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Meet the Staff

Dr. Jane Nesmith

Dr. Jane Nesmith, Writing Center Director

B.A. English, The College of Wooster
M.A. English, Indiana University
Ph.D. English, University of Iowa

Contact information:

On-campus phone: 319.399.8754
Email: jnesmith@coe.edu


Dr. Nesmith began as Director of the Writing Center in 2015.  Along with her work leading the consultant team, she is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, where she's taught since 1994. She has also been a freelance feature writer and has written hundreds of articles for various local publications. She loves making things with yarn, making things with words, and working with consultants.


Class of 2019

Al Bryan

Al Bryan

Major(s): Chemistry
Hometown: Geneva, IL

Jean Springsteen

Jean Springsteen

Major(s): Math
Hometown: Lisbon, IA

Christian Chiffy

Christian Chiffy

Major(s): Math
Hometown: Aiea, Hawaii

Meredith Wall

Meredith Wall

Major(s): Religion
Hometown: Wheaton, IL

Xenia Greniuk

Xenia Greniuk

Major(s):
Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Kelly May

Kelly May

Major(s): English, Secondary Ed
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA


Class of 2020

Zoe Bakken Heck

Zoe Bakken-Heck

Major(s): Biology
Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Dana Koester

Dana Koester

Major(s): Biology
Hometown: Calamus, IA

Janie Cashdollar

Janie Cashdollar

Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Grove City, OH

Reilly Mathieu

Reilly Mathieu

Major(s): Molecular Biology, Creative Writing, Biology
Hometown: Rockton, IL
Favorite Book: Throne of Glass

Claudia Chiappa

Major: Communication Studies, Political Science
Hometown: Corno Giovine, Italy

Kristjan Nixon

Kristjan Nixon

Major(s): Theater, Film Studies
Hometown: Pierre, SD

Hadley Copeland

Hadley Copeland

Major(s): Biology, Chemistry
Hometown: Elgin, IL

Destiny Perry

Destiny Perry

Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Masonville, IA

Gabriel Douglass

Gabriel Douglass

Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: North Liberty, IA

Christine Puleo

Christine Puleo

Major(s): Biology
Hometown: Carpentersville, IL

Andrew Gunsch

Andrew Gunsch

Major(s): Physics
Hometown: Rochester, MN

Ella White

Ella White

Major(s): Math
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Daniel Horch

Daniel Horch

Major(s): Film Studies, Computer Science
Hometown: Dubuque, IA


Class of 2021

Ethan Alsop

Ethan Alsop

Major(s): Biology
Hometown: Forest City

Teresa Knudson

Teresa Knudson

Major(s): Nursing
Hometown: Morton Grove, Illinois

Matthew Appler

Matthew Appler

Major(s): Physics, Computer Science
Hometown: Clermont, IA

Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy Lewis

Major(s): Political Science, Psychology
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Chris Arias

Chris Arias

Major(s): English, Spanish, Education
Hometown: Aurora, CO

Aaron Mcdermott

Aaron McDermott

Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa

Michael Banks

Michael Banks

Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Sarah Reilly

Sarah Reilly

Major(s): Writing, Creative Writing, English
Hometown: Noblesville, IN

James Bordwell

James Bordwell

Major(s): Psychology, Creative Writing
Hometown: Janesville, WI

Milo Schmitt

Milo Schmitt

Major(s): Asian Studies, Creative Writing
Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Astin Campbell

Astin Campbell

Major(s): Psychology, Creative Writing
Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas

Abby Tunender

Abby Tunender

Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Des Moines

Erica Ernzen

Erica Ernzen

Major(s): Neuroscience, Psychology, Spanish
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Sarah Yoerger

Sarah Yoerger

Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa

Emma Fall

Emma Fall

Major(s): Communications, Political Science
Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

Henry Hoyhtya

Henry Hoyhtya

Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Fraser, CO


"Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be."
— Mark Twain