Ashland University Undergraduate Writing Center

Center for the Humanities Bixler (CFHB) 104
Open Hours: 9 a.m .— 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Friday

University Writing Center Procedure

The Writing Center welcomes students who are writing papers for courses in any discipline. Writing Assistants (WAs) represent a variety of majors & minors and core courses; each WA posts a list of his or her courses and professors so a student can sign up for an appointment with the WA who is the best voice-of-experience for that course and writing assignment. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance at by selecting an available time on a WA’s schedule. 

UWC Faculty and Staff:

Dr. Maura Grady, Director

UWC Grady Pic  Dr. Maura Grady’s scholarly work includes Composition and Pedagogy and Film and Television Studies.  She is the Director of the Composition Program and the University Writing Center. She holds a PhD in English (Designated Emphasis in Gender Theory) from University of California, Davis as well as an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and MA in English. She joined Ashland University in 2011. She is the author of The Shawshank Experience: Tracking the History of the World's Favorite Movie, "Fan Pilgrimage and Student Service Learning," articles on film and television history and is currently at work on a composition textbook specifically designed for incarcerated post-secondary students.  She lives near campus with her husband, Tim Johnson (AU financial aid), and two daughters.  They have a gray tabby cat who was found by two students wandering around Ashland University's campus.

Center for Humanities Bixler (CFHB) 111

Office Phone: 419-289-5670

Dr. Lorna Condit, Associate Director

Lorna Condit is the Associate Director of the Writing Center and the Coordinator for the Accent on Writing Initiative. She received her doctorate in English and Religious Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed a Masters of Education in Learning & Technology at Western Governors University. She enjoys writing of all kinds from academic papers on 19th century gothic fiction or contemporary Christian novels to therapeutic writing and bibliotherapy. She works primarily with graduate and seminary students seeking writing support, but enjoys working with students of all levels.

Center for Humanities Bixler (CFHB) 103

Office Phone: 419-289-5957

Tiffany Sanders, Administrative Assistant

Tiffany Sanders is the administrative assistant in the University Writing Center. Tiffany grew up in New Jersey, and earned her bachelor’s degree in family studies from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas. While there, she served for three years on the Editorial Board for the university newspaper. Tiffany has extensive administrative experience in both professional and volunteer capacities, including team management and event planning. She lives in Ashland with her husband, their two children, and their labradoodle. She is active in her church and in the local schools.

Center for Humanities Bixler (CFHB) 109

Office Phone: 419-289-5145

Contact the following Writing Assistants for help:

Abby Culver

Hi, my name is Abby Culver and I am a junior from Culpeper, Virginia. I am double majoring in Biology and Toxicology with the hopes of becoming a vet. I love working with animals and frequently go to the local dog shelter to walk the dogs. This will be my second semester in the Writing Center though I am also involved with other groups around campus including AU GIVS and the Running Club. I love being outside and go running and hiking in my spare time. I look forward to working with you!

Ally Massimi

Hi there! My name is Ally Massimi and I am a senior Dietetics major here at Ashland. This is also my third year as a Writing Assistant at AU. I love helping people and I love writing! I’m involved in various different organizations where I have been lucky enough to showcase my passions. For example, I am the editor for Nutrition in the News, which is the Nutrition Newsletter that the Dietetics Department is in charge of producing in order to educate our fellow students about nutrition. Besides that, I also write for a company called GenHERation, where I interview and collaborate with incredible women all over the country in order to tell their stories and share their advice with our audience (high school and college women). I was lucky enough to travel with that company to San Francisco, CA this summer where I interacted with women executives from a variety of different companies (Facebook, Google, Twitter, Adobe, PayPal, etc.).  English has always been a favorite subject of mine, which is one of the many reasons why I am so ecstatic to be working at the Writing Studio! I particularly enjoy writing research papers (something most people dread) because I find working through the research process to completion is very rewarding. 

Ashley Pavlescak

Hello, my name is Ashley Pavlescak and I am a junior at Ashland University! This will be my third semester working in the Writing Center and I could not be more excited to help out this year! I am a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education. I am an Early Childhood Education major, minoring in Online Teaching and Education Technology, along with earning a 4/5 Endorsement which allows me to teach any grade K-5. Teaching has always been my dream job and I cannot wait to pursue it. I was fortunate enough to be able to work in a summer reinforcement program in my hometown over the summer that provided me with even more experience in the classroom. It also provided me with even more reassurance that this is the right career for me. I am a very athletic person and love to spend my free time hanging out with friends or playing some sand or indoor volleyball. I also really enjoy reading and taking photographs. Ever since I was little I had a fascination with being behind the camera and finding the different angles and shots that could be captured with my camera. I am so excited to be a part of the Writing Center again and to be able to help out! 

Bethany Meadows

Bethany Meadows, the UWC intern, is a senior English and Integrated Language Arts Education majors with minors in Public Relations and in Creative Writing. She is the co-president of the Honors Society and Sigma Tau Delta on campus. Bethany has a passion for writing, watching hockey, and all things music related. She loves alternative music and also plays six instruments. Her future plans include becoming a bartender and a professor of rhetoric and composition. 

Corinne Spisz

Hello! I am Corinne Spisz, a junior at Ashland University. I am from North Olmsted, Ohio. I am an Integrated Language Arts Education major and will be licensed to teach grades 7-12. I hope to either teach in Ohio, South Carolina or Georgia. I love to read classic literature and thrillers and enjoy watching action movies. I have traveled all over the east coast of the U.S. and have been to Canada twice, and I hope to one-day travel to other countries. On campus, I am involved in The Well, Sigma Tau Delta, Kentucky missions trip, Eli and have presented at the URCA Symposium. This is my second year in the Writing Studio, and I cannot wait to work with all of you and to help you become stronger writers. 

Emily Beaver

Hello, my name is Emily Beaver. I am a sophomore at AU. I am working towards a double major in Creative Writing and English with minor in Geology. I am from Bryan, Ohio, home of the Etch-a-Sketch and Dum Dum suckers. This is my first year working with the Writing Center. I hope to one day become an editor. I enjoy hiking, painting, reading, and writing. 

Garrison Stima

Hello everyone! My name is Garrison Stima and I'm a senior at Ashland University. Putting everything together in a list, I'm a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, the AU Peace Scholar program, and a Creative Writing & Religion double Major, with a Minor in Ethics. Even when I was a little kid I enjoyed telling stories, but it took almost eighteen years for me to realize that I wanted to share those tales in the form of books with the people around me. Personally, I love spending my dashes of free time on video games, reading, YouTube, friends, and late night conversations about the tidbits of life. As a writer, I love discovering new things so exploring other students' majors, life lessons, and memories is a treat. I'm extremely excited to be a part of the Writing Center for a third year and have a hand in helping out as many people as I can. 

Jacob Dingus

 I am a Junior Exercise Science major on track to go into physical therapy and I also have added a psychology minor. I play cornerback for the AU football team and am a member of the Ashland University Honors Program. I enjoy doing volunteer work when I find free time for an AU GIVS event or some miscellaneous good deeds. I also enjoy “nerding out” and playing video games and Magic: the Gathering with my friends to relax.  

Jaion Harris

Hello, my name is Jaion Harris and I come from Maple Heights, Ohio. I am a Creative Writing and English double major with a minor in Studio Arts. I love to read and writing novels in my free time. I also like to play to games, draw, and watch anime as well. I cannot wait to work with those this year at the Writing Center and help in any way I can.   

Jakob Demers

Jakob Demers is a Creative Writing/English double major in his senior year at Ashland University. He lives in Shelby, Ohio. On campus, Jakob is a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. His interests include British politics and comedies, sci-fi, and the 1999 film adaptation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.

Jason Berardo

Hi!  My name is Jason Berardo and I am a Political Science/Political Economy major here at Ashland University!  I am a sophomore who enjoys political activism and discussing current events with my friends.  I am from Irwin, PA, which is about 45 minutes east of Pittsburgh.  My goal in life is to become either a lawyer or a Political Science Professor.

Jordan Martin

I am an English major with minors in Spanish and Marketing. After I graduate, I aim to become a grant writer. English is a passion of mine, and I enjoy working in the Writing Center! This will be my third semester working in the Writing Center, and I am so excited to work with each and every one of you! In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano and the cello. I also like to play tennis with friends.

Kiana Ziegler

Hello! My name is Kiana Ziegler and I am a junior Honors Program scholar studying Fine Arts and Graphic Design, and this is my second year working at the Writing Center. I’ve grown up in Ashland my entire life, so if you ever have any questions about Ashland or the surrounding area, don’t hesitate to ask! On campus, you may see me at International Club activities and leading Art Club as their president. Last year, I presented at the URCA Symposium. When I’m not drawing or painting, I enjoy watching TV, movies, and YouTube videos, along with hanging out with friends, family, and my dogs. I can’t wait to meet you and help you become more comfortable with writing!

Lainy Spies

My name is Lainy Spies, and this will be my third semester in the Writing Center. I am currently a junior majoring in Social Work with minors in Psychology and Sociology. I am a commuter student from Polk, Ohio. I spend time volunteering for Safe Haven and North Central Hospice. My happy place is in the middle of the woods. I love painting and curling up in bed with my old cat Liam. I shamefully indulge in chinese takeout and iced coffees. I enjoy all aspects of music whether it is playing, singing, or listening to it. Visit me in the Writing Center, and I would be happy to work with you for anything you need! 

Laurena Shick

Hi everyone! My name is Laurena Shick and I am a junior from Butler, Pennsylvania. I am double majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. Although I love business, writing has always been a passion of mine as well. I love grammar and languages; I have taken two years of Spanish and two years of French. As for extracurricular activities, I am a member of the color guard in AU’s marching band. I am also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society. I have experience singing in choirs, writing for a school newspaper, and participating in musicals. I love reading absolutely anything dystopian. My favorite dystopian series is the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie, but I also enjoy novels such as The Hunger Games, Fahrenheit 451, Atlas Shrugged, and 1984. When we meet, I’d love to hear about your interests as well. I look forward to working with you!

Logan Alexander

Greetings all! My name is Logan Alexander, and this is my third year with the Writing Center. I am a Senior currently majoring in History, Political Science, and Religion, as well as minoring in French. I am a member of the Ashbrook Scholar Program, College Republicans, Pre-Law Society, the History Honor Society, Political Science Honor Society, Religion Honor Society, the Love and Fidelity Society, and the Ratio Christi Apologetics Society; so, please feel free to ask me about any of them! As far as hobbies/ interests go, I enjoy reading (esp. Scripture), listening to music (soundtracks, classical/ instrumental, some country, and a smattering of pop and rock), landscaping, volleyball, pickleball, and I have been clogging for 16 years. I look forward to working with you all this year!

Maggie Andrews

Hello! My name is Maggie Andrews and I am a senior at Ashland University. I have three majors in Creative Writing, English, and Public Relations & Strategic Communication. I also have a minor in Spanish. My hometown is Mansfield, Ohio, which is about fifteen minutes from campus. Therefore, I commute to and from AU. This is my first year working for the Writing Center and I cannot think of a better way to end my undergraduate studies. My dream is to become an author, which means I obviously love reading and writing. Outside of that passion, I work at a Mansfield Dairy Queen and I’ve previously interned for the Jones’ Potato Chip Company. I love watching movies, being with my dog, and spending time with family and friends. I am an old soul, a Christmas enthusiast, and a Harry Potter fanatic. I am excited to get to know you and work with you. 

Mike Coronado

My name is Miguel Anthony Coronado, Mike is preferable, and I'm a current Ashbrook sophomore majoring in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in History right here in Ashland. I am originally from a humble yet thriving suburb in Houston Texas and came all the way to Ohio just for school. This summer I started an internship for Keith Fiber on his campaign running for State Auditor of Ohio as a Political Researcher which has shown me a lot about how local politics works. I have also started to learn and study German to hopefully be able to read books like Friedrich Nietzsche’s works and to even write my own works in German. My interests include music in general: playing, listening, studying, writing, all of it. I have learned to play the guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, and my favorite genres are punk rock, hip hop, and any style of folk music. I also like to read things such as philosophy or political theory to fantasy fiction and classic literature. I also love to collect vinyl and I love video games. On campus, I'm involved in the Ashland Rugby Club and Philosophy club, but I like keeping a life outside of campus so I usually visit the city of Cleveland or Columbus and frequent their record stores and coffee shops or even go to shows. The plans for the future are to be happy and hopefully own a business such as a record store or coffee shop on top of teaching in any format (not just regular public schooling). I have always appreciated the art that is writing and have come to want to do it as a hobby and a job hopefully in the future because I believe it is something that is universal and can speak a thousand messages without saying it explicitly. It is something I hope to apply to every aspect of my life and I think, since this is my first year as a writing tutor, you guys can help me. I hope to see some you! If you need anything here's my email:

Naomi Sims

Naomi Sims is a junior Creative Writing and Political Science double major from Dallas, Texas. She is the Assistant Editor and a 3rd year writer for the Honors Bugle, Academic Affairs Officer of Student Senate‎, involved in Theatre and the Philosophy honors society. Naomi is an aspiring writer and filmmaker. 

Sara Ludwig

Hi, my name is Sara Ludwig and I am a sophomore. I am an English and Creative Writing double major with a French and Business Administration double minor. I am an Ohio native and grew up in Strongsville, OH, which is less than an hour from AU. Currently I am in the AU Honors Program and this is my first year working in the Writing Center which is very exciting. My passions include reading, singing and of course writing.

Sydney Dameron

My name is Sydney Dameron and this is my third year at Ashland University; however, I have senior status. I spent my freshman year at Ashland as a Journalism and Digital Media major and changed to an Integrated Social Studies Education major my sophomore year with a history minor because it better suited my interest. I absolutely love history, and in many ways, it is integrated into everything I do, including one of my favorite activities: traveling. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies, particularly documentaries and movies based on true stories, but my all-time favorite film is The Shawshank Redemption. In addition to school work, I spent much of my sophomore year creating and editing content for the Odyssey. During the summers and occasionally during the school year, I volunteer at the Galion Historical Society and work as a Tour Guide at The Ohio State Reformatory.  

Contact Information

Director: Dr. Maura Grady

Center for the Humanities Bixler (CFHB) 109-111

Office Telephone: 419-289-5670


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