social change and examining punctuation in sentences. During her free time, Blake likes to stay active by running or walking outside.

Undergraduate Writing Consultants

Gabby Baker

Peer Consultant

Gabriela Baker 

baker3gm@dukes.jmu.edu

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Gabriela is a junior SMAD major with a minor in Spanish. She is a member of the JMU Ad Club and Cru and is a staff writer for Bluestone. Her passions include traveling, immersing herself in different cultures, and learning new languages. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, being with family and friends, and gaining a reputation as a sentimental individual. After graduating, she hopes to work for Disney's Multicultural Marketing and Promotions Team.

Amanda Bortell

Peer Consultant

Amanda Bortell 

bortelat@dukes.jmu.edu

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Amanda Bortell is a junior Nursing major with a minor in Chronic Illness. She enjoys outside activities such as spending time with friends, laughing until her abs hurt (just kidding, she doesn't have abs), and eating an overwhelming amount of food. After graduation, Amanda hopes to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.

Keiva Brannigan

Peer Consultant

Keiva Brannigan 

brannikr@dukes.jmu.edu

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Keiva is a sophomore Psychology major with a minor in Criminal Justice on the Pre-Forensics track. She is also a member of the Honors College. She plays for the JMU Women's Rugby team and enjoys traveling, hiking, and music. After JMU, she hopes continue on to graduate school in a Forensic Psychology program.

Matt Cappo

Peer Consultant

Matthew Cappo 

cappomg@dukes.jmu.edu

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Matt is a junior WRTC and English major with an Anthropology minor. When he isn't studying, he enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, video games, and documentaries. He also has a tuxedo cat named Mr. Kitty who monopolizes much of his spare time. Upon leaving JMU, he hopes to work as a technical writer or editor in the NOVA area.

Maria Castro

Peer Consultant

Maria Castro 

castromp@dukes.jmu.edu

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Maria is a senior WRTC major and Anthropology minor. Besides working at the Writing Center, Maria enjoys volunteering at Cat’s Cradle, reading, trying not to burn the house down when she attempts to cook, and playing GameCube with anyone who dares challenge her. Although she’s still not sure where she is headed post-graduation with her writing career, Maria hopes to use the skills she has learned to continue helping others in some way.

KC Collazo

Peer Consultant

KC Collazo 

collazkr@dukes.jmu.edu

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KC is a ESOL Specialist tutor who caters to students working on their writing and communicating in English. She is a senior Hospitality Management, International Affairs, and Spanish triple major with minors in Business, Asian Studies, Chinese International Business and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is also a member of Pi Sigma Epsilon and a Global Duke! KC is fascinated by language and culture after her summers studying and working in China and Spain; she hopes to be the change this world needs.

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Peer Consultant

Olivia DePasquale 

depasqoj@dukes.jmu.edu

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Olivia DePasquale is a senior WRTC major with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric and a double minor in Criminal Justice and Philosophy. Her hobbies include reading, writing, editing, hiking, binge-watching Netflix, going on adventures, and spending time with her friends and her Delta Gamma sorority sisters. After graduation she plans to attend law school and eventually become a professional editor.

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Peer Consultant

Madeline Dunn 

dunnmr@dukes.jmu.edu

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Maddie Dunn is a senior Communication Studies major with minors in WRTC and Political Communications. She plans on pursuing a career in law. For now, she is a part of the Alpha Phi fraternity, the University Program Board, and PRSSA. She absolutely loves music, playing guitar, spending time with family and friends, shopping, and COFFEE. Oh, and she also enjoys writing, of course!

Lydia Erickson

Peer Consultant

Lydia Erickson 

erickslm@dukes.jmu.edu

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Lydia Erickson is a junior studying Communications. Outside of the Writing Center, Lydia is involved in Student Ambassadors, Student Government, and InterVarsity. In her free time, Lydia loves playing tennis, singing, playing the piano, and eating any type of dessert. In the future, Lydia hopes to pursue a career in public relations, patient advocacy, or writing.

Catherine Evans

Peer Consultant

Catherine Evans 

evanscx@dukes.jmu.edu

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Catherine Evans is a senior WRTC major with minors in Humanitarian Affairs and Honors Disciplinary Studies. She is excited to be in her second year as a part of the UWC team. Outside of the Writing Center, Catherine is an editor for the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal, a member of the Society for Technical Communication, and a voter registration volunteer. Catherine’s passion is professional editing, and she hopes to pursue this in her future career.

Annie Farrell

Peer Consultant

Annie Farrell 

farrelap@dukes.jmu.edu

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Annie Farrell is a senior WRTC major with a minor in Creative Writing. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and a news writer for The Breeze. In her free time, she enjoys running, drinking coffee, listening to music, and spending time with friends. While she isn’t sure what she wants to do after graduation, she wants to continue writing and editing in the future.

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Peer Consultant

Jorden Gunessever 

gunessjh@dukes.jmu.edu

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Jorden Gunessever is a senior Communication Studies major with minors in WRTC and British Communications. She is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Away from her academic life, Jorden enjoys surrounding herself with her friends, cooking, dancing, exploring Harrisonburg, playing games, and of course cheering on JMU every chance she gets. Go Dukes!

Alex Hoen

Peer Consultant

Alex Hoen 

hoenag@dukes.jmu.edu

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Alex Hoen is a senior WRTC major with a minor in Creative Writing. She is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and an editor for the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal. She loves to sing, dance, binge-watch Netflix, read dystopian novels, and use up all the baking supplies in any kitchen. Alex plans to pursue a career in professional editing.

Annie Kelley

Peer Consultant

Annie Kelley 

kelle3am@dukes.jmu.edu

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Annie is a senior WRTC and Philosophy double major. When she isn't tutoring, you can find her spending long hours in Carrier and actively participating in the co-ed Honors Fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi. For fun, she likes running, listening to podcasts, and talking to people who like Stranger Things just as much as she does. She is unsure of what the future holds for her, but she's almost certain it will involve lots of writing and lots of thinking.

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Peer Consultant

Marissa Kircher 

kirchemr@dukes.jmu.edu

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Marissa Kircher is a senior WRTC major and Spanish minor. She is a member of STC and a writer for theodysseyonline.com. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, watching Friends, or going to the beach. After graduating, Marissa hopes to work in New York City as a professional editor.

Jessie Kreson

Peer Consultant

Jessie Kreson 

kresonja@dukes.jmu.edu

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Jessie is a senior Business Management major. When she's not having the time of her life in Carrier, she likes to hike, do yoga, online shop, and watch nature documentaries. She also enjoys volunteering at the local animal shelter. Jessie hopes to pursue a career as a Human Resources Manager in the future.

Emmie Lacy

Peer Consultant

Emmie Lacy 

lacyew@dukes.jmu.edu

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Emmie Lacy is a senior SMAD major with a concentration in Integrated Advertising and Corporate Communication and minors in WRTC and Nonprofit Studies. She is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, SafeRides, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also serves on the executive board for JMU's Relay for Life as the Graphic Design Chair. In her free time, she loves to read, listen to music, and daydream of traveling.

Brooke Long

Peer Consultant

Brooke Long 

long4bl@dukes.jmu.edu

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Brooke is a junior double major in Communications Studies and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication with a minor in Spanish. She is a Wyldlife Leader and a staff writer for Bluestone. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, knitting, painting, and swimming.

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Peer Consultant

Caroline Mohan 

mohanct@dukes.jmu.edu

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Caroline is a junior WRTC major with a minor in Political Science. She is a member of Student Government, Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity, and Club Rowing. In her free time, she likes hiking and kayaking with her friends, watching classic films, and drinking coffee.

Mikey Nihen

Peer Consultant

Mikey Nihen 

nihenmj@dukes.jmu.edu

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Mikey is a senior WRTC major with a minor in Spanish. He plans to utilize his WRTC education for web design after finishing his time at JMU. Outside of the writing center, Mikey is an active member of the Club Ultimate Frisbee Team and loves listening to live music. His other interests include visual arts, video games and petting cute, furry animals

Katie O'Brien

Peer Consultant

Katie O'Brien 

obrie3ke@dukes.jmu.edu

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Katie is a junior Media Arts and Design major concentrating in Creative Advertising with minors in WRTC and Studio Art. She is a member of Student Ambassadors and Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, and she loves getting involved on campus and meeting new people. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, working out, traveling, volunteering, drawing, and spending time with friends. She plans to pursue a career in media and eventually wants to become a professional editor.

Nico Penaranda

Peer Consultant

Nico Penaranda 

penaranc@dukes.jmu.edu

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Nico Penaranda is a sophomore English Major with a Secondary Education minor. He hopes to one day become an English teacher and to inspire students as he was inspired by his English teachers. Outside of academics, he enjoys playing guitar, listening to Rise Against, practicing calisthenics or bodyweight training, and wearing his signature leather jacket.

Jenna Skull

Peer Consultant

Jenna Scull 

scull2jk@dukes.jmu.edu

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Jenna Scull is a junior majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in WRTC. Outside of the Writing Center, she is involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters and PRSSA. In her free time, Jenna enjoys playing and teaching tennis, traveling, going to concerts with friends, and watching terribly great reality TV. Looking towards the future, she would love to pursue at least one of her interests in public relations, advertising, community service, or writing.

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Peer Consultant

Aubrey Sharman 

sharmaac@dukes.jmu.edu

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Aubrey is a senior English and International Affairs double major with a Spanish minor. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, listening and dancing to music, and planning trips she hopes to take one day. Aubrey is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity and volunteers with Overcoming Barriers at JMU. She hopes to combine her loves of travel, culture, and service in her future career.

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Peer Consultant

Kristina Shuey 

shuey2ks@dukes.jmu.edu

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Kristina Shuey is a junior SCOM and English major with a minor in Chinese. She enjoys reading books about obscure subjects, eating delicious food (home-cooked preferably), playing video games, and daydreaming about the future.

Jemma Stratton

Peer Consultant

Jemma Stratton 

strattjl@dukes.jmu.edu

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Jemma Stratton is a junior Social Work major with a double minor in Spanish and Family Studies. Her interests include dance, traveling, cats, and bad reality television. She is actively involved in the community service sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma and also participates on the board of JMU Belly Dance. After her time at JMU, Jemma hopes to become a certified Child Life Specialist and work as a patient advocate.

Faith Whittemore

Peer Consultant

Faith Whittemore 

whittefd@dukes.jmu.edu

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Faith is a senior double majoring in English and SMAD, with concentrations in creative writing and digital video and cinema respectively. Outside of the UWC, she enjoys reading, writing, singing, and trying to engage her friends in debates about literary topics she cares about more than they do. She hopes to pursue a master's degree in creative writing.

Administration

Kurt Schick

Director, JMU Learning Centers 
Professor, Writing, Rhetoric, & Technical Communication

Kurt Schick, Ph.D. 

schickke@jmu.edu

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Kurt Schick leads JMU's Learning Centers, teaches courses in WRTC, and consults with any faculty who write or teach writing.

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Administrative Assistant, Learning Centers

Adrienne Griggs

griggsae@jmu.edu

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Adrienne Griggs is the Administrative Assistant for the Learning Centers. She is a proud JMU alum who graduated in 2010. After working for the Capital Area Food Bank, she escaped the hustle and bustle of northern Virginia and moved to Texas. She spent a year interning at World Hunger Relief farm in Waco and returned to the valley because she missed the mountains.

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