Meet the Staff

Jaclyn Wells, Director

Jaclyn Wells, Director

Jaclyn received a Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition) from Purdue University in 2010. Her book, Partners in Literacy: A Writing Center Model for Civic Engagement (co-authored with Allen Brizee), describes a three-year engagement project involving the Purdue OWL and two adult literacy organizations in Lafayette, Indiana. Jaci has directed the UWC since 2012. You can read more about her on the Department of English website.

Fun Facts: To date, Jaclyn has never lost a game of Seinfeld trivia. Her corgi mix, Travis, is Instagram famous.


Elizabeth Skinner, Office Associate

Elizabeth Skinner, Office Associate

Elizabeth is the UWC Office Associate and just started working on her M.A. in English at UAB. In undergrad, she had the opportunity to tutor in UAB's writing center and fell in love with tutoring. Her passion for writing, tutoring, and helping others see their writing potential has led her to pursue her current position at the UWC as well as pursue her M.A. in English.

Fun Facts: Elizabeth likes to sit outside as thunderstorms approach, though close to a door so she can flee to safety if necessary, and is a huge Brandon Sanderson fan.


Hannah Cutting

Hannah Cutting, Assistant Director

Hannah received her B.A. in English from UAB in Spring of 2018 and is currently working toward her M.A. in English. After receiving her Bachelor’s, Hannah obtained her credential to teach English Language Arts in secondary schools in her home state of California and taught eighth grade. Aside from teaching, her interests in English include just about anything written during the Middle Ages or Renaissance, mythology, and poetry.

Fun Facts: The only souvenirs Hannah gets are postcards or tattoos, sometimes both. She loves bees, coffee, astrology, and playing Dungeons & Dragons on Wednesday nights.


Rachel Houghton

Rachel Houghton, Assistant Director

Rachel Houghton is a non-traditional English graduate student with a focus on creative writing. When she does not have her nose buried in a book, you can find her in the garden or experimenting with recipes in the kitchen. She also enjoys spending time with her two cats and her husband.

Fun Facts: Rachel and her husband, Nigel, lived and traveled in a house bus for fourteen years. Two buses, actually. One in the states and one in New Zealand.


Grace Bellew

Grace Bellew, Graduate Tutor

Grace is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s of English with a concentration in Literature. She graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a B.A. in English in May 2019. Her special interests in literature are British Romanticism and Children’s literature. Her favorite writers are Mary Shelley, William Wordsworth, Alice Walker, and Louisa May Alcott.

Fun Facts: Grace’s favorite novel is Frankenstein and she can spend many hours talking about the inaccuracies of pop culture’s depiction of Frankenstein if you let her.


Meridith Beretta

Meridith Beretta, Graduate Tutor

Meridith Beretta is a second-year graduate student at UAB pursuing an M.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction. In 2019, Meridith received a B.A. in Creative Writing with two minors in English and Journalism from Berry College. As an undergrad, Meridith played collegiate soccer and is currently writing her thesis on her experience as a female student-athlete in the NCAA SAA. Meridith is also a staff editor at the Birmingham Poetry Review.

Fun Facts: Meridith trains dogs in her spare time and has two of her own, Blu and Kai. Meridith also loves to play video games on her day off. In addition, she is infatuated with Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology and loves to give book recommendations to anyone who asks.


Brianna Carnley

Brianna Carnley, Undergraduate Tutor

Brianna is a senior majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minoring in Philosophy. Her goal is to work as an editor at a publishing house and write on the side. She has had two original poems featured in different AEIVA events on-campus and is currently working on her thesis: a collection of poems about the female experience and sexuality.

Fun Facts: Bri loves movies and has taken a few film classes here at UAB. Her favorite films (because she can’t pick just one) are The Princess Bride (1987), The Mummy (1999), and Pride and Prejudice (2005). When she’s not rewatching these movies, she’s either reading or sending her friends the dumbest Tiktoks she can find.


Emmett Christolear

Emmett Christolear, Graduate Tutor

Emmett Christolear is a first-year graduate student. He earned his BA in English from UAB in 2015. He is a faculty member of the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop and has acted off-and-on as a session leader for the Alabama Scholastic Press Association. His writing has been published in Aura Literary Magazine, Screen Door Review, Rogue Agent, and Black Napkin Press. With a focus on poetry, his writing aims to celebrate the Southern Queer Experience.

Fun Facts: Although he never considered himself to have a green thumb, Emmett and his husband have approximately 60 houseplants and spend their Sundays gardening.


Mason Cosper

Mason Cosper, Undergraduate Tutor

Mason is a transfer student from Wallace State Community College. He is a junior, majoring in Secondary Education with a concentration in literature. He hopes to teach high school for a few years, then return to college to get a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature. Mason is also am planning to visit the United Kingdom to see some locations discussed in medieval literature. He hopes to help contribute to the discussions around old English literature, and to be able to read old English as well. Sir Gawain and The Green Knight is the poem/story that sparked his interest in this type of literature.

Fun Facts: Mason loves horror movies, Mike Flannagan ("Haunting of Hill House") is probably his favorite director. He also enjoys trying to write short stories to hopefully create an anthology book one day.


Corey Davidson

Corey Davidson, Undergraduate Tutor

Corey Davidson is a Senior undergraduate at UAB majoring in Genetics and Genomic Sciences with minors in Chemistry and English. After attaining his undergraduate degree, Corey plans on attending medical school and becoming a General Practitioner (while writing all the way, of course). He has always had a knack for writing, and, throughout his undergraduate career, has developed a niche for writing scientific papers such as lab reports and research papers.

Fun Facts: In his free time, Corey enjoys critiquing movies, winning mental arguments against no one, and generally being incapable of having fun no matter how hard he tries. Unless he’s with his cat, Panda, whom he loves with every fiber of his being.


Kierra Finley

Kierra Finley, Work-Study Tutoring Coordinator

I'm a sophomore from Mobile, AL currently working towards my B.A. in Sociology. Once I graduate, I plan on working at a non-profit organization that focuses on social justice and human rights. In my spare time, I like to listen to music, watch Netflix, and try out new recipes. I also love reading and writing poetry, and I'm currently writing poems to submit to the Poetry Foundation!

Fun Facts: I have hypermobility (double-jointed) in both my shoulder and hip! This means I can pop both in and out of their sockets with ease. I was also born on Friday the 13th with a form of polydactyly so I may or may not be cursed!


Rebecca Foushee

Rebecca Foushee, Adjunct Tutor

Rebecca Foushee graduated from UAB with a B.A. in English Literature and a Creative Writing minor in December 2018 and a M.A. in English in December 2020. Currently, she teaches First Year Composition at UAB. She has contributed poetry, a short story, and an essay to UAB’s Aura Literary Magazine.

Fun Facts: Rebecca is a comedy movie connoisseur and can quote many movies off the top of her head. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her cat, Simba.


Jacob Frazier

Jacob Frazier, Undergraduate Tutor

Jacob Frazier is a sophomore undergraduate majoring in Literature and minoring in Philosophy and Creative Writing. While his personal passion is writing fiction, he has worked as an academic tutor for years and enjoys helping others develop their own writing style in an academic setting. Jacob is also a member of the University Honors Program and is an editor for the program's literary journal Sanctuary. He intends to earn his Ph.D. so that he can teach creative writing skills as a professor and has dedicated much of his life to studying the art of writing stories.

Fun Facts: Jacob has done theatre for years and has performed competitively at both the state and national level. While he loves to read and hear stories, he also has a deep love for musicals and can talk to you for hours about some of his favorites, like Hadestown. He has a deep love for Shakespeare and poetry in general and can recite all of Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" from memory.


MJ Freeman

MJ Freeman, Graduate Tutor

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Ms. Mia J. Freeman graduated with honors from Wenonah High School. Thereafter, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Psychology from the illustrious Benedict College. Currently, MJ is pursuing her Master of Arts in English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After graduating from UAB, MJ wants to obtain a Ph.D. in hopes of teaching at a four-year university one day.

Fun Facts: MJ loves watching romantic-comedy movies and spending time with friends.


Sarah Goggans

Sarah Goggans, Adjunct Tutor

Sarah received her B.A. in English from Auburn University and her M.A. in English from UAB. She teaches Freshman Composition at UAB, and she enjoys working with students from all writing disciplines.

Fun Facts: In her spare time, she likes reading fantasy novels, playing Super Smash Brothers, and spending time with her dog (Walter) and cat (Nerf).


Sam Harris

Sam Harris, Undergraduate Tutor

Sam has earned his A.A. in English at Bevill State Community College. He is currently enrolled as a junior at UAB in pursuit of his B.A. in English with a concentration in literature. His current goal is to eventually earn his Ph.D. in hopes to one day teach at a four-year university. Over the course of his studies, Sam has developed interests in multiple avenues of the artistic and academic world, such as painting, philosophy and music—to name a few.

Fun Facts: Although a lover of poets and admirer of novelists, Sam is a huge theater and cinema geek. He hopes to potentially open his own theater company and to improve his own scriptwriting to maybe see his work grace either the silver screen or the stage someday.


Emma Herr

Emma Herr, Undergraduate Tutor

Emma is a senior majoring in history and English with a concentration in Professional Writing. Beyond her extensive experience writing in academic, professional, and creative settings, she has also worked as a copy editor on scholarly articles and literary magazines. Emma often thinks of writing as a puzzle and loves working with other students to find the clearest and cleanest ways to communicate on the page. After graduating, she hopes to use her twin passions for writing and history to pursue a career in museum education, archival work, or historical publishing.

Fun Facts: Emma can talk for hours about Russian history and the rhetorical power of popular sitcoms. She loves to bake (especially with yeast) and appreciates any and all recipes you have to share.


Madison Hogg

Madison Hogg, Graduate Tutor

Madison is a first-year graduate student working toward her M.A. in English. She graduated from Troy University Dothan in May 2020 with a B.S. in English and a second major in Psychology. Her goal is to eventually earn her PhD and teach at a four year university. Most of her work concerns the intersection of literature and psychology, with a special interests in gender, interpersonal relationships, and spirituality. She loves Gothic novels, Lost Generation poets, and any story with a "dark night of the soul".

Fun Facts: Madison's current hobbies include reading fantasy novels (especially ones where the characters have apostrophes in their names), listening to The Mountain Goats, and watching anime.


Shannon House

Shannon House, Adjunct Tutor

Shannon graduated from UAB with an M.A. in English in April 2019. Before UAB, she received her B.A. in English with a minor in French from the University of South Alabama. During her second year at UAB, she was the Co-Assistant Director of the Writing Center, and she absolutely loved her time spent working with students and her fellow tutors.

Fun Facts: Shannon has an extensive movie collection, but she is particularly interested in horror movies (especially those produced by A24). In her free time (and in non-pandemic circumstances), she loves live music, museums, and road trips.


Brett Hurst

Brett Hurst, Adjunct Tutor

Brett Hurst is a Graduate student on the creative writing track. He got his B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at UAB. He has been published in Aura Literature Arts Review for poetry and fiction. His favorite authors are Stephen King, Ruth Ware, and Gillian Flynn.

Fun Facts: Brett enjoys writing, traveling, going to the movies, attending concerts, and reading.


Nora Krall

Nora Krall, Graduate Tutor

Nora is a graduate student at UAB pursuing a Master's in English with a focus in Rhetoric and Composition. Nora received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing from UAB, and her work has been featured in the Professional Writing Club's Memorandum. In Spring 2020 Nora received the Outstanding Professional Writing Student Award as well as second place in the Barksdale-Maynard award for fiction. Nora hopes to graduate with her M.A. in Spring 2022 and maybe even pursue a PhD!

Fun Facts: When Nora isn't in the UWC or in class, she can usually be found at her mom's house hanging out with her family's two new kittens, Fox and Hamish.


Camrie Latham

Camrie Latham, Graduate Tutor

Camrie is a first year English grad student with a focus in literature. She graduated from UAB in May 2020, with her BA in English and a minor in film. She hopes to learn more about modern literature and authors during her graduate studies, and intends to eventually work in the academic field. Her favorite book is Slaughterhouse-Five, and she believes there is much to be learned from children's literature.

Fun Facts: Camrie has two dachshunds, a soon-to-be fiance, an unhealthy obsession with all things horror, and the ability to bend her pinky finger all the way backwards.


Brittany Lazenby

Brittany Lazenby, Undergraduate Tutor

Brittany is a senior double majoring in Biochemistry and English with a minor in Psychology. She decided to double major because of her interest in how chemicals interact within the body and her love for writing essays and analyzing literature. After graduating from UAB, she plans to continue her education at medical school. Brittany’s writing experience includes lab reports, scientific posters, business papers, and a wide variety of literary essays.

Fun Facts: Some of Brittany’s favorite activities are scrapbooking, baking, and playing the flute. She has a guinea pig named Coconut whom she loves very much.


Tawanda Nyahasha

Tawanda Nyahasha, Graduate Tutor

Tawanda Nyahasha is a first-year grad student getting his MA in English with a creative writing concentration. Prior to enrolling at UAB, Tawanda attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he got his BA in psychology. He enjoys reading and writing and is a fan of spoken word poetry.

Fun Facts: The name Tawanda means “we have increased in number” in his native language, which makes sense since he’s the last child out of a family of five.


Sally Anne Perz

Sally Anne Perz, Adjunct Tutor

Sally Anne received a BA in English from the University of South Florida and an MA in English from UAB. She teaches EH 101, 102, and 106 classes at UAB. She is pursuing an EdS degree in TESOL with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in UAB’s SOE and plans to pursue a PhD in Educational Disparities in Diverse Populations.

Fun Facts: Sally Anne and her husband have six kids (five adults and one teenager). UAB News featured a trilogy about Sally Anne, her husband, and their daughter highlighting that they all received degrees from UAB in 2020 and 2021.


Dena Pruett

Dena Pruett, Graduate Tutor

Dena is a second-year graduate student working toward her M.A. in English. She received her B.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing from Northwestern State University. Dena is a graduate teaching assistant and is also the digital content intern for the Department of English.

Fun Facts: When Dena was in second grade she chose “Grandma” when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. She loves embarrassingly bad-for-you diner food, baking, and pop culture trivia. Dena is also a clutch Mario Kart player.


Kaylie Rastegar

Kaylie Rastegar, Undergraduate Tutor

Kaylie Rastegar is a junior English major who is concentrating in creative writing. Kaylie loves reading and writing. In the future, she hopes to earn a masters and PhD to eventually become an English professor.

Fun Facts: Kaylie loves to spend her free time watching movies/tv shows, hanging out with her family, and listening to music or podcasts.


Jace Rose

Jace Rose, Graduate Tutor

Jace Rose is a first-year master's student studying creative writing and working on her collection of short stories and poems. She graduated with an associate's at Jefferson State many years ago and then received her bachelor's from UAB last spring, missing her studies and fellow students just one week later. (So here she is now, back at it!)

Fun Facts: Jace loves hiking with her German Shepherd and Lab, foraging for mushrooms she can cook and make tea with, going on adventures (especially travel ones), playing music and gigs and video games and cooking spaghetti like her Gram. She also loves Indian food more than almost anything, barring her husband and puppy doggies.


Maggie Sharp

Maggie Sharp, Graduate Tutor

Maggie Sharp is a first year English graduate student and teaching assistant. She recently completed her BA in Literature and a minor in Linguistics at UAB, rounding out her senior year with an undergraduate thesis entitled, "Gift Magic: The Anthropological Significance of Gifts in Harry Potter, which explores the way gifts have the capacity to create connections between people—both within a fictional world and beyond it. Outside of tutoring, Maggie loves writing, reading, getting into niche fandoms, and writing fanfiction about said niche fandoms. This is her third year tutoring in the UWC.

Fun Facts: When she's not writing, Maggie usually has her nose pressed to the pages of a book. (More often than not, said book is something written by an old Greek philosopher thousands of years ago.)


Catie Yu Tiamco

Catie Yu Tiamco, Graduate Tutor

Catie is a first-year graduate student working towards her MA in Literature. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern in 2014 with a major in English and a minor in Gender and Women's studies, and since then has been doing everything from corporate sales to teaching high-school English to taking care of her two babies. Catie loves reading and writing, teaching, and has been tutoring or teaching writing for over six years. Catie hopes to teach either high-school or college-level literature and writing.

Fun Facts: Catie once shook hands with Pope Francis. She has two sons, Leo and Oliver, and a goldendoodle named Lily. You can find her pushing a stroller and trying to keep said goldendoodle away from squirrels on just about any walking trail in the Birmingham area.


Ashley Tippit

Ashley Tippit, Adjunct Tutor

Ash Tippit writes young adult/children’s literature and poetry. In addition to tutoring, she is currently an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Managing Editor/Social Media Coordinator of Nelle Literary Journal. Ash’s research interests include gender and sexuality studies, mental health, Marxist literary theory, ethnic studies, and environmentalism.

Fun Facts: Ash's first fan fiction was a self-insert love story about her and cyborg R2D2.


Lorice Tolbert

Lorice Tolbert, Graduate Tutor

Lorice Tolbert is a graduate student pursuing an M.A. in English. Lorice earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Miles College. Lorice has self-published two children’s books to encourage reading among young members of her family. She hopes to continue doing so for even more young children.

Fun Facts: Even though Lorice is a firm believer that the book is always better than the movie, she still watches the Lord of the Rings trilogy and almost anything Jane Austen over and over again.


Mallorie Turner

Mallorie Turner, Undergraduate Tutor

Mallorie is a current senior double majoring in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and Molecular Biology with a minor in Studio Art. She completed the English portion of her degree by presenting an undergraduate thesis on teaching science writing to English majors. Mallorie has great experience with writing scientific documents like abstracts and lab reports in Biology, Organic Chemistry, and Physics. Her research interests include science/scientific writing best practices, genetics, virology, and cancer biology.

Fun Facts: Mallorie spends time outside of school teaching herself Spanish, learning to draw better, and reading classic novels. She also makes time to watch her favorite shows and movies on Netflix.


Micah Williams

Micah Williams, Undergraduate Tutor

Micah Williams is a senior double-majoring in English with a concentration in literature and Philosophy with a minor in African-American Studies. He is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. After graduating from UAB, he plans to obtain a Ph.D. in English Literature and go on to teach and research various topics in African-American literature. His research interests include Black protest literature, explorations of gender and sexuality in the Black literary tradition, and the philosophy of media representation, particularly Blackness in film and television.

Fun Facts: Micah enjoys watching Marvel movies and YouTube video essays, (safe) strolling around big cities or on the beach (there's no in-between), and advocating for social justice through his social media pages and leadership in multiple campus organizations. If you let him pet your dog, he might cry. He only gets to pet a dog twice a semester.


Alex Yates

Alex Yates, Undergraduate Tutor

Alex Yates is a current third-year undergraduate student in the International Studies program at UAB. She hopes to learn more about governance and the nature of human systems and pursue a career in nonprofit administration. When Alex isn’t reading or writing, she loves to spend time cooking with her friends or watching American Horror Story with her roommate!

Fun Facts: Alex is also a barista at a local coffee shop and loves to practice latte art at work! You can also catch her rock climbing (or falling) at the rec wall!