Ashland University Undergraduate Writing Studio

104 Center for the Humanities, Bixler
Open Hours: 10 a.m.—9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Friday

Writing Studio procedure

The Writing Studio 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 by signing for a time on a WA’s schedule; the Studio’s door is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Sorry, appointments cannot be made by telephone or email.

Meet the Interim Director and Writing Assistants of Ashland University's Writing Studio

Susan Blake, Interim Director


Susan served for six years as an adjunct instructor in the Department of English at Ashland University, where she taught English 100, 101, and 102, as well as occasional literature courses, including The Bible as Literature. Over the years, she has converted French translations of Arabic poetry into English as part of a research project at The Ohio State University, tutored graduate students in French and international students in English, and taught beginning French at Akron University and English composition and humanities at North Central State College. ​

During more than 20 years of work in academic publishing, Susan copyedited and directed the publication of texts for such publishers as the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, McGraw-Hill, and Prentice-Hall,  as well as articles for the Journal of the Astronomical Society, the Journal of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. She was Director of Editorial Services at a publishing facility before serving for many years as assistant editor for the American Ceramic Society, as well as providing a rewrite service for the Society’s international authors. 

Susan holds a B.A. in French, with a concentration in eighteenth-century literature, from The Ohio State University, where she also studied German and Russian. Her initial graduate work was in French, with a concentration in Francophone and Maghrebian post-colonial literature. After taking a break to raise a family, however, she audited a Hebrew class at Ashland Theological Seminary and surprised herself by earning an M.A. degree in Old Testament Biblical Studies, with a concentration in Hebrew exegesis. Her thesis was entitled Eve and the Quest for the Holy Grail: The Genesis Theology of Camelot. During her time at ATS, she was a dissertation writing advisor to Doctor of Ministry students and a graduate assistant for Old Testament Studies and Advanced Hebrew.

Contact the following Writing Assistants for help:

Allie Newhouse

Hello!  My name is Allie Newhouse and I am junior this year at Ashland University!  I am an Integrated Language Arts Education (7-12) and Creative Writing double major.  I love to travel and am currently exploring more ways to do so.  I can’t wait to start working with you!  Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns!
Allie is a writing assistant for Professor Mackall's and Professor Trunzo's students.

Alyanna Tuttle

Hello! My name is Alyanna Tuttle and I am a current junior here at AU. I am majoring in Integrated Language Arts with a minor in Online Teaching and Instructional Technology. I plan on becoming a high school English teacher after I graduate in 2017.  I love to read, it is definitely one of my passions. I also love to paint, craft, and sing/play music. I have a dog named Buddy and I think he is the cutest dog on the face of the Earth!

 Alyanna is a writing assistant for Professor Mackall's and Professor Mondal's students.

Allyson Massimi

 I am currently a sophomore Dietetics major from Buffalo, NY. This is my second year at AU and I am really looking forward to what this year has in store for me! Besides Working at the Writing Studio, I am also employed as a ticketing agent at the Box Office in CFA. This is my first year as a Writing Assistant at the Writing Studio, and I am very excited to begin collaborating with students! I love helping people and I love writing essays! English has always been one of my favorite subjects in school. I love getting caught up in a good book and connecting with the characters through the author’s words. My favorite book is Paper Towns by John Green. I also enjoy writing research papers, as well, especially when it is a topic I am really interested in. Some other things I enjoy are working out, playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, watching Netflix and sports, especially Hockey.

Ally is a writing assistant for Professor Brown's and Professor Hoehn's students.

Ariel McCleary

Hello there! I’m an Integrated Language Arts major in my Junior year at AU. I am also very involved with the Theatre Department on campus. I am Business Manager of Alpha Psi Omega, the theater honorary, as well as Vice President of Women’s Chorus. I love to sing, write short stories, play ukulele, and I could talk about the little oddities of life for hours.

I love figuring out the basic idea of a paper and laying out each paragraph from there. Plus, grammar is pretty cool.

Ariel is a writing assistant for Professor Allen's and Professor Grady's  students.

Bethany Meadows

Bethany Meadows is a junior English major with a minors in Public Relations and in Creative Writing. She is involved with the Honors department and community band on campus. Bethany has a passion for writing, watching hockey, and all things music related. She loves alternative music and also plays five instruments. Her future plans include becoming a bartender and a professor. Bethany’s favorite part of the writing process is finding a powerful and moving topic that can change the world.

Bethany is a writing assistant for Professor Dixon-McDonald's and Professor Waterman's students.

Charlie Michel

Although I’m a math major, I’ve written more than a few papers over the course of my college career on topics ranging from number theory to US trade policy to gender roles in literature.

I’ve presented my work in a variety of contexts including the URCA Symposium and, most recently, at the 2015 MPCA Conference where I received first prize in the undergraduate paper competition.

In addition to reading, writing, and doing math, I like to spend my time with hanging with my dogs, riding my bike, going to the gym, drinking coffee, listening to podcasts, poking around record stores, going to shows, and acting stupid with my friends.

Charlie is a writing assistant for Professor Dixon-McDonald's, Professor Grady's and Professor Robinson's students.

Courtney Gilmore

Hi! I'm Courtney Gilmore and this is my first semester with the Writing Studio. I am originally from Ashland, and I decided to transfer home to AU last fall and am loving every second of it! I am a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology, passionately pursuing a career in mental health counseling. I am also a member of Young Life here at AU. I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, family, friends, and my beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, Oliver (pictured at right). I also love jigsaw puzzles, yoga, coffee, and Netflix. I can't wait to help you this year!

 Courtney is a writing assistant for Professor Dixon-McDonald's, Professor Donatini's, and Professor Hoehn's students.

Dane Zunich

Dane Zunich is a senior, majoring in English and Psychology. His post-graduate plans involve pursuing careers in editing and in screenwriting. Outside of the classroom, Dane enjoys writing, running, reading, and watching stand-up comedians. He hopes to share his fondness for the English language and the process of writing with students.

 Dane is a writing assistant for Professor Brown's, Professor Saslaw's, Professor Trunzo's, and Professor Waterman's students.

Emily Cardwell

I’m a junior from Norwalk, Ohio majoring in English and history with minors in religion and political science. On campus, I’m involved with Newman Catholic Campus Ministry, the Ashbrook Scholar Program, and the Honors Program. I enjoy reading (especially novels by Jane Austen), running, drinking tea, crocheting, watching Saturday Night Live, and spending time with my pets (one dog and two cats). This is my third semester with the writing studio. I enjoy helping students discover their true potential as writers, and I’m excited for another great semester!

Emily is a writing assistant for Professor Donatini's and Professor Mondal's students.

Erica Linderman

Hi! My name is Erica Linderman and I am currently a junior majoring in Early Childhood Education w/ 4-5 Generalist Endorsement and minoring in Spanish. This is my second year working in the Writing Studio and I have loved every minute of it! When I’m not helping students in the Writing Studio (or studying my little heart out!), you can find me involved in various other locations on campus: Theta Phi Alpha (Secretary), Rho Lambda (Secretary/Treasurer), Alpha Lambda Delta, AU G.I.V.S., The Well (I LOVE JESUS!!!), and Kappa Delta Pi. I am also a math tutor for the Center of Academic Support! I love making a good outline to guide me as I write my paper and have become talented in the skill of close reading. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to have the best paper(s) ever!

Erica is a writing assistant for Professor Mondal's students.

Jasmine Dansler

Jasmine Dansler is a senior majoring in Creative Writing and has a minor in Spanish. She works in the English Dept. Office as well as being a Writing Assistant in the Studio. She is the former Treasurer of the Anime Club on campus.

Jasmine is a writing assistant for Professor Allen's and Professor Trunzo's students.

Jordan Ray-Rogers

My name is Jordan Ray-Rogers! I am a sophomore majoring in business management, with a minor in entrepreneurship. I graduated from Wooster High School in 2012 and I commute from Wooster three days a week. My hobbies include cooking, interior design, swimming (or anything outdoors in the summer), and reading when I have the time. Most of my time is spent with my two year old son, Cameron. I’m really excited to be working as a Writing Assistant and I can’t wait to get to know you!

Logan Alexander

Greetings all! My name is Logan Alexander and this is my first year with the writing studio. First and foremost, I am a Christian, i.e. a follower of Christ, and I seek to live in accordance with His will as revealed in His Word. With respect to Ashland, I am a Sophomore currently majoring in History and Political Science and minoring in French and Religion, and am a member of the Ashbrook Scholar Program. As far as hobbies/ interests go, I enjoy reading, listening to music (soundtracks, classical/ instrumental, some country, and a smattering of pop and rock), landscaping, volleyball, pickleball, and I have been clogging for 13 years. I look forward to working with you all this year!

Logan is a writing assistant for Professor Robinson's students.

Madeleine Emholtz

I'm a sophomore History and Political Science double major. As a History Major, I am well versed in the paper writing process. I quite enjoy it actually. I also quite enjoy reading. I have so many books that they are in piles on my floor. My favorite book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. My other hobbies include listening to music, creative writing, painting, gaming, and watching movies.

Maddie is a writing assistant for Professor Hoehn's, Professor Trunzo's and Professor Weaver's students.

Mikaela Bush

Mikaela Bush is a Family and Consumer Science Education major with minors in Child Development, Family Studies, and Foods and Nutrition. On campus, she is a Resident Assistant and a member of Ashland’s cross country and indoor/outdoor track teams. This is her third year as a Writing Studio Assistant.

 Mikaela is a writing assistant for Professor Dixon-McDonald's and Professor Trunzo's students.

Sophia Leddy

Hi! I’m a sophomore, and this is my second semester at the Writing Studio. My majors are International Political Studies and Spanish. I love Latin American culture, and I plan to study abroad in Spain and Chile (this summer and fall). I love reading Spanish poetry, including Pablo Neruda and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Sophia is a writing assistant for Professor Allen's and Professor Weaver's students.

Susanna Savage

Susanna Savage is a junior, double majoring in Public Relations & Strategic Communication and English, with a minor in Psychology. She plans to further her education at law school when she graduates from AU. Camping, fishing, hiking, and kayaking are among her favorite pastimes. Her interests include spontaneous road trips, coffee, photography, painting and music. Reading and writing are among her passions and she loves sharing her appreciation of the written word with others. 

Susanna is a writing assistant for Professor Mondal's students.

Writing Studio Hours

10 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Writing Studio Location

Center for the Humanities
Bixler Hall
Room 104

Meet Our Assistants