Howe Writing Across the Curriculum (HWAC), a division of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence (HCWE), keeps a staff of full-time administrators and part-time Graduate Assistant Directors. Our staff come from a range of academic backgrounds and are dedicated to keeping writing at the center of the Miami University experience.

Elizabeth WardleDr. Elizabeth Wardle, Director, HCWE

Elizabeth Wardle joined Miami in July 2016 and is the Roger and Joyce Howe Distinguished Professor of Written Communication and the Director of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence. She takes primary responsibility for the faculty-facing writing across the curriculum program. She previously served as chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida (UCF) (2012-16), director of writing programs at UCF (2008-2012), and director of writing programs at the University of Dayton (2006-2008). Her administrative experiences have fed her ongoing interest in how students learn and how they transfer what they learn in new settings. At UCF, she won teaching and SoTL awards, and led the first-year composition program to a CCCC Certificate of Excellence. She speaks frequently around the country on writing program design, ways to teach to encourage transfer, and ways to identify and engage students in the threshold concepts of various disciplines.

Ann UpdikeDr. Ann Updike, Associate Director, HCWE

Ann Updike supports faculty and graduate students through the Howe Center's HWAC program. She has served as the Associate Director of the HCWE since Fall 2013. She earned her PhD in English at Miami University with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition, after working in corporate software project management and technical writing for many years. Her scholarly interests include writing-across-the-curriculum, visual and material rhetorics, American cultural rhetorics, and American Indian studies. She consults with faculty on writing assignment design and best practices and facilitates workshops on writing across the curriculum topics.

Loretta ParkerLoretta Parker, Administrative Assistant, HCWE

Loretta Parker has been at Miami University for 18 years, working in Accounts Payable and the English Department before heading to the HCWE. She is the financial contact for the HCWE department and handles budget transfers for contest prizes, student payments, and grants for students, faculty, and departments. She also coordinates student-centered events, graduate and faculty boot camps, and national and local board meetings.

Mandy OlejnikMandy Olejnik, Graduate Assistant Director, HWAC

Mandy Olejnik is a PhD candidate in Composition and Rhetoric. Her dissertation research centers on graduate student writing support and how writing across the curriculum (WAC) programs can take leading roles in creating meaningful, structural change in systems of graduate writing. At the HCWE, Mandy leads faculty workshops, assists with the Faculty Fellows Program, writes Miami Writing Spotlights, conducts research on HWAC programming, and assists with other administrative tasks.

Will ChesherWill Chesher, Graduate Assistant, HWAC 

Will Chesher is a PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. He researches how graduate programs prepare students as researchers, how research methods and methodologies offer diverse frames of knowing and question-making, and how programs prepare faculty and students to teach writing in their local contexts.