The Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence

Elizabeth WardleDr. Elizabeth Wardle, Director, HCWE

Elizabeth Wardle joined Miami in July 2016 and is the Roger and Joyce Howe Distinguished Professor of Written Communication and the Director of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence. She takes primary responsibility for the faculty-facing writing across the curriculum program. She previously served as chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida (UCF) (2012-16), director of writing programs at UCF (2008-2012), and director of writing programs at the University of Dayton (2006-2008). Her administrative experiences have fed her ongoing interest in how students learn and how they transfer what they learn in new settings. At UCF, she won teaching and SoTL awards, and led the first-year composition program to a CCCC Certificate of Excellence. She speaks frequently around the country on writing program design, ways to teach to encourage transfer, and ways to identify and engage students in the threshold concepts of various disciplines.

Ann UpdikeDr. Ann Updike, Associate Director, HCWE

Ann Updike supports faculty and graduate students through the Howe Center's HWAC program. She has served as the Associate Director of the HCWE since Fall 2013. She earned her PhD in English at Miami University with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition, after working in corporate software project management and technical writing for many years. Her scholarly interests include writing-across-the-curriculum, visual and material rhetorics, American cultural rhetorics, and American Indian studies. She consults with faculty on writing assignment design and best practices and facilitates workshops on writing across the curriculum topics.

Loretta ParkerLoretta Parker, Administrative Assistant, HCWE

Loretta Parker has been at Miami University for 18 years, working in Accounts Payable and the English Department before heading to the HCWE. She is the financial contact for the HCWE department and handles budget transfers for contest prizes, student payments, and grants for students, faculty, and departments. She also coordinates student-centered events, graduate and faculty boot camps, and national and local board meetings.

Chris MurphyChris Murphy, Communications Coordinator, HCWE

Chris Murphy handles web, print, and social media communications for the HCWE. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from Miami University.

Howe Writing Across the Curriculum Programs

Caitlin MartinCaitlin Martin, Graduate Assistant Director, HWAC

Caitlin Martin is a PhD candidate in Composition and Rhetoric. She researches how writing is learned and taught in higher education with the goal of effecting deep change in writing pedagogy, curriculum, and policy, drawing on scholarship from transformative learning theories, writing across the curriculum, writing program administration, and educational change and leadership. In the HCWE, she facilitates faculty workshops, assists with the Faculty Writing Fellows Program, and is co-leading this year's Leading Change Institute.

Mandy OlejnikMandy Olejnik, Graduate Assistant Director, HWAC

Mandy Olejnik is a PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. Her research centers on how to create systemic and structural change in graduate writing, drawing from learning theory, activity theory, and theories of change. At the HCWE, Mandy assists with HWAC initiatives.

Will ChesherWill Chesher, Graduate Assistant, HWAC 

Will Chesher is a PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. He researches how graduate programs prepare students as researchers, how research methods and methodologies offer diverse frames of knowing and question-making, and how programs prepare faculty and students to teach writing in their local contexts.

 Howe Writing Center

Lizzie HuttonDr. Lizzie Hutton, Director, HWC

As Director of the Howe Writing Center, Lizzie trains and mentors writing consultants, and, in coordination with the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, oversees writing center programming, initiatives, and research. This work is fed by her continuing inquiries into college students’ diverse reading and writing practices, their transfer of literacy knowledge across tasks and contexts, and the most effective means for enabling peer support for critically engaged knowledge-building. Lizzie has a PhD from the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education, and an MFA from the University of Michigan’s Program in Creative Writing (poetry). She joined Miami's HCWE and English department in July 2018. 

Kate FrancisKate Francis, Manager, HWC

Kate Francis has been the manager of the HWC since its opening in 2007. With the help of HWC graduate assistants and hourly graduate student employees, she develops and administers ongoing training initiatives for HWC consultants (mentoring, weekly workshops, research, and conference presentations). In addition to working with consultants, she oversees the welcome staff, the marketing team interns, and the graphic designers. She facilitates the daily operations of all HWC locations.

Danielle HartDanielle Hart, Graduate Assistant Director, HWC

Danielle Hart is a fifth-year PhD candidate in English literature with a certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Her research interests include fan studies, video games, popular culture and literature, and crip theory. At the HWC, Danielle assists with graduate consultant training and writing consultant seminars.

Anita LongAnita Long, Graduate Assistant Director, HWC

Anita Long is a second-year PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. Her research interests include digital writing and rhetorics, feminist research methodologies, and archives. At the HWC, Anita assists with consultant training, writing consultant seminars, and writing center research initiatives.

Destiny BrugmanDestiny Brugman, Graduate Assistant Director, HWC

Destiny Brugman is a first-year PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. Her research interests include digital space and community, hospitality and compassion pedagogies, and feminist rhetorics. At the HWC, Destiny assists with overseeing consultant partnerships.