Assistant Professor, Director of the University Writing Center
Sterne Library 175C
(205) 996-7179

Research and Teaching Interests: Composition and Professional Writing Pedagogy, Community Engagement, Writing Centers

Jaclyn Wells. Office Hours: By appointment

  • BA, Knox College, English
  • MA, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, English
  • PhD, Purdue University, English (emphasis in rhetoric and composition)

I direct the University Writing Center, where we help UAB students with all types of writing. I love watching students work through ideas and improve as writers in the UWC, and I love supporting and mentoring UWC tutors as they do this important work.

In addition to directing the UWC, I teach courses in first-year composition and professional writing. In many of my courses, I try to create opportunities for students to engage with Birmingham. Students in my courses have collaborated with Inglenook Elementary School​, Inglenook Library, and Workshops, Inc. in Avondale.

My primary research interests include writing center administration, community engagement, and faculty writing practices. My book, Partners in Literacy: A Writing Center Model for Civic Engagement (co-authored with Allen Brizee) describes the research and process behind a three-year partnership between the Purdue University Writing Lab and two adult literacy programs in Lafayette, Indiana.

In my free time, I enjoy going to ballgames with my husband and visiting Railroad Park with my beloved dog, Travis.

  • Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Writing in the Community (special topic)
  • English Composition
  • Writing in Birmingham
  • Tutoring Writing
  • Reviewer, Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society
  • Southeastern Writing Centers Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Faculty Fellow, UAB Service Learning