Who We Are
University Writing Team
Dr. Christopher Basgier
Pronunciation: Kriss Bass-gear
Christopher Basgier received his Ph.D. in English from Indiana University in 2013. He has extensive experience working with faculty on teaching with writing, and he has consulted with departments about integrating writing throughout undergraduate and graduate curricula, particularly in support of high impact practices like ePortfolios. His research, which spans writing across the curriculum, genre, threshold concepts, and digital rhetoric, has appeared in venues like Across the Disciplines, The WAC Journal, Composition Forum, and Studies in Higher Education. He is also active in national organizations like the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum, the Conference on College Composition, and Communication, HIPs in the States, and the WAC Cleainghouse.
Dr. Amy Cicchino
Pronunciation: Aim-me Sha-keen-o
Amy Cicchino received her Ph.D. in English from Florida State University (FSU) in 2019. She brings experience in writing program administration, digital multimodal pedagogy, curriculum development, and writing across the curriculum. Her work has appeared in journals such as Research in Online Literacy Education (ROLE), the Online Literacy Open Resource (OLOR), and WPA: Writing Program Administration as well as in collections like ePortfolio as Curriculum (2019) and English Studies Online: Programs, Practices, and Possibilities (2021).
Dr. Layli Miron
Pronunication: LAY-lee Mee-ROAN
Layli Miron began working for University Writing in January 2021. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition from Penn State, where she taught writing for five years, and her B.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College. At both institutions, Layli worked for writing centers, roles which she loved. In her free time, she writes and copyedits for several publications—but she does occasionally do something unrelated to writing, such as exploring the Southeast with her husband.
Pronunciation: JAYk Gehb-HART
Jake Gebhardt began working for University Writing in August 2021. He received his M.A. in English from Sam Houston State University, his B.A. in English Education from LeTourneau University, and is currently working on his Ed.D. in Literacy, focusing on digital literacies. Jake has worked in writing centers and connected student support services for over ten years. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his partner and their two dogs while working on any number of creative writing endeavors.
Pronunciation: Kee+uh h-AH-l-oh-w-AI
Kia Hollway received an Associates in Psychology in 2019 from Troy University, Montgomery, and is currently completing a B.A. in Psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery. She has over 10 years of administrative experience. In her spare time, Kia enjoys travel, beaches, parks, nature, and spending time with family and friends.
Katharine H. Brown
Pronunciation: kAEth-rihn brOWn
Katharine H. Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in English Education. She has been teaching college English classes since 2009 and has worked in college writing centers in 2009, 2014, and since 2020. A teacher activist, her research and publications focus on social justice for oppressed populations, particularly LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, within higher education institutions. Katharine is an RYT-200 yoga teacher and enjoys teaching meditation, alignment, vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga.
Pronunciation: Ah-tm Freh-dr-uhk
Autumn Frederick joined University Writing in June 2020. She graduated from Auburn University in 2016 with a B.A. in Literature and has returned to earn her M.Ed. in Administration of Higher Education. She brings experience in technical, academic, and creative writing. In her free time, she enjoys reading, creative writing, baking, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and cuddly dog Choco.
Pronunciation: AE-n-ee s-m-AW-l
Annie Small joined the University Writing team in June 2020. She graduated from Berry College with a B.A. in Psychology in 2020 and is currently studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Auburn. After graduation, she hopes to counsel college/university populations at a university counseling center to improve mental health. When she is not working, attending classes, or studying, Annie enjoys spending time with others, experimenting with baking, and working out at the gym.
Pronunciation: HEE-sun YOON
Heesun joined the University Writing department the summer of 2021. She is pursuing her degree in English literature with a journalism minor. After graduation, she hopes to go into the world of journalism and news as a broadcaster or into the field of writing as an editor. In her free time, she enjoys painting and playing with her cat, Olympic.
Pronunciation: Mah-rk Sm-i-th
Mark Smith joined the University Writing team in May 2021. He is currently a junior pursuing a double major in Professional Writing as well as Psychology. After college, he hopes to find a position in which he can positively influence the lives of others, especially those of children. He enjoys a variety of hobbies such as sports, video games, fishing, and hanging out with others.