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.


Rebecca Foushee, Assistant Director

Rebecca Foushee, Assistant Director

Rebecca Foushee graduated from UAB with a B.A. in English Literature and a creative writing minor in December 2018. Currently, she is pursuing her M.A. in English at UAB. She has contributed poetry, a short story, and an essay to UAB’s Aura Literary Magazine. Rebecca is currently researching Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth and how the novel portrays women’s agency and power in a society with prominent gender roles.

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.


Brett Hurst, Assistant Director

Brett Hurst, Assistant Director

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.


Chase Coats, Graduate Tutor

Chase Coats, Graduate Tutor

Chase graduated in Fall 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in History. He plans to enroll at UAB in Fall 2019 to pursue a Masters in Secondary Education.

Fun Facts: Chase enjoys attending concerts/sporting events, exploring everything the Magic City has to offer, as well as writing short stories and overly vague poetry. He is also a self-proclaimed 90's Hip Hop aficionado.


Madison Frost, Graduate Tutor

Madison Frost, Graduate Tutor

Madison is a current second-year graduate student on the Literature track of the English M.A. program. Before UAB, she attended the University of South Alabama where she obtained her bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education. After graduating from UAB, Madison hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in British Literature or a career as a college instructor.

Fun Facts: Madison has been to four different countries including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Japan. Also, Madison was born on Friday the 13th.


Alice Grissom, Graduate Tutor

Alice Grissom, Graduate Tutor

In Spring 2020, Alice will receive B.A.s in History and English (linguistics) and plans to collect a slew of minors along the way, including Economics and Women’s and Gender Studies. In addition to editorial work on literary and academic journals, Alice volunteers with the Desert Island Supply Co. and is currently conducting research for an inter-disciplinary undergraduate thesis project.

Fun Facts: Alice spearheads the UWC petless tutor coalition, takes coffee black and French-pressed, enjoys podcasts, nice pens and notebooks, and martial arts.


Ashleigh Hancock, Undergraduate Tutor

Ashleigh Hancock, Undergraduate Tutor

Ashleigh is a junior secondary education and English major with a minor in Spanish. Teaching is her passion and future profession, but her other dream job is to be the referee on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl. You can find her tending her houseplants, dogspotting around campus, or playing the trumpet in UAB’s marching band and concert ensembles whenever she’s not living it up at the library.

Fun Facts: A performer at heart despite her crippling stage fright, Ashleigh is an avid shower singer and an enthusiastic—but objectively terrible—dancer. Her primary weaknesses (varying in severity) include musicals, school supplies, floral print wallpaper, HGTV, and pasta.


Sara Hardy, Undergraduate Tutor

Sara Hardy, Undergraduate Tutor

Sara is a junior studying History and English with a concentration in Literature. She is the Senior Editor of UAB's Her Campus chapter. After graduating, she hopes to move to New York and pursue a career in publishing.

Fun Facts: Sara has been to 16 countries, but more impressively, she can quote every line from the Disney film Tangled.


Kathryn Hargett, Undergraduate Tutor

Kathryn Hargett, Undergraduate Tutor

Kathryn Hargett is a junior at UAB studying English literature, creative writing, Chinese, and French. She is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, Belgrade Art Studio, and the UAB Honors College. Most recently, she received the 2018 Brittany Noakes Poetry Award and was selected as a National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Writing. Find her in Best New Poets, BARNHOUSE, Anomaly, The Adroit Journal, The Miami Rail, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.

Fun Facts: Katy trains in Thai boxing and was part of the University of Nottingham's 2018-19 fighter cohort.


Shannon House, Adjunct Tutor

Shannon House, Adjunct Tutor

Shannon has a B.A. in English with a minor in French from the University of South Alabama. She wrote movie reviews and contributed articles for the campus newspaper, The Vanguard. She is working on her M.A. in Literature and will graduate in May of 2019.

Fun Facts: Shannon owns over 300 movies. She loves traveling, concerts, and dogs of all kinds.


Sam Klipsch, Undergraduate Tutor

Sam Klipsch, Undergraduate Tutor

Sam Klipsch is pursuing an Individually Designed Major in Community Development with minors in Spanish and Non-Profit Management. She loves volunteering, especially with Habitat for Humanity (POWER TOOLS!!!), and she hopes to eventually become the director of a non-profit organization in Birmingham. Writing is mostly a hobby, but she is considering grant writing in the future.

Fun Facts: Sam LOVES peanut butter/banana sandwiches and watching Bob’s Burgers. She also founded the UAB Women’s Rugby Club last year.


Nora Krall, Graduate Tutor

Nora Krall, Graduate Tutor

I will receive my B.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing in Spring of 2020. I was a contributing writer in the Professional Writing Club's publication Memorandum. Along with tutoring in the UWC, I currently work at Hall-Kent Elementary school and I spend my summers at summer camp in Highlands, North Carolina, running workshops centered around self expression and creativity (aka lots of fun creative writing!).

Fun Facts: Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time and I have read it about as many times as I have watched the movie. I also have a custom-made ukulele that I taught myself how to play.


Katherine Popple, Graduate Tutor

Katherine Popple, Graduate Tutor

Katherine is a sophomore with an English Literature major with a minor in Creative Writing. She looks forward to graduating in 2020 and immediately moving to whatever city is the coldest and has the most robust public transit system.

Fun Facts: Katherine loves the gothic and supernatural genres; she believes Carmilla is the best vampire novel but that Dracula is okay. She likes tabletop games, cats, and nice pens.


Dena Pruett, Graduate Tutor

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.


Jessica Robbins, Adjunct Tutor

Jessica Robbins, Adjunct Tutor

Jessica is currently a second-year graduate student working toward an M.A. in English literature. Her research interests range from representations of nonhuman animals in children’s literature to writing center administration and student support programs. Jessica has worked in the writing center for two years, and has previous experience tutoring for the UAB athletics department. She aims to use this experience to create a welcoming and productive space for students and tutors alike in her current position as graduate assistant director.

Fun Facts: Jessica has been crocheting since she was 11 and loves making tiny stuffed animals. When she grows up, she aspires to work in a higher-education context where she can continue helping students.


Chloe Seabrooke, Undergraduate Tutor

Chloe Seabrooke, Undergraduate Tutor

Chloe is currently earning a B.A. in Secondary Education and English Language Arts. This is her first year working for the UAB Writing Center and she looks forward to the opportunity to help her fellow students succeed in their writing endeavors. Chloe also plays tuba in the UAB Marching Band, Symphony Band, and Blazer Basketball Band.

Fun Facts: Chloe is a self-proclaimed movie buff, junk food enthusiast, and amateur party planner. She likes eating cheese dip, baking, writing short stories, and is a diehard MCU fan.


Maggie Sharp, Undergraduate Tutor

Maggie Sharp, Undergraduate Tutor

Maggie is a sophomore English major who is concentrating in Literature. Beyond tutoring in the UWC, she loves to write and even engages in freelance opportunities from time to time. This is her first 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.)


Harley Thomas, Front Desk Attendant

Harley Thomas, Front Desk Attendant

Harley is a pre-nursing major going into her second year. She hopes to work in a pediatric clinic after graduation. She is the vice president of the American Red Cross Club and enjoys donating blood as well.

Fun Facts: When she isn’t studying, Harley enjoys listening to pop punk, reading, binge watching Rick and Morty, and drawing.


Ashley Tippit, Graduate Tutor

Ashley Tippit, Graduate Tutor

Ashley is a second year master’s student studying English/Creative Writing. During her undergraduate studies, she focused on Mrs. Dalloway, written by Virginia Woolf. Like Woolf, she is filled with rage and interested in books with queer representation.

Fun Facts: She loves her dog, Oddball, even more than chocolate and she can balance silverware on her nose.


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