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Our Staff

Dr. Steven J. Corbett, Director

Welcome to the UWC, everyone! I’ve worked in and for writing centers—from community colleges, to large research universities—since 1997. I am the author of Beyond Dichotomy: Synergizing Writing Center and Classroom Pedagogies, and co-editor (with Michelle LaFrance and Teagan E. Decker) of the collection Peer Pressure, Peer Power: Theory and Practice in Peer Review and Response for the Writing Classroom and (with Michelle LaFrance) the forthcoming anthology Student Peer Review and Response: A Critical Sourcebook. My work in writing studies research and pedagogy has appeared in a variety of academic journals and collections. I am also an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Language and Literature.

Kim Hardin, Assistant Director

Hello, and welcome to the Writing Center! We do our best to meet all your writing needs. In addition to acting as the Assistant Director of the Writing Center, I am also a Lecturer in the Department of Language and Literature. I did my undergrad work in English at Texas State in San Marcos and my grad work in English Literature and Languages at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. I have been working in writing centers, both as a tutor and an administrator, since grad school. I firmly believe in the role of the Writing Center in student success on campus, and I am sure that if you visit the Writing Center, you can achieve some of that success! We look forward to seeing you!

Andrea Martinez, Administrative Assistant

Hello! My name is Andrea and I am an undergraduate student here at TAMUK. I am currently in the process of getting my bachelor’s degree in both English and Sociology. I have always loved reading and writing and have even had some of my work published in the last few years. When I’m not studying, writing, or working in the Writing Center, I can be found doing the most unconventional theatre in the most unconventional spaces with Zero Untitled Films/Productions. I love everything that I do, including my work at the Writing Center. Our goal is to help you learn, grow, and improve your writing prowess in any way possible. We hope to see you soon!

Isabel Mata, Administrative Assistant

Hi, my name is Isabel Mata. I am a senior here at TAMUK. My hometown is San Antonio, TX. I will be graduating in Spring 2016 with my bachelor's in psychology. There are three things I absolutely love, and they are Harry Potter, dogs, and books. My favorite hobbies are reading, watching Disney movies, and spending time with my family and my awesome roommate Katie. (She was watching me write this.) 

Our Tutors

Katherine Villarreal, Shift Supervisor, Social Media Director, UWC WordPress Chief Blogger

Hullooo, my name is Katherine Villarreal and I am a full-bred Tejana from Laredo, Texas. I am an undergraduate tutor pursuing a degree in Early Childhood K-6, as well as writing for the Jnet Bloggers for Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Writing has always been a huge love of mine, as well as reading and singing. I've grown up with the world of R.L Stine to keep me imaginative, the soulful bliss of Stevie Nicks, and the strong foundation of family that allows me to love what I do every day! I hope to help not only improve writing strengths but create an unyielding confidence in oneself. Trusting yourself when it comes to writing is the first step to becoming a terrific writer! I also attend to the Word Press blog for the UWC and the social media sites of Instagram and Twitter, making sure all our clients are up to date on our fun comings and goings here! I have two dogs named Maple and Avocado, and have an unrelenting love for Polaroid instant photography. Let us know what your passions are! I can't wait to see who I can help next!

Julian Barboza, Writing Consultant

Hello! My name is Julian Barboza, and I am currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s of science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in math. After I graduate, I plan on searching for my dream job and becoming an Automotive Engineering. I come from a particularly large family, making me a family oriented person. As of right now, I recently started working at the Writing Center as a writing consultant and it’s been one of the best jobs I ever had. I love helping others, and as a writing consultant, I can help other students that require my assistance. So whenever you need help, don’t hesitate to stop by and make an appointment at the Writing Center.

Michael Cardoza, Writing Consultant

My name is Michael Cardoza. I was born and raised in Kingsville, Texas (yes I know where the good places to eat are). I am a double major in History and political science, with a minor in philosophy. What year I am in college is sort of a weird subject. By time spent here I am a freshman, but I have enough credits to be a sophomore. I have always loved writing, my mom is an English teacher, so I guess that makes sense. She taught me how to read and write at a very young age, and I instantly fell in love with both. I love my job here and I look forward to helping anyone that schedules an appointment with me.

Roel Cortinas, Writing Consultant

Hello and welcome! My name is Roel Cortinas. I am a senior pursuing my B.S. in Kinesiology (EC-12). I know what you're thinking: "How is a Kinesiology student going to help me write?" Well, if it makes you feel better, my support field is actually English. I plan to teach English while I coach at the high school level. Speaking of coaching, I am actually a personal basketball trainer, so I know a thing or two about individual instruction. Besides teaching, I would love to write a couple of books before my time is up. I love to tell people that I have one of the best jobs in the world! I am very passionate in what I do, and you will experience my complete devotion during every session. Quality and comfort are two things that I look for in a successful session. If you want to have a good time learning how to write, stop by the University Writing Center and book your appointment today!

Daycie Danika, Writing Consultant

Hello! My name is Daycie Danika. My name is a bit odd, but feel free to call me Daycee, Daisy, or Dani. I’m a junior student at TAMUK University and I am majoring in English and minoring in Philosophy. I am Secretary to Sigma Tau Delta, which is an English Honors Society. I’m from San Benito, Texas and love going to the beach. I love dogs and animals in general. I am new to the Writing Center and I’m learning along the way, but making sure each student has a quality session is my main goal when the session ends.

Cesar Garcia, Writing Consultant

I am Cesar Garcia. I am a graduate student. I am bilingual; proficient in Spanish & English. I have a Bachelor's degree in Spanish, minor in music. I have worked with graduate, undergraduate and ESL students. I have worked with the writing center for a year as I continue my studies in Cultural Studies English & Spanish. I like working with the writing center to develop the writing process, other fields of study and the individual as a writer. APA manual. MLA format.

Landy Garcia, Writing Consultant

Hi! My name is Landy Garcia. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. I am from a small town, named Santa Maria, TX. My main goal is to open up my own firm, and work with other engineers. As I am in the process of accomplishing what I desire, I am an active member of Chi Beta Delta, a sisterhood that’s main focus is to serve the community. Working at the University Writing Center has been an outstanding journey. I enjoy sharing writing techniques, and learning from every student. I do not believe that there are bad writers, just authors who have yet to be discovered.

Eduardo A. Hernandez, Writing Consultant

Hello, everyone! My name is Eduardo A. Hernandez, and I am a graduate student here at Texas A&M University of Kingsville. I graduated a year ago with a B.S. in criminology and a minor in psychology in May 2015, and I plan to finish my M.S. in criminology with a minor in sociology. In addition, I intend to join the United States Air Force as an officer, and eventually reach my dream job as a FBI analyst in the white-collar crime division. I have worked at the University Writing Center for almost a year now, and have experienced a multicultural educational environment that has changed my perspective on learning issues. I am a musician and soccer player on this campus, so you might encounter me around the university either playing guitar or scoring goals! Since the fall of 2013, I have maintained a 4.0 GPA, joined a fraternity that serves the community through music performance, and have been part of the Golden Key International Honour Society here at TAMUK.

Christina N. Lopez, Writing Consultant

Hello peoples! My name is Christina N. Lopez. I am a senior here at Texas A&M University-Kingsville studying Psychology. I am from the super small town of Agua Dulce, home of the Mighty Longhorns! I am an undergraduate tutor at the UWC. One of my favorite things to do as a tutor is helping clients generate ideas on how to get their papers started. In my opinion, this is the best part of writing! I used to not be a fan of writing, but then one of my coaches told me that "writing is like athletics; if you don't practice, you don't get better." After that, I was all about writing. I found myself writing more and more, and even competed and advanced in UIL academic meets. So if you're a student who isn't a fan of writing, come by and see me, and together we will give writing a second chance. 

Julio Martinez, Writing Consultant

Salutations! I am Julio Martinez. I’m a graduate student in the field of Cultural Studies, and I have a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology. I graduated from Premont, Texas as salutatorian of my class, and I’ve been coming to this university since 2009. I started my job as a tutor over a year ago. The arts are a big part of my life whether I’m writing poetry or acting in theater, so I refined the skill of critical thinking and storytelling. Using what I learned I try to pass these on in my sessions as well, so I can help people develop a sense of critical thought and how to create sentences that flow.

Hope Ludivina Ramos, Writing Consultant

My name is Hope Ludivina Ramos. I'm a Crim major with a minor in Psych, and I graduate in December. I enjoy watching anime, playing guitar, reading and writing, and figuring out puzzles (any kind.) I have watched every episode of Criminal Minds. I won't lie, this show is one of the many reasons why my ultimate goal is to become a Special Agent. When I am not at work or college, I enjoy reading the Bible -- it contains the greatest stories ever told! I also enjoy listening to music while taking long drives to clear my head. Did I mention I'm bilingual? No? La culpa es mia. Soy bilingue!     

Kaitlin Ruiz, Writing Consultant

Hullo, there! My name is Kaitlin Ruiz. I am a senior at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where I’m majoring in English and Communications (Journalism), with a minor in Philosophy. I am from the small, agricultural town of Orange Grove, Texas. (Despite the name, it’s more known for dustiness than it is for citrus!) As one from an area where green thumbs are prized, I see writing as something to be cultivated. Growth is possible—and it occurs gradually, with care. When I’m not at the Writing Center, I can probably be found reading or scribbling. I’m usually joined by a large yellow backpack; while it might not carry a gardener’s kit, there’s always an extra pen to lend to a fellow writer. I look forward to working with you this semester!

Katie Spencer, Writing Consultant

Hi everyone! My name is Katie Spencer. I am a junior here at TAMUK pursuing a major in history and a minor in psychology. I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX. I have always had a passion for writing and helping others, so the writing center is the best of both worlds! (Yes that was in fact a very poorly made Hannah Montana reference.) I am also a dance instructor and a member of the Javelina Sapphires, which keeps me pretty busy. When I am not in class or working, I enjoy playing video games, dancing, reading, and watching videos on YouTube. As I type this, I am being eyeballed by one of my four cats, which is her way of telling me to wrap it up! I can’t wait to work with you!

Kevin Tyykila, Writing Consultant

Hello, my name is Kevin Tyykila. I am a senior and an Industrial Management and Technology major here at TAMUK. I am originally from Spring Branch, Texas where I graduated from Smithson Valley High School. I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, hunting, and fishing. This is my third semester assisting as a writing tutor at the University Writing Center. My aim as a tutor is to help all students to the best of my abilities, and I look forward to assisting you with any assignment. 

Luis Villasana, Writing Consultant

Hello my name is Luis, I am currently a graduate student studying Cultural Studies in Spanish, while also taking 18 hours in History. I am bilingual (Spanish being my first language), I specialize in Turabian citation used in History. I received my B.A. in December 2014 from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, in History and Spanish, I also had a minor in Philosophy. I have been working in the Writing Center since fall 2014 and have continued to learn about new styles of writing, which has helped me become more knowledgeable about other fields. On my spare time, I love to read historical and philosophical books; however, I tend to read numerous texts of various subjects to increase my knowledge. In addition, I also play video games such as League of Legends and Starcraft II.