Staff Bios


Frank Ard

Frank holds a master of arts in English from the University of South Alabama, a master of fine arts in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, and is in the process of completing a doctorate in educational leadership at USA.  In addition to his work at the Writing Center, he has taught English composition, literature, technical writing, professional/career writing, creative writing, and interdisciplinary research courses.  When not managing the USA Writing Center, he enjoys writing novels, cooking, and gardening.

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Joshua Jones

Josh received his Bachelor of Arts in English from USA in 2015, and is currently finishing his graduate coursework in English with a concentration in literature.  In 2016, Josh participated in the Active Learning Initiative at South Alabama (ALISA), where he aided in the improvement of large English literature survey sections through the use of VoiceThreads. His current research focuses on authorial intent and unreliable narration in war literature, specifically novels set during World War I. Josh lives near the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he enjoys trying new restaurants with his wife and taking care of his dogs.

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Sarah Chavers

Sarah is a senior undergraduate majoring in English with a focus on creative writing. She spent her first two years at USA working on a physics degree before deciding that she would rather be a librarian. Sarah is a confident academic writer and reader, having spent the past four years writing essays and articles on various subjects. Sarah spends most of her free time reading fantasy novels, collecting fuzzy socks, and raising her cat Sampson.


David Collins

David Collins is a graduate student in English.  He is passionate about helping students improve their writing skills.  As part of his graduate school career, he has taught English composition courses, a career path that he hopes to pursue on a full-time basis.  He’s currently working on a thesis about The Lord of the Rings; in addition to enjoying Tolkien’s work, David is a horror fiction and movie aficionado.  When not tutoring, writing, or teaching, he enjoys attending sci-fi/fantasy and conventions and taking the occasional trip to Walt Disney World.


James Craig

James is a graduate student in English at the University of South Alabama. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in creative writing, and a minor in sociology. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and he also served as president of Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society. He has published numerous short stories and poetry, and his penchant for creative writing has won him over nine scholarships. He hopes to one day write a best-seller and then transition to screenplay writing. Once he has finished his degree program, he plans to attend law school. 


Zack Davis

Zack is a English graduate student here at South Alabama, concentrating in creative writing. He comes to us via Spring Hill College with a double major in English literature and creative writing and a minor in philosophy. Zack's focus is predominantly in creating and shaping arguments. He loves working with thesis statements and making claims in papers. He's proficient in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. He writes short stories from time to time and enjoys a good game of Mario Party.


Danielle Garner

Danielle is a second year graduate student working towards an M.A. in English (concentration in literature). She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of South Alabama in 2016. Danielle is interested in medieval and Victorian literature. She is well-versed in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. In her free time, Danielle enjoys binge-watching Netflix and working out. She also loves funny videos and memes.


Joel Goode

Joel is a senior, double-majoring in philosophy and Spanish, and is also the opinion editor for The Vanguard, USA’s student newspaper. He is proficient in AP, APA, and MLA writing styles. In his spare time, he enjoys watching surreal movies and reading about the process of filmmaking.


Pamela Hovell

Pamela is a senior undergraduate at USA majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. Before embarking upon her college odyssey, she worked as a USA Biomedical Library clerk, as Departmental Secretary in the USA English Department, and as a legal secretary and researcher. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories. After completing her B.A., she plans to attend graduate school at USA, with a concentration in creative writing. She is interested in all genres of literature and nonfiction. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Oracle Fine Arts Review, and she is the recipient of the Angelia and Steven Stokes Undergraduate Creative Nonfiction Scholarship. She lives in the woods in Satsuma, Alabama, with her husband, children, and five cats.


Joseph Kaiser

Joseph is a fourth year English and philosophy student from Pensacola, FL. He enjoys books, banter, and being outside on bright sunshiney days. He is knowledgeable about both MLA and APA formats and has a passion for great writing. Come and see him, banter a bit, and learn more about your writing process.


Ryan Keller

Ryan is a doctoral student in the instructional design and development program. He earned his B.S. in business at South Alabama in 2014 while starting a business, Keller Works, with his wife. Ryan has published short stories and has written two novels. When not consulting or studying, he plays and records music, creates mixed media art, and tries to keep up with his two toddlers.


Dru McCleave

Dru is a senior undergraduate majoring in mathematics and statistics, with a minor in anthropology. Dru's background in writing comes from ten years of professional experience in the legal and insurance/financial fields, where communication must be meticulously crafted, since any misinterpretation can create havoc. As a result of this, his expertise is in crafting an argument, the logical flow of writing, and rhetoric/tonality. In addition, he has extensive experience with business correspondence, speeches, and technical writing. While not at work or school, he enjoys spending time with his wife and zoo (two dogs and two cats), and researching statistics or reading suspense thrillers manically. After completing his coursework at South Alabama, Dru plans to become an actuary with an insurance company or financial institution.


Emily Mims

Emily is a senior undergraduate student, majoring in international studies and minoring in applied linguistics. She has expertise in APA, MLA, and Chicago styles. She is also a JagPAL and tutors for JagSuccess.  Previously, she worked in the English Language Center where she helped international students learn English. Emily has studied abroad in China and France and hopes to attend a graduate program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. When not at work or at school, she enjoys hiking and playing video games.


Sierra Nash

Sierra is a senior in the USA Honors College. She is a double major in English and history, with a focus in professional writing and rhetoric. She is currently working on an undergraduate thesis that aims to make reading easier for children with dyslexia. She is well versed in MLA and Chicago styles. Sierra is a member of the History Club and the Criminal Justice Association, and is the president of Sigma Tau Delta, an English Honors Society. She is also a CompPAL and works specifically with English 101 students. When not at work or school, she enjoys walking her dog, cooking, reading, and watching crime dramas.


Amy Patterson

Amy is a graduate student in English with a focus in creative writing.  She earned her bachelor’s degree at The University of Texas at San Antonio.  She lived San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico for three years where she learned Spanish by immersion, wrote short stories for the local bilingual paper, and got her first paid writing gig with Fodor’s Travel Guides.  She also studied herbal medicine in the Southwest for two years.  When she’s not putting pen to paper she spends time cooking, chasing chickens, bird watching, playing with her two wonderful kids, and hanging out with her tall man.


Jami White

Jami is a graduate student pursuing a master’s in English. She received a B.A. in English from the University of New Orleans in 2014. Her areas of interest are modern, American, and Southern literature. Her a favorite authors are William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston. She enjoys writing literary analysis and research papers. After graduation from USA, she hopes to teach at the university level and eventually go on to obtain a Ph.D.


David Woolverton

David is a first year English graduate student with a concentration in creative writing. He completed his undergraduate in 2017 at Spring Hill College, where he double majored in creative writing and theology. His work there has given him extensive experience writing in both MLA and Chicago styles. While at Spring Hill, he worked at the Sonny Callahan Boys and Girls Club helping in their art and photography classes, as well as tutoring in various subjects from time to time. When writing for himself, David tends to write in the genres of fantasy and southern gothic. His interests include railroads, history, and British comedy shows.