group photo of staff of the University Writing Center, fall 2018

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

Julie Karaus, Interim Assistant Director

  • 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

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

Conor Mize, Night Coordinator

  • 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

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 artwork, animal 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 Consultant

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


  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University
  • Graduate student in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • I love quoting Parks and Rec to my dog while hiking through the mountains
  • Favorite Quote: "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song" —Maya Angelou


  • BA in English, Secondary Education. Currently enrolled in Appalachian State's Graduate English program
  • Interests: Yoga, hiking, climbing, food & beer, needle pointing, biking, live music
  • Favorite quote: "I'm not an expert, but I do have a strong opinion." —Tracy Morgan


  • BA in Creative Writing; enrolled in College Teaching track
  • Interests: music, yoga, and food (especially peanut butter)
  • "Grammar is the greatest joy in life, don't you find?" —Lemony Snicket


  • Currently enrolled in Appalachian State's Graduate English Program
  • Hobbies: Music, nature, hiking, biking, geography, Eastern art, bad weather


  • BA English Literature, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
  • MA Education, Curriculum and Assessment, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
  • MA Certificate, Educational Technology, State University of New York
  • 20+ years middle school and high school language arts: Vail Valley, Colorado; Kobe, Japan; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand
  • Interests: motorcycles, EDM, being real, queer theory
  • “I don’t know why I started writing. I don’t know why anybody does it. Maybe they’re bored, or failures at something else.” —Cormac McCarthy


  • BA in History and Political Science from the University of Alabama. Currently enrolled in Appalachian State's Graduate History Program
  • Interests: Alabama football, Military History, and The Rolling Stones
  • Quote: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” —Winston Churchill


  • BA in Psychology; Obtaining a Masters in Professional School Counseling at App State.
  • Interests: skateboarding, rock climbing, yoga, ancient Nordic and Chinese history, and COOKING
  • Favorite quote: “Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time” —Anonymous


  • Currently enrolled in Appalachian State's English MA program
  • Interests include critical theory, travel, trying new beer & wine, dogs, coffee, music

Undergraduate Consultants


  • Junior English and Secondary Education major
  • Cooking, spending time with friends, watching netflix


  • Junior communication-journalism major with a minor in English
  • Interests: writing, reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing clarinet, learning calligraphy, taking pictures, and engaging in very deep conversations
  • Favorite quote: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” —Oscar Wilde


  • 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 :)

Will B

  • Junior Creative Writing Major
  • Interests: Enjoys reading, writing, video games, watching movies, discovering new music, interpreting art, playing the ukulele, skateboarding, and learning languages
  • Favorite quote: “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” —E.B. White

Desk Workers


  • Library Science graduate student; BA from App State, 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

Lauren M

  • Senior 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 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