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

Phone: (254) 710-7400
Office: UWC 2024 / Carroll Science 316

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 professor in the Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) Program in the English Department. She is also an editor for LiCS: Literacy in Composition Studies. 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 and executed a move to Moody Library in Spring 2019, added weekly walk-in hours for the UWC, and expanded the UWC's social media presence. Dr. Alexander attended the 2019 IWCA Summer Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and is an active member of IWCA (International Writing Centers Association) and SCWCA (South Central Writing Centers Association).

Assistant Director

Dr. Lauren Short
Lecturer in Professional Writing and Rhetoric

Phone: (254) 710-1768
Office: UWC 2029

Dr. Lauren Short joined the Baylor faculty in Fall 2020. 

Graduate Assistant Directors 

Undergraduate Office Assistants 

  • Meghan Boen
  • Carlie Brown
  • Maddie Eden
  • Wyatt Hales