Writers Workshop Staff
Elizabeth Morley, Director
Directing the Writers Workshop has brought me to Illinois from the
University of Kentucky where I taught writing courses at various levels
and managed the Writing Center. Although my experience has been in
writing, my Ph.D. is from the Educational Policy Studies department
with an emphasis in Higher Education. My dissertation research was a
study of the academic lives of five college sophomores, and I am
following the same students as they graduate and move into jobs and
professional schools. The Writers Workshop provides me the perfect
opportunity to combine my interests in writing and in serving college
Kathy Schnepper, Office Manager
My name is Kathy Schnepper. I live in Mahomet and am married to my husband Carney. I began working at the Writers Workshop in 2009 as the Office Manager. I have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. I have to mention our pride and joy Xena. She is an 8-year-old Border Collie. I was born and raised in River Grove, a suburb of Chicago. My husband and I moved to this area in 2001. Working at the Writers Workshop is great. Each year we seem to get busier. I work with a great Director, Undergraduates and Graduates. I enjoy meeting the many students that come through our door.
Writers Workshop Consultants
Alaina is a PhD candidate in the English department. As a tutor, she enjoys helping writers with essays on literature and history; business, techical and science writing; and personal statements.
I am a Ph.D student in the History of Education, Education Policy Studies (EPOL) here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My focus is on Reconstruction-era and early 20th Century education, with a focus on African-American education. I enjoy working here at the Writers Workshop and am looking forward to another fulfilling year.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. My research interest is academic literacy among underserved and first-generation college students and their transition to higher education and the workforce. I have a strong interest in how young adults acquire literacy through educational settings, the effectiveness of composition pedagogies, contextualized reading, and teacher preparation. My areas of specialization are composition/rhetoric and professional writing. Prior to starting graduate studies at UIUC, I taught college-freshman composition, directed writing studios at the University of Illinois Springfield, and worked as a Grants Specialist.
I'm an undergraduate English major with a minor in Classical Civilizations (if I finish it before I graduate). I don't have any particular literary interests, but I'll be writing my senior honors thesis about zombies. I've written for many disciplines, but mostly I love working with ideas; brainstorming with other writers is one of my favorite writing activities. I also love cats, video games, sci-fi, Pokemon, and Magic: The Gathering.
I'm an undergraduate majoring in English, and minoring in History. I’ve presented papers at the Streamlines Undergraduate Conference for Language, Literature and Writing in 2010, as well as the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program Conference in 2011. I’m very interested in American literature and history, and am always excited to work with new students.
I am a second year PhD student in the language and literacy program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. I am interested in the connections between language, literacy, culture, and identity. I teach Early Childhood Educators in C&I 468 and 465; am the graduate assistant for the University of Illinois Writing Project; and I also work in the Office of International Programs in the College of Education.
I'm a Ph.D. candidate at the English Department, and my dissertation focuses on the interconnections of higher education and postbellum Black novels. Before coming to U of I, I worked as a translator and a business English teacher. Here I've taught Rhetoric 105, Intro to Fiction, Intro to American Literature, and The American Novel Since 1914. I've also worked as a TA for the African American literature survey courses, and a grader for Intro to Fiction and Literatures of Global Culture courses. This semester I am working for the LAS Freshman Seminar as well as the Workshop, where I've been a consultant since 2005.
KatyHi! My name is Katy, and I'm an undergraduate majoring in English and minoring in Global Studies and Leadership Studies. I spent the last semester studying abroad in the south of France, so this is my first year as a peer consultant.
I am pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry. Prior to coming to Illinois, I worked as a library associate at my home library system, in Maryland. I studied literature at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
I am a Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in multilingualism, language ideology and identity. I earned my master's degree in applied linguistics from University of Hawaii (miss my surfboard a lot). I have taught various courses across various countries including the U.S., South Korea, Spain and Vietnam.
I received my MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, with a specialization in Writing Studies, at UIUC in 2008 and since then have taught at universities in China and Vietnam; San Diego and Santa Barbara, CA; and Boston. I have now returned to work on a PhD in Global Studies in Education. I began my work with English language and writing when I lived in Amsterdam, NL for twenty years – as an academic editor, teacher, short story writer, and pirate radio presenter. I’m so happy now to be working one-on-one with students and their writing here at the Workshop, facilitating the International Graduate Writing Group, and teaching at the Intensive English Institute. I just love being part of the thoughtful, dynamic, global culture at the U of I.
I am an undergraduate student studying Political Science and Philosophy. After graduation, I plan on attending law school. I have been consulting at the Writers Workshop since Fall 2011. In addition to working at the Writers Workshop, I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Pre-Law Club's newspaper.
I am a PhD student in the philosophy of education. I have taught in the Seattle and New York City metropolitan areas. My research interests are in the philosophy of educational research and social sciences, democratic policy planning and evaluation, and the design of learning technologies for educational development and liberal learning. I am the assistant managing editor for The Journal of Aesthetic Education.
I am a graduate student in the Department of English, mainly focusing on issues of gender and sexuality in media with a special emphasis on mainstream American cinema. I am also interested in censorship and the regulation of media content. As a teaching assistant, I have taught rhetoric and film classes, including RHET 105. I also attended the University of Illinois for my bachelor's degree in English. My experience at the Writers Workshop goes back to my senior year, when I began working as an undergraduate consultant.
I am a PhD student in history where I study the US, environmental history, and the history of science and medicine. My research focuses on traveling for health in the American West. At the University of Illinois I have taught courses in Illinois History, US Colonial History, and the Cultural History of Technology.
I am currently working on an undergraduate degree in English and another in Electrical Engineering. I sincerely enjoy working with all kinds of writing, from lyric poetry to microwave manuals, so feel free to bring in any piece you are worried about.
I'm a native Illinoisan. I earned a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Teaching and another in History from the University of Missouri St. Louis. I have taught several college level English and History courses. Currently, I am pursing a Ph.D. in Education Policy Organization and Leadership and anticipate another productive year working with the Writers Workshop.