Jared Featherstone, M.F.A. - University Writing Center Coordinator - email@example.com
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 Schubert, Ph.D. candidate - Peer Education Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Briggs, M.F.A. - Faculty Fellow - email@example.com
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 Jefferson, M.A. - Faculty Fellow - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Emiline Buhler email@example.com
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 Caperton firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Grandinetti email@example.com
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 LaFreniere firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Zimmerman email@example.com
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.
Rudy Barrett firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Chandler email@example.com
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 Cline firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Deitrick email@example.com
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 DiRuggiero firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Eyring email@example.com
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 Garabedian firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Harlow email@example.com
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 Hirschhorn firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Hudson email@example.com
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 Hudson firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Jarvis email@example.com
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!'
Alexis Keene firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Alice Koganova email@example.com
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 Livezey firstname.lastname@example.org
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 McGuigan email@example.com
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 Michelli firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Nutter email@example.com
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 Prendergast firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Reetz email@example.com
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 Sharp firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Simmons email@example.com
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 Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Walsh email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Drew Watt email@example.com
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.
Chelsea Woods firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Rachael Diemert email@example.com
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 Pittman firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Touey email@example.com
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.
Kurt Schick, Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Griggs email@example.com
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 Powell firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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