Our Staff

Trish Roberts-Miller, Director

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Trish Roberts-Miller is a Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. Her area of specialization is train wrecks in public deliberation. She directed the composition programs at University of North Carolina-Greensboro and University of Missouri-Columbia, and has been Director of the UWC since 2014. Author of Voices in the Wilderness: The Paradox of the Puritan Public Sphere (U of Alabama 1999); Deliberate Conflict: Argument, Political Theory, and Composition Classes (SIUP 2004); Fanatical Schemes: Proslavery Rhetoric and the Tragedy of Consensus (U of Alabama 2009); Demagoguery and Democracy (The Experiment 2017); and various other projects in progress, she is a much more cheerful person than her areas of research might suggest.

Alice Batt, Assistant Director

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Alice Batt is a graduate of UT’s English Department (MA, ’91; Ph.D. ’96), a former UWC consultant, and a long-time lecturer for the Department of Rhetoric & Writing. She supervises interns, consultants, and graduate administrators. Her research interests include collaborations between libraries and writing centers and (dis)abilities in the writing center. Alice currently serves as president of the South Central Writing Centers Association and teaches RHE368C: Writing Center Internship.

Michele Solberg, Operations Manager

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Michele Solberg handles all the business elements of the UWC – budgets, appointments, work schedules, and payroll. An accomplished singer-songwriter, Michele has produced 7 CDs, the latest of which is Harvest Time. She has received numerous honors from the Austin Music Awards (1992-1995), and a Nonny Award from Greenlights for Nonprofits (2007) for her production of Christopher House Songs (2006), which raised over $54,000 for Hospice Austin’s Christopher House.

Vicente Lozano, Systems Administrator

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Vicente Lozano is the recipient of a postgraduate fellowship from the Michener Center for Writers, and has also participated in Macondo, Sandra Cisneros’ socially engaged writing for the Latina/o community. He received a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship from The Texas Institute of Letters in 2007, and has received several artist grants from The Vermont Studio Center. Vince has worked as a librarian, a teacher, an archivist, and a systems administrator. For the past ten years he has kept UWC computers from crashing and looked for ways to streamline its processes. He enjoys helping writers clarify technology so that it serves them. His current professional interest is in data analytics. For the past two years, he has managed students in learning data analytics, and has built a portfolio of over one hundred online visualizations that have helped the UWC manage a large staff.

Rachel Forsyth, Administrative Assistant

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Rachel Forsyth graduated from UT in 2018 with a BSA in Biology, along with a certificate in Computer Science and another certificate in Evidence and Inquiry through the Polymathic Scholars Honors Program. During her undergrad, she worked at the UWC for 3 years as a peer consultant, Course Specialist Consultant, front desk employee, UWC presenter, and Data Team member. She loved the UWC so much that she came right back after graduating! As the Administrative Assistant, she keeps up with the daily details of running the UWC. Although her primary responsibility is to the front desk, she strives to be a helpful resource to all who work for and use the services of the UWC.

Kristin Gilger, Graduate Services Coordinator

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Kristin Gilger received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 2014 and taught as a Lecturer at the University of Michigan, with appointments in the Comprehensive Studies Program, the New England Literature Program, and the Department of American Culture. She recently returned to UT, where she completed her undergraduate degree in English. As the Graduate Services Coordinator, Kristin plans all the graduate writing retreats, writing groups, and workshops, teaches the Dissertation Summer Boot Camp, and works on building a supportive writing community for graduate students across disciplines.

Michael Dale, Assistant to Graduate Services

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Michael Dale is a doctoral student in the department of Philosophy. His research focuses on whether the empirical findings of science can have implications for ethics, and, accordingly, has interests in ethics, moral psychology, cognitive science, and evolutionary theory. After growing up in a small town in Idaho, he earned a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Brandeis University. At the University Writing Center, he has worked as an undergraduate and graduate consultant, as well as a graduate writing group facilitator. This year, he is excited to help develop the graduate writing services program.

Emily Harring, Assistant Program Coordinator

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Emily Harring is a PhD candidate in the English Department. She studies Afro-Caribbean folklore––particularly, how contemporary Jamaican and Haitian works represent colonial trauma through folkloric figures. Outside of her scholarship, she has a lifelong love of the horror genre, and has seen a truly exorbitant amount of horror films. Spotted in the wilds of campus, she can be seen drinking coffee and reading, working out, or eating breakfast tacos.

Cody Jarman, Assistant Program Coordinator

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Cody Jarman is a student in UT-Austin’s English PhD program. His research focuses on Irish and African American literature in the context of global modernism. Cody got his start working in writing centers as an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he earned a BA in English and a BFA in Theatre in 2015. Before coming to UT-Austin, Cody completing a MA in Irish Writing and Film at University College Cork, Ireland on a Fulbright Fellowship. When he isn’t teaching, reading, or writing, Cody enjoys playing guitar and cooking.

Gabriella Rodriguez, Assistant Program Coordinator

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Gabriella Rodriguez is a PhD candidate in the Department of English.
Her research interests include Caribbean literature, neoslave narratives, and African diaspora studies. At the University Writing Center, she has worked with both graduate and undergraduate students on their writing projects. In her free time, she plays with the Live Oak Piano Trio and enjoys film and spending time with her dog.

Tristin Hooker, Praxis Associate Editor

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Tristin is a doctoral student in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing, where she is also an Assistant Instructor. Before coming to UT, she was the first writing center director and disability support counselor at the Table Rock Campus of Ozarks Technical Community College. She’s been teaching English, Writing, Composition, and Rhetoric nearly all of her adult life. Talk to her if you’ve got an idea for an Axis blog post related to your work at the UWC! She spends her spare time birding, practicing yoga, and talking about professional wrestling. She’s also lucky enough to live with two corgi puppies, and she’ll be happy to show them off.

Fiza Mairaj, Praxis Assistant Editor

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Fiza is a second-year doctoral student in College of Education. She grew up in Pakistan and earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. She taught for two years in her hometown of Karachi. This experience led her to pursue a career in educational policy field. She did her master’s in educational policy and planning from UT and continued as a PhD student in the same department. Her research interests lie in exploring how the language policies that affect newly arrived immigrant, refugee and asylum seeker students and their families. She is especially interested in exploring the academic experiences and outcomes of female refugees as they compare and contrast with their male counterparts.

Jazmine Wells, Presentations Coordinator

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JWells is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. Her research investigates how incarcerated mothers use writing to (re)construct identities, resist normativity, and perform motherhood while behind bars. In her free time, she sews, exercises, and reads whatever books Rhiannon suggests. She also loves reptiles, especially lizards.

Teri Fickling, Presentations Coordinator

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Teri Fickling is a PhD student in the English department. She studies eighteenth-century reception of John Milton’s poetry. Before returning to UT, where she earned her BA in 2003, she taught middle and high school English for ten years while completing her MA in night school. Outside of her studies, she enjoys collecting vinyl and spending time with her dog and cat.