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.
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.
Adam Diehl received his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Georgia as a young lad. He began his teaching career in 2007 at McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. His high school teaching career continued at Westminster Schools of Augusta in 2009, and he has since joined the Augusta State University teaching staff as a part-time instructor. He enjoys myriad literary periods, but he is partial to Shakespeare, Donne, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Eliot, Hemingway, Faulkner, and O'Connor, among others. He also has a keen fondness for British music, particularly The Beatles, The Smiths, and The Libertines.
In his teaching of 1101 and 1102, Adam strives to endow students not only with superior composition, reading, and discussion skills, but also with the ability to apply their academic mastery to everyday situations. Aside from teaching, Adam coaches the Augusta Preparatory Day School swim team. He also plays music regularly with his band The Gilded Youth.
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!
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.
Melinda McKew has a B.A. in English from Augusta University and a Master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. She has worked in writing centers and writing-related fields for more than a decade. She is currently completing prerequisite coursework to attend medical school.
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.
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.
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.
Logan is an undergraduate at Augusta University pursuing a major in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He spends a lot of time writing, or thinking about writing, and is actively engaged in creative writing groups within and outside of Augusta University. The genres Logan writes the most in are fantasy, steampunk and science fiction. He has also enjoyed leading creative writing groups in the writing center in past semesters. While his specialty is creative writing, Logan is also knowledgeable in argumentative, persuasive and research papers. When not working at the writing center, writing, or attempting to fix his car, Logan enjoys reading, listening to music (metal, steampunk, and classical are a few of his favorite types), learning about other cultures, cooking, and making things.
Sabrina Nacci is an English major with a concentration in literature and minors in Communication and WGST. She is currently working on multiple research projects, and she plans on continuing her research through her undergraduate career and as she moves on to graduate school. She is a member of the Pamplin Student Ambassador Program and Sigma Tau Delta. She actively works as a stage manager on her sixth show for Theatre AUG. She also stage manages for a local theatre, Le Chat Noir, for the monthly improv show and other various shows. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, board games, playing tennis, and horseback riding. After graduating from AU, she plans to go to graduate school and later teach postsecondary.
Odessa is working towards a BA in Early Childhood Education but may add other majors in the future. Her dream is to own her own school and animal shelter one day. She loves both children and animals, and wants to be able to spend her life making their lives better. Her areas of expertise include creative writing, scientific papers, and class projects, but she dabbles in other genres as well. She also works in sales, so she understands the need for professional prose.
When not in school, Odessa fills her time with work, Netflix, movies, playing with her golden retriever, and reading. Her favorite books are the Game of Thrones novels, Lord of the Rings, anything by T.A. Baron or Sarah J. Maas, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. She doesn’t have a favorite movie yet but loves to watch and rewatch classic Disney movies and fantasy thrillers like Lord of the Rings and The Matrix and will binge just about anything on Netflix. She loves to travel. She has already lived in seven states, and she really wants to see the other forty-three and the rest of the world.
Morgan Hunter is an undergraduate at Augusta University majoring in English with a focus in Literature. She is obtaining a minor in Women and Gender's Studies. She plans to attend graduate school afterwards and go into either publishing or become a professor of English Literature. She is a pitcher on the Augusta University softball team. Morgan enjoys reading books of all genres (especially fiction) and creative writing. Morgan's specialties as a consultant are assisting students with organization, thesis-writing, grammar, and English composition, although she is able to help with anything to the best of her ability!
Rachel Visintainer is a Communication major at Augusta University who enjoys lengthy conversations at 3am almost as much as she loves sleep. She is currently on the Bell Ringer staff and works at Chick-fil-A on weekends. Her specialty in Writing Center academics is creative writing, analytical papers, news articles and personal essays. She has performed in The Mikado with the Opera Initiative at Augusta University and has a lead role in Dr. O’Meara’s play Moving Photographs: A Vanishing Georgia. Pastimes include singing at the top of her lungs, feeding her face with cheese, or going on adventures with her boyfriend--as well as less memorable activities, such as reading, writing, and drawing. Her current missions are to save up for her next trip abroad, build a professional portfolio, and prepare her own poetry collection for publishing. Mention The Little Prince, the Broadway show Hamilton, or the comic Calvin and Hobbes and she’ll rave on for hours. As a Writing Center consultant, Rachel hopes to help and connect with other writers while building her own consulting skills.