Faculty & Staff Directory

Meet the Team

Professional Writing Consultants

Jared Featherstone

Jared Featherstone, M.F.A. - University Writing Center Coordinator - feathejj@jmu.edu

Jared Featherstone advises students and faculty about writing, and teaches courses in the School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication (WRTC). He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. In addition to developing his own creative work, his interests include online learning, Writing Across the Curriculum, service learning, and the relationship between teaching and tutoring.

Laura SchubertLaura Schubert, Ph.D. candidate - Peer Education Coordinator - schubelk@jmu.edu

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 experience teaching English Language Learners and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL. Her most recent project is a first-year writing textbook, co-authored with 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.

Stephen BriggsStephen Briggs, M.F.A. - Faculty Fellow - briggssd@jmu.edu

Stephen Briggs came to JMU as a freshman straight out of high school, though he earned his B.A. in Humanities from the University of Washington in Seattle. After working in the film industry and as a newspaper columnist, he earned an M.F.A. in Non-Fiction Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. He teaches in the School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication.

Kevin JeffersonKevin Jefferson, M.A. - Faculty Fellow - jefferkx@jmu.edu

Kevin Jefferson is a Faculty Fellow from WRTC, with 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; rhetorics of place, the environment, and the West; and publishing student writing. He's working this year with JMU students and faculty to re-launch and publish JMURJ, the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal.

Graduate Students

Emiline BuhlerEmiline Buhler buhlereg@dukes.jmu.edu

Emiline Buhler graduated from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and Writing minors and is here at JMU for a master's in Scientific Writing. She is studying how writing centers cater effectively to students in all disciplines and hopes someday to use these tactics in teaching researchers to write grant proposals and manuscripts. In her spare time, Emiline likes to waterski, hike, and play guitar.

Brian CapertonBrian Caperton capertbc@dukes.jmu.edu

Brian Caperton recently graduated from JMU with a B.S. in psychology and is pursuing a master's in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. He is an avid musician and traveler, and has been involved in a number of service-learning opportunities throughout his academic career. In the future, Brian hopes to practice crisis intervention in developing communities around the world. 

Justin GrandinettiJustin Grandinetti grandijj@dukes.jmu.edu

Justin Grandinetti is a first year graduate student in JMU's WRTC program, back on familiar ground after earning his B.A. from JMU in Spring 2013. In the future, he hopes to teach at the university level. Justin had to take time away from school in order to find his passion as a student, and he believes this real-world insight can bring a unique and personal perspective to university studies.

Eric LaFreniereEric LaFreniere lafrenea@jmu.edu

Eric LaFreniere likes comic books and role-playing games, and is interested in the evolution / development of speech, writing, and consciousness. He has a master's degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, has presented at numerous academic conferences, and works at the University Writing Center and teaches a GWRTC 103 section.

Daniel ZimmermanDaniel Zimmerman zimmerdj@dukes.jmu.edu

Daniel Zimmerman earned his B.A. in English with a secondary education licensure at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. While at Bryan, he played baseball, studied abroad in England, and worked in the Writing Center. After teaching in the public school system for three years, he came to JMU with his wife Kara to pursue an M.A. in English. His favorite books are from the Renaissance, and his passion is unearthing their theological, philosophical, and historical meanings. He hopes to earn a Ph.D. and to become a literature professor. His hobbies include reading good books, brewing excellent coffee, forming deep friendships, watching the Cincinnati Reds, playing guitar, and discussing the big ideas of life.

Peer Tutors

Rudy BarrettRudy Barrett barretrl@dukes.jmu.edu

Rudy Barrett is a junior WRTC major and Biology minor. He is passionate about many geeky things (graphic novels, Japanese language and culture, video games, horror fiction, art and animation, and tabletop gaming) and a handful of less geeky things (hitting the gym, learning to cook, blaring music, and playing racquetball). His dream is to teach writing at the college level and to make a name for himself with his creative and academic writing.

Maya ChandlerMaya Chandler chandlmb@dukes.jmu.edu

Maya Chandler is a junior majoring in WRTC and Interior Architecture. She loves all things creative, from writing, to sewing, to jewelry-making, and everything in between. She likes road trips, playing and listening to music, and making lists of all the books she will read when she has free time. Maya hopes to travel the globe, and in particular loves cities. She dreams of being an interior designer, a successful art and fashion editor, or a novelist.

Haley ClineHaley Cline clineeh@dukes.jmu.edu

Haley Cline is a senior pursuing a major in Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication and a minor in Nonprofit Studies. She loves to write fiction and is a member of Students Helping Honduras, an organization that focuses on empowering the youth of Honduras by building schools in rural villages. After she graduates, Haley hopes to develop a career with a nonprofit organization that works with orphaned and abandoned children.

Chris DeitrickChris Deitrick dietricr@dukes.jmu.edu

Chris Deitrick is a junior Psychology major and Communication Studies minor. He spends a lot of time with his friends and enjoys playing guitar. He has no idea what he's doing long-term, but he hopes to travel worldwide--as soon as possible.

Lauren DiRuggieroLauren DiRuggiero diruggla@dukes.jmu.edu

Lauren DiRuggiero is a senior WRTC and Communication Studies double major. She is involved in Greek Life and is a member of the Relay For Life Executive Board, an on-campus organization dedicated to raising money for cancer research, awareness, and prevention. She enjoys reading, running, and baking cookies in her free time.

Jennifer EyringJennifer Eyring eyringjm@dukes.jmu.edu

Jen Eyring is a senior WRTC major with a minor in English. She's currently also an intern with JMU's Public Affairs department and loves being able to tell the world how great JMU is. In her free time, she like to explore new places, cook, and cuddle with her cat. After graduation, she wants travel and go on a few adventures before hopefully becoming a PR agent for a nonprofit.

Juliana GarabedianJuliana Garabedian garabejm@dukes.jmu.edu

Juliana Garabedian is a junior majoring in WRTC with a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to write novels and poetry in her free time, and if inspiration hits, to take photographs. Her dream after graduating is to find a place where she can be her crazy, creative self and eventually end up working for Disney.  

Kristin Gatti

Kristin Gatti gattikm@dukes.jmu.edu

Kristin Gatti is planning to double major in Media Arts & Design and Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication, with a minor in Spanish. She is interested in all types of writing and enjoys working with different genres. Her favorite activities include traveling, attending concerts, and going to amusement parks.

Haris Ghayas

Haris Ghayas ghayassx@dukes.jmu.edu

Haris is a sophomore Justice Studies major. He enjoys watching football, and Doctor Who, shopping with friends, and writing short stories. Haris is also a member of the Filipino Americans at Madison (FAM), the JMU Filipino organization He hopes to pursue a career as a civil rights attorney, work for the ACLU, and maybe even have a short story author job on the side.

Kellie HarlowKellie Harlow harlowkp@dukes.jmu.edu

Kellie Harlow is a senior Modern Foreign Languages major with a Spanish concentration and a double minor in Business Spanish and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about other cultures, volunteering, and playing violin and guitar. Kellie hopes to work for an NGO that provides underprivileged people in Latin America with opportunities for upward social mobility.

Julie HirschhornJulie Hirschhorn hirschjm@dukes.jmu.edu

Julie is a junior double major in Communication Studies and WRTC who loves to laugh, learn, and of course, write! She is involved in SGA and the Bluestone Yearbook, and can often be seen at UREC or Mrs. Greens. In her spare time, Julie likes to cook, watch Netflix, or hit the yoga mat. She dreams of being a public relations specialist on the Hill or in the White House, or hosting her own Food Network show. She is passionate about service and helping others learn to love what she likes to do most: write!

Emily HudsonEmily Hudson hudsoneb@dukes.jmu.edu

Emily Hudson is a junior WRTC and Spanish double major with a minor in Nonprofit Studies. She is active in Kappa Alpha Theta and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and she recently studied abroad in Spain. In the future, Emily hopes to work in the nonprofit sector, possibly as a grant writer or translator. Right now, though, she can't imagine leaving JMU!

Taylor HudsonTaylor Hudson hudsontn@dukes.jmu.edu

Taylor Hudson is senior pursuing a double major in Media Arts & Design (with a concentration in Journalism) and WRTC. Taylor hopes to travel abroad through missionary work and travel writing, and, ultimately, to publish a book. She is a Sigma Alpha Omega sister and works as a writer for the Office of Technology and Design. Taylor loves photography, hiking, painting, and playing music--including the guitar, ukelele, or singing. 

Adrian JarvisAdrian Jarvis jarvisah@dukes.jmu.edu

Adrian Jarvis is currently a senior Psychology major, soon to have a minor in Writing. He is an active member of JMU's only comedic improvisational troupe, New & Improv.'d, and hopes that improv will always remain a part of his life. He also enjoys making references to popular television shows, playing racquetball, and 'Suiting up!'

AlexisAlexis Keene keeneah@dukes.jmu.edu

Alexis Keene is a junior Communication Studies major and Music Industry minor in Music Industry. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi, SafeRides, and Greek InterVarsity. In her spare time, she writes music and plays guitar, and you can find her performing all over campus. Alexis hopes to move to Nashville when she graduates to pursue a career in music. 

aliceAlice Koganova koganoam@dukes.jmu.edu

Alice Koganova is a senior Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communications major. She loves learning about different cultures and traveling to new places. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, listening to music, cooking, and watching comedies. She loves to write, especially non-fiction, and hopes to become a technical editor.

Alexa LivezeyAlexa Livezey livezeaj@dukes.jmu.edu

Alexa Livezey enjoys balancing her time between studying and numerous other interests, including photography, music, going to the gym, volunteering, and playing sports. She is involved in a club on campus called Students Helping Honduras which works to better the lives of children living in poverty in Honduras. She is a double major in Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication and Media Arts & Design, and is minoring in Spanish.

Christiana McGuiganChristiana McGuigan mcguigcc@dukes.jmu.edu

Meet Christiana! She is a junior working toward her B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Writing & Rhetoric. On weekends, she plays soccer for her Intramural team and watches MTV's Catfish with her roommates. She enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and eating (sometimes at the same time). She writes poetry and stories and loves helping students develop and refine their personal and professional writing. She hopes to one day become a child psychologist.

Allison MichelliAllison Michelli michelav@dukes.jmu.edu

Allison Michelli is a junior WRTC major and Communication Studies miinor. A lover of all things pink, sparkly, and cat-related, Allison spends her free time indulging in the sweeter side of life. An active member of Gamma Sigma Sigma and the University Women's Chorus, she's often found lending a hand in the community or singing a catchy tune. Her goal after graduating is to write for a fashion, culinary, or lifestyle magazine in New York City

Kirstyn NutterKirstyn Nutter nutterkl@dukes.jmu.edu

Kirstyn Nutter is a senior Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication major with a minor in Creative Writing. She likes editing and taking her pet bunny for hops. In the future, she hopes to travel around the world and to write about her experiences. She will begin this dream after graduation when she travels to Australia.

Caroline PrendergastCaroline Prendergast prendeco@dukes.jmu.edu

Caroline Prendergast is a senior Psychology and Writing and Rhetoric double major with a minor in statistics. She enjoys flexing her creative muscles as a photographer for the Office of Technology and Design. Her academic interests include assessment practices and writing within the sciences. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school to study academic assessment.

Kelly ReetzKelly Reetz reetzkn@dukes.jmu.edu

Kelly Reetz is a senior WRTC major with a minor in English. After graduation, she plans on teaching high school courses in Creative Writing, Composition and Journalism. She also hopes to--one day--write interactive children's novels for students in Special Education programs. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys watching Netflix, snuggling with her Yorkshire Terrier, and eating Double Stuf Oreos.

Kody SharpKody Sharp sharp2dm@dukes.jmu.edu

Kody Sharp is a junior Communication Sciences and Disorders major with a minor in WRTC. He is often seen do-wopping around campus with his Exit 245 brothers, or locked away in his room watching Netflix for hours on end. He hopes one day to help children everywhere overcome their speech and language disabilities, but for now, being a master of The Office trivia will have to suffice.

Erik SimmonsErik Simmons simmonec@dukes.jmu.edu

Erik Simmons is a junior pursuing his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in WRTC. He is a proud brother of Phi Sigma Pi, the honors fraternity, and the assistant head coach of the Harrisonburg High School wrestling team. His hobbies and passions involve sports, reading, and the less generic activity of intentionally positively influencing everyone he meets. Erik is an avid writer, with a passion for the humanities and liberal arts.

Kinzie StanleyKinzie Stanley stanlekw@dukes.jmu.edu

Kinzie Stanley is a junior currently pursuing degrees in Media Arts & Design, and WRTC. After graduating, she hopes to continue her studies in graduate school or law school. In the future, Kinzie would like to be a writer in some capacity, whether as a journalist, a political speechwriter, or a screenwriter. In her free time, Kinzie enjoys cooking, yoga, reading, blogging, kickboxing, hiking, and pretty much any other outdoor activity.

Alison WalshAlison Walsh walsh2ar@dukes.jmu.edu

Alison is excited about becoming a high school English teacher; she loves being at JMU studying English. She enjoys meeting other students and helping with their writing. She loves playing guitar, enjoying the company of friends, and being involved in JMU's YoungLife.

Kellie Waryn

Kellie Waryn warynka@dukes.jmu.edu

Kellie Waryn is a senior pursuing a major in WRTC and a minor in Human Resource Development. She is an Office Assistant at the JMU Orientation Office, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, and part of the Social Media Team for the blog site, HerCampusJMU. Some of her favorite activities are soccer, snowboarding, and spending countless hours on Pinterest.

drewDrew Watt wattal@dukes.jmu.edu

Drew Watt is senior Communication Studies and Writing and Rhetoric double major. He enjoys good music, going on adventures, and learning new things about the world. In his spare time, he longboards, skis, plays basketball, and is always down to try something new. Drew plans on continuing his education after JMU and eventually moving out west to the mountains, where he can ski and explore as much as he likes.

drewChelsea Woods woodscm@dukes.jmu.edu

Chelsea Woods is a senior majoring in Psychology and WRTC. Before she was a First Year Orientation Guide (FROG) this past summer, she spent two years as a Resident Adviser in Shenandoah Hall. Needless to say, she loves working with other students, especially freshmen! On the weekends, Chelsea likes to explore. She enjoys visiting new places—local and as far as the South Pacific. Chelsea is also content in coffee shops and bookstores, as long as she is reading or writing with a chai tea latte. Her dream is to write a book.

Marketing and Outreach Interns

Rachael DiemertRachael Diemert diemerre@dukes.jmu.edu

Rachael Diemert is a senior pursuing a degree in Media Arts & Design, with a minor in Creative Writing. She studied abroad in London and hopes to travel as much as she can in the future. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, and in her free time she enjoys cooking, listening to music, and doing anything active.

Dudley PittmanDudley Pittman pittmawd@dukes.jmu.edu

Dudley Pittman is a senior Media Arts & Design and Writing, Rhetoric, & Technical Communication double major. He is a member of JMU's sketch comedy troupe, Maddy Night Live. He also writes his own online comic strip. Graphic design is one of his favorite hobbies, and he loves the Adobe Creative Suite. Dudley hopes to one day work in television as a writer.

Morgan ToueyMorgan Touey toueyma@dukes.jmu.edu

Morgan Touey is a Public Relations major with a minor in WRTC.  She is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, as well as the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Harrisonburg. Ideally, she will find a career as a journalist or PR representative for a large PR firm in Philadelphia after graduating this May.


Dr. Kurt SchickKurt Schick, Ph.D. schickke@jmu.edu

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

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

Adrienne GriggsAdrienne Griggs griggsae@jmu.edu

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.

Caitlin PowellCaitlin Powell powel2cp@dukes.jmu.edu

Caitlin Powell is the Learning Centers Student Office Assistant and a senior at JMU. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in communication. She is a psychology peer advisor, the activities coordinator for the club Best Buddies, a member of Psi Chi Honors Society, and a teaching assistant for General Sociology. She hopes to go to graduate school and get a license in Marriage and Family Therapy and one day work as a Marriage Counselor.

Hall of Fame: Tutors who have left their mark on the center


Anders Bruce - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2013

Megan Brenneman - Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2013

Michael Farnsworth - Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2013

Alex Husband - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2013

Gwen Kirby - Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2013

Prabin Lama - Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2013

Reba Leiding - MLS - Faculty Fellow, 2012 - 2013

Melissa Psallidas - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2013

Lindsay Ragole - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2013

Christie White - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2013

Andrea Costello - Peer Tutor, 2013

Nathan Gallagher - Peer Tutor, 2013

Katie Grube - Peer Tutor, 2013

Michele Patena - Peer Tutor, 2013

Lindsay Vormack - Peer Tutor, 2013

Carly Botero - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2013

Camille Corum - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2013

Brooke Covington - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2013

Kara Myren - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2013

Sarah Stacy - Peer Tutor, 2011- 2013

Brooke Elliot - Graduate Assistant, 2011 - 2013

Elysia Balavage - Graduate Assistant, 2010 - 2012

Kathy Clarke, MLS - Faculty Fellow, 2011 - 2012

Catherine Elsby - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2012

Kate Kessler, Ph.D. - Faculty Fellow, 2011 - 2012

Erin Lambert Hartman, M.F.A. - Faculty Consultant and Faculty Fellow, 2006 - 2008 and 2011 - 2012

Genevieve LeFranc - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2012

Paul Loman - Peer Tutor & Writing Fellow, 2010 - 2012

Olivia Mankowski - Peer Tutor, Writing Fellow, and Graduate Assistant, 2008 - 2012

Jennelle Martin - Peer Tutor, 2007-2008, 2011-2012

Evan McGrew - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2012

Sam Nowak - Writing Fellow, 2011 - 2012

Justin Thurston - Peer Tutor & Writing Fellow, 2008 - 2012

Courtney Wood - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2012

Ian Woods - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2012

Erica Holsclaw - Peer Tutor, 2012

Kaitlyn Schmit - Peer Tutor, 2012

Spencer Adams - Peer Tutor, 2012

Beth Burghardt - Peer Tutor, 2012

Michael Critzer - Graduate Assistant, 2010 - 2011

Brittany Hinton - Peer Tutor, 2010 - 2011

Karen McDonnell, M.A. - Professional Consultant, 2006 - 2011

Andrea Smith - Peer Tutor, 2010 - 2011

Amy Sullivan - Peer Tutor, 2010 - 2011

Martin Steger - Peer Tutor, 2009 - 2011

Mark Thomas, Ph.D. - Faculty Fellow, 2009 - 2011

Julia Cavalieri - Peer Tutor, 2011

Caitlin Lee - Peer Tutor, 2011

Chris Richardson - Peer Tutor, 2011

Melissa Sherrill - Peer Tutor, 2011

Phillip Smith - Peer Tutor, 2011

Tiffany Bryant - Graduate Assistant, 2009 - 2010

Mike Kern - Peer Tutor & Writing Fellow, 2008 - 2010

Michelle Williamson - Graduate Assistant, 2009 - 2010

Doug Zimmerman - Graduate Assistant, 2008 - 2010

Barbara Brennan - Graduate Assistant, 2008 - 2009

Amy Drewes - Peer Tutor, 2007 - 2009

Michael Moghtader, Ph.D. - Faculty Fellow, 2008 - 2009

Christina Wulf - Graduate Assistant, 2008 - 2009

Patti Ro - Peer Tutor, 2007 - 2009

Alicia Wendt - Peer Tutor, 2007 - 2009

Beth Browning - Graduate Assistant, 2007 - 2008

John Erdos - Graduate Assistant, 2007 - 2008

Ginny Ficker - Peer Tutor, 2007 - 2008

Geraldine Poppke Suter - Graduate Assistant, 2006 - 2007

Kathy Fisher, M.A., 2001-2005

Bob Levy, M.A., 1999-2001

Tu Phillips, 1998-1999

Esther Stenson, M.A., 1995-2007

Mary McMurray, M.A., 1977-1998

Nancy Farrar, M.A., 1976-2006

Betty Hoskins, M.A., 1974-2008