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, Graduate Assistant Director, HCWE

Chris Murphy is a second-year MFA student in fiction writing. At the HCWE, Chris assists with marketing, copywriting, and web user-experience.

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Angela GlotfelterAngela Glotfelter, Graduate Assistant Director, HWAC

Angela Glotfelter is a third-year PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. Her research interests are in Professional Writing, including topics like social media, algorithms, and community-based research. In the HCWE, Angela assists with HWAC initiatives.

Caitlin MartinCaitlin Martin, Graduate Assistant Director, HWAC

Caitlin Martin is a PhD candidate in Composition and Rhetoric. Her research interests include the roles of transfer and threshold concept frameworks in faculty development, writing across the curriculum/writing in the disciplines, and writing assessment. At the HCWE, Caitlin assists with HWAC initiatives.

Mandy OlejnikMandy Olejnik, Graduate Assistant Director, HWAC

Mandy Olejnik is a PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. Her research interests include learning transfer, threshold concept theory, and graduate student writing pedagogy and support. Previously, she worked as an assistant director at the Howe Center for Business Writing. At the HCWE, Mandy assists with HWAC initiatives.

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Lizzie HuttonDr. Lizzie Hutton, Director, HWC

Lizzie Hutton joined the HCWE and English department in July 2018. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education, and her MFA from the University of Michigan’s Program in Creative Writing (poetry). Her interest in writing center work developed through her long-time positions as both faculty and research assistant at the University of Michigan’s Sweetland Center for Writing. As Director of the Howe Writing Center, she trains and mentors writing consultants and oversees writing center programming 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 and critically engaged knowledge-building.

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.

Brenda TyrrellBrenda Tyrrell, Graduate Assistant Director, HWC

Brenda Tyrrell is a second-year PhD student in English literature. Her primary interest is intersectionality, with a focus on disability studies in science fiction. For her MA thesis, she researched H.G. Wells and disability in his earlier works. She teaches first-year and advanced composition classes, as well as disability and/in literature classes. At the HWC, Brenda researches accessibility in writing centers.

Danielle HartDanielle Hart, Graduate Assistant Director, HWC

Danielle Hart is a fourth-year Ph.D. 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, as well as the social action workshops.

Anita LongAnita Long, Graduate Assistant Director, HWC

Anita Long is a first-year PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. Her research interests include digital writing and rhetorics, theories of publics and counterpublics, activist rhetorics, and archives. At the HWC, Anita assists with the writing associates program.