Our Staff - Fall 2014

Our consultants are a hard-working and compassionate group of your peers. You can trust us to review your written works with attention to detail, an objective outlook, and patience.  

 Allie - Writing Consultant, Student Administrator 

Allie Staff PhotoAllie Sockwell is a senior English major, Public Relations minor. She comes from Lawrenceburg, TN, a sweet little town filled with even sweeter people. She enjoys playing the piano and painting. John Mayer songs are her weakness, swinging outside is her stress reliever, and springtime is her favorite. Allie is very passionate about writing and hopes to become a professor someday. She asks that you please come to the Writing Studio so she can pass her love of writing on to you!

Ellen - Writing Consultant, Student Administrator

Ellen Staff Photo I'm a senior English major and Philosophy minor who loves literature and writing (hence my major). When I'm not reading, studying, or working in the Writing Studio, I can probably be found exploring the coffee shops, bookstores, or hiking trails around Nashville.

Megan - Writing Consultant, Student Administrator in Training

 My name is Megan Peters, and I am a junior English major who is shrewdly trying to decide whether or not to minor or double major in Spanish. After being hooked on Phonics and reading Junie B. Jones as a small child, my love for reading -- and subsequently writing -- has only grown. When I’m not to be found in class with my nose in a book, you can surely find me searching for a mad man with a blue box, planning my trip to Hobbiton or Hyrule, sneaking onto the Millennium Falcon, catching up with the world’s only consulting detective, or enjoying the voyages of the Starship Enterprise

Brendan - Writing Consultant

Brendan staff photo My name is Brendan, and I’m a senior English major with minors in French and psychology. When I’m not studying, reading or drinking copious amounts of tea, I enjoy traveling time and space in a police box, boldly going where no one has gone before, ruling as Lord of Winterfell, battling Death Eaters, and refusing to let Balrogs pass.

Chris - Writing Consultant

 Chris is a junior English major and Psychology minor. Other than English-y things, Chris enjoys taking photographs, singing and playing music, traveling and hiking across beautiful expanses of nature, and getting lost in intricate and well-created stories - books as well as good TV shows and video games. More importantly, however, Chris loves helping others out, has been involved in mission work all his life, and enjoys helping others achieve their best at whatever they do - writing papers well, included

Emily - Writing Consultant

 Emily Henry is a junio Biology major and Spanish minor who will never pass up an opportunity to show off this picture of herself drinking real life butterbeer in real life (fake) Hogsmeade Village. Luckily,  she doesn’t have any pictures of herself in the Shire, outside 221B Baker Street, on the Enterprise, or  near a police box that’s brand new and ancient and the bluest blue, ever, to run around showing to  strangers – which leaves her all sorts of time to help you in the Writing Studio! All geekery aside, this  science major would love to help you discover that you’re already a better writer than you think you are.

Jackson - Professional Writing Consultant

 Jackson is a graduate of Lipscomb University, and his degree is in English. He has a great love of talking about writing and sharing good stories. He spends his last days at Lipscomb tending his mane and talking a bit too loudly in the Student Center.

Jen - Writing Consultant

 My name is Jen Greene, and I am a senior English and French Education major, so I obviously love language and helping others.  My interests include reading, spending time outdoors, traveling, and believe it or not, studying.  I have served God while teaching English in both the Philippines and Haiti and am eager to spend time with you in the Lipscomb University Writing Studio!

Jill - Writing Consultant

My name is Jill Jerkins. I am a Senior, majoring in English and History. Simply translated, that means I write papers and read books all the time. I commute from my family's horse farm in the-middle-of-nowhere Williamson County, fighting parking battles everyday because I love living out there. When I'm not trying to catch up on assigned reading or writing oodles of papers, I like to read books of my choosing, travel with the Doctor across time and space, and cooking lots of yummy things for my family and friends. 

Kimmie - Writing Consultant

 My name is Kimmie. I believe that nearly any day is a good day when I’m spending time with family and friends, soaking up sunshine, sipping hot coffee, or “road-tripping” to the beach. I’m thankful to be saved by grace. I’m a senior English Education major, and I would love to help you in the LU Writing Studio.

Renae - Writing Consultant

 I’m a junior psychology major with a minor in music. Aside from reading and writing, I love singing, playing piano, dancing, and spending time with my friends and family. I am very excited to start working in the Writing Studio this semester! 

Katie - The Writing Studio Assistant Director, Professional Writing Consultant

 Katie Sealy is a first year Master's student in the College of Graduate Education. As an undergrad, her major was English with an emphasis in literature, but she took as many writing classes as she could. Her minor was in history. She loves writing anything from essays to poems, and she enjoys working with others on all things writing-related. Two years ago, she stopped counting how many cups of coffee she has per day and refuses to think that she may have a "problem." 

 "Dr. S" – The Writing Studio Director

Dr. Stacia Watkins
Assistant Professor of English
Office: Beaman 231
Office Phone: 615.966.5150

Dr. Watkins came to Lipscomb from Middle Tennessee State University where she received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition and Popular Culture, taught writing courses, and served as an administrator in the University Writing Center. She currently directs the Writing Studio, teaches composition, Southern Lit, and Young Adult Literature, and advises majors in the English Education track. Dr. Watkins also co-authored the textbook The Pop Culture Zone: Writing Critically about Popular Culture and published several shorter texts, including an article about the Writing Studio at Lipscomb University in the journal Southern Discourse.

When not at work, Dr. Watkins enjoys watching Top Chef, Mad Men, Breaking BadHomeland and Boardwalk Empire. Beyond her unnatural-but-incredibly-scholarly love for television, Dr. Watkins enjoys her hobbies of party planning, cooking, finding new ethnic restaurants and gifting (i.e. shopping, but for others). She also relishes any time she can take to travel; Paris and Florence are her favorite destinations, but Churchill Downs—home of the Kentucky Derby—may come in a distant third. Non-fiction, in both film and printed text, also seem to dwarf the expected interest she has in fiction though Goodfellas and The Great Gatsby are still two of the great loves of her life.

Dr. Watkins’s more significant great loves are her husband Cody and her puppy Allie. Cody works at Vanderbilt University, delivers and sometimes designs at Granny’s Flower Shop, and plays Theremin with the Dynamite Operators. Allie is a spoiled six-year-old basenji mix who, at the weight of 60+ lbs, has exceeded expectations in every way. 

Growing up in Kentucky makes Dr. Watkins long for lazy afternoons on front porches, country ham and biscuits, and the sound of hooves galloping in the distance, but Nashville has become her home away from home, and she is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Lipscomb family.