UWC Staff

Dr. Elizabeth Carroll, Director

  • PhD in English from UNC-Greensboro (major: Composition and Rhetoric; minors: Critical and Literary Theory, 20th century Women's Literature), MA in English from the University of Vermont (concentration: American Indian Literature), BA in English from ASU (minor: Women's Studies).
  • Interests: Writing center theory and practice, the teaching of writing, rhetoric, and ethnography.

 Amy Hansen Smith, Assistant Director

  • MFA in creative writing from Northern Michigan University (concentration in poetry). BA in English from North Central College. 
  • Interests: Writing centers, poetry, basic writers, Midwestern studies, intersectional feminism, crime retellings and confession narratives, cults, cats, kayaking, Zumba, and embroidery.
  • Favorite quote: "...just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else." - Toni Morrison

Michelle Kizer, Program Assistant

  • MA in English from Appalachian State University. BA in English with a minor in Psychology from Lenoir Rhyne University.
  • Interests: Cooking, eating good food, lifting weights, running, video games, reading, traveling, and, most of all, spending time with my family.
  • Favorite Quote: “Embrace the glorious mess that you are.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
Jonathan Wells, Night Coordinator
  • BA in English from Adams State University in Colorado. MA in English from Appalachian State University.
  • Interests: Outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking, cook, eat unique food, reading, writing, Bob's Burgers, scary movies.
  • Favorite Quote: "I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty." - Edgar Allen Poe

Faculty Consultants


  • BA in English from Appalachian State University. MA in Literature from Appalachian State University.

  • Full time lecturer in Rhetoric and Composition for the last 10 years.

  • UWC Consultant for 7 years.

  • Interests: Teaching and mentoring composition students, writing humorous non-fiction, reading historical non-fiction, Abraham Lincoln, trout fishing, origami srtwork, snimal rescue, vegetable gardening, floral arrangements, kitty cats.

  • Favorite Quote: Metaphors be with you


  • MAT in Humanities from the University of Louisville 

  • Taught high school English for 14 years

  • Full-time lecturer in Rhetoric and Composition at ASU for the past 20 years

  • Writing Across the Curriculum consultant

  • Interests: writing plays, acting, directing and producing, as co-founder of Black Sheep Theatre; other interests include words, books, baseball, film, and travel.

  • Favorite quote: "Let be be finale of seem/ the only emperor is the emperor of ice cream" - Wallace Stevens

Professional Consultants


  • BA in Anthropology, archaeology concentration from ASU; MA in Higher Education, concentration in teaching writing from ASU.

  • Interests: reading, writing, food, wine, travel, gardening, hiking with my dogs, hanging with my daughter, left wing idealism, good music of all genres, and yoga.

  • Favorite quote: You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore" - William Faulkner

 Mary Neal 

  • BA, Middlebury College; freelance editor and book designer for academic and educational publishers

  • Interests: knitting, international travel, hiking, politics, learning disabilities and the autism spectrum, Adobe Creative Suite, the Chicago Manual of Style, and being a pilkunnussija. 

  • Favorite quote: “What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” - Samuel Johnson

Graduate Consultants


  • Currently enrolled in Appalachian State's Graduate English program.
  • Metal. Reading, writing, and dogs as well, but mostly metal.


  • BA in English (creative writing) from Appalachian State University. Currently enrolled in Appalachian State's Graduate English program.
  • Interests: fantasy novels/movies, rock music, playing guitar, playing video games, British crime TV series, hilariously bad movies (one-to-two star movies on Netflix), Chinese food, Asian culture, steampunk, dogs, cats, basically any other animal
  • Favorite quote: “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” –Groucho Marx 
Elizabeth Hofmann
  • Currently enrolled in Appalachian State's Romance Languages program
  • Skiing, hiking, trail running, reading
  • Currently enrolled in Appalachian State's Graduate English program.
  • writing, reading, rock climbing, hiking, outdoor recreation, music
  • Currently enrolled in Appalchian State's Graduate English program
  • Music/Writing/Reading
Lauren C.
  • Currently enrolled in Appalachian State's Graduate English program.
  • I love most any kind of literature, although I am partial to science fiction and mysteries. I also play a lot of video games. I have two dogs and a cat whom I absolutely adore.
  • Currently enrolled in Appalachian State's Graduate Marriage and Family Therapy program
  • Writing, Working out, Reading, Video games, Going out and doing random things.
 Undergraduate Consultants
Katie, Student Media Specialist
  • Apparel Design and Merchandising major with a minor in Marketing
  • Interests: Fashion, west coast swing dancing, cooking, movies
  • Favorite quote: "Everything will be all right in the end...if it's not all right then it's not yet the end." - Sonny, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Junior English and Secondary Education major
  • Cooking, spending time with friends, watching netflix
  • Junior Computer Information Systems (CIS) major with a minor in Internet Studies
  • Hobbies: Lifting weights, drinking coffee, Association of IT Professionals (AITP), spending copious amounts of time in the College of Business, reading, and going on walks over the mountains through the woods.
  • Favorite quote: "She seemed to know a lot and understand very little."- Toni Morrison
Lauren M.
  • Sophomore English major with a concentration in Professional Writing and minor in Spanish 
  • Interests: sewing and drafting patterns, coloring (adult coloring books are my jam), historical fiction, poetry, baking more desserts than I can responsibly consume 
  • Favorite Quote: "The impossible often has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks." -Douglas Adams 
  • Sophomore double major in English (concentration in literary studies) and Theatre
  • Interests: Looking at the clouds, appreciating the way the light hits the trees, taking pictures of beautiful moments and the people I love, wearing hats, drinking water, eating grapefruit, weird and absurd art, believing in aliens, Shakespeare.
  • Favorite quote: "With all the holes in you already there's no reason to treat the outside environment as alien." - Jenny Holzer, Survival
  • Junior Biology and Journalism double major
  • Interests: journaling especially outdoors, hiking, reading Harry Potter (among other things), singing loudly in public, drinking coffee, getting to know other people, making a fool of myself :)
William B.
  • Sophomore Chemistry major
  • Reading, writing, playing the ukulele, and putting mistakes together. 
Will S.
  • Junior Communications/Elect Media Broadcasting major
  • Video games, music, sports, making videos

Desk Workers

  • Junior Women's Studies major with a double minor in English and Medieval Studies
  • Interests: Creative writing, music, Netflix, movies, my cat, reading, singing, baking, crocheting, cross stitching, French horn, board and card games, and learning about pretty much anything
  • Favorite quote: "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." - Oscar Wilde
  • Junior English major with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Media Studies
  • Interests: Creative writing, reading just about anything, watching movies and tv shows, video games, musicals, sketching, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, hanging out with friends, animals, road trips, travelling, and making real connections.
  • Favorite Quote: "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous that absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe
  • Junior Instrumental Music Education (K-12) major
  • Interests: Cooking, hiking, spending time with family and friends, listening to jazz and classical music
  • Favorite Quote: "To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." -Leonard Bernstein


  • Freshman Exercise Science Major with a Pre-professional concentration.
  • Interests:Football, Basketball, DC Comics, Star Wars, Netflix, movies, cooking, memes, and anything with my friends.
  • Favorite Quote: “Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” - Michael Jordan