Meet the Graduate Students

Doctoral Students

Kamila Albert

Education: M.A., B.A. Nova Southeastern University
Teaching: Writing and Editing in Print and Online (ENC 3416) and Research, Genre, and Context (ENC 2135)
Professional Experience: FSU Reading-Writing Center Assistant Director, FSU Johnston Digital Studio Coordinator, NSU Writing Center Graduate Assistant, NSU Writing Fellow
Research Interests: writing center studies, multimodality, and composition as design
Non-academic Interests: coffee, typography, re-watching Gilmore Girls.

Joel Bergholtz

Education: BA (Editing, Writing, & Media/Interdisciplinary Humanities) from Florida State, MA (Rhet/Comp) from Ball State.
Teaching: College Composition and Research, Genre, & Context
Professional Experience: Writing Center Tutor, Digital Studio Consultant, RWC Committee, Staff Writer and Editor for The Yeti Magazine (2010-2014), Writing Center Consultant (BSU), Vice President of Graduate Student Advisory Board (BSU), Muncie Young Professionals (2016-2017)
Research Interests: Digital Pedagogies, New Media Studies, Social Media Studies, Public Spaces, Visual Rhetoric
Non-academic interests: Consuming Cultures, Dadding Cats, debating genres, and exploring public spaces

Amanda Brooks

Education: MA Florida State University, BA Stetson University
Teaching:ENC 3416: Writing and Editing in Print and Online, ENC 1101: Freshman Composition and Rhetoric, ENC 2135: Research, Genre, and Context, ENC 2135 (Online)
Professional Experience: Digital Studio Administrator, College Composition Program Mentor, GESO College Composition Program Liaison, Computer-Writing-Classroom Coordinator, Digital Studio Consultant, and College Composition Committee Member
Research Interests: feminist pedagogy, online writing instruction, composition pedagogy, and multimodality.
Non-academic Interests: crochet, watching Disney movies, manatees, baking, reading fantasy novels, and yoga.

Andrew Canino

Education: BA English Education (Drama Minor), MA English (with a certificate in Rhetoric & Composition)
Teaching: Expository Writing (RC 1000), Intro to Writing Across the Curriculum (RC 2001), Research, Genre & Context (ENC 2135).
Professional Experience: High School English Teacher, Writing Center Consultant, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Graduate Instructor.
Research Interests: Digital literacy, multimodality, convergence culture, digital rhetoric, and the rhetoric of video games.
Non-academic interests: Playing video games I never finish, drinking way too much coffee, watching cartoons, the works of H.P. Lovecraft, watching terrible movies, and laughing at unfunny internet memes.

Ellen Cecil-Lemkin

Education: MA Miami University, BA University of Central Florida
Teaching: Writing and Editing for Print and Online, Peer Tutoring in the Reading and Writing Center and the Digital Studio, College Composition, First-year Composition
Professional Experience:Coordinator for the Reading and Writing Center, Rhet Comp Program Assistant, Co-director of the Museum of Everyday Writing, Writing Tutor at FSU Reading Writing Center, Digital Pedagogy Consultant at Miami University, Mentor Consultant at UCF's University Writing Center
Research Interests: Collaboration, disability studies, embodied pedagogy, writing centers
Non-academic Interests: On her off time, Ellen enjoys crafting and playing with her dogs, Maple and Rosie.

Amy Cicchino

Education: Certificate in Publishing and Editing from Florida State University. BA and MA in English from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Teaching: ENC 1101 and ENC 2135 (Genre, Research, and Context) in our College Composition program as well as ENC 3416 (Writing and Editing in Print and Online) and ENC 4404 (Advanced Writing and Editing) in our Editing, Writing, and Media major.
Professional Experience: Assistant to the Writing Program Administrator, Graduate Assistant Editor (and former Ads Manager) for WPA: Writing Program Administration, Writing Program Administration Graduate Organization (WPA-GO) committee member, member of the College Composition Committee, Graduate Diversity Committee member, FSU Reading/Writing Center and Digital Studio tutor, Graduate English Student Organization (GESO) elected representative, College Composition program mentor, and secondary classroom teacher.
Research Interests: Writing Program Administration and Digital Multimodal Pedagogy
Non-academic Interests: Outside of Rhetoric and Composition, Amy loves her dogs and believes in the power of positive thinking. Learn more at

Rob Cole

Education: BA Alabama, MFA Northern Michigan
Teaching: Comp (a lot at other places if you want 'em)
Professional Experience: Visiting Professor at Air War College Center for Writing Excellence, Publications Coordinator at Auburn Montgomery, other stuff too
Research Interests: Digital Pedagogies, Digital Composition, Multimodality
Non-academic Interests: He digs his dog Harper, writing, and really awful movies.

Meghan Dykema

Education: MA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA Western Michigan University
Teaching: History of Text Technologies, College Composition
Professional Experience: Digital Studio Consultant
Research Interests: Writing Program Administration, Writing/Writing Program Assessment, feminist and legal rhetorics
Non-academic interests: Ask Meghan about tattoos, terrible reality television of the early 2000s, and her Wookie mercenary character in the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire role-playing game

Julianna Edmonds

Education: MA, BA University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Teaching: First-Year Composition; Research, Genre, and Context; Rhetoric; Advanced Writing and Editing
Professional Experience: Reading and Writing Center Tutor, College Composition Program Mentor, WPA Assistant, Co-President of the FSU Rhetoric Society of America Student Chapter, Program for Instructional Excellence Teaching Associate
Research Interests: feminist composition pedagogy, feminist rhetorics, writing program administration, community-based writing
Non-Academic Interests: running, drinking coffee, watching and reading psychological thrillers

Brendan Hawkins

Education: MA in Literature and Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition from Appalachian State University; BA in English from Milligan College
Teaching: Rhetoric; Research, Genre, and Context; Intro to Writing across the Curriculum; Expository Writing
Professional Experience: Writing across the Curriculum faculty consultant (Appalachian St.); University Writing Center night coordinator (Appalachian St.); adjunct faculty at Appalachian St. University and Wilkes Community College
Research Interests: Genre; Writing Program Administration, including assessment and curricula; and WAC-WID writing and teaching
Non-academic Interests: Brendan is particularly good at finding four-leaf clovers. He is an excellent whistler and occasionally babysits two quirky golden retrievers.

Michael Healy

Education: BA Creighton University, MA University of Nebraska Omaha
Teaching: Rhetoric, First-Year Composition, ENC 2135: Genre, Research, and Context, ENC 1101
Professional Experience: Writing Center Tutor, First-Year Writing Committee, College Composition Committee, Digital Studio Tutor, Digital Studio Partial Admin, GESO Executive Board
Research Interests: Exploring the in-betweens of creativity, invention, and technology; curriculum design; Department design; digital rhetoric
Non-academic Interests: : I like to run, cook, explore cool places, drink coffee, eat good food, and hang out with our two Golden Retrievers

Jeanette Lehn

Education: MA San Francisco State University, BA Reed College
Teaching: Freshman Composition and Rhetoric, Writing and Editing in Print and Online
Professional Experience: Writing Center Tutor, Adjunct Instructor
Research Interests: Critical pedagogy, writing program administration, cultural studies, visual rhetoric, and written teacher feedback.
Jeanette is the recipient of the Bryan Hall Teaching Award, and was a mentor for the College Composition Program.
Non-academic Interests: Jeanette enjoys cooking, running, watching sketch comedy, and that first cup of coffee in the morning.

Amanda M. May

Education: MA English Language and Literature, Central Michigan University; BA English, Lourdes University
Teaching: ENC 2135 (Research, Genre, and Context), currently teaching ENC 3493 (Peer Tutoring in the RWC and DS) and ENC 3416 (Writing and Editing in Print and Online).
Professional experience: A wealth of tutoring experience at various institutions and in various roles (tutor, GA, administrative roles). Mentored the undergraduate interns at the RWC/DS and moderated social media for the RWC and DS during the summer. Taught conversational English abroad for two years.
Non-Academic Interests: When not on campus or in her office, she stress bakes. Her other hobbies include knitting while watching Breaking Bad on Netflix, drinking unsweetened tea of various kinds out of mason jars, and trying to convince her cat Athena to help her study.

Travis Maynard

Education: BA, Transylvania University; MA, Florida State University
Teaching: Freshman Composition, Rhetoric, Writing and Editing in Print and Online, Advanced Writing and Editing
Professional Experience: Digital Studio Coordinator, Museum of Everyday Writing Administrator, College Composition Committee, Writing Center Tutor, Digital Studio Consultant
Research Interests: assemblage pedagogy, undergraduate majors in writing and rhetoric, and media studies
Non-academic Interests: If he isn’t at school, you’ll likely find Travis at Goodwill

Nitya Pandey

Education: MA in English Literature from Pokhara University, Nepal, MA in Professional Writing and Editing from West Virginia University, Morgantown
Teaching: academic and creative writing to students ranging from third grade to Masters level in Nepal and the United States. I have taught English to native speakers as well as to those for whom English is a foreign/second language.
Professional Experience: I have worked as a journalist and correspondent for several years and have ample experience with conducting interviews, writing news features, copy editing, and translation.
Research interests: intercultural rhetoric, multilingual writing, multimodality, and workplace communication
Personal interests: I am an animal lover and a proud owner of a seven year old dog whom I adopted when he was only a few weeks old.

Amanda Presswood

Education: MA University of Massachusetts (Boston), BA Dean College
Teaching: : ENC 1101 (Freshman Composition and Rhetoric, ENC 2135 (Research, Genre, and Context), and First Year Composition
Professional Experience:Rhetoric and Composition Program Assistant, Vice Chair of Writing Program Administration Graduate Organization (WPA-GO) , WPA-GO Graduate Committee member, WPA-GO Committee Chair, Reading and Writing Center tutor, College Composition Committee member
Research Interests: Writing Center Administration, Writing Program Administration, Multilingual Writing
Non-academic Interests: Yoga and Meditation

Tricia Rizza

Education: MA, BA Florida State University
Teaching: fifteen years teaching experience ranging from elementary education to higher education and currently teaches at Tallahassee Community College
Research Interests: Writing program administration, digital multimodal composition, and composition pedagogy
Non-academic Interests: When spare time presents itself, she enjoys traveling anywhere, binging Netflix, and participating in anything that includes nature!

Kyllikki Rytov

Education: PhD studies, Bowling Green State University; MA in English, Belmont University; BAs in English and in French, Northern Kentucky University
Teaching: ENC 3021 (Rhetoric); ENG 3803 (History of Text Technologies); and ENC 2135 (Research, Genre, and Context) face to face and online
Professional Experience: Digital Studio consultant; writing center consultant; former College Composition Committee member; past section editor for Computers & Composition
Research Interests: Classical rhetoric; digital technologies; media archeology
Interests outside Academia: A creative writer in the odd spare moment, she considers Bulgakov's Master and Margarita a satirical chef d'oeuvre, and her favorite rhetorical device is zeugma. She's allergic to hyperbole but quite enjoys gluten and the aerial sling.

Katelyn Stark

Education: BA, MA, Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition (Appalachian State University). Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing (FSU)
Teaching: Expository Writing; Intro to Writing Across the Curriculum; Research, Genre, and Context; Business Communications; Writing and Editing in Print and Online
Professional Experience: Commercial fiction and non-fiction editor; WAC Research Assistant; TA mentor; Assistant to FSU's College Composition program; Writing Center and Digital Studio consultant
Research Interests: Transfer knowledge; Writing Program Administration; professional writing
Non-academic Interests:Practices balance in life by traveling often, exercising daily, and reading for her very non-academic book club.

Jessi Thomsen

Education: MA in English and Graduate Certificates in Advanced Writing and Technical Communication, University of Nebraska at Omaha; MEd in Secondary Teaching and BA in Studio Art, Creighton University
Teaching: Rhetoric, College Composition, First-Year Composition (UNO), Technical Writing (UNO)
Professional Experience: Assistant Production Editor for The Southeast Review, Co-Chair for RSA Student Chapter, Co-Administrator for the Museum of Everyday Writing, and College Composition Committee member. Previously, Rhetoric and Composition Program Assistant, Writing Center Consultant (UNO), and Secondary Education Teacher
Research Interests: New materialisms, reflection, embodiment, feminist rhetorics, and student engagement — Mardi and Janeway, her golden retrievers, supervise all of her research and writing endeavors and occasionally answer her emails.
Non-academic Interests: playing beach volleyball, drinking an IPA, or both at the same time

Anna Worm

Education: MA in English Literature, Grand Valley State University, BA in English Literature and Language, Grand Valley State University
Teaching: College Composition, Rhetoric, Peer Tutoring, Writing and Editing in Print and Online
Professional Experience: Reading-Writing Center Assistant Administrator, RWC-Online coordinator, Writing Center and Digital Studio consultant, FSU Fellows Society Advisory Board Secretary
Research Interests: Embodiment, writing centers, online writing support, queer and feminist rhetorics
Non-academic Interests: Giving Star Wars pep talks and learning to like puppies

Masters Students

Liana Clarke

Education: BA Florida State University
Teaching: College Composition (ENC110 and ENC2135)
Professional Experience: Tutor for the Reading and Writing Center; Reader for SER (fiction and poetry)
Research Interests: Cultural Rhetorics, Identity, Intersectionality, Performative Rhetorics, Digital Rhetoric, Critical Race Theory, Multimodality.
Non-academic interests: Liana is fond of playing hide-and-seek and fetch with her two cats, Surf and Sirius Black, and loves crafting in her spare time. She often brings her love for crafts into the classroom, but unfortunately is unable to do the same with her cats…

Gabriela Diaz

Education: BA in English with a Certificate in Professional and Public Writing from Florida International University
Professional Experience: Writing Tutor at FIU's Center for Excellence in Writing
Research Interests: individual voice and first-person writing; Latinx students and rhetoric; rhetoric and social justice/activism; multimodality; writing center studies.
Personal Interests: meeting that Goodreads reading challenge goal, personally making Jennifer’s Body the cult hit it deserves to be, baking/cooking things that are impractical for a total novice to undertake, and walking.

Caitlin Hattaway

Education: BA in English with a concentration in Editing, Writing, and Media from Florida State University
Teaching: College Composition (ENC 2135)
Professional Experience: Writing Center Consultant
Research Interests: why people write the way they do and finding ways to help people communicate; multimodal composition; how we teach composition; and writing center studies.
Personal Interests: In her spare time, she loves playing with cats, watching cheesy British television, and drinking excessive amounts of tea.

Katherine Kelly

Education: BA in English with a concentration in writing and rhetoric from Nicholls State University
Professional Experience: Reading and Writing Center tutor, staff writer and editor for The Nicholls Worth Magazine 2015-2018
Research Interests: Classical rhetoric, multimodality, writing across the curriculum, first year composition
Non-Academic Interests: Hanging with my chocolate lab puppy named Blaze, going to the beach, playing soccer

Noah Patterson

Education: BA in English rhetoric & writing from Ball State University
Teaching: College Composition (ENC 2135)
Professional Experience: Writing center tutor, digital studio consultant, editor for the Digital Literature Review
Research Interests: Writing/multiliteracy center studies, embodied rhetorics, queer studies, and the intersection of visual rhetoric and digital design.
Non-academic interests: Noah enjoys drinking coffee until the jitters get too strong, reading creative nonfiction, perusing thrift stores, listening to Mitski, and liking pictures of plants on Instagram.

Sidney Turner

Education: BS Florida State University
Teaching: College Composition (ENC 2135)
Professional Experience: Reading Writing Center Tutor, Digital Studio Consultant, FSU SAAS Tutor
Research Interests: Embodiment, feminist rhetoric, archival studies
Non-academic Interests: Watching movies, painting, and exploring new places