Jacquelyn E. Hoermann-Elliott, Ph.D.

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Interim Director

PhD, English: Composition and Rhetoric, Texas Christian University
MA, English: Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication, Iowa State University
BA, English: Language and Literature, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Hoermann-Elliott is an advocate for creative and embodied learning. Her teaching and research has focused on the role of sensorimotor activities in the learning process, focusing on yoga and meditation specifically. She enjoys teaching first-year courses at TWU, including ENGL 1013 and ENGL 1023, and she occasionally teaches editing- and publishing-focused courses. Her scholarship has been published in national journals, such as The Journal for the Assembly of Expanded Perspectives on Learning, and local ones, such as Texas’s Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE) Journal. She attends several conferences regularly, including CCTE and College Composition and Communication, where she enjoys presenting her pedagogical research and meeting other teachers who share her ardent interest in creativity and embodiment.

Mike Fraley

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2019-2020 FYC Program Assistant

PhD, Rhetoric: Texas Woman’s University (ABD)
MA, English: Tarleton State University
BA, English: Tarleton State University

Mike Fraley has been teaching FYC and English courses for 8 years. In addition to teaching FYC courses, Mike was also writing center tutor and supervisor at Tarleton State for 3 years prior to coming to TWU. He has experience teaching the following college composition courses: Basic Writing; 1013 and 1013 Supplemental; 1023 (online and face-to-face) and 1023 Digital Composition in the Digital Composition Lab; as well as second-year Short Story courses. Mike won both the 2018 J. Dean Bishop “Excellence in Teaching Award” as well as the “Graduate Teaching Assistant Award of Excellence” in 2019. His research interest focuses on multiliteracy and multimodality, and he hopes to complete his dissertation that examines the discourse of multimodality soon.

Amanda Oswalt

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Co-Program Assistant

PhD, Rhetoric: Texas Woman’s University (in progress)
MA, English: Texas Woman’s University
BA, English: Philosophy minor, Texas Woman’s University

Amanda Oswalt has been teaching in higher education for over 10 years. Her teaching assignments have included Basic Writing, Composition l and ll, Introduction to Literature, and Introduction to Literature by Women. Amanda is a past recipient of the J. Dean Bishop “Excellence in Teaching Award,” and her students consistently give her high praise in evaluations. Amanda’s research interest in gender and politics informs her teaching of both writing and literature, and she is currently working on her dissertation which focuses on the rhetoric of First Ladies.

Charles Dyer

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Senior Secretary (First-Year Composition & Write Site)

BA, Hendrix College

Charles is an Arkansas transplant who holds a degree in English/Creative Writing with an emphasis in Politics from Hendrix College. He is a political junkie who is passionate about journalism, and over the past several years, has spent a lot of my time and energy on political communications. At TWU, Charles splits his time between the Write Site and FYC, and on the weekends, he is a freelance writer for local newspapers.  Charles states, "I am a true believer that good writing can do anything in the world. I suppose it's fitting I've found myself here in FYC."  Beginning in the Fall 2019 semester, Charles was hired as the FYC Senior Secretary, and he brought a wealth of skills to his position.

Jodi Meyer

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FYC Research Assistant

BA, Texas Woman’s University
MA, Texas Woman’s University (in progress)

Jodi Meyer is an MA student here at TWU. She graduated from Angelo State University with her BA in English and Philosophy in 2018 and is now working towards a graduate degree for a career in editing. She is a plan-oriented person and very excited to use that in helping the FYC program. Jodi joined the FYC Leadership team as a research assistant for the 2019-2020 academic year, and she has been an invaluable asset to the program. She is currently working on a study for FYC to gauge the efficacy of our Writing Counts Program.

Past FYC Leaders

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Katie McWain, Ph.D.


PhD, English: Composition and Rhetoric, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MA, English Language and Literature, University of Missouri-Kansas City
BA, English and Writing, Drury University

During her tenure as the TWU FYC, Dr. Katie McWain was both a thoughtful and innovative director. Sadly, her untimely passing meant her stay at TWU was unfortunately all too short. Katie’s research focused on writing program administration, first-year composition, teacher development, and dual credit/dual enrollment writing partnerships. Her research has been published in Teaching English in the Two-Year College and the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, and she has publications that focus on TAs in composition as well as sponsoring information literacy across the curriculum. She was a member of CCCC's Task Force to Develop a Joint Statement on Dual Enrollment in Composition, and served on the editorial board for the journal WPA: Writing Program Administration. Her passions included helping both students and teachers to conceptualize writing and pedagogy as a lifelong process of development.

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