Faculty Bios

Mark Armstrong

Mark Armstrong graduated from the University of Texas in 2004 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. He also holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. He has taught Rhetoric and Composition and Creative Writing since 2007. His research interests include the interconnectivity of race, class, and gender and representations of these identities in popular culture. Mark enjoys working with students individually and sees the writing center as a wonderful opportunity to help students express their ideas more effectively.

Christopher Flynn

Christopher Flynn is an Associate professor of English Literature. He has a B.S. from Indiana University in music and history, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA in English. In between the undergraduate degree and his studies at UCLA, Professor Flynn spent nine years as a journalist working for daily newspapers in New Jersey, Connecticut, California, and Texas. He spent most of that time editing everything from sports stories to the business page. He is the course coordinator of CULF 1318, and has also taught Capstone and CULF 1319. He has published a book and several articles on British and Irish literature, with a particular focus on the 18th and early 19th centuries. He has also published poetry and creative nonfiction, and is currently at work on a novel.

Michalle Gould

Michalle Gould holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and M.S.I.S. in Information Science from the University of Texas-Austin. Her writing has been published in Poetry, Slate, New England Review, McSweeney’s (online), the Texas Observer, and other journals. She has taught Rhetoric & Composition I & II, as well as courses in Religion and Literature and Ethics and Literature. Her favorite thing about working at the Writing Center is helping students develop and organize their ideas.

Ryan S. Hoover

Ryan Hoover is an Assistant Professor of English Writing and Rhetoric. He teaches Basic Writing in the Science & Theology Freshman Studies section, as well as Rhetoric & Composition II, Technical and Business Writing, Grant Writing, and Document Design. Ryan earned his Bachelor’s in Computer Science and later earned a Ph.D. in Technical Communication & Rhetoric from Texas Tech University (2009). When not researching grant writing practices, Ryan helps students achieve clarity and logic in their writing. He believes that all students are capable of writing clear, solid, convincing prose if they really understand what they are trying to say. Ryan leads his writing center clients to understand what they are really saying in their writing and how they can best match their writing to their intentions.

Kendall Kelly

Although Kendall Kelly just joined the faculty at St. Edward's as an assistant professor of English Writing and Rhetoric in the fall of 2012, she’s taught composition and technical communication for more than 20 years. Consequently, she believes that everyone can develop good writing skills; the trick is to learn to create strong theses and organizational structures. Kendall holds a PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric and an MA in Library Science. Her research interests include intercultural communication and new media.

Drew M. Loewe

A lawyer-turned-rhetorician, Drew M. Loewe is an Assistant Professor of English Writing & Rhetoric and Director of the Writing Center. His research interests include rhetorical theory and criticism, argumentation, legal writing, and composition–especially composition pedagogy. More about Dr. Loewe’s education, publications, and experience can be found on his website. He teaches Rhetoric & Composition II as well as a variety of courses in the English Writing & Rhetoric major, including Text & Discourse Analysis, Legal Writing, Writing Online, and the two upper-division “Theories” courses (Theories of Rhetoric & Composition and Current Theories of Rhetoric & Composition). Dr. Loewe enjoys helping students to dig deeply into the intellectual outcomes of a writing assignment, to develop and refine their own ideas, and to express sound arguments clearly. In conferences with students, he dramatizes the role of an interested yet curious reader by reading drafts aloud and asking many questions.

Annette Lucksinger

Annette Lucksinger holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M and a Master of Arts in Literature from Colorado State University. She has taught Freshman Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, Literature and the Human Experience, and Capstone at St. Edward’s since 2000. Her scholarly interests span from environmental writing and the importance of place to children’s literature. This broad range of interests reflects what she likes best about her work in the Writing Center: helping students use writing to express their ideas and to examine the world from different perspectives.

I. Moriah McCracken

I. Moriah McCracken is an Assistant Professor of English Writing and Rhetoric. She joined the SEU faculty in the fall of 2011 after teaching in South Texas for four years. Her research and publication interests include (rural) literacies, women’s rhetoric(s), writing program administration, and composition pedagogy, particularly writing for transfer, which helps her conduct research with students enrolled in the first-year writing program (Rhetoric & Composition I and II) and in upper-level theories courses (Current Theories of Rhetoric & Composition). More information about her education and publication is available on her website. Moriah began her academic career as a peer consultant in the Texas State University-San Marcos Writing Center, and those early experiences as a student (and a client) helped shape how she structures conferences. She asks loads of questions to help the writer find an authentic purpose for writing. When working with more complete drafts, she reads through the project with the writer, giving a context for her questions and allowing the writer to give her a “behind the scenes” understanding of the choices made. Her goal, in every conference, is to help the writer understand the choices made during the writing process.

Bro. John A. Perron, C.S.C.

Bro. John A. Perron, C.S.C., Associate Professor of English, earned a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, a M.A. in English from the University of Portland, and continued post-graduate studies in English at Carnegie Mellon University. His research and teaching interests include what writers do when composing, how socio-cultural environments and discourse communities influence composing practices, and classical rhetoric. He has taught a wide range of courses, including major American writers, major British writers, D. H. Lawrence seminar, Business and Technical Writing, Freshman Studies composition I, Honors English composition II, and Theories of Rhetoric and Composition. He is a former Director of Freshman Studies and of the Writing and Rhetoric major. He especially enjoys working with writing center students from across the U.S. and around the world, all of whom bring their own unique perspectives on their coursework and writing projects.

Steven Peterson

Steven Peterson is a 12-year veteran of the Writing Center. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English Writing from St. Edward’s University, where he was selected as an Outstanding English Writing major in his senior year. During his time at St. Edward’s, as an adjunct professor, he has taught Basic Writing and worked in the Communication Lab. He currently serves as an Associate Director for the university’s Office of Student Financial Aid where he is responsible for content development for our print and electronic communications. Working in the Writing Center allows him to stay connected to his degree. But more importantly, he feels that his own experiences as an undergraduate at St. Edward’s offer him a unique perspective when working with students on their writing.

Catherine Rainwater

Dr. Catherine Rainwater, Professor of English, is a member of both the English Literature and the English Writing and Rhetoric faculty. She has also taught Capstone, Honors, and CULF courses. Her research interests are primarily in American Literature and Native American literature, and she has numerous publications in these areas. She has won awards for her scholarship and creative nonfiction writing. In 2007, she won the University’s Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Rainwater is happiest with her own teaching in those moments when students begin to recognize their own potential for excellence and to understand what is required to achieve it. She finds that working with students in the one-on-one situation that the Writing Center allows is the most efficient way to help them improve as writers and critical thinkers, and thus to become more self-directed and confident in both areas. In conferences with students, Dr. Rainwater plays the role of the attentive reader who pushes the writer to achieve clarity and grace in verbal expression.

Mary Reilly

Mary Reilly has been an adjunct faculty member at St. Edward’s since 1996, following a 20-plus year career in newspapers in Massachusetts, upstate New York, Arizona and Austin (Austin American-Statesman). She has taught Journalism I and Journalism II and now teaches Rhetoric and Composition I (The Sixties) and Capstone. She was named the 2010 Capstone Teacher of the Year. She holds a Bachelor’s in English from Boston State College and a Master’s in Journalism from Penn State. While she will happily help students with any assignment ranging from completed research papers to “I don’t even know how to start this” first drafts, she loves working with Capstone students, especially those who struggle with content problems.

Joanna Robinson

In 2003, Joanna Robinson took a break from law practice to pursue a master’s of liberal arts at St. Edward’s for fun. At the urging of some of her instructors, she started teaching here and hasn’t seen the inside of a courtroom since. Joanna teaches or has taught Rhetoric & Composition II, Critical Inquiry, Legal Text Analysis, and Capstone. Other projects have included designing the writing curriculum for the 2009 BTCS; supervising an honor student’s thesis on the Statute of Frauds; and mentoring students for SOURCE presentations on various legal topics. Joanna’s creative nonfiction essays have been published in many literary journals, including The Southern Review. For Joanna, the best part about teaching at the Writing Center is working one-on-one with students to share her passion for language and ideas. She feels amply rewarded watching students progress as critical readers, thinkers, and writers.

Madison Searle

Madison Searle (M.A. in English, University of Virginia) runs an interdisciplinary minor program and teaches courses in critical thinking and proposal writing at the University of Texas. He has also taught a course on the literature of baseball and, at St. Edward’s, the Capstone. The most effective writing instruction he thinks he’s done has occurred in the writing center, where he’s worked since 2003. In his experience, “Allowing a student to ask questions; bounce ideas back and forth; and talk through a phrase, paragraph or idea, is a more productive and enjoyable way to teach writing than reading a paper and sending comments.”

Susan Gayle Todd

Susan Gayle Todd has enjoyed teaching American Dilemmas, Rhetoric and Composition I and II, and Basic Writing at St. Edward’s since 2009. She has also taught Rhetoric/Writing and Shakespeare at UT Austin (’03-’11) where she earned a Ph.D. in Theater History (‘09), an M.A. in Women’s/Gender Studies (‘05), and a B.A. in English (’94). As a scholar, playwright, and director, her focus is feminist adaptation of canonical works. She teaches in the Huntington Library Summer Shakespeare program, directs the Weird Sisters Theater Collective, and writes and directs for Austin’s Scottish Rite Theater. In true performance style, Susan often gets writers on their feet, reading their work aloud.

Robert Williams

Robert Williams, after completing a master’s in English at Notre Dame, began teaching at St. Edward’s in 2003. His courses have included sections in Freshman Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, and Capstone; he has worked as a writing tutor at the Academic Success Center and at the Writing Center. His research interests include documentary film, moral philosophy, modernist poetry, and polemics of all kinds. Working with students individually at the Writing Center is gratifying for him in many ways, especially in moments when sessions begin to focus attention on the effects of writing on audience, the role of which a helpful tutor can assume on the spot.

Michael Wilson

After earning his master’s degree from the University of Ireland, Galway, Michael Wilson joined St. Edward’s University as an adjunct writing instructor for Freshman Studies in 2001. Since that time, he has served on the Swords, Silk, and Silicon Freshman Studies team, taught Rhetoric and Composition I and II, and tutored in the Writing Center. In the summer of 2011, he launched Quick Tutor, the university’s first undergraduate online writing lab, which he maintains for the Writing Center. He enjoys helping students to become more deliberate writers by explaining writing concepts in concrete terms and taking the mystery out of the writing process. Outside of St. Edward’s University, he is the efficiency specialist for Pearson Publishing’s online tutoring division, Smarthinking, and a writing coach for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.