Miriam Bellis 2 Miriam Bellis Miriam Bellis received her PHD in English from the University of Miami in 1996. She has tutoring and/or teaching experience at Texas Lutheran College, where she earned her BA, the University of Texas, two universities in the Baltimore, MD area, the University of Miami, and UAB. At the latter, she has taught all but one of the sophomore-level lit. courses (American Lit. I), most frequently American Lit II. and Intro. to Lit. She has also enjoyed teaching Gender Studies courses. Miriam enjoys meeting new people, reading, singing, movie- and theatre-going. Student feedback: “The UWC is the best place ever invented! Miriam was so wonderful and I'll definitely be back soon!”
 Jessica Bonner Jessica Bonner Jessica is an adjunct instructor in the English Department. She graduated in 2010 from Samford University with a dual-major B.A. degree in English and Communication Studies. Then, she graduated from UAB in 2013 with an M.A. in English (Rhetoric and Composition concentration). When she's not at UAB, Jessica enjoys volunteering, hanging with family, tutoring children in subjects like reading and math, and learning more about speech-language pathology. Student feedback: "Jessica was so kind and knowledgeable. She made me feel better about my paper. I don't know what I would have done without her."
Kristy Cleveland Kristy Burkart Kristy Cleveland Burkart is a first year graduate student who completed  her Bachelor's degree in English Licensure from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2013. From 2013 to 2016, Kristy taught English at Theodore High School in Mobile, AL. Kristy is now pursuing her MA in English Literature. Her passions include teaching, 19th century literature, and traveling.  Student feedback: "Kristy was very helpful and allowed me to think outside my essay and look at it differently."
Halley Cotton Halley Cotton Halley Cotton is a last semester graduate student in the Creative Writing program. She specializes in poetry, English as a Second Language (ESL), and tacos. In addition to working on staff with the Birmingham Poetry Review, she is also the senior poetry editor for PoemMemoirStory.

Student feedback: "Great tutor! Super friendly!"
Teresa Davis Teresa Davis Teresa Davis completed her bachelor’s degree at UAB in 2015 with a major in Professional Writing and Public Discourse and a minor in Sociology. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition with the intention of being an English professor. Her research areas include the industrial development of Birmingham and the use of digital media in composition. She enjoys web and brand design, playing World of Warcraft and Pathfinder, and is currently learning fire dancing.  Student feedback: "Excellent tutor. Thank You!"
George George Evans George Evans completed his bachelor’s degree at UAB with a double major in English and History. He is currently pursuing his master’s in English at UAB, with his ultimate goal being to become a professor of British Literature. When not writing an absurd amount of papers, George enjoys hanging out with his wife Emma, playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends, reading books, and eating an unhealthy amount of cheeseburgers. Student feedback: “Patient, understanding, very knowledgeable. He is an asset to the writing center. Thank you!!”
UAB 1 2 copy Andrew Faustmann Andrew Faustmann is an adjunct instructor at UAB. He received his B.A. in Technical Writing from UAH and his M.A. in English with a focus in Rhetoric and Composition from UAB. When he is not teaching, tutoring, or writing, Andrew enjoys watching hours of television and film, enjoying the abundant outdoors with his wife and dogs, and drinking too much coffee. Student feedback: “Andrew was very helpful, especially in sentence phrasing and word choice.”
 Melinda Harrison Melinda Harrison Melinda Harrison earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Arts degree in English Studies, TESOL, from Illinois State University. Her MA thesis focused on the academic literacy needs of students transitioning from an ESL program to first-year composition.

Her professional experience includes teaching English as a Second Language at Illinois State University, Heartland Community College, and UAB's English Language Institute. Currently, she serves as an adjunct instructor in the English Department in addition to her appointment in UAB's Writing Center.

Melinda enjoys working with university students, learning about their background experiences, and serving as a guide to them in reaching their practical and academic writing goals. Melinda spends her time outside the classroom exercising, knitting, reading about writing, and living life with her family.

Student feedback: "Melinda is an excellent tutor for ESL students. Thank you!"
Sarah Goggans Sarah Goggans Sarah Goggans received her B.A. in English with a double minor in Women’s Studies and Sociology from Auburn University in 2010. She received her M.A. in English from UAB in 2016. She will pursue her PhD in  with a concentration in African American literature. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hanging out with her pets, and playing old-school Nintendo.

Student feedback: "Sarah G. was simply AMAZING!!! She made me like English again."
 kathleen kryger Kathleen Kryger Kathleen earned her B.A. in English from the University of Montevallo and worked in the Harbert Writing Center while there. She is currently at UAB pursuing her M.A. in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition and is interested in researching the implications of using creative writing techniques in composition courses. She is fond of running, hiking, practicing yoga, and climbing as often as possible. Kathleen’s food pyramid consists of tamales, cold-brewed iced coffee, and hokey-pokey Squiggles.  Student feedback: "Kathleen was awesome! Really helped me out with my essay!"
Rebekah Rebekah Kummer Rebekah is a second-year grad student who completed her Bachelor's in English with a concentration in linguistics at UAB, and is excited to pursue her interests in composition and rhetoric. She is also interested in incorporating ESL into her studies, and is currently learning Spanish and Portuguese. She loves chocolate, running, and the Oxford comma. Also reddit. AMA! Student feedback: “She made everything so clear to me. Understood me even though I was a little bit confused myself. She knew just what to do and say to help me. Will be back.”
Rachel Landers Rachel Landers Rachel graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2012. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish. At UAB, she received an MA in English in 2015. She is very excited to work at the writing center! Student feedback: “Ms. Landers is very supportive and great help for me when I needed brainstorming ideas.”
Blaire Landry 2 Blaire Landry Blaire is one of the work study student assistants at the UWC. She is a junior honors college student majoring in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Science and minoring in Accounting. She is involved on campus with USGA, Greek Life, CJSO, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. Student feedback: "Everyone at the UWC is so nice and helpful! I love it."
Alex Alex Lewis Alex is an adjunct instructor in the English Department. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in English. She also holds an M.A. in English from UAB. Student feedback: "Alex was really  helpful! She helped me focus on all my problems within the paper, how to look for them, and how to correct them."
Kayla Light Kayla Light Kayla began her academic career at Bevill State Community College in the summer of 2009 as a first generation college student. Once she finished at Bevill, she transferred to the University of Alabama and completed an English degree in December 2013. After completing her B.A., Kayla began pursuing her mater’s degree in literary studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her degree in 2016. She now teaches composition for UAB and tutors in the writing center. Kayla shares three pieces of wisdom: 1. Determination is essential to completing any challenging endeavor.  2. Strong coffee helps with the previous claim. 3 . Carpe Diem is a way of life, not just a phrase!

Student feedback: "Kayla has been super helpful and encouraging to me. She is helping me improve my writing a lot."

Shelby Morris Shelby Morris After receiving her Bachelor's in professional writing, Shelby is pursuing her Master's in rhetoric and composition. When she's not tutoring, she can be found at a coffee shop reading and writing or watching some sitcom from the 90s with her cat. Student feedback: "I learned a lot! Thank you for the help."
Garrett Odom Garrett Odom Garrett received his Bachelor’s degree from UAB and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in English with a focus in Creative Writing. He writes poetry, fiction, and drama, and he is also a staff member of the Birmingham Poetry Review. Outside of writing and never reading enough, Garrett walks in the woods, amateurishly talks about film theory, art, and astronomy, and enjoys manual labor. Student feedback: "I enjoyed my time at the center!! Great job! My best experience with anything from this university."
Kathryn Palmer Kathryn Palmer Kathryn Palmer earned her M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition at UAB. She has over ten years experience tutoring. Exposure to science fiction at an early age has given her an undying love of science and APA style.

Student feedback: “Ms. Palmer was very helfpul. She was very enthusiastic during tutoring. I really appreciate her help."

Nick Nicholas Reich Nicholas Reich recently completed his BA in Literature at UAB and has returned in pursuit of his MA. He believes there is a wealth of character to be gleaned from a person's list of favorites, so - as an introduction - here is a piece of his list: To the Lighthouse (Book), Cormac McCarthy (author), Lost in Translation (film), Modernism (literary period), Sia Furler (person in general), cats (mammal).  Student feedback: "Nick is very smart and welcoming. He also provided great feedback. I learned a lot in 30 minutes. Thanks Nick!"
Elizabeth Simmons Elizabeth Simmons Elizabeth has degrees in English Literature and teaching English as a Second Language. She loves helping UAB students of all levels, majors, and backgrounds feel more confident in their writing. Student feedback: "It was an awesome session with Elizabeth. Will be sure to schedule other sessions with her."
Headshot Amy Thomas Amy Thomas Amy grew up in Jackson, MS, and earned a BA in English from Mississippi State University and an MA in Literature from UAB. In addition to tutoring students in the UWC, she is a professional in the non-profit sector in Birmingham. Her hobbies include talking about doing yoga, checking out new places in town, and pretending like Alabama and Mississippi are all that different. Student feedback: "Amy was excellent. She provided great writing tips, suggestions and feedback on my paper. I am very grateful for the Writing Center and the services that you all provide."
 Joseph Ulmer Joseph Ulmer Joseph received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and linguistics from UAB in 2013 and is now pursuing his MA in English. He is particularly interested in studying how contemporary films, television series and games talk about and interact with our society. He believes anyone can be a capable writer once they overcome their fear and start having fun with the process. Outside of school he enjoys collecting vinyl records and rare pokémon… Gotta Catch ‘em All! Student feedback: "I got a lot of helpful suggestions. Joseph is very insightful."
Jaci Blaze Jaclyn Wells Jaci is the Director of the UWC and an assistant professor of English. She graduated with a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Purdue University and spent two years as an assistant professor at the University of Southern Indiana before coming to UAB in 2012. She enjoys reading, teaching writing, and conducting research to see who really has the best barbeque in Birmingham. Her beloved corgi mix, Travis, occasionally appears in UWC fliers.  Student feedback: "I enjoy each and every one of my sessions and have developed tremendously as a writer since I began going to the UWC."
Maggie Maggie Wiginton Maggie is a sophomore at UAB. When she’s not on campus, she’ll probably be at a music festival or enjoying any type of live music. She has a deep appreciation for caesar salad and nice people, and couldn’t live without Carmex or Tic Tacs. Catch her, headphones in, head bobbing around campus, and decorating the Writing Center’s board, usually with a Drake reference.

Student feedback: "I always enjoy my UWC visits so much, and I benefit greatly. I'll use the UWC for as long as I'm at UAB!"
Zoe Willis Zoe Willis Zoe Willis is a sophomore honors student majoring in Music with a focus on Piano Performance. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, eating, and playing fetch with her dog. Student feedback: "This was my first time at the writing center. I was nervous about going since I had never been before and didn't know anyone. I'm so glad I went! It was so helpful!"