WAC Consultants


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. rhoadesgd@appstate.edu   


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. His email is bohrdj@appstate.edu.


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. hartsa@appstate.edu


Julie Karaus is a Boone native who received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian in Anthropology in 2001. She spent some time doing archaeology and lived for a stint in Charleston, SC working in the restaurant business and travelling the world. In 2013, she received her MA in Higher Education with a concentration in English and History, also receiving the Rhetoric and Composition graduate certificate. Julie taught English at Wilkes Community College and currently teaches in the Rhetoric and Composition program here at ASU. Julie also currently works as a professional consultant in the University Writing Center. Her interests include foodways research, inclusive pedagogies, masculinity studies, writing center research, and issues of student transfer. karausje@appstate.edu

Sarah Zurhellen is a Lecturer and APortfolio Coordinator for the Rhetoric and Composition Program at Appalachian State University. She also enjoys consulting for the Writing Across the Curriculum Program and working with faculty across the university to incorporate meaningful writing assignments into their courses. Her best work can be found on the backend of a few apps and scattered along most single-track trails in the Blue Ridge. zurhellenss@appstate.edu

WAC Consultant Accomplishments

Sherry Alusow Hart, who is our director of assessment in WAC,  won the 2012 NTT Faculty Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching. Please click here for the link to the article. We are very proud of Sherry for this recognition as well as for her excellent work in WAC and English.

dennis award

Dennis Bohr was awarded the Sustainable Arts Grant Award from the ASU Sustainability Council in May 2013. His play “Brown: Jesus from Another Planet” speaks to issues of sustainability and environmental awareness. It was  performed at Appalachian by Bohr’s company, Black Sheep Theatre, during the Spring 2014 semester.  Please click here to read more about the grant.


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Former WAC Consultants

Our former WAC consultants have moved on to running WAC programs and to pursuing PhDs in Rhetoric and Composition.

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.

Dr. Erin

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.


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.

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.


Katelyn Stark is pursuing a Rhetoric and Composition PhD at the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She was awarded the Bryan Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching College Composition in her first year at FSU.


Brendan Hawkins is a PhD student in Florida State University’s Rhetoric and Composition program, wherehe 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. 



To see more information about recent WAC scholarship and conference presentations, please click here.

Contact Us

For information about the Writing Across the Curriculum Program please contact Director Georgia Rhoades at (828) 262-2075 or e-mail at rhoadesgd@appstate.edu

Writing Across the Curriculum Program
Appalachian State University
253 Anne Belk Hall
ASU Box 32033
Boone, NC 28608-2033

(828) 262-2075 (office)
(828) 262-2032 (fax)

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