Meet Our Team

The UWC is staffed by a director, graduate assistant directors, graduate consultants, undergraduate consultants, and undergraduate office assistants.


Dr. Kara Poe Alexander
Associate Professor in Professional Writing and Rhetoric
Department of English

Phone: x7400
Office: Carroll Science, room 316 / UWC 2024

Dr. Alexander has served as Director of the University Writing Center since May 2017. Dr. Alexander joined the faculty at Baylor in 2006 after finishing a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville. She is currently an associate professor in the Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) Program in the English Department. Her research examines the ways that writers use writing to develop identity and effect change. She is interested in the ways that writers negotiate and fulfill the complex task of writing, including the narratives they tell about writing, the challenges they face as writers, and how they transfer what they know about writing to various contexts.

Since joining the Baylor faculty, Dr. Alexander has taught a range of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, including literacy studies, argumentative and persuasive writing, digital and multimodal composition, technical writing, professional and workplace writing, and creative nonfiction. She served as Coordinator of the PWR major from 2013-2017, and a Baylor Fellow for the Academy of Teaching and Learning from 2014-2015. She also served as the resident director of the Baylor in Maastricht Study Abroad Program in Summer 2017.

Since becoming director of the UWC, Dr. Alexander hired the first cohort of undergraduate consultants (2018-2019), implemented online tutorial sessions, initiated an executed a move to Moody Library in 2019, and added walk-in hours for the UWC.

2019-2020 Graduate Assistants to the Director (GADs)

  • Christina Lambert: GAD of Training and Promotion (2018-present)
  • Harrison Otis: GAD of Staff Management and Multilingual Writer Consulting (2019-present)
  • Hannah Wells: GAD of Outreach and Online Consulting (2019-present)

Summer 2019 Graduate Consultants (GCs)

  • Kelly Sauskojus: Kelly is a second-year MA student in English here at Baylor. In part because she loves writing centers so much, she's starting a PhD in rhetoric at the other UT in the fall (University of Tennessee in Knoxville). during her last summer in Waco, she's reading a lot, going to the SLC, and eating at In-N-Out and Torchy's  as much as she can.
  • Ryan Sinni: Ryan Sinni is a second-year PhD student in English. He is from Germantown, Maryland, and graduated from Union University with a B.A. in English and Christian Studies. As a member of Union’s interdisciplinary Honors Community, he enjoyed exploring big questions like “What is wisdom? What is beauty? What is justice?” In his doctoral studies, he is specializing in Renaissance literature.
  • Matt Turnbull
  • Hannah Wells: Hannah Wells is a second year PhD student in the English Department. This is her second year in the UWC. A native Iowan, she holds a BA in English and a philosophy minor from Central College in Pella, Iowa, where she worked as an undergraduate tutor for the writing center. She loves great books from every turn in history and you could catch her reading Plato, Jane Austen, or Marilynne Robinson depending on the day. When she’s not at the University Writing Center, look for her exploring Waco’s Tex-Mex and thrift stores or binge-watching classic TV with her husband, Matt.

2019-2020 Graduate Consultants (GCs)

  • Kelly Collins
  • Andrew Hicks
  • Samantha Kiser
  • Allison Scheidegger
  • Jonathan Scruggs

2018-2019 Undergraduate Consultants (UGCs)

Travis Bridges (English), Jose Arraiz-Rada (Business and Philosophy), Sam Cedar (University Scholars), Amber Cox (Business Fellows), Jasmine Crabb (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Andrew Juwono (Business Marketing and MIS), Julia Pantleo (English), Andi Perkins (Professional Writing and Rhetoric), Cristina Pierce (English), Amanda Seaboch (Professional Writing and Rhetoric), Laura Southern (English), Josie Van Divier (Business Fellows), Elizabeth Velasquez (Professional Writing and Rhetoric), and Lauren Wetzel (University Scholars)

Undergraduate Office Assistants

  • Savannah Cooper
  • Brayley Payne