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 

Consultant AllieAllie 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

Consultant Ellen 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 at Lipscomb University. After being hooked on Phonics as a child, my love for reading -- and furthermore writing -- has only grown. I am excited to be working at the Writing Studio this year and look forward to helping anybody who gets more than a little nervous nervous when they're faced with a term paper. When I’m not to be found in class with my nose in a book, you can probably catch me browsing the concert circuit of Nashville, aiding top-secret agencies in their efforts to corral superheroes, taking a casual stroll from the Shire to Mordor, or keeping an eye out for the Starship Enterprise. 


Alycia - Writing Consultant

 My name is Alycia Gilbert, and I’m a sophomore English major with a French minor that keeps on growing. I’m from the suburbs of Memphis, TN, and I still haven’t figured out the fuss over cowboy boots. When my face isn’t shoved into a book/notebook/computer screen, I enjoy sweet tea, getting far too enthusiastic about fictional characters, and Netflix marathons at one in the morning. 

Ashley - Writing Consultant

 Ashley Scire is a junior elementary education major from New Jersey. She has always had a love for writing and enjoys working with others. She believes writing is such an important skill and can always be improved. During her free time she enjoys singing, playing the guitar and writing music. Her favorite thing to do in Nashville is go listen to undiscovered songwriters. Ashley is excited to work in the Writing Studio this semester!    

Breanna - Writing Consultant

 My name is Breanna Berg, and I'm a senior Dietetics major and English minor. Ideally, I'd like to spend every morning reading on top of a quiet mountain, or traveling to new places with the people I hold close. I grew up in Chicago and later discovered my love for Nashville, the South, and the unbelievable amount of great churches here. The Lord is good and brought me to Lipscomb where I have learned much about myself, my love for health and writing, and my desire to help others. I am so excited to be a part of this team and I look forward to seeing you at the LU Writing Studio! 

Brendan - Writing Consultant

 Brendan is a senior English and French major with a minor in psychology. The fall 2014 semester is his fifth semester working in the Writing Studio, and he's glad to be back for his last semester at Lipscomb. First and foremost, he is interested in language--in the structure of language and how languages function to create and transmit meaning. This fascination, coupled with a lifelong passion for writing, grammar, and literature, has led him to decide upon graduate studies in linguistics, which he hopes will lead to a career as communications officer aboard a Starfleet starship in the future. In the rare moments when he's not reading, writing, or studying crazy languages that no one has ever heard of, he can be found drinking tea or taking walks through nature.

Cameron - Writing Consultant

 My name is Cameron Hendley, and I am a graduate theology student in Lipscomb's Hazelip School of Theology. I am a recent Nashville transplant from Fort Worth, TX, where I was born and raised; Texas was good to me, but so far, Nashville is stealing my affections. I have a B.A. in philosophy, and I am particularly interested in post-Kantian thinkers (Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, etc.). My passion - and career goal - is to help Christians enter into constructive dialogue with the intellectual currents outside the church. When I'm not in study mode, I am spending time with my lovely wife, Nicole, and our miniature labradoodle, Plato. We enjoy reading, walking, coffee-ing, and Mario Kart-ing.

Chris - Writing Consultant

 Chris is a junior English major. Other than English-y things, Chris enjoys taking photographs, editing videos, singing and playing music, performing in Lipscomb theatre, traveling around the world, and getting lost in intricate and well-created stories - stories of books as well as good TV shows, video games, and other forms of media. 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 better, included!

Daniel - Writing Consultant

 Daniel is a senior English major. He would like to admit to having Sparknoted To Kill A Mockingbird in 7th grade. He did finally read it (twice) this past summer, however, and loved it more than any tome, brain-bender, or wordy koan worth your precious time. That said, he’d Sparknote it again, silly kid – he’s glad he put it off. When not at work or poring over pet projects, Daniel can be found in front of his television, shouting and playing along with Steve Harvey’s Family Feud

Emily - Writing Consultant

 Emily Henry is a junior Molecular Biology major with minors in Spanish and Chemistry. If she's not found working toward world domination in McFarland, tutoring in the Writing Studio, or marathoning anything produced by BBC, something has gone horribly wrong.

Emily - Writing Consultant

 Hello, friends! My name is Emily Sherrill, and I am so excited to work in the Writing Studio this semester. I’m an English major with a passion for theatre (especially if it involves Shakespeare), an interest in dead languages, and a sincere love for all things nerdy. I consider books to be my friends, and I become deeply emotionally attached to fictional characters on a regular basis. Don’t even get me started onFrankensteinWhatever the topic may be though, commas or the Creature or Queen Elsa, you can count on the fact that I’m glad to converse with you!

Emma - Writing Consultant

 I'm a Psychology major with a minor in Spanish and English. When I'm not writing scientific research papers a psychology class, I love reading and writing poetry. Edgar Allen Poe and Pablo Neruda are my inspiration. I love traveling and actually just finished a month in Sevilla, Spain. Even though I'm a senior here at Lipscomb, this will be my first year working at the Writing Studio. I'm so excited to get started!

Hannah - Writing Consultant

 Hannah is a junior English major, and she is also pursuing her teaching license while at Lipscomb. In the future, she hopes to impart the love for literature upon her students that she learned from her own fabulous high school teachers. In the meantime, she enjoys fitting the mold of your prototypical English major - she is a book junkie, an avid coffee drinker, and an occasional poet. She believes in the old-fashioned habit of handwriting her essays, but don't worry, she won't impose this practice on you if you visit her in the Writing Studio!

Jackson - Professional Writing Consultant

 Jackson is a Lipscomb graduate who has returned to the Writing Studio for the fall. He loves helping others with their writing, sharing stories, and talking too loudly in the Student Center. He is also definitely not a viking. There's no time like writing time, and Jackson would love to help you through it!

Jen - Writing Consultant

  My name is Jennifer Greene, and I am from Winchester, IN. I am an English and French Education major, and I am eager to be a senior at Lipscomb this year. In the spring, I plan on completing half of my student teaching in Africa. My hobbies include walking, running, or simply lounging outside; reading when I find time; traveling; and spending time with friends. The writing studio is a great place to be, so I hope to see you there!

Jennifer - Writing Consultant

 My name is Jennifer Sellers, and I am a senior English major and Theater minor with a mad love for dictionaries. I spend my free time with my husband and three kitties and at Church teaching the babies how much God loves them. I love teaching and getting lost in the world of fiction, whether I am reading or writing it, and I hope to share that passion with you for your writing.

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. 

Joel - Writing Consultant

Hello! My name is Joel Zahn, and I am a junior. I’m a history major and a German minor. If the picture doesn’t give it away, I particularly enjoy the history of the Cold War and communism in general. However I’m also partial to medieval European history. To satiate my desire for history, I studied in Vienna in the fall of 2013 and can’t wait to go back. When I’m not plotting a return to Vienna, I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading, playing board games, and engaging in other similar nerdy activities. I’m very excited to work at the Writing Studio this coming semester and hope that I can be of as much assistance as possible. 

Jordan - Writing Consultant

 Jordan, here. I am a junior Law, Justice, and Society major as well as an English major. I am a native of the lovely city of Hendersonville, just a few miles north of the campus. Being outdoors is one of my favorite pastimes along with reading and watching reruns of Law and Order (not really). Family and writing are both such integral parts of my life, so what better way to spend my time than helping my Lipscomb family write!

Kimmie - Writing Consultant

 Kimmie transferred to Lipscomb after graduating from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi, in 2012. At Lipscomb, Kimmie is completing her Senior year of studies in English Education. She loves the Nashville community, especially the area's sweet people and its outreach to the global community. When the school year is not in full swing, Kimmie heads south to her Mississippi hometown, where she bakes homemade cakes for her small business; works at a southern homestyle-cooking restaurant; and catches up with friends and family. Kimmie loves wholesome conversations about Jesus and listening to people's life stories; in her free time, she likes writing, playing sports, and being outdoors.

Krista - Writing Consultant

 Krista is a sophomore English and Spanish major with a Worship Ministry minor. She is from the hoppin' town of Atlanta, Georgia where she loves finding coffee shops and meeting new people. In her spare time she loves coffee, Jesus, listening to Bon Iver, and reading classic literature (not in that order). Her favorite novel is Jane Eyre, and she has over 16,000 songs on her iPod. She is oh so very excited to meet you and to get to talk with you about your writing, and hopes to help you in any way she can!

Lauren - Writing Consultant

 I’m a junior English and Philosophy double major originally from Oxford, England. Though I have also lived in Manhattan and Orlando, I now consider Nashville my home. When I’m not writing for zines, haphazardly teaching myself guitar chords or attending shows, you can usually find me studying in coffee shops or reading at the park.

Lindsey - Writing Consultant

 My name is Lindsey Brake, and I'm a senior English major from Dickson, Tennessee. I love music, books, film, and history. My record collection includes everything from Bill Monroe to the Beatles to the Shins, and I'm a sucker for a good movie score or anything involving Robert Plant. I read and write both poetry and fiction, and in my spare time, I enjoy watching Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin on the Colgate Comedy Hour, all manner of Elvis movies, or whatever's on at the Belcourt. I'd love to help you tune up your writing skills at the Writing Studio or just make you a mix CD. You know, either one. 

Macon - Writing Consultant

 Hello, future friend! My name is Macon Overcast, and I am a sophomore English major and Biology minor currently pursuing a future in veterinary medicine. I enjoy contemplating the universe and exploring the deep crevasses of the creative mind, so bring your papers to me and we will ponder like Candide, explore like Robert Walton, and ultimately let loose the potential you have as a writer.

Mary Kate - Writing Consultant

 My name is Mary Kate (but no, not like Mary-Kate and Ashley) and I am a junior English Writing major with a French minor. When I'm not drinking excess amounts of tea or rocking out on the piano, you can probably find me at the top of one of the magnolia trees in front of Burton or sitting on the floor of Rhino Books thumbing through John Steinbeck novels. I also love traveling and anything England-related. Hopefully this picture of me pretending to be Lizzie McGuire at the Trevi Fountain will convince you to come see me at the writing studio for all your paper-writing needs!

Renae - Writing Consultant

 I am a junior psychology major from Wisconsin. Aside from reading and writing, I love singing in the Lipscomb choir, hiking and biking, having late night conversations with good friends, and eating peanut butter. I hope to see you in the Writing Studio! 


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 MenBreaking 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.