big group - staff of the writing center

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, Assistant Director

  • BA in Anthropology,
  • MA in Higher Education, concentration in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Interests: reading, writing, food, wine, travel, gardening, hiking with my dogs, hanging with my daughter, left wing idealism, and hot springs.
  • Favorite quote: “Be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” —Dr. Seuss

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

Lexie, Night Coordinator

  • BA in Biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Favorite Book: Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • Interests: anything active, anything delicious, and anything distracting 
  • Favorite Quote: “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”-- John Wooden

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 Consultants

Mary Neal

  • BA, Middlebury College; freelance editor and book designer for academic and educational publishers
  • Interests: knitting, international travel, hiking, politics, Adobe Creative Suite, the Chicago Manual of Style, the Oxford comma, and being a pilkunnussija
  • Favorite quote: “What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” —Samuel Johnson


  • BA in English from UNC Wilmington
  • Retired English and creative writing teacher from Watauga High and West Brunswick High
  • Former newspaper and radio journalist in Morganton, Valdese, and Shallotte
  • Author of the young adult novel Night Lights (Parkway Publishers 2004)
  • Quarry Farm Fellowship recipient at the Center for Mark Twain Studies and Elmira College in Elmira, NY
  • Approaching Walden participant at the Walden Woods Project and Thoreau Institute in Lincoln, MA


  • BA in English BS in Communications, and MA in English, Appalachian State
  • PhD in English, University of Missouri
  • Interests: Kung Fu and action movies, trail running, baked goods, NCAA basketball, history of tech (seriously, anything from dams to computers), Fantasy Football, recreational kayaking
  • Favorite argument: Die Hard is the best Christmas movie
  • Favorite quote: “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” —John Muir

Graduate Consultants


  • BA in English Literature and English Writing, Enrolled in ASU’s General Masters in English program
  • Favorite Book: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Interests: Dance, theatre, beauty/lifestyle communities, my 20-year old cat Bubbles 
  • Favorite Quote: “Bloom where you are planted.”


  • BA in English, Literary Studies; Enrolled in ASU’s General Masters in English program
  • Interests: Volleyball, Video Games, Bad Puns/Jokes
  • Favorite Disney movie with Danny Devito in it: Hercules
  • Favorite Book: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison


  • BA in Psychology, current MBA candidate with concentration in sustainable business
  • Interests- drawing, yoga, music, my dog, disco
  • Favorite book- White Noise by Don Delillo
  • Music- homeshake, les rallizes denudes, my bloody valentine
  • Favorite quote- “I have a specific pixel within this e mail, and right now I know that you have read this email.”


  • BA in English, Literary Studies & BA in French and Francophone Studies; Enrolled in ASU’s General Masters in English program
  • Favorite Book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Interests: My Dog, All Kinds of Pasta, Romantic Comedies, Writing, True Crime Podcasts, Puns, and Traveling
  • Favorite Quote: “If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” -Jane Austen


  • BA in English, Literary Studies, enrolled in ASU’s Masters in English program
  • Interests: baking, tapestry weaving, punk music, translation, Chinese poetry, neon noir
  • “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” -Albert Camus


  • BA in English, Professional Writing; Enrolled in ASU's Graduate English Program in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Interests: Horror Movies, Mixology & Board Games
  • Favorite Book: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris 
  • Favorite Joke: Q: "What's the internal temperature of a tauntaun?" A: "Lukewarm."


  • BS Communication Studies, minor in Internet Studies; Enrolled in ASU’s Higher Education Teaching program. 
  • Interests: Communication and Rhetoric, Video Games, Music, Reality TV, & my dog. 
  • Favorite TV show: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Favorite book: A Game of Thrones


  • BA in Psychology & Public Health Studies at Elon University, Currently enrolled in Appalachian’s Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Program
  • Interests: sushi, pugs, True Crime literally anything, twitter memes and Bachelor in Paradise
  • Music: John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Alabama Shakes
  • Current obsessions: Euphoria on HBO


  • BA in English, Literary Studies, with a minor in Psychology
  • Pursuing a MA in English, College Teaching
  • Fourth Year on the Appalachian State Quidditch Team
  • Interests- Quidditch, decorating, parties, netflix
  • Favorite song: Pop/Stars
  • Favorite movie: Leap Year
  • Favorite Quote: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”  -George Bernard Shaw


  • BA in English, Literary Studies; Enrolled in ASU’s General Masters in English program
  • Interests: Video Games, Hulu/Netflix, Music (everything but Opera), Travelling to new locations
  • Favorite Childhood TV show: Saved by the Bell
  • Favorite Quote: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” -Evelyn Beatrice


Undergraduate Consultants


  • 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


  • Pursuing a BA in English, Creative Writing and an MA in English as a 4+1 student at Appalachian State with a minor in Psychology
  • Interests: Cycling, burnt coffee, making food in the microwave, writing short stories, and chocolate
  • Favorite movie: Cool Hand Luke
  • Favorite quote: "You never really know the true value of a moment, until it becomes a memory." --Spongebob Squarepants


  • Pursuing a BSA in Marketing and a BA in English, Professional Writing. I plan on receiving a master's degree in marketing or business. 
  • Interests: Coffee, poetry, photo editing, writing, the Kardashians and a lot of pie.
  • Favorite Song/Artist: Anything Luke Combs
  • Favorite movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Favorite Quote: “If you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise” --Rupi Kaur

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

Hannah, Coordinator

  • 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


  • Obtaining a BS in Anthropology: Race and Ethnicity
  • Favorite Albums: The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, They Might Be Giants: Flood, David Bowie: Diamond Dogs, 10CC: 10CC, Sparks: Kimono My House
  • Interests: Music, Pop music history, anthropology, cooking, reading, learning languages.
  • Favorite Quote: “Life goes on within you and without you”-George Harrison


  • 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


  • Junior Management major with a Human Resource minor
  • Interests: Serving on the executive board of Delta Zeta, YouTube, lifestyle podcasts, parkway dates, cardio dance classes, shopping. avid raw cookie dough eater, and lover of everything Disney. .
  • Favorite Movie: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  • Favorite quote: “She believed she could. so she did.”