Writing Center Staff

Dr. Candis Bond

Writing Center Director; Assistant Professor

Dr. Candis Bond earned her MA and PhD in English from Saint Louis University, where she studied British Modernism. She completed her BA at Loyola University in Chicago, where she majored in English and Creative Writing. During graduate school, Dr. Bond worked in three St. Louis area writing centers, which led her to pursue writing center consulting as a career.

At Augusta University, Dr. Bond serves as the director of the writing center and teaches courses in Writing Center Theory and Practice, Composition, and Women's and Gender Studies. She loves working with students in all disciplines, but has particular expertise in scientific writing, writing in the health sciences, and providing graduate-level writing support. Dr. Bond is happy to assist students on any project at any stage in the process, but she especially enjoys working with graduate students on longer-term assignments such as capstones, theses, and dissertations. 


Mr. Simon Grant

Simon graduated from Clemson with an MA in English and from Queens University of Charlotte with an MFA in fiction writing. His area of study is literature of the 50s and 60s, especially postmodern poetry and its relationship with surrealist poetry. 

K. Brooks

Kellyn Brooks

writing center graduate assistant

Kellyn is an Augusta University Writing Center Graduate Assistant who specializes in working with graduate students in Education, the Social Sciences, and the Health Sciences. Kellyn is a second-year graduate student enrolled in Augusta University's Education program. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina Aiken in 2016. While getting her undergraduate degree, Kellyn worked for two years as an on-campus English writing consultant. She has also tutored students of all ages in writing online. Her areas of expertise include APA style, prewriting/outlining, organization, and punctuation. Kellyn has a warm, empathic nature and is a great listener. Whether you are a first-semester student or a graduate student like her, she looks forward to assisting you with any of your needs! 

 S. Carr

Samantha carr

writing center graduate assistant

Samantha is an Augusta University Writing Center Graduate Assistant who specializes in working with graduate students in all disciplines. She is currently enrolled as a first-year graduate student in the College of Education and is working towards a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in English Education. Samantha obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English while studying at Augusta University. 

Aside from her studies, Samantha is currently working as a substitute teacher for Edgefield and McCormick county school systems. She is also assisting with and editing an autobiography for a new local author. In her free time, Samantha mentors and tutors ESL individuals, middle-high school students, and graduate students. 

Samantha's areas of expertise are in both MLA and APA style writing, organization, research writing, thesis development, personal statements, and writing mechanics. 

 K. Frails

Kayla frails

Kayla is an undergraduate senior at Augusta University pursuing a major in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Communication. She is most knowledgeable about MLA and APA style and creative writing projects. When she isn't doing homework or creatively writing, she enjoys online shopping, receiving packages in the mail, and counting calories. 

 E. Jones

Elyssa Jones

Elyssa is a post-baccalaureate Communications major at Augusta University. She previously attended the University of South Florida and has a Bachelor's Degree in English with emphasis in Modern Drama and Shakespearean Studies. She has worked as a writing consultant in the Augusta University Writing Center since the Fall of 2016. Her areas of expertise include: Creative Writing (specifically Script Writing for Stage and Screen, Comics/Graphic Novel Writing, Poetry, Short Stories, and Flash/Micro Fiction), Basic APA Style, AP Style, MLA Style, Research Writing, Writing Arts Criticism/Review, and Rhetorical Analysis. When she is not in school, she enjoys reading, studying foreign languages (specifically Romantic and East European languages), culinary exploration and expression, and practicing theatre arts. Elyssa is very much involved in Augusta University's Theatre AUG, providing services in stage management, set construction, and set painting. She also provides support to local theatres, such as Le Chat Noir, and local independent film companies, such as Wages of Cine. It is not uncommon for her to spend her weekends downtown visiting an art exhibition, playing bar trivia, screening a film, enjoying an improv show, exploring the River Market, or viewing a play; Elyssa has been known to participate in all rituals involving sports (Football, Hockey, Soccer, and Tennis). She generally has no less than 100 items in her library queue at any given time. Craft Beer Enthusiast, Chocolate Connoisseur, and Coffee Snob. A good black paint brings her joy, as do cat memes. 

 A. Smith

Allyson Smith

Allyson is an undergraduate junior, majoring in the English Department's Professional and Technical Writing track. She plans to attend graduate school for counseling after completing her BA. Her specialty in the Writing Center is academic essays, especially those for ENGL 1101 and 1102. She also specializes in other types of papers for English and Social Science classes, such as research projects and literature analysis. 

For fun, she loves to read! Her favorite books include To Kill a Mockingbird and The Lunar Chronicles series. She has also danced ballet most of her life and still performs occasionally. 

 T. Hamilton

Trene hamilton

Trene is an undergraduate junior Psychology major. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school. Her goal is to become a Psychiatrist. She has been a tutor in the Augusta University Writing Center since the summer of her freshmen year. Her areas of expertise are basic APA and MLA style, brainstorming, and organization. A fun fact about Trene is that she is currently the reigning Miss Black and Gold for the Eta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Another fun fact about her is that she participated in a study abroad program to Italy in 2016. It was a great experience and she cannot wait to go back one day. 

 B. Card

barb card

Barb is a retired teacher attending Augusta University as a Senior Citizen because she enjoys learning as much or more than she loves teaching. She holds a BS in Sociology with a minor in Social Work and a certificate in Personnel Management. Barb also earned numerous undergraduate and graduate credits in Education and Social Work and has a Master's Degree in Biblical Studies. She is certified in Elementary K-8 and Special Education. While most of her teaching career was spent teaching upper elementary and middle school students in Language Arts and Social Studies classes, she has taught Science, Physical Education, Journalism and Special Education at various levels K-12 as well. 

Barb's dream job was being a freelance writer for a weekly newspaper for about a year. She was responsible for researching and touring a home for sale in the county and writing an article about it for publication. She also arranged for a photo shoot of the property and worked closely with realtors, homeowners, and her editor. Another job she held was as letter writer for the president of a leading bank, writing letters to disgruntled customers highly unhappy with the advent of the ATMs. They could not go out until letter perfect and went through several sets of eyes before going to the president for his signature. Barb's published work also includes a poem in the house organ of a book store chain and a short story she wrote at camp at the age of nine. She got bitten by the "byline bug" early! Barb's hobbies include crafts, coloring in adult coloring books, creative writing, and being active in her church. She looks forward to returning to the Writing Center as a Consultant this semester.