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

Research and Teaching Interests: Composition, Professional Writing, Service Learning, Writing Center Pedagogy

Jaclyn Wells. Office Hours: M/W 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.; and by appointment

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

Jaclyn Wells specializes in rhetoric and composition. She directs the University Writing Center and teaches courses in first-year composition, professional writing, and writing center pedagogy. She loves Birmingham and likes to create opportunities for students to engage with the local community. Students in Jaclyn’s recent courses have collaborated with Inglenook Elementary School​ and Workshops, Inc. in Avondale. This semester, students in Jaclyn’s Introduction to Professional Writing course will create materials for Inglenook Library.

Jaclyn's primary research interests include writing center administration, community engagement, and public rhetoric. Her work has appeared in journals and edited collections including the Writing Center Journal, Community Literacy Journal, and WPA: Writing Program Administration. Jaclyn’s 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.

Jaclyn is originally from central Illinois. She loves visiting family (and corn) in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, watching ballgames at Regions Field, and visiting Railroad Park with her beloved corgi mix, 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