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Meet The Team

Mary Lutze
Dr. Mary Lutze
Director
 
Phone: 479-788-7227
 
 
Bio: Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Dr. Lutze held the position of writing center associate director at Loyola University Chicago, where she earned her Ph.D. in English in May 2020. She attained her B.A. in English at Evangel University and her M.A. in English at Missouri State University. In her downtime she enjoys creating chalkboard art, playing complex board games, noshing food in all forms, streaming anime, "Buffy," or "Doctor Who," and tending her various (and hilariously named) house plants. Odds are you will find her listening to either music or audiobooks while brainstorming how best to assist UAFS students in achieving academic success.

Specialties: Dr. Lutze's academic interests include Writing Center theory and practice, early modern literature, disability studies, and deaf theatre. 
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Jeffrey Warndof
Jeffrey Warndof, M.A.
Professional Writing Tutor
 
Phone: 479-788-7526
 
Bio: Jeffrey's prior experience includes teaching freshman composition as a graduate assistant, teaching English in South Korea, and working as an academic advisor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Master of Arts in teaching English as a second language. In his spare time, he enjoys writing screenplays, cooking, gardening, and watching LeBron dominate.

Specialties: Tutoring ESL writers and creative writing (screen plays, poetry, and short story)
 
Pronouns: He / Him / His

Stacey DuVaul
Stacey DuVaul, M.A.
English Instructor & Writing Center Administrative Staff
 
Phone: 479-788-7661
 
 
Bio: Stacey DuVaul has taught English courses for 30 years, including more than 25 years at UAFS. She received her Associate of Arts at (then) Westark Community College, her Bachelor of Arts in English education and her Master of Science in college teaching of English from Northeastern State University. In addition to teaching college, high school, and vacation bible school, she has worn a variety of hats over the years, including wife, mother, writer, volunteer firefighter, photographer, and floral designer. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching over her flock of shepherds (five German shepherds and one wannabe). She exercises her mind and body by reading, writing, working out, and walking. She doesn't run unless the convenience store is closing and she’s out of chocolate.

Specialties: She specializes in people skills, enjoying the process of getting to know students and working one-on-one with them to establish a relationship and create a better paper. She has worked extensively to help students across the curriculum revise essays, research projects, compose letters of application for grad school, med school, internships, and scholarships, and prepare presentations. Perhaps most importantly she loves to write and loves to teach, so she is at home in this work.

Melanie Bradley
Melanie Bradley, Senior
English Major and Creative Writing Minor

Favorite Quote:
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day without any mistakes in it yet?” – "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery

Personal Interests
  • Writing for fun (because of course)
  • Making hand-bound books
  • Raising chickens in my backyard

 

Specialties
  • Essay Organization / Structure
  • Pre-Writing Strategies
  • Application of Literary Theory
  • Brainstorming Paper Topics
  • Outlining Papers
  • Creative Writing (Fiction)
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Daniela Chavarria

Daniela Chavarria, Junior
English with Teacher Licensure Major

Favorite Quote: “I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” – The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Personal Interests

  • Cleaning and upgrading my car
  • Spending time with my boyfriend and family
  • Playing volleyball and binge-watching Stranger Things and anything that has Wanda Maximoff in it

Specialties

  • Spanish (I can conduct appointments for clients in Spanish if needed)
  • Pre-Writing Strategies
  • Expanding Ideas
  • Clarity and making ideas concise
  • APA Format
  • Fine-tuning rough drafts

Pronouns

  • She / Her / Hers

Zachary Duke
Zachary Duke, Senior
English with Teacher Licensure Major

Favorite Quote: "The Lord of the Rings" series by J.R.R. Tolkien; "Jack Ryan" series by Tom Clancy; "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series by Douglas Adams

Personal Interests
  • Sketching
  • Reading
  • Traveling
  • Writing
  • Gaming
  • Pondering the deepest questions of the universe, like, "What would my dog sound like if he could talk?"

Specialties
  • MLA and APA Formats
  • Brainstorming Paper Topics
  • Academic Writing and Formatting
  • Steps in the Writing Process
  • Developing Creative Voice
  • Citation Consultation
  • Grammar and Punctuation
 
Pronouns: He / Him / His

Emma Espino
Emma Espino, Junior
Studio Art Major and Geoscience Minor

Favorite Book: “Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley (I refuse to believe Victor is "the REAL monster." You guys are just haters.)

Personal Interests
  • Digital painting (Thank you, "Undo" button.)
  • Video games
  • Enjoying memes in both Spanish and English
  • Whatever Starbucks puts in their iced matcha

Specialties
  • Analysis and Developing Ideas (Let's break apart that prompt together!)
  • Organization and Flow
  • Thesis Development
  • Grammar
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Holly Farrar

Holly Farrar, Sophomore
English with Teacher Licensure Major

Favorite Quote: “All great achievements require time.” – Maya Angelou

Personal Interests

  • My favorite things to do include working toward giving my 4 dogs their best lives!
  • Traveling
  • Reading
  • Refinishing furniture
  • Reading medical journals/studies…yes, for fun.

Specialties

  • Essay Organization / Structure
  • Brainstorming Paper Topics
  • Research Methods and Source Integration
  • MLA Format
  • Critical Thinking
  • Deductive Reasoning

Pronouns

  • She / Her / Hers

Joshua Freeman
Joshua Freeman, Senior
History Major and Anthropology Minor

Favorite Book: “Governing the Commons” by Elinor Ostrom

Personal Interests
  • Researching theory
  • Skyrim

Specialties
  • Pre-Writing and Brainstorming
  • Writing for the Social Sciences (History, Sociology, and Anthropology)
  • Thesis Formation and Development
  • Research Assistance and Source Integration
  • MLA and Chicago Turabian Formats
 
Pronouns: He / Him / His

Paul Hackbarth
Paul Hackbarth, Lifelong Learner
Geology Major

Favorite Quote: “Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” – Jack Kornfield 

Personal Interests
  • Software engineering
  • Tai Chi
  • The music of Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, and Jacques Brel
  • The pursuit of learning – I've earned two bachelor's degrees in mathematics (1969 and 2017) and a bachelor’s degree in Biology (2020).

Specialties
  • Writing for Biology, Philosophy, and Rhetoric
  • Logic, Critical Thinking, and Argument Analysis
  • Brainstorming Paper Topics
  • Researched Arguments
  • Grammar

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Emilee Hatwig
Emilee Hatwig, Junior
English with Teacher Licensure Major

Favorite Quote: “You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it.” – Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"

Personal Interests
  • Writing
  • Baking
  • Drawing, painting, and various crafting projects
  • Video production/editing
  • 2019 graduate with an Associate of Science in digital design and a Bachelor of Science in animation technology
  • The 80s, 90s, and Studio Ghibli movies
  • Hozier
  • Neil Gaiman

Specialties
  • Grammar
  • Project Structure and Organization
  • MLA Format
  • Literary Theory
  • Creative and Academic Writing
  • Brainstorming Ideas
  • Proofreading
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Raiven McGill

Raiven McGill, Freshman
Psychology Major with a Biology Minor

Favorite Quote: “It takes the same amount of energy to work on a big problem as it does a small one. So why bother with the small ones?” – Dr. Mario Cappechi, Nobel Prize Recipient

Personal Interests

  • Music Enthusiast
  • Avid Reader
  • Writing
  • Video Games
  • Drawing / Painting / Sketching
  • Traveling
  • Photography
  • Stationary / Designing

Specialties

  • Essay Organization / Structure
  • Pre-Writing / Brainstorming
  • Forming Introductions
  • Revising / Editing
  • Fine-tuning Drafts
  • APA and MLA Formats

Pronouns

  • She / Her / Hers

Samantha Roberts
Samantha Roberts, Junior
Studio Art Major and Creative Writing Minor

Favorite Books:
The Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat

Personal Interests
  • Digital illustration and comics
  • Video games
  • Cosplaying
  • Fashion and style
  • Watching "Bob’s Burgers," specifically, on loop. Forever. Send help.

Specialties
  • Thesis and Content Development
  • Academic Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Essay Organization and Structure
  • MLA Format
  • Grammar and Spelling
  • Editing and Revision

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Mackenzie Slusser
Mackenzie Slusser, Junior
Media Communication Major and Rhetoric and Writing Minor

Favorite Book: “Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time” by Rob Sheffield

Personal Interests
  • Music enthusiast
  • Reading memoirs, outdoor adventure books, and a little fiction here and there
  • Playing with my new bernedoodle puppy
  • Jogging, yoga sculpt, and Pilates
  • Learning about specialty coffee from my fiancé and learning how to skateboard

Specialties
  • Brainstorming Topics
  • MLA and APA Formats
  • Essay Structure and Organization
  • Thesis Development
  • Source Integration / In-Text Citations
  • Academic and Journalistic Writing
  • Research Strategies
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Avreigh Watson
Avreigh Watson, Sophomore
English Major with Teacher Licensure

Favorite Book: "1984" by George Orwell

Personal Interests
  • Old television
  • YA books (or any books – I don’t discriminate)
  • The OKC Thunder
  • Classical music
  • Taylor Swift
  • History
  • Art

Specialties
  • Style
  • Thesis Development
  • Essay Organization and Flow
  • Creative Writing (Fiction / Prose and Poetry)
  • Proofreading
 
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Savannah Yancy

Savannah Yancy, Freshman
Psychology Major

Personal Interests

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Traveling
  • Anything outdoors, really

Specialties

  • APA and MLA Formats
  • Sentence Structure
  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Critical Thinking
  • Topic Brainstorming
  • Revising Drafts

Pronouns

  • She / Her / Hers