Jared Featherstone, M.F.A. - University Writing Center Coordinator - email@example.com
Jared Featherstone directs the University Writing Center and teaches courses in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA 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.
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.
Lucy Green, M.F.A. - Writing Specialist - email@example.com
Lucy Green 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 Review, Sojourners 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.
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.
Brian Caperton email@example.com
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.
Mackenzie Oberndorfer firstname.lastname@example.org
Mackenzie Oberndorfer is a graduate student in English and dreams of retiring someday by a river and owning a whitewater rafting company. In the interim, however, she plans to pursue her Ph.D. and become an English professor and medievalist. Her research interests primarily relate to power dynamics and church history in medieval and early modern Europe. Mackenzie earned her B.A. in English at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and worked post-graduation at a mental health clinic as office manager in her hometown, Virginia Beach, VA.
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.
Chelsea Woods firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsea Woods is a WRTC graduate student. As an undergraduate Psychology and WRTC major, she served as a First Year Orientation Guide (FROG) and 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.
Rudy Barrett email@example.com
Rudy Barrett is a senior 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.
Lauren Bruno firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Bruno is a junior WRTC major. She is involved with Greek Life on campus and enjoys volunteer work. In her free time, she enjoys reading biographies, writing new humorous lyrics to pop songs, and attempting to cook. Her academic interests include technical writing and research methodology. After graduation, Lauren hopes to find a job that will utilize and emphasize writing skills.
Maya Chandler email@example.com
Maya Chandler is a senior 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.
Chris Deitrick firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Deitrick is a senior 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.
Juliana Garabedian email@example.com
Juliana Garabedian is a senior 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.
Haris Ghayas firstname.lastname@example.org
Haris is a junior 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.
Julie Hirschhorn email@example.com
Julie is a senior 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Hudson is a senior 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!
Alexis Keene email@example.com
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.
Christiana McGuigan firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Christiana! She is a senior 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 email@example.com
Allison Michelli is a senior 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.
Donya Mossadeghi firstname.lastname@example.org
Donya Mossadeghi is a senior Communication Studies major and WRTC minor. She is President of Low Key co-ed a cappella group and is a general member of both Alpha Sigma Alpha and Lambda Pi Eta. Donya also writes for a feminist discourse blog called ShoutOut JMU. She is a Red Hot Chili Peppers super-fan, coffee addict and a pretty squirmy book worm. In her free time, Donya loves to play guitar, travel and listen to music. She is pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter, and hopes to make her dreams a reality, in the near future.
Taylor O'Donnell email@example.com
Taylor O'Donnell is a Junior SMAD Major with a WRTC minor as well as a Studio Art minor. She is involved with Greek Life on campus as well as volunteering her time off campus. On her free time she enjoys reading all types of books, relaxing outside, baking, or going on an adventure. After graduation, she hopes to find herself working at place where she can be creative and hopefully do some traveling.
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.
Catarina Riggi email@example.com
Catarina Riggi is a senior WRTC major and Biology minor. Like most beach bums, she enjoys longboarding, listening to music on the beach, and swimming in the ocean. Upon graduation Catarina has the goal of finding a job that will allow her to travel and experience new cities and people.
Kody Sharp firstname.lastname@example.org
Kody Sharp is a senior Communication Sciences and Disorders major with a minor in Exceptional Education. He is often seen do-wopping around campus with his Exit 245 brothers, or on stage inciting laughter with Maddy Night Live. He hopes one day to help people everywhere overcome their hearing loss and disabilities, but for now being a master of The Office trivia will have to suffice.
Erik Simmons email@example.com
Erik Simmons is a senior 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 senior 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.
Katie Utne email@example.com
Katie Utne is a junior WRTC and German double major. She enjoys running and is a member of JMU's Club Cross Country and Track team. In her spare time, she can be found hanging with friends or reading (probably one of the Harry Potter books in German). After graduation, she hopes to become an editor for a book publishing company.
Mo Waldman firstname.lastname@example.org
Monique Waldman is a sophomore majoring in Biotechnology, in the process of declaring a minor in WRTC. She also works for UREC’s Adventure program at the High Ropes Course and as an Adventure Trip Leader. She spends her free time singing and playing the ukulele, climbing rocks, skiing, and other various means of enjoying the great outdoors. She intends to obtain her PhD in Biomedical Engineering to research autoimmune diseases.
Kurt Schick, Ph.D. email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Stephen Briggs - Faculty Fellow, 2013 - 2014
Lauren DiRuggiero - Peer Tutor, 2013 - 2014
Jennifer Eyring - Peer Tutor, 2013 - 2014
Justin Grandinetti - Graduate Assistant, 2013 - 2014
Alice Koganova - Peer Tutor, 2013 - 2014
Kelly Reetz - Peer Tutor, 2013 - 2014
Kellie Waryn - Peer Tutor, 2013 - 2014
Drew Watt - Peer Tutor, 2013 - 2014
Daniel Zimmerman - Graduate Assistant, 2013 - 2014
Emiline Buhler - Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2014
Haley Cline - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2014
Kellie Harlow - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2014
Eric LaFreniere - Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2014
Kirstyn Nutter - Peer Tutor, 2012 - 2014
Kristin Gatti - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2014
Taylor Hudson - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2014
Adrian Jarvis - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2014
Alexa Livezey - Peer Tutor, 2011 - 2014
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