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Consultants & Staff

Each University Writing Center consultant has achieved academic success and received training that meets the College Reading and Learning Association standards. To learn more about an individual consultant's background and specializations, please see the list below.

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Allies-Trained Consultant: Consultants with an Allies symbol on their photo are allies to the Texas State LGBTQIA+ Community. Stay tuned for more staff to complete their training! If applicable, alt-text for images also denote Allies status.

 

 

 

CONSULTANTS


Abhipriya

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Consultant
Specialties: Creative Writing (poetry/short stories), ENG1310, Punctuation and Grammar, MLA
Major: English (Creative Writing Concentration)
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Bilingual: Hindi/English


Amaya

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Consultant
Specialties: ENG 1310 & 1320, Brainstorming, Punctuation and Grammar, Organization, Historical Writing
Major: Theatre: Performance and Production
Minor: Japanese
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Ashland

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Coordinator/Graduate Consultant
Specialties: 
Brainstorming, Creative Writing, Outlining, ENG 1310 & 1320, and Application Materials. 
Master's: Creative Writing
Undergraduate Major: Radio-Television-Film
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Brooke

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Consultant & Essay Contest Coordinator
Specialties:
 Brainstorming/Outlining, MLA, Literary Analysis
Major: English
Minor: Journalism
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Eric

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Consultant
Specialties: 
Creative Writing, Grammar, MLA, Thesis Statements, Poetry/Prose
Majors: English and Art History
Pronouns: he/him/his


Haley

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Consultant
Specialties:
 Brainstorming, Grammar and Punctuation, Media Writing, AP Style, MLA
Major: Journalism
Minor: Sociology
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Johnny

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Lead Consultant
Specialties: Scientific Writing, Speeches, MLA, Outlining, Organization, ENG 1310 &1320
Major: English & Biology (Pre-Med)
Minor: Medical Humanities
Pronouns: he/him/his
Bilingual: Vietnamese/English


Melanie

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Consultant
Specialties: Media Writing, Rhetorical Analysis, Grammar
Major: Journalism
Minor: Creative Writing
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Preethi

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Consultant & Social Media
Specialties
: Brainstorming, Outlining, AP Style, Thesis
Major: Mass Communications
Minor: Peace and Social Justice Studies
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Taylor

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Lead Consultant
Specialties: Brainstorming, Organization, Scientific Writing, ENG 1310 & 1320, Scholarship Applications, Resumes, and Cover Letters
Major: Biology
Minor: Human Development & Family Sciences
Pronouns: she/her/hers

 

 

FRONT DESK TEAM


Coby

Coby

Front Desk Specialist
Major:
Public Relations
Minor: Public Administration
Pronouns: he/him/his


 

Rodrigo

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Front Desk Specialist
Major: Computer Science
Pronouns: he/him/his
Bilingual: Spanish/English


 

DIRECTOR TEAM


Dr. Joanna Collins

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Assistant Director, San Marcos
Senior Lecturer, English

Pronouns: she/her/hers
PhD:  English with Rhetoric & Composition Certificate
Undergraduate Major: Humanities


 

Dr. Deb Balzhiser

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Director
Associate Professor, English

Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers
PhD:  English Studies with Technical Communication Emphasis
Master's:  (MS) Writing
Undergraduate Major: English & Journalism
Undergraduate Minor: Composition & Linguistic