Writing Center Staff
Dr. Becca Cassady, Director
Dr. Becca Cassady joined the Graduate School in 2022 as the Dissertation, Thesis, and Graduate Writing Center Program Director. In her current role, she directs a team of graduate writing consultants from across disciplines as they work with students on their writing and publications, offering feedback on writing projects and helping foster effective writing and publication habits. She also oversees Technical Reviews and assists graduate students in crossing the finish line as they format, finalize, and publish their theses and dissertations.
Before joining the Graduate School, Becca earned her PhD in English with a concentration in rhetoric and composition from Baylor. She has taught in various capacities in Baylor's English Department and Honors College, first as a graduate student and then as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow. Her research interests include learning transfer, writing center theory, and literacy.
Anna Beaudry, Coordinator
Anna Beaudry is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English specializing in 19th century American Literature and the New England Regionalist movement. She taught high school literature and rhetoric for four years in central Virginia before coming to Baylor in 2018 to pursue her Master's in American Literature. Anna completed her MA in 2020 and began her PhD that same year. In addition to her role as the Graduate Writing Center Coordinator, Anna has taught ENG 1310 for the English department and serves as the Executive Vice President of the Graduate Student Association. She is married to Troy, a local elementary school teacher, and dog mom to her greyhound, Pippa. You can usually find her teaching Rev+Flow classes at Waco's REFIT® studio, digging in the garden, or plotting to acquire chickens.
Alicia Briancon, Consultant
Alicia Briancon is an Ed.D candidate at Baylor in the Education department. Her research focuses on informal faculty-student contact and its impact on course retention. She teaches public speaking at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and is a digital media consultant with a political Super PAC striving to protect our democracy. For two years at CSN, she worked with the Prison Education Program as well. She received a master's degree in Strategic Communication from American University in Washington, DC, and a BA from the University of Maryland in College Park. She is active with the AEJMC as a Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication fellow and is a member of Kappa Delta Phi. In Las Vegas, she teaches a dance fitness class on the weekends at EOS and loves to go hiking with her partner.
Joyce Chang, Consultant
Joyce Chang is a fourth year PhD student in the department of Sociology at Baylor University. Her research centers Asian Americans in the race and assimilation discourse with a special attention on Asian ethnic religious congregations. Additional research topics include racial attitudes, social movements, intermarriage and the intersection of race and religion among Asian Americans. Born and raised in California, Joyce attended the University of Southern California where she majored in communication and religion. Upon graduating, she enrolled in Fuller Seminary to pursue a Master of Arts in Theology and in Intercultural Studies. Joyce is passionate about empowering others to discover their voice — either through speaking or writing. If she is not seen teaching undergraduates in the Sociology department, one may find her hosting college ministry hangouts at her house, planning events or learning to cook a new dish!
Kristin Huggins, Consultant
Kristin Huggins is an Ed.D. doctoral candidate with the Baylor School of Education, whose research explores voice classification protocols in higher education applied studio instruction. Additional research interests include performance practices of undergraduate American vocal majors, applied studio instruction, and the power dynamics between students and applied music instructors. She received her B.M. in vocal performance from Abilene Christian University (2009) and her M.M. in opera performance from New England Conservatory in Boston, MA (2011). Kristin currently serves as the Division Chair of Fine Arts & Kinesiology at Trinity Valley Community College, overseeing approximately 30 faculty within the Music, Art, Drama, Dance, Photography, and Kinesiology departments. In addition to her supervisory duties, Kristin has also served as the Professor of Voice since 2013, teaching undergraduate courses in Applied Voice, Italian/French/German Diction, American Music, and Music Appreciation. She was the recipient of the 2019 Ray Williams Teaching Excellence Award and the 2018 Innovative Online Instruction grant at Trinity Valley. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys crocheting, knitting, baking all things from the Great British Baking Show, and caring for her herd of motley cows and flock of chickens on the ranch.
LaJoie Lex, Consultant
LaJoie Lex is a 6th-year PhD candidate in Baylor’s English department. She studies intersections of nature, gender, and religion in Early Modern poetry and spent four years teaching freshman and sophomore writing and literature courses. In her dissertation, she examines how seventeenth-century poets used their lyrics to conceptualize and influence various forms of afterlife. Her research on Early Modern female writers aims to illuminate some of their overlooked poems and encourage further study into their work. LaJoie has extensive experience in editing, writing, teaching, and consulting, and she can't wait to assist you with improving your current project!
Jasmine Stovall, Consultant
Jasmine Stovall is a PhD Candidate in the biology department under the advisement of Dr. Thad Scott. She is originally from Omaha, NE and completed her undergraduate work at Iowa State University. Her dissertation research focuses primarily on water quality as well as phytoplankton response to changing environmental conditions and human impact. She is passionate about educating others on the importance of protecting and conserving global freshwater resources. Her favorite school-related activities include microscopy, teaching undergraduate students, setting up lab experiments and being out on the lake collecting water samples. Outside of the lab, she enjoys cooking, crafting, cycling and spending time with my nieces and nephew.
Madhur Wyatt, Consultant
Madhur Wyatt is a PhD candidate with the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation. She is studying the effects of vitamin D supplementation on microbial composition, findings of which can be used to make associations with early-onset colorectal cancer risk. Diet-microbiome interactions and mechanisms of host-microbiome inflammation are additional areas of research that interest her. The two master’s degrees she earned (MA in Science, Kinesiology and MBA, Business Administration) provided her a strong foundation for pursuing PhD, teaching, managing research, and serving as a mentor for undergraduates. Prior to a career in academia, Madhur was a business manager at several companies for over 6 years. Her personal struggle with weight management in the early life-years, passion for nutrition and curiosity about the microbiome ultimately lead her to redirect her life’s purpose to studying and educating the world about the nuances of diet, health, and disease prevention. In her spare time, Madhur enjoys a life in the outdoors- hiking, biking, repelling into canyons. She also finds delight in cooking, reading, writing.