Staff Directory

The HWI is staffed by faculty, doctoral students in Composition and Rhetoric, and by specially trained undergraduates. 

The current HWI team members are:

Dr. Heidi A. McKee, HWI Director, Roger and Joyce L. Howe Professor of Writing, Associate Professor of English, and Coordinator of BUS 308

Heidi McKee

Heidi has held a number of administrative positions at Miami, including serving as the founding director of the Digital Writing Collaborative, the founding director of the Professional Writing major, and the assessment coordinator for the Composition Program.  Her scholarly interests include professional and business communications, writing center theory and practice, writing pedagogy across the disciplines, digital writing and rhetoric, and research methodologies and ethics. In addition to numerous articles in leading composition journals, she is author of The Ethics of Internet Research and editor of three collections: Digital Writing Research (winner of the Computers and Composition Best Book Award), Technological Ecologies and Sustainability, and Digital Writing Assessment and Evaluation. Her current  book project is Business Communication in a Digital Age.

Caitlin Martin, HWI Assistant Director

Caitlin Martin is a PhD student in composition and rhetoric. Her scholarly interests include writing program assessment, writing across the curriculum/writing in the disciplines, and learning transfer. Caitlin earned her MA from Miami University in 2013 and taught for several years at Indiana State University.



Mandy Olejnik, HWI Assistant Director

olejnikMandy is a master’s student in the Composition and Rhetoric program. Her scholarly interests include rhetoric in the writing center, audience awareness, and undergraduate writing and rhetoric majors. Before coming to Miami, she earned a BA with a duo major of Writing and Rhetoric and French Language and Literature from Oakland University, where she worked as a writing center consultant, embedded writing specialist, and undergraduate teaching assistant.


Yebing Zhao, HWI Assistant Director

Yebing ZhaoYebing is a PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. Her scholarly interests include second language writing instruction, comparative rhetoric, cross-cultural communication, world Englishes, functional linguistics, and ESL/EFL writing centers. She earned two Masters degrees— one in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Sun Yat-sen University, China (SYSU) while the other in Composition and Rhetoric from Miami University (MU). In her spare time, she likes playing Chinese zither, watching movies, cooking, and traveling.


Terra Collier, Writing Consultant

Terra CollierTerra (Class of 2018) is an Economics major with a double major in Cultural Anthropology. She is a member of the Honors and Scholars programs, the Vice President of the Multicultural Business Association, Scene Editor for Miami Quarterly, and a member of the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. In her spare time, she enjoys reading philosophical works, meditating, and spending time with her friends and family.



Kellen Haddad, Writing Consultant

Kellen HaddadKelleen Haddad (Class of 2019) is a Marketing major with minors in Analytics and Nutrition. She is a member of Miami’s sorority Chi Omega and business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. In her free time she loves working out and listening to country music.


Leah Hamlin, Writing Consultant

Leah Hamlin Leah (Class of 2018) is a Marketing major with a minor in Interactive Media Studies. On campus, she is a part of the University Honors Program and is a member of Women in Business, Miami University Club of Fashion & Design, and the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. In her free time, she enjoys reading and listening to music, and she takes yearly vacations to Walt Disney World in Florida, hoping to pursue a career there someday.


David Layman, Writing Consultant

david laymanDavid (Class of 2018) is an Accountancy Major. He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Circle K, and works as a tour guide in the Office of Admissions. In his free time, he enjoys playing baseball, hockey, and broomball and likes to take yearly vacations to Southern California.


Cassie Lucki, Writing Consultant

Cassie Lucki Cassie (Class of 2018) is a Marketing major with a double minor in Supply Chain Management and Fashion. At Miami, she is a member of Women in Business and Miami University’s Fashion & Design. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Colin Murphy, Writing Consultant

colin murphy Colin (class of 2018) is an Information Systems major. He is an assistant officer of and in training to be vice president of ISACA. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering, rowing, and spending time with his friends.


Nitya Nambiar, Writing Consultant

NambiarNitya (Class of 2018) is a Marketing major, double minoring in Business Analytics and Interactive Media Studies. On campus she is a part of Pi Sigma Epsilon and serves on the executive board of the Indian Students Association. Outside of school activities, she loves listening to and making music.


Jill O'Bryan, Writing Consultant

jill obryanJill (Class of 2018) is an Economics major with a double in Sustainability. At Miami she serves as VP of Philanthropy for AKPsi, and is a member of the Equestrian Team and Model United Nations. In her free time she enjoys reading and exploring new places.