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Fall 2019 Tutors & Staff

All of the Writing Center's tutors have achieved academic success and received training certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. To learn more about an individual tutor's background and specializations, please see the list below.


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Allies Trained Tutor

Tutors with this symbol by their photo are Allies to the Texas State LGBTQIA+ Community.

Undergraduate and Graduate Tutors


Undergraduate Tutor, Alex

Title: Undergraduate Tutor
PR & Outreach Coordinator
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Specialties: Honors Studies, Outlining, MLA, APA
Undergraduate Major: Psychology


Title: Graduate Tutor, Writing Center Coordinator 
Specialties: Brainstorming, Thesis Development, Outlining, Philosophy Writing, ENG 1310 & 1320, MLA & Chicago Style, P.U.G.
Graduate Major: Rhetoric and Composition 


Title: Undergraduate Lead Tutor
Specialties: COMM 1310, COMM 2338, COMM 3301, COMM 3318Q, ENG 1310, ENG 1320, ENG 2320, Argument & Refutation Writing, Close Reading Essays, Statements of Purpose, Resumes, IMRaD, APA, 
Undergraduate Major: Communication Studies
Undergraduate Minor: Mass Communication

Competent in Spanish


Title: Graduate Tutor, Military-Connected Tutor
Specialties: Structure, MLA, Close Reading, Textual Analysis, Research 
Graduate Major: Literature

Military Connected, Army Veteran 


Title: Undergraduate tutor
Specialties: MLA, ENG 1310 & 1320, Argumentative Papers, Honors
Undergraduate Major: Pre-Nursing & Psychology 

Undergraduate Minor: Aging and Life Course


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Title: Graduate Tutor, Writing Center Coordinator
Specialties: Creative Writing, Scholarship Essays, Brainstorming, Honors Thesis, Organization
Undergraduate Major: English & Anthropology 



Title: Undergraduate Tutor
Specialties: STEM Writing, Research, APA, Chicago, Resumes, CVs
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Undergraduate Minor: History

Proficient in Spanish


Title: Undergraduate Tutor, Social Media Coordinator
Specialties: ENG 1310 & 1320, Organization, Outlining, PUG
Undergraduate Major: Communication Studies
Undergraduate Minor: Mass Communication


Title: Undergraduate Tutor
Specialties: Philosophy Writing, PHIL 1305, ENG 1320
Major: Philosophy 


Title: Undergraduate Tutor
Specialties: English, History, Creative Writing, Brainstorming, Organization, Outlining, Honors Studies, Researching 
Undergraduate Major: Geography Resource and Environmental Studies
Undergraduate Minor: International Studies 

Proficient in Mandarin Chinese


Title: Graduate Tutor 
Specialties: History, Literature Papers, Creative Fiction
Graduate Major: Creative Writing, Fiction

Military-Connected Tutor, Army


Undergraduate Tutor, Aly

Title: Undergraduate Tutor, Webcam Coordinator
Specialties: English 1310 &1320, Organization, Thesis Statements, Brainstorming
Undergraduate Major: Political Science
Undergraduate Minor: Political Communications


Title: Undergraduate Tutor
Specialties: Persuasive Essays, Personal Essays
Undergraduate MajorGeography (Environmental and Resource Studies) 
Undergraduate Minor: Creative Writing

Military-Connected VeteranCompetent in Spanish 


TitleUndergraduate Tutor 
Specialties: MLA, Scholarship Applications 
Undergraduate Major: History and Psychology 
Undergraduate Minor: Criminal Justice and Theater 


TitleUndergraduate Tutor
Specialties: ENG 1310 & 1320, Creative WritingGrammar, Finding Sources, Scholarship Essays, Personal Essays 
Undergraduate Major: English - Creative Writing 
Undergraduate Minor: Sociology 

Competent in Spanish  


Title: Undergraduate Tutor, Webcam Tutor
Specialties: Creative Writing, Poetry, MLA, English 1310 & 1320, Technical Writing, Outlining, Literary Analysis 
Undergraduate Major: English
Undergraduate Minor: Art Studies

Competent in American Sign Language 


Title: Undergraduate Tutor, Essay Contest Coordinator 
Specialties: Honors Studies, Essay Writing, Literary Analysis, Creative Writing 
Undergraduate Major: English
Undergraduate Minor: Anthropology

Proficient in Japanese 


Title: Graduate Tutor
Graduate Coordinator 
Specialties: RDG 1300, Composition, Literature, Qualitative Methodology, APA & MLA, Graduate-Level Research Writing, Personal Statements, Conference Proposals, CVs, Cover Letters  
Doctoral Major: Developmental Education, Literacy

Lauren C.

Title:  Graduate Lead Tutor, Workshop Coordinator 
Specialties: Graduate-Level Research Writing, Composition, MLA, Outlining Organization, Brainstorming
Doctoral Major: Adult, Professional, and Community Education


Title: Undergraduate Tutor
Specialties: PUG, Drafting, Organization, Literature Reviews, Analysis, Business Writing, Technical Writing, Creative Writing
Undergraduate Major: English w/ Teachers Education
Undergraduate Minor: Teacher Certification, Honor Studies


Title: Undergraduate Tutor
Specialties: Literary Analysis, Research, Brainstorming, Outlining, Resumes, Personal Statements 
Undergraduate Major: English, Writing and Rhetoric
Undergraduate Minor: French

Proficient in French; Military-Connected (Air Force Brat)


Title: Undergraduate Tutor 
Specialties: Research, History, Art History, Art/Visual Analysis
Undergraduate Major: Studio Arts, Ceramics

Director Team

Our directors make the Writing Center an amazing resource to help writers improve.

Autumn Hayes

Writing Center Assistant Director 
Senior Lecturer 

Pronouns: We/Our/Ours
Master's:  Creative Writing 
Undergraduate Major: Business Administration
Undergraduate Minor: Creative Writing 

Lauren Schiely

Writing Center Assistant Director 
Senior Lecturer 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Master's: MA Rhetoric & Composition 
Undergraduate Major: English & Creative Writing 


Sean Rachel Mardell

Coordinator of Military-Connected Tutoring

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Master's: MA Literature (Media Studies)
Undergraduate Major: English
Undergraduate Minor: Media Studies

Military-Connected (Army Veteran & Navy Brat)

Dr. Deb Balzhiser

Dr. Deb Balzhiser

Writing Center Director
Associate Professor

Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers
PhD:  English Studies
Master's:  MS Writing
Undergraduate Major: English & Journalism
Undergraduate Minor: Composition & Linguistics

Keri Fitzgerald

Keri Fitzgerald

Writing Center Assistant Director
Senior Lecturer

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Master's: MA Literature
Undergraduate Major: English
Undergraduate Minor: Honors Studies