Our Staff - Fall 2015

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.  

Mary Ashley - Writing Consultant, Student Administrator in Training

 I'm Mary Ashley, and I am a junior English and Psychology double major with a Spanish minor.  My dreams include exploring the world and working for the FBI.  I am from the incomparable city of San Diego, California, where I learned to love Jesus, coffee, asking hard questions, and going on adventures.  When I am not wrapped up in a book, you can probably find me perusing Nashville’s music scene, watching black-and-white movies, hiking the local trails, people-watching at Café Coco, or taking random road trips with my friends.  I am so excited to meet you in the Writing Studio this semester and to talk about ways you can reach your full potential as a writer!

Michael - Writing Consultant, Student Administrator in Training

 I'm Michael, and I’m a sophomore English major with an incredibly tentative, I’m-not-really-sure-yet French double major. We’ll see. My claim to fame is hailing from a tiny town in Tennessee that unironically, unabashedly calls itself Possumtown – I’ll try not to talk about cows or rural areas too much. If I’m not reading, writing, or taking pictures of anything, I’m likely immersing myself in some geeky subculture (I can’t lie to you, it’s PROBABLY Doctor Who-related) or ignoring my very serious allergies as part of my quest to pet every cat. I also like to think I’m pretty good at helping people get their writing into tip-top shape, which is probably an excellent skill for my job here. Come see me! I’d love to help you make your writing the best it can be.  

Alycia - Writing Consultant

 My name is Alycia, 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. 

Anastina - Writing Consultant

Future acquaintances, friends, and arch nemeses,  I’m a junior English major and lover of all things bookish. Theatre is my second love, though science and geometry will always be close thirds. I’m three parts shy and two parts quirky. When I was nine I convinced myself that fairies were real because I wanted more than anything to live in Neverland. Sometimes I’m still nine.   

Emily S. - Writing Consultant

 Hello, friends! My name is Emily, 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 on FrankensteinWhatever 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!

Hannah - Writing Consultant

Hey! My name is Hannah and I am a Junior English Major with emphasis on creative writing. I love reading, writing, sports and Netflix. When I’m not studying or working, I enjoy hanging out with friends and shopping. My plan after I graduate is to be an editor and a novelist. I am looking forward to improving my skills at the Writing Studio and meeting new people. See you soon!

Hannah Grace - Writing Consultant
 My name is Hannah Grace, and I am a Sophomore English major from Columbia, TN.  I am a writer, Netflix obsessor, and Disney fanatic with a bad case of wanderlust.  My love for reading and writing stories is the reason I chose to become an English major, and I hope to share my love of writing with all of you as you visit me in the Writing Studio! 

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.

Loren - Writing Consultant

My name is Loren Davis and I am a junior English teaching major from Dickson, Tennessee. I love reading (especially Jane Austen novels), writing, and sharing my passion for both! This is why I am planning to teach English. I also love cats, hot tea, and any movie based off of a novel. Yep, I am the typical English major!  I can't wait to help you with your wonderful papers, making them into beautiful pieces of writing that you will be proud of and hopefully make terrific grades on!!?

Rachel - Writing Consultant

I'm a sophomore from Franklin, TN with a double major in English and Chemistry and a minor in Math. All my free time is spent hanging out with my suitemates, my nose buried in a book, or binge-watching shows on Netflix. I have a strong love for all things nerdy (Doctor Who, Supernatural, Marvel, etc.), as well as English literature (Shakespeare and Jane Austen are my favorites). I love to learn and discover new ideas, especially in the science world. I hope through the writing studio, I can learn from other people and help them learn in turn.?

 "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.