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Meet The Writing Center Team


Dr. Lutze, in a white shirt, smiles at the camera.

Dr. Mary Lutze


Phone: 479-788-7227


Bio: Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Dr. Lutze held the position of writing center associate director at Loyola University Chicago, where she earned her Ph.D. in English in May 2020. She attained her B.A. in English at Evangel University and her M.A. in English at Missouri State University. In her downtime she enjoys taking walks with her French Water Dog (Nori) and husband (Alex), experimenting with recipes, streaming horror movies and anime, and tending her various (and hilariously named) house plants. Odds are you will find her listening to either music or audiobooks while brainstorming how best to assist UAFS students in achieving academic success.

Specialties: Dr. Lutze's academic interests include early modern literature, disability studies, deaf theatre, and writing center theory and practice.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Jeffrey Warndof

Jeffrey Warndof, M.A.

Assistant Director

Phone: 479-788-7526


Bio: Jeffrey's prior experience includes teaching freshman composition as a graduate assistant, teaching English in South Korea, and working as an academic advisor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Master of Arts in teaching English as a second language. In his spare time, he enjoys writing screenplays, cooking, gardening, and watching LeBron dominate.

Specialties: Tutoring ESL writers and creative writing (screen plays, poetry, and short story)

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Stacey DuVaul

Stacey DuVaul, M.A.

English Instructor & Writing Center

Administrative Staff

Phone: 479-788-7661


Bio: Stacey DuVaul has taught English courses for 30 years, including more than 25 years at UAFS. She received her Associate of Arts at (then) Westark Community College, her Bachelor of Arts in English education and her Master of Science in college teaching of English from Northeastern State University. In addition to teaching college, high school, and vacation bible school, she has worn a variety of hats over the years, including wife, mother, writer, volunteer firefighter, photographer, and floral designer. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching over her flock of shepherds (five German shepherds and one wannabe). She exercises her mind and body by reading, writing, working out, and walking. She doesn't run unless the convenience store is closing and she’s out of chocolate.

Specialties: She specializes in people skills, enjoying the process of getting to know students and working one-on-one with them to establish a relationship and create a better paper. She has worked extensively to help students across the curriculum revise essays, research projects, compose letters of application for grad school, med school, internships, and scholarships, and prepare presentations. Perhaps most importantly she loves to write and loves to teach, so she is at home in this work.

Nori the dog

Nori - The Writing Center Dog

Instagram: n0ri_the_barbet

Bio: Nori is a 2-year old French water dog (a  Barbet) and a therapy dog in training. She is the Writing Center's mascot and loves to help students with stress relief by offering tail wags, cuddles, kisses, and general cuteness. Though she is Dr. Lutze's dog, when she's on campus, she's EVERYONE'S dog and is always available for puppy therapy. 

Specialties: Catching the ball midair, 100 percent return rate in fetch, squirrel perception, being adorable, learning and performing tricks (just ask Dr. Lutze to have her demonstrate.)

Personal Interests: tennis balls, licking ears, UAFS Lions, treats, walks, getting pets, fetch, and naps.


Student Tutors

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Jorgi Anderson, Sophomore

English with Teacher Licensure Major

Favorite Books: The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Room by Emma Donaghue

Personal Interests: Reading, volunteering at the Fort Smith Little Theatre, watching movies and tv shows, and hanging out with my friends!

Specialties: Thesis Development, MLA Format, Editing and Revising, Grammar and Spelling, Literary Analysis

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

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Kameron Burns, Sophomore

Rhetoric and Writing Major

Favorite Book: The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner

Personal Interests: Thrifting, Talking, Gardening, Reading, Writing, and Driving

Specialties: Brainstorming Ideas, Editing, Expanding Arguments, Thesis Development, and Clarity in Writing

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

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Mitchell Collins, Sophomore

Political Science Major

Favorite Book: 1984 by George Orwell. Honorable mentions go to Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir and the Dark Elf Trilogy by R. A. Salvatore.

Personal Interests: Reading fiction (mostly sci-fi), going to the gym, doing calisthenics, hiking (generally being in the woods), and studying / relaxing in libraries.

Specialties: Academic Writing, Research Writing, Creative Writing, Speech and Presentation Analysis, Prewriting Strategies, Brainstorming Ideas, Research Methods, Source Integration, MLA Format, APA Format, Editing, and Proofreading.

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Holly Farrar

Holly Farrar, Senior

Lead Tutor

English Major

Favorite Quote: “All great achievements require time.” – Maya Angelou

Personal Interests: My favorite things to do include working toward giving my 4 dogs their best lives! I also enjoy traveling, reading, refinishing furniture, reading medical journals / studies…yes, for fun.

Specialties: Essay Organization / Structure, Brainstorming Paper Topics, Research Methods and Source Integration, MLA Format, Critical Thinking, and Deductive Reasoning.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers


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Phillip Henley, Freshman

English Major

Favorite Book: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Personal Interests: I am a massive fan of all things Tolkien. I may know the History of Middle Earth better than real-world history. I am also interested in Publishing and being active in social causes. 

Specialties: Freelance Writing, Research, Creative Writing, MLA Format, Plotting, Outlining, Research Methods, Editing, and Proofreading.

Pronouns: Any

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Ivan Hernandez, Freshman

Business Administration Major (Appointments in Spanish Available)

Favorite Book: The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Personal Interests: Art, Cooking, Hiking, Video Games, Practicing Soccer, and Watching Soccer Games

Specialties: Academic Writing, Brainstorming Ideas, Organization & Structure, Expanding ARguments, and MLA Format

Pronouns: He / Him / His

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Sophia McLain, Senior

Lead Tutor

Rhetoric and Writing Major, TESL Minor, TEFL Certified

Favorite Book: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Personal Interests: Video games, visiting art exhibitions / galleries, making care packages / letters for friends, animated TV (Bee and PuppyCat, Over the Garden Wall, Mob Psycho 100), anything horror / thriller / cryptids, and traveling.

Specialties: Creative Writing, Academic Writing, Brainstorming Ideas, Editing for Clarity, Organization / Structure, and Research Writing.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

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Avery Powell, Sophomore

Rhetoric and Writing Major, Creative Writing Minor

Favorite Quote: "Always question, always wonder" - The Giver

Personal Interests: I like to read, write, hang out with friends, and binge watch Criminal Minds or Teen Wolf.

Specialties: Creative writing (fiction or script), Research Writing, Cultural Literacy, Thesis Development, Transitions & Flow, Grammar, Proofreading, and MLA Format

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

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Perla Romero, Junior

Geoscience Major, (Appointments in Spanish Available)

Favorite Book: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Ki

Personal Interests: Traveling, Listening to Music, Hanging out with Friends, Hiking, and Sewing

Specialties: Brainstorming, MLA Format, APA Format, Grammar, Proofreading, and Organization

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

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Isabella Serrano, Junior

General Studies Major, Primary Emphasis: English

Favorite Quote: "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up - figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." - Michael Jordan

Personal Interests: Playing tennis, working out, spending time with my family and friends, drinking coffee, and reading.

Specialties: Research Writing, Literary Analysis, Rhetorical Analysis, Prewriting Strategies, Outlining, Organization/Structure, Brainstorming Ideas, Thesis Development, Expanding Arguments, Editing, Proofreading, and MLA Format

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

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Gabbie Stokes, Junior

English Major, Diversity Studies Minor

Favorite Book: Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Personal Interests: Sewing, Journaling, Jewelry Making, Reading & Listening to Audiobooks, Gardening, and Playing Board Games

Specialties: Thesis Development, Research Writing, Literary Analysis, Speech and Presentation Preparation, Writing Organization & Structure, Clarity and Flow, MLA Format.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

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Grace Williams, Junior

Studio Art Major

Favorite Book: Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

Personal Interests: Art, Music, Reading, Learning Languages, Cooking, and Watching K-Dramas.

Specialties: Brainstorming Ideas, Organization and Structure, Clarity, Proofreading, and MLA Format

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

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Troi Winters, Senior

Lead Tutor

History Major and Creative Writing Minor

Favorite Books: The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson (a very close second is The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee).

Personal Interests: Writing and reading sci-fi and fantasy, playing Dungeons & Dragons, enjoying astrophysics in a "fascination" capacity and not so much an "understanding" capacity, and spending time with my doggo, Annie!

Specialties: Outlining and Idea Development, Creative Writing (specifically fiction / prose), Thesis Development, Research Methods, MLA Format, and Chicago / Turabian Format.

Pronouns: He / Him / His