WAC Consultants

WAC Consultants

  • Rhodes

    Georgia Rhoades

    Writing Across the Curriculum, Director Georgia Rhoades was Director of Composition in the English Department at ASU for ten years. Her doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition is from the University of Louisville, and her research interests include issues of non-tenure track working conditions and professional development, embodied rhetoric, and Irish Women's Literature. She is a founding member of Black Sheep Theatre and has performed her plays in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, and the U.S. Contact: rhoadesgd@appstate.edu
  • Bohr

    Dennis Bohr

    Dennis Bohr taught high school English for 14 years before moving to Boone in 1993.  He taught composition, Theatre Appreciation, Speech, and British and American Literature at Caldwell Community College before becoming full time at Appalachian State, teaching in Rhetoric and Composition. He now teaches a Freshman Seminar course titled Theatre and Social Justice and works in the University Writing Center. Dennis was awarded the Sustainable Arts Grant Award from the ASU Sustainability Council in May 2013 and May 2016 to produce his plays, Jesus from Another Planet and The Disposable Man, both of which were performed on Appalachian’s campus. He is a founding member of Black Sheep Theatre, a theatre troupe dedicated to writing and performing original work. His plays have seen numerous productions in North Carolina and Kentucky as well as overseas in England and Northern Ireland. He is a recent recipient of an OIED grant to attend a week-long residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Center, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. 
  • Hart

    Sherry Alusow Hart

    Sherry Alusow Hart has been teaching composition for over 26 years.  She received her B.A. and M.A. from East Tennessee State University and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She has been at ASU since 2003.  In addition to being a WAC Consultant since 2008 specializing in assessment, she was a co-investigator for the Information Literacy Assessment in Fall 2009 and is providing assessment support for several other programs connected with writing. She also teaches British Literature for the English Department, has served as secretary for the Tennessee Philological Association for the past four years, and has been a Faculty Consultant for the ETS/College Board English Literature Exam since 1996.
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    Julie Karaus

    Julie Karaus is a Boone native who, in addition to being a WAC consultant, serves as the Assistant Director of the University Writing Center. She received her MA in Higher Education with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition in 2013 and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology in 2001. In between degrees she spent some time doing archaeology and lived for a stint in Charleston, SC working in the restaurant business and travelling the world.
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    Sarah Zurhellen

    Sarah Zurhellen completed her BA, BS, and MA degrees at Appalachian State and her PhD at the University of Missouri. She rejoined the AppState community in 2014 as a faculty member and is now the Assistant Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program and a Professional Consultant in the University Writing Center. She studies the impact of digital computing on language and the form of the novel and enjoys teaching, talking, and thinking about writing in all of its forms and functions.
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    Kelly Terzaken

    Kelly Terzaken is a WAC Consultant and an English Lecturer in the Rhetoric and Composition Program.  She earned her undergraduate degree from UNC-Wilmington and her MA from Appalachian State.  Prior to returning to Boone, she spent nine years with Coastal Carolina Community College serving as an English Instructor and Division Chair. She is happy to be back in the classroom full-time teaching RC 2001: Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum but also enjoys working with faculty across campus to support student writing. 
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    Chelsea Hatfield

    Chelsea Hatfield, WAC's 2019-2020 Graduate Assistant, is a second-year graduate student at Appalachian State University pursuing a Masters in English. Her favorite saying is "Bloom Where You Are Planted." Her favorite book is Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Her favorite place that she has visited was London (and she can't wait to go back). 

Former WAC Consultants

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    Lauren Coldiron

    Lauren Coldiron is currently pursuing a PhD in English from Old Dominion University. Her area of research involves how we integrate digital media into pedagogy, specifically with the outcome of increasing awareness of and advocacy for positive representations of diversity. She serves as coordinating editor for the MediaCommons Field Guide, a digital scholarly network dedicated to fostering discussion about issues concerning English, Communication, and the Humanities.
  • Hawkins

    Brendan Hawkins

    Brendan Hawkins is a PhD student in Florida State University’s Rhetoric and Composition program, where he teaches Research, Genre, and Context classes in FSU’s College Composition program. In addition to his range of research interests—including writing across the curriculum, faculty development, and electronic portfolios—he studies the relationships among tacit knowledge, reflection, and composing. Before moving to Florida State, Brendan was a Writing Across the Curriculum faculty consultant and Rhetoric and Composition program adjunct instructor at Appalachian State University. He graduated from Appalachian with an MA in English and a Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition. 
  • CC Hendricks and Julie Karaus

    CC Hendricks

    C.C. Hendricks is currently a Doctoral candidate in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University. Since arriving at SU, she has served as a writing center consultant; an instructor of freshman, sophomore, and professional writing; Assistant Editor for the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series; and Assistant Director of TA Education in the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition. Her research interests include feminist rhetorics and historiography, affect in political rhetoric, Writing Across the Curriculum, and Writing Program Administration.
  • Rountree

    Dr. Travis Rountree

    Dr. Travis A. Rountree earned his doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition from University of Louisville in May 2017.  He is currently the director of writing at Indiana University East in Richmond, IN and the treasurer for the Appalachian Studies Association.  His research focuses on place-based learning, public memory studies, and Appalachian Rhetorics.  He owes much of the success of his professional career to the profound professional development of the ASU WAC Program.
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    Katelyn Stark

    Former Graduate Assistant for AppState's Writing Across the Curriculum Program, Katelyn Stark is currently a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition. Her dissertation, Writer Development Within and Outside the Composition Classroom: A Study of Concurrent Transfer, investigates the impact composition curricula have on students’ ability to draw upon, use, and repurpose their writing knowledge across multiple contexts. Her forthcoming publications will appear in English Studies OnlineJournal of Business and Technical Communication, and Utah State University Press. Katelyn currently serves as the Assistant Director of FSU’s College Composition Program and is in the process of redesigning FSU’s first-year composition curriculum. In addition to her research and service, Katelyn is an avid teacher. She teaches upper-level writing courses in FSU's Editing, Writing, and Media major, including Writing and Editing in Print and Online (WEPO) and Rhetoric.
  • Dr. Erin Zimmerman

    Dr. Erin Zimmerman, one of the original WAC Consultants, is currently the Director of the Writing Center and the Writing in the Disciplines Program and an assistant professor in the English Department at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. Her experience working with the WAC Program from 2008-2011 has influenced her research and teaching ever since. Both center on Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing in the Disciplines, and composition pedagogy, with a focus on supporting students’ transfer of learning across disciplines and using writing as a method for learning disciplinary course content. In 2016 she completed her PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication at Iowa State University where her dissertation examined 1) how researchers in the composition and the biological sciences programs at ISU compose with and read visuals in scholarly documents and 2) how that knowledge is then transmitted to students in composition and biology classes. Awareness of these practices provides understanding of discipline specific communication expectations, which in turn enhances instructors’ guidance of students’ learning in each discipline and abilities to support students’ transfer of learning across these two disciplines. Her recent research projects include a redesign of pedagogical approaches for a graduate-level Writing in the Disciplines course for ESL students, and an examination of group size in collaborative projects for enhancing student learning and managing the teaching loads of multidisciplinary faculty.