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. Appointments cannot be made by telephone, but Writing Assistants can be emailed with requests for meetings.

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:

Alaina Berry

Alaina Berry is a Senior English and Spanish double major.  She serves as the Community Service Intern, the Secretary for the English Honorary, Sigma Tau Delta, and an Intern for the Honors Program.  She also has experience working in the Language Lab and tutoring Spanish on campus, and she studied abroad in Costa Rica over the summer.  Alaina has a passion for reading, writing, and all that literature has to offer – particularly witty puns and symbolism.  Her favorite part of the writing process occurs when a student has that “Aha!” moment and clearly expresses exactly what he/she had been trying to say. Alaina is a writing assistant for Dr. Linda Joyce Brown and Linda Walther and for Connie Marble's ENG110 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. Mikaela is familiar with the writing styles and expectations for many of the FCS classes. Mikaela will be working with Dr. Joe Mackall's and Dr. Jayne Waterman's students.

Kyle Buxton

Kyle Buxton is a senior majoring in Integrated Language Arts and is considering becoming a high school teacher after he graduates. Kyle is involved with Young Life at Ashland High School. He loves hanging out, playing soccer, and listening to Pearl Jam. If he could be one Star Wars character, he would easily be Jango Fett. Kyle is helpful at organizing the structure of a paper and generating/developing initial ideas to write about. Kyle is a writing assistant for Dr. Hilary Donatini and Dr. Joe Mackall and will also be assisting Connie Hoehn's ENG110 students this semester (Spring 2015).

Emily Cardwell

I’m a sophomore from Norwalk, Ohio majoring in English and history with a minor in political science. On campus, I’m involved with Newman Catholic Campus Ministry as the liturgical ministry chair and a small group leader, the Ashbrook Scholar Program, and the Honors Program. I enjoy reading (especially novels by Jane Austen and F. Scott Fitzgerald), running, drinking tea, listening to The Black Keys, crocheting, watching Saturday Night Live, and spending time with my pets (one dog and two cats). I enjoy helping others discover their true potential as writers and am excited to serve as a writing assistant this semester! [Emily is writing assistant for Connie Marble's ENG110 students this semester (Spring 2015).]

Jasmine Dansler

Jasmine Dansler is a junior 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 Treasurer of the Anime Club on campus. Jasmine is a writing assistant for Dr. Naomi Saslaw and Kimberly Rogers, as well as for Joline Scott-Roller's and Connie Marble's ENG110 students.

Erica Gray

Hello! I am a senior majoring in middle grades education with concentrations in Science and Social Studies. I am also working on a generalist endorsement minor in Math and English. I am involved in Kappa Delta Pi, Collegiate Middle Level Association, Alpha Delta Pi, AU-GIVS, Habitat for Humanity, tutoring on campus, and writing for the OMLA journal, The Connection. I was very interested in philosophy during my first couple of years here, but sadly it will not fit into my schedule anymore. When it comes to writing, my favorite things to write about are philosophy and education; however, any sort of interest in a topic always makes writing enjoyable! [Erica will be helping off and on in the Writing Studio this semester when she's not student teaching in Florida.]

Andrew Kistler

I, Andrew Kistler, am completing my fifth and final year of undergraduate work here at Ashland University. My majors are Creative Writing, English, and History. This will be my second year working in the writing studio as a writing assistant, so I am glad to say that I am not as anxious as I was at the start of last year. For a long time I thought that I wanted to study writing and become an author, but now I am not so sure. I will always be happy that I have studied writing, and that knowledge will undoubtedly be of use to me, but I am not certain what I want to do in terms of long term career plans. I have been friends with a number of undergrads that have studied education to become teachers, but I do not think that is what I will end up doing in the end. Whatever the future holds I am privileged to spend the last years studying subjects I love at Ashland. [Andrew is a writing assistant for Dr. Gary Levine and Dr. Deborah Fleming, as well as for the ENG110 students of Joline Scott-Roller.]

Erica Linderman

I’m a sophomore (junior, credit-wise) Early Childhood Education major with 4/5 Generalist Endorsement and a Spanish minor. In addition to being a WA, I am involved with the Honors Program and am a charter member of Theta Phi Alpha. I am also a math tutor and Honors Peer Mentor. I have written a wide variety of papers and am excited to help you get ideas flowing! [Erica L. is a writing assistant for Dr. Maura Grady, as well as for the ENG110 students of Connie Hoehn and Joline Scott-Roller.]

Ariel McCleary

Hello there! I’m an Integrated Language Arts major in my sophomore 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 the writing assistant for Joline Scott-Roller's ENG110 students this semester (Spring 2015).]

Charlie Michel

I’m a junior mathematics major from Cincinnati, OH. I also hope to attain an English minor by the time I graduate. This is my second year at Ashland (transferred from Saint Louis University after freshman year) and my first year working in the writing center, although I do have a couple years of experience tutoring math. Believe it or not, I love writing research papers! I very much enjoy the research process and the analytic approach required to compose an effective argument. In many ways this is a reflection of my passion for politics, especially with regards to foreign policy and social issues. I read quite a bit, primarily non-fiction but occasionally some fiction as well. A couple of the best books I’ve read recently are Profit Over People by Noam Chomsky and What Went Wrong? by Bernard Lewis. I also enjoy listening to punk music and going to shows, riding my bike, working out, walking/running with my dog, listening to podcasts, and drinking fine craft beer! [Charlie is a writing assistant for Dr. Sharleen Mondal, as well as for the ENG110 students of Curtis Allen.]

Allie Newhouse

Hello!  My name is Allie Newhouse, and I am a sophomore here at AU.  I am an English education major (grades 7-12).  I am involved with music program on campus; singing with University Choir and Chamber singers.  I absolutely LOVE to travel, and am in the process of finding more ways to do so.

I hope you all have a great semester!

[Allie is the writing assistant for Connie Hoehn's ENG110 students this semester (Spring 2015).]

Olivia Sprague

I grew up on a farm with my older sister and parents in the small town of Fleming, Ohio, and I am a junior pursuing a career in education as an early childhood intervention specialist.  I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi where I currently serve as the Foundational Representative for AU’s chapter, Kappa Nu.  I am also a member of the Council for Exceptional Children.  I have taken Professor Vickie Schwab’s English 101 and English 102 courses as well as Dr. Mondal’s English 314: Women’s Literature course. [ Olivia is a writing assistant for ENG110 students of Deborah Fleming; she has only limited hours this semester.]

Teresa Williams

I am a senior majoring in Marketing and Accounting with a minor in Journalism & Digital Media.  I serve on leadership council for the Newman Campus Catholic Ministry.  I am also the news editor of the Collegian and an officer for the IMA Accounting Club.  My expertise includes research and literary analysis papers.  I have a diverse background in writing a variety of journalism stories, such as news articles and features.  My experiences in formal history and English assignments exemplify my well-rounded composition skill set. [Teresa is a writing assistant for Dr. Hilary Donatini and for Connie Marble's ENG110 students this semester (Spring 2015).]

Courtney Young

I am a Senior English and Creative Writing double major, graduating this Spring. I have worked for Ashland University Catering for two years and am starting my first semester as a Writing Assistant. My career goals are to work in publishing and to publish my own writing. I enjoy reading all types of work, writing fiction and nonfiction, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, and all crime TV shows. I have participated in PAW, Book Club, and PPOW on campus. I enjoy helping others with the writing process and have been, in an informal formal manner, since my first semester at Ashland. [Courtney is a writing assistant for Curtis Allen's and Dr. Russell Weaver's ENG110 students this semester (Spring 2015)].

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