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We Have a New FYC Summer Team!

We Have a New FYC Summer Team!

By Bre’Anna Sanders, FYC Summer Intern

Summer is here and so are the new FYC team members. Focused and determined to innovate and improve, the new editions, along with some familiar faces, bring promise to the future of the USF FYC program. Read more about our amazing team below!

Graduate Student Coordinators

Katie Walkup, First Year Composition Coordinator 

“Teaching composition is a form of social justice.”

Katie is a first year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition on the FYC team. She received her undergraduate degree from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO and her Master’s degree from USF in 2017. Family, weather, and USF’s academic excellence led her to pursue her Master’s degree here. Now, as the FYC Coordinator, her plans are to enhance first year composition to reflect expansive, and globalized knowledge. Katie believes that composition is a form of social justice because it allows people to use words and language to give them a voice.




Spencer Bennington, Mentor Coordinator

“The goal is to build a network of more experienced teachers.”

Spencer is a first year PhD Student from Virginia. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Averett University and his Master’s degree from Radford University, he desired to join a more expansive program. After applying to other programs, USF was his pick. As Mentor Coordinator for the FYC team, Spencer’s focus is to create a mentoring program that promotes direct and constant communication between mentors and mentees.




Elizabeth Ricketts, Community Comments Coordinator

Empowering students to help themselves.”

Elizabeth is a first year PhD student from New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey and her Master’s degree from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. With the option to attend different PhD programs around the country, she chose USF because of the warm and supportive environment they presented. She serves as the Community Comment Lead for MyReviewers on the FYC team. Her focus includes empowering students through providing rich, quality resources so that they can demystify the writing process without “going down the black hole of random Googling.”



Lynn Heiser, Technical Writer

“Words have power.”

Lynn is a second year Master’s student on the FYC team who received her undergraduate degree from Bryan College in Tennessee. She chose to further her education at the University of South Florida because of its high standards in academic achievement and research. As a Technical Writer for the team, her focus is enhancing MyReviewers’ usability, research, and grant writing. Lynn believes words have power; from this power, research and progressive work can be completed.




Brooke Downey, Technical Writer

“Technical writing, at its core, is simplifying complicated content.”

Brooke received her undergraduate degree in Humanities and English from USF. As a full-time Technical Writer for the MyReviewers team, she creates and updates manuals for software in MyReviewers as well as helps design the website. Her current focus is to create new manuals and documentations for the many new features incorporated in MyReviewers.  



Bre’Anna Sanders, Technical Writer (Intern)

“Technology is improving, and someone has to be able to explain it.”

Bre’Anna is a senior majoring in English. Before transferring to USF, she aspired to be a lawyer, but after joining the Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology concentration, she realized her passion for explaining and breaking down information can be used in the innovative and progress field of technology. From this internship, she hopes to gain experience in different software to improve her skills as a technical writer.




Anders Svenning, Creative Writer (Intern)

“Do something you enjoy rather than reaching plateaus.” 

Anders is a senior majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. Although he chose to pursue other majors throughout his academic career, his passion for writing lead him back to the major. Anders believes English, in comparison with other majors and careers, is an experience that allows one to reach a realization through each experience whereas other careers plateau out. From this internship, he hopes to gain experience in a professional work environment and in working collaboratively with others.




Pallavi Gopee, Creative and Technical Writer (Intern)

Pallavi is a senior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Her passion in interacting with people and in creative writing led her to join the FYC team. She believes that working with such an amazing team with great innovative ideas will not only embellish her skills but also prepare her for the future world of business where creativity and usability play a significant role. From this internship, Pallavi hopes to gain experience in different organizational skills that will enhance her overall personality.



IT Team

The MyReviewers IT Team is steadily working to improve MyReviewers and make it a commercialized entity. With an even distribution of work amongst the small team, they are able to surpass all expectations. While they take much pride in the quality and timely work they provide, their determination does not exempt them from having lives outside of the office. Many enjoy engaging in fun activities such as soccer and ultimate frisbee. Finding the balance between work and fun can be quite difficult, but this team has found it.

Rajeev Reddy, Application Developer

Trang Nguyen, Usability Expert

Steven Buck, Application Developer

Dat Le, Application Developer


Dr. Joseph Moxley, Director of Composition

“As literacy standards change, we [FYC Program] must adapt.” 

Dr. Moxley received his undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology from the University of Utah. After receiving his masters and PhD from SUNY Buffalo, he became a part of USF’s English Department in 1984 and has been Director of Composition for the last 10 years. As Director of Composition, Dr. Moxley’s goal is to ensure the FYC program is evolving with the multimodal literacy standards. For the graduate assistants and PhD students, he hopes that they will aid in pushing forward the multimodal literacy goals and help the program include a more globalized curriculum.


Dr. Erin Trauth, Associate Director of Composition

“Strong writing skills can help our students rise to the top.”

Dr. Trauth received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. After receiving her Master’s degree from the University of South Florida and earning her PhD from Texas Tech University, she returned to USF to become a part of a program she was very familiar with. Her tasks as Associate Director of Composition include coordinating on the FYC the curriculum and orientations for new teachers, organizing and guiding graduate assistants, and assisting teachers with student issues when they arise.


Instructor Orientation

The FYC program kicked off the fall semester last week with a very successful orientation.  We were also happy to welcome over twenty new instructors.  The mentor team thanks everyone who participated and helped make this orientation go smoothly.

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New FYC Team for Summer 2016

The FYC program is happy to introduce the new members of our team for the Summer of 2016.  Find out all about our recent additions below!

Peter Cannon

Mentor Coordinator


Team outlook: “I am privileged to work with a group of exciting, dynamic, and interesting people.”

Peter Cannon’s work at USF all started with his childhood love of books. In the days of his youth, Peter worked at a library that instilled in him a trailblazing passion for books which later led him to the USF School of Information’s gates. During his time at the USFSI, Peter dedicated his time to researching the correlation between books and the treatment of distinct mental health issues, which resulted in the establishment of a women’s therapeutic library here in Tampa. He applied to the USF Rhetoric and Composition program to continue his studies in this unique area of research and now focuses on the public rhetoric of addiction, treatment, and bibliotherapy.

Alongside his research here at USF, Peter wears the hat of mentor coordinator for the FYC team. Being a mentor coordinator means successfully organizing and completing a multitude of projects, all aimed at strengthening the FYC curriculum, while simultaneously maintaining an environment of energetic innovation for the entire team. This can be a daunting position for some, but Peter excels in this endeavor. He continuously yields outstanding improvements to the FYC curriculum with the help of his appreciative team of mentors; they feed off his inspiring leadership qualities as he flourishes from their creative adaptations to the curriculum.



Nancy E. Lewis

Online Community Designer

Nancy has over 30 years of teaching experience under her belt. In 2010, the USF English Department added her to the FYC team, and she is now a valuable asset to both its online community and the entire team as a whole. Her FYC summer goal is to revamp the ENC 1101 and 1102 classes’ online templates to improve their intuitiveness for instructors and students alike.

Team outlook: “I appreciate the opportunity to work alongside the face-to-face mentors.”




Alysia Sawchyn

Graduate Assistant

Working hard on simultaneous projects is not a foreign concept to Alysia. It was the option to use her talents for both creative writing and FYC that brought her to USF. Presently, Alysia uses her unique abilities to help unify the FYC curriculum while concurrently working towards her MFA in creative nonfiction.

Fun fact: “I think my blood might be 1% caffeine.”

DSC09626Allyson Hoffman

Graduate Assistant

The dynamic creative writing faculty is what encouraged Allyson to pursue her MFA at USF, but once here, the FYC team’s dedication to student success stole her heart, too. Her current project is remodeling the textbooks for ENC 1101 and 1102, which is tedious work, but the lively spirit of the FYC team keeps her job entertaining.

Fact fact: “Until I moved to Florida last fall (2015), I’d never lived outside of Michigan.”

DSC09678Kimber Wiggs

Graduate Assistant

As an instructor and a student, it is not difficult to see Kimber’s passion for education. She is working toward a PhD in Literature and co-working with Allyson to improve the ENC 1101 and 1102 textbooks. She is thankful that the FYC team is full of charismatic individuals who collectively keep her FYC summer experience entertaining.

Fun fact: “I got my master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.”

DSC09799Andrew de Carion

Graduate Assistant

In addition to seeking a master’s in English Literature, Andrew dedicates his time at USF to making the FYC curriculum more engaging for its students. He thrives from the creative depth of the FYC summer team’s idea pool and believes that the cohesiveness of the team maximizes its efficiency.

Fun fact: “I am quite the interesting person!”

DSC09787Lynette Kuliyeva

Graduate Assistant

Lynette is a driven instructor and student. While pursuing a PhD in Early Modern and 18th Century British Literature, she also works with other members of the FYC summer team to better its curriculum. She looks forward to seeing how future instructors will use her work as a springboard for their own creative teaching purposes.

Fun fact: “I am unbeatable at Ms. Pac-Man!”

1454257530_Screen-Shot-2016-01-31-at-11.23.47-AMJoshua Rea

Graduate Assistant/Website Manager

Josh is a diligent worker within the FYC mentor community, but makes sure to leave room for fun. He is a skillful web developer with a sense of humor that keeps his fellow mentors smiling. Josh’s jocular spirit boosts him through the ordeals of earning a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition.

Fun fact: “The entire left side of my body is slightly larger than the right side…”



Natalie Kass

Graduate Assistant and Entrepreneurial Lead for My Reviewers

Natalie is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition.
She loves having the opportunity to travel and attend conferences to promote My Reviewers. She looks forward to showing everyone all the latest updates to My Reviewers.

 Fun fact: “I love sci-fi books and films, especially Kurt Vonnegut and Christopher Nolan.”

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DSC09645Brooke Downey

Technical Writer

Brooke recently graduated from USF with her bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology. She is now working her first post-graduation job as a technical writer for the My Reviewers team. She is working hard to improve the ENC textbooks for the fall.

                                      Fun fact: “I collect old copies of the Wizard of Oz series from the 1900’s.”

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Katie Walkup

Graduate Assistant

Katie is a diligent and hardworking graduate student and a
full-time employee for the
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She is currently researching the
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to propose new directions for evaluation and curriculum development.
She enjoys reading, writing, and daydreaming.

Fun fact: “My current guilty pleasure is Georgette Heyer’s entire bibliography.”

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Graduate Assistant

Elizabeth is an enthusiastic graduate student working towards her master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition.She is a technical writer for the My Reviewers team, and is looking forward to making and editing videos for the website in addition to helping improve the resources available to students and instructors.

Fun haiku:

“When I was younger,
I used to sit upside down
in red chairs to read.”

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Rachel Payne

Technical Writer Intern

Rachel is earning a dual-degree in English (with her concentration in Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology) and Physics. Her time with the FYC Summer Team is serving her well by stretching her abilities in writing, web design, and professionalism. After graduation, she intends to go to law school and complete a joint-degree in Law (JD) and Energy and Natural Resources (MA) with hopes of becoming a patent attorney within the clean energy field.

Summer goal: “I intend to have my writing skills sharpened and acquire website-technical notches in my professional belt.”




Craig Lashley

Technical Writer Intern

Craig is a U.S. Navy veteran working toward a bachelor’s in Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology. He hopes that interning with the FYC summer team will strengthen the writing skills that he acquired from his time at USF. In the near future, Craig aspires to earn a master’s degree in Cyber Intelligence from USF and perhaps try his hand at freelance writing.

                   Summer goal: “I am excited to see collaborative writing in action and gain new writing skills.


Team outlook: “With the help of many new talented members, I strongly believe our team can produce the highest quality work this semester.” -Dat Le
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This team has a work ethic that is unparalleled, and the fruits of their labor surpass expectation every time. “I seek perfection in the work that I do,” explained IT Team member and graduate assistant Shruthi Raja, “Working in summer helps me concentrate and keeps me more focused on my work.” These powerhouses take much pride in their work, but their seriousness does not overtake their lives; many on the tech team enjoy doing fun activities, such as soccer and ultimate frisbee. Overall, this team has a great balance of quality work and active fun.

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erint (3)Dr. Erin Trauth

Associate Director of Composition

Dr. Trauth has a sea of responsibilities as associate director: she guides graduate assistants and adjunct instructors of FYC, observes classes, monitors instructor feedback, handles student grievances and plagiarism cases, and helps develop program texts and technologies, just to name a few of her various tasks. Though her work is plentiful, the excitement she gets from working with such a cooperative group of energetic FYC team members enables her to do her job with a smile.

             Summer goal: “We have a phenomenal summer team. I hope the team learns a lot about program administration and enjoys the process along the way!”

Dr. Joseph Moxleymoxley

Director of Composition

Dr. Moxley has high expectations for the graduate assistants of the FYC program. He calls for graduate students to use their past experiences, assessments, and research to help facilitate undergraduate student success all while bringing new energy and ideas to the FYC program. He believes that this current team is “on the right path,” but also hopes that future graduate assistants will have research goals that align with the goals of the program.

Summer goal: “Literacy standards and our population of students are changing. We are becoming more international and need to address those changes.”


Rhetoric in Action Day, Spring 2016

On April 21 and 25 during the spring 2016 semester, almost 500 FYC students from 1102 classrooms participated in Rhetoric in Action. Rhetoric in Action is designed to showcase student work that is completed during project 3. Students research a topic, compose an argumentative essay about their point of view concerning the topic, and then re-mediate their work into a digital format, such as a website or a video. The students bring their projects to Rhetoric in Action in order to demonstrate how their work can translate to an audience outside of the composition classroom.


Study Abroad: Malmö, Sweden

USF Education Abroad is hosting a study abroad trip to Malmö, Sweden from July 11-July 31, 2016. The purpose of this education abroad program is to expose students to Swedish culture through an immersive experience in Malmö and travel through Sweden and Denmark while learning expository or professional writing skills. The course objectives align with USF’s QEP, Global Citizen’s Project providing “intentional learning experiences that prepare students to lead meaningful and productive lives in a global society”. The program is open to any USF student, however the program is especially geared towards students with an interest in writing. Available courses include Expository Writing (ENC 3310) and Narrative Perspectives on Exceptionalities, Culture and Ethnicity (EEX 4249). Included below is a brochure with a tentative itinerary, bios of the program’s two instructors, and additional resources.

To apply for the trip, visit Education Abroad.

To learn more about the course objectives, see the syllabus.

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Custom USF Textbooks

The FYC team spent the summer rewriting and editing the FYC textbooks. These textbooks were written by current FYC instructors and are tailored to the current curriculum. Primarily, the textbooks are loaded into My Reviewers for students to use during the writing process. Hard copies can also be purchased in the USF bookstore.

Special thanks to Stephanie Phillips, the editor of the 1101 textbook, and Tanya Zarlengo, the editor of the 1102 textbook. Also, thank you to the many instructors who contributed great articles.

Rhetoric in Action Day, Spring 2015

On April 20 and 21 during the spring 2015 semester, over 600 FYC students from 1101 and 1102 classrooms participated in Rhetoric in Action. Rhetoric in Action is designed to showcase student work that is completed during project 3. Students research a topic, compose an argumentative essay about their point of view concerning the topic, and then re-mediate their work into a digital format, such as a website or a video. The students bring their projects to Rhetoric in Action in order to demonstrate how their work can translate to an audience outside of the composition classroom.