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Meet The Team

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Dr. Mary Lutze
Director
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 creating chalkboard art, playing complex board games, noshing food in all forms, streaming anime, "Buffy," or "Doctor Who," 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 Writing Center theory and practice, early modern literature, disability studies, and deaf theatre. 
 
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Jeffrey Warndof, M.A.
Professional Writing Tutor
Phone: 479-788-7526
Email: Jeffrey.Warndof@uafs.edu
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)
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Stacey DuVaul, M.A.
English Instructor & Writing Center Administrative Staff
Phone: 479-788-7661
Email: Stacey.DuVaul@uafs.edu
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.
 
Melanie Bradley
Melanie Bradley, Senior
English Major and Creative Writing Minor

Favorite Quote:
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day without any mistakes in it yet?” – "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery

Personal Interests
  • Writing for fun (because of course)
  • Making hand-bound books
  • Raising chickens in my backyard

 

Specialties
  • Essay Organization / Structure
  • Pre-Writing Strategies
  • Application of Literary Theory
  • Brainstorming Paper Topics
  • Outlining Papers
  • Creative Writing (Fiction)
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Aubrey Doville
Aubrey Doville, Senior
English Major and Criminal Justice Minor

Favorite Book: "Circe" by Madeline Miller

Personal Interests
  • Reading
  • Making art
  • Cooking
Specialties
  • MLA and APA Formats
  • Brainstorming Paper Topics
  • Essay Organization and Structure
  • Thesis Development
  • Grammar and Punctuation
 
Pronouns: She / They
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Zachary Duke, Senior
English with Teacher Licensure Major

Favorite Quote: "The Lord of the Rings" series by J.R.R. Tolkien; "Jack Ryan" series by Tom Clancy; "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series by Douglas Adams

Personal Interests
  • Sketching
  • Reading
  • Traveling
  • Writing
  • Gaming
  • Pondering the deepest questions of the universe, like, "What would my dog sound like if he could talk?"

Specialties
  • MLA and APA Formats
  • Brainstorming Paper Topics
  • Academic Writing and Formatting
  • Steps in the Writing Process
  • Developing Creative Voice
  • Citation Consultation
  • Grammar and Punctuation
 
Pronouns: He / Him / His
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Emma Espino, Junior
Studio Art Major and Geoscience Minor

Favorite Book: “Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley (I refuse to believe Victor is "the REAL monster." You guys are just haters.)

Personal Interests
  • Digital painting (Thank you, "Undo" button.)
  • Video games
  • Enjoying memes in both Spanish and English
  • Whatever Starbucks puts in their iced matcha

Specialties
  • Analysis and Developing Ideas (Let's break apart that prompt together!)
  • Organization and Flow
  • Thesis Development
  • Grammar
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Joshua Freeman
Joshua Freeman, Senior
History Major and Anthropology Minor

Favorite Book: “Governing the Commons” by Elinor Ostrom

Personal Interests
  • Researching theory
  • Skyrim

Specialties
  • Pre-Writing and Brainstorming
  • Writing for the Social Sciences (History, Sociology, and Anthropology)
  • Thesis Formation and Development
  • Research Assistance and Source Integration
  • MLA and Chicago Turabian Formats
 
Pronouns: He / Him
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Paul Hackbarth, Lifelong Learner
Geology Major

Favorite Quote: “Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” – Jack Kornfield 

Personal Interests
  • Software engineering
  • Tai Chi
  • The music of Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, and Jacques Brel
  • The pursuit of learning – I’ve earned two bachelor's degrees in mathematics (1969 and 2017) and a bachelor’s degree in Biology (2020).
Specialties
  • Writing for Biology, Philosophy, and Rhetoric
  • Logic, Critical Thinking, and Argument Analysis
  • Brainstorming Paper Topics
  • Researched Arguments
  • Grammar
Emilee Hatwig
Emilee Hatwig, Junior
English with Teacher Licensure Major

Favorite Quote: “You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it.” – Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"

Personal Interests
  • Writing
  • Baking
  • Drawing, painting, and various crafting projects
  • Video production/editing
  • 2019 graduate with an Associate of Science in digital design and a Bachelor of Science in animation technology
  • The 80s, 90s, and Studio Ghibli movies
  • Hozier
  • Neil Gaiman

Specialties
  • Grammar
  • Project Structure and Organization
  • MLA Format
  • Literary Theory
  • Creative and Academic Writing
  • Brainstorming Ideas
  • Proofreading
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Gabrielle Hinkle
Gabrielle Hinkle, Sophomore
Biochemistry Major

Favorite Quote: “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” – C.S. Lewis

Personal Interests
  • Watercolor
  • Hand embroidery
  • Developing new recipes
  • All things creative

Specialties
  • Research and Source Integration
  • Essay Structure and Organization
  • Clarity
  • Oral Presentations
  • Scientific Writing
  • MLA Format
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
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Samantha Roberts, Junior
Studio Art Major and Creative Writing Minor

Favorite Books:
The Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat

Personal Interests
  • Digital illustration and comics
  • Video games
  • Cosplaying
  • Fashion and style
  • Watching "Bob’s Burgers," specifically, on loop. Forever. Send help.

Specialties
  • Thesis and Content Development
  • Academic Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Essay Organization and Structure
  • MLA Format
  • Grammar and Spelling
  • Editing and Revision
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Mackenzie Slusser
Mackenzie Slusser, Junior
Media Communication Major and Rhetoric and Writing Minor

Favorite Book: “Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time” by Rob Sheffield

Personal Interests
  • Music enthusiast
  • Reading memoirs, outdoor adventure books, and a little fiction here and there
  • Playing with my new bernedoodle puppy
  • Jogging, yoga sculpt, and pilates
  • Learning about specialty coffee from my fiance and learning how to skateboard

Specialties
  • Brainstorming Topics
  • MLA and APA Formats
  • Essay Structure and Organization
  • Thesis Development
  • Source Integration / In-Text Citations
  • Academic and Journalistic Writing
  • Research Strategies
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
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Madison Slusser, Junior
Geoscience Major

Favorite Book: "
All our Waves are Water" by Jaimal Yogis

Personal Interests
  • Hiking / Being outdoors
  • Reading
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Car enthusiast

Specialties
  • MLA and APA Formats
  • In-Text Citations
  • Thesis Development
  • Brainstorming Paper Topics
  • Outlining Papers
  • Academic Writing
  • Research Assistance and Source Integration
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
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Avreigh Watson, Sophomore
English Major with Teacher Licensure

Favorite Book: "1984" by George Orwell

Personal Interests
  • Old television
  • YA books (or any books – I don’t discriminate)
  • The OKC Thunder
  • Classical music
  • Taylor Swift
  • History
  • Art

Specialties
  • Style
  • Thesis Development
  • Essay Organization and Flow
  • Creative Writing (Fiction / Prose and Poetry)
  • Proofreading
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers