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. Rebecca Morrison, HWI Interim Director

Becky is also currently the Director of the First Year Integrated Core in the Farmer School of Business. She serves as conference co-chair for the international Association for Business Communication. Her scholarly and teaching interests include general and business-specific writing center theory and practice, business communication, genre theory, and writing across the curriculum. Her most recent article appeared in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, and she is currently continuing her research on disciplinary writing centers.

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 PhD student in the composition and rhetoric program. Her scholarly interests include undergraduate writing and rhetoric major programs, civic engagement, threshold concept theory, transfer, writing center studies, and writing program administration. Before completing her master's degree at Miami, Mandy earned a BA with dual majors 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.

Seth Bartley, Consultant

Seth BartleySeth (Class of 2019) is an Accountancy major and Mandarin Chinese minor. He is a member of Pi Sigma Epsilon, a professional business fraternity specializing in Marketing, Management and Sales. His hobbies include reading, writing fiction, film criticism, and following politics.

Riley Christenson, Consultant

Riley ChristensonRiley (Class of 2020) is a Supply Chain & Operations Management major with a Sport Management minor. On campus, she’s involved in Chi Omega and Women in Business, and competes on the Miami Equestrian Team. In her spare time, she loves riding her horse Eddie, and she enjoys watching her two favorite sports teams, the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Wild.


Kelleen Haddad, 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.

Grace Hoffman, Consultant

Grace HoffmanGrace (Class of 2019) is a Marketing major with minors in Interactive Media Studies and Rhetoric Writing. She is a member of Miami’s business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and also works in the Career and Professional Development office in FSB. In her free time, she loves cooking and getting coffee with friends.

Alex Kenkel, Consultant

Alex KenkelAlex (class of 2020) is a Accountancy and Finance double major as well as a Business Analytics co-major. On campus, he is a member of the professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, is a member of East Bridge Consultancy, and is on the Club Dodgeball team. In his free time, he likes to produce music, read, and hang out with friends.



Laura Mena, Consultant

laura menaLaura (Class of 2020) is a Marketing and Entrepreneurship Major. On campus, she is the Marketing Director of Redhawk Ventures, a member of Alpha Phi sorority and a Farmer School of Business Academic Scholar. In Alpha Phi, she serves as the chairman of their largest philanthropy event, the Red Dress Gala.



Priya Natarajan, Consultant

priya natarajanPriya (Class of 2019) is a Finance major with a minor in Supply Chain. On campus, she is the President of the International Student Advisory Council (ISAC) and is involved in the Indian Student Association and Boxing Club. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing tennis, and reading.


Maria Pannapara, Consultant

Maria PannaparaMaria (Class of 2019) is a Finance major with Marketing and Creative Writing minors. She enjoys writing, reading and watching Parks and Rec in her free time."

Ning Zhang, Consultant

ning zhangNing (Class of 2018) is Accountancy and Information System Majors. She is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, former member of ISAC. She can speak both English and Chinese fluently. In her free time, she enjoys photography, and likes to travel to the world.