Meet the Program Planners

Amber Nichols-Buckley :

Amber Nichols-Buckley

Amber Nichols-Buckley is a writing instructor for the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi.  Much of Amber's teaching career has been at the high school level, at Holly Springs High School and Tupelo High School.  Her heart lies in the classroom, and she is a strong advocate for Mississippi public schools.  Amber is currently serving as the Co-Chair of the 2018 Transitioning to College Writing Symposium.  If you have any questions, feel free to email her at or

Colleen Thorndike :

Colleen Thorndike

Colleen Thorndike received her PhD in English from Kent State University, her M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and her B.A. in English from Francis Marion University.  She is a writing instructor in the Department of Writing & Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi.  She is currently serving as the Co-Chair of the 2018 Transitioning to College Writing Symposium.

Alice Myatt :

Alice Myatt

Alice Myatt is the associate director of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, which administers first-year composition courses at the University of Mississippi. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Mississippi and earned her Ph. D. in English with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Ellen Shelton :

Ellen Shelton

Ellen Shelton directs the UM Writing Project and Pre-College Programs in the Division of Outreach; she holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and a M.A. in English from the University of Mississippi, and taught high school for 15 years; in her spare time she plays the cello and spends time with her husband and her cat (not in that order).

Andrew Davis :

Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis is an instructional designer for the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi. He also teachers Advanced Composition, and has taught at two different community colleges.

Joanne Mitchell :

Joanne Mitchell

Joanne Mitchell is the Communications Specialist for the Department of Writing & Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi.

Jason Jones :

Jason Jones

Jason Jones is a member of the Languages and Communications faculty at Northwest Mississippi Community College and the Director of the Writing Centers. He holds both a B.A. in English and M.Ed. in Secondary Education, English from The University of Mississippi and is currently a doctoral student in Composition Studies at the University of Memphis. He is actively involved with both the Mississippi Writing Center Association and the University of Mississippi Writing Project. As a former secondary school educator, he works closely with secondary schools interested in founding or sustaining writing centers.

Rosemary Oliphant-Ingham :

Rosemary Oliphant-Ingham

Dr. Rosemary Oliphant-Ingham is a professor of Curriculum and Instruction and the Coordinator of Secondary Education for the School of Education at the University of Mississippi.

Anna Britt Begnaud :

Anna Britt Begnaud

Anna Britt Begnaud is the Writing Centers Director at Itawamba Community College; she teaches composition courses, is a self-confessed foodie, and collects passport cancellations from the national parks with her husband, Jonathan.

Sydney McGaha :

Sydney McGaha

Sydney McGaha is in her eighth year of education and currently serves as an assistant principal for the Oxford School District at Oxford Middle School. Sydney is a three-time graduate of the University of Mississippi, possessing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Master’s of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Secondary English Education, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Sydney is also a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early Adolescence English Language Arts, having taught English Language Arts to students in grades 6-10 for the past seven years. Sydney is beginning doctoral study in curriculum and instruction this summer at the University of Mississippi.

Shelby Knighten :

Shelby Knighten

Mr. Knighten graduated valedictorian as a fellow of the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program from the School of Education at the University of Mississippi.  As a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Mr. Knighten defended his senior thesis on the need for a coherent high school literature curriculum and the current sources of incoherency that hinder this goal.  During his time at Ole Miss, Mr. Knighten studied abroad at the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, l'Université Catholique de l'Ouest, and le Lycée Maurice-Genevoix.  Most recently, Mr. Knighten returned from Lincoln College at Oxford University in the United Kingdom where he began his master's degree in English, presented a paper on Jane Austen's presence in the high school English classroom, and saw 17 theatrical productions.  In his temps libre, Mr. Knighten prefers pouring over great books and great authors, patronizing the theatre, and frequenting Missisissippi's best restaurants.

Josh Green :

Josh Green

Josh Green is the Coordinator of the Northwest MS Community College DeSoto Writing Center as well as a faculty member in the English Department. He earned his M.A. in Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Memphis. His research interests include theoretical frameworks in education and composition theory, specifically community-engaged pedagogy and collaboratives.


Brad Campbell :

Brad Campbell

Brad has worked in writing centers since 2005, and he values the important role that centers play in fostering a culture of writing on college campuses, in high schools, and in local communities. His research interests include writing center theory, composition theory, and cultural studies. Specifically, he is interested in the intersection between writing and culture and the formation of writerly identities. Additionally, Brad is interested in writing center architecture and how space, locale, and aesthetics influence writerly engagement and efficacy.

Renee Moore :

Renee Moore

Renee Moore, NBCT, teaches English at Mississippi Delta Community College. 2001 Mississippi Teacher of the Year and a Milken Education Award winner, Moore also works with the Center for Teaching Quality, where she has co-authored the book Teaching 2030 (2011) and writes an education blog at TeachMoore.  Her work as a teacher/leader is profiled in the book Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leave (2013).

Brittany Moore :

Brittany Moore

Brittany Moore is an English Instructor for Northeast Mississippi Community College. She has enjoyed working with the University of Mississippi Writing Project for the past eight years on various projects and professional development sessions. She has received the Hewlett-Packard OER Grant for the past two years to develop open educational resource texts for English Composition I and English Composition II. Brittany resides in Fulton, MS, with her husband Corey and her three boys, Chaysen, Porter, and Sellers.

Katie Szabo :

Katie Szabo

Katie Szabo teaches 6th grade at Houston Middle School in Germantown, TN.  After pursuing her undergraduate degree and master's degree in English Education at the University of Mississippi, she taught high school and middle school in North Mississippi for five years.  She has taught a (much too) wide variety of middle and high school classes including:  English, Algebra I, geometry, creative writing, and ACT Prep.


Jenny Bucksbarg :

Jenny Bucksbarg

Jenny Bucksbarg will start her third year teaching beginning composition for the FASTrack program at the University of Mississippi this fall. She has previously taught in the First Year Writing Program at the University of Indiana at South Bend. She earned her M.A. in English from Indiana University.

Tatiana Glushko :

Tatiana Glushko

Tatiana Glushko is Coordinator of the Richard Wright Center at Jackson State University, where she began as a graduate tutor in 2006. She has taught English Composition and English to Speakers of Other Languages both in Russia and in the U.S. Glushko also serves on the board of Mississippi Writing Center Association.

Gretchen Bunde :

Gretchen Bunde

Gretchen Bunde teaches Writing 100, 101, and 102, leads an excellent teaching circle, and serves as the pop culture member of the writing 102 curriculum committee at the University of Mississippi. She received the department's X.A. Kramer Jr. Award for Outstanding Teacher in 2016.

Kathi Griffin :

Kathi Griffin

Kathi has taught writing and trained tutors on campuses large and small, public and private for the past twenty-five years.  Since 2013, she has been Director of the Richard Wright Center for Writing, Rhetoric and Research, and since 2010, she has also been an instructor of English at Jackson State University.  Since she arrived in Mississippi in 1998, she has been actively involved in state and regional conversations about writing, and she currently serves on the board of the Mississippi Writing Center Association (MSWCA), which she helped found.
Heather Freel :

Heather Freel

Heather Freel is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BA in English and a minor in Southern Studies. Teaching for 14 years, the last 12 at St. Benedict at Auburndale where she teaches British Literature and Southern Studies. Additionally, she sponsors Student Government, Varsity Cheer, and various clubs. Currently living in Collierville, Tn she delights in any and every opportunity to return to Oxford, Ms. – especially for Ole Miss sporting events. Carrying on the tradition, her son Patrick chose to attend and is now a junior at Ole Miss providing her a contest excuse to return to Oxford where she regularly enjoys time on the Square.

Amanda Ayers Campbell :

Amanda Ayers Campbell

Amanda Ayers Campbell currently serves as a curriculum coordinator for the Race to the Top grant in Clarksdale Municipal School District. She has served as a teacher, interventionist, and instructional coach in secondary schools. Her interests are in reading and developing life-long readers and innovation in the classroom.

Jennifer Ringo :

Jennifer Ringo

Jennifer Ringo is a Training Specialist for the UM Writing Project. Since 2013, she has helped lead the site’s work for the National Writing Project’s College, Community, and Career Writers Program (C3WP), partnering with high-needs school districts. The program provides embedded and sustained professional development designed to improve teachers’ practice in the teaching of academic, source-based writing. In 2002, she left a soulless career in corporate America, moved to the Mississippi Delta, and became an English teacher. She taught high school English for ten years in Clarksdale, where she still resides.

Shari Chumley :

Shari Chumley

Shari Chumley is an English and journalism teacher at Tupelo High School in Tupelo, MS. She earned a degree in History and English from Belhaven College in the mid-90’s and knew only one thing about what she wanted to be when she grew up—NOT be a TEACHER—however, fate and God had other plans for her career. In the past 8 years she has taught all levels and grades of high school English and advised the yearbook, newspaper, literary magazine, and website. Her passion is teaching young writers to find their own voice.

Jenny Jackson :

Jenny Jackson

Jenny Jackson is an instructor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. Previously, she was an instructor of writing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello from January of 2013 to May of 2014. She received her Masters in Composition and Rhetoric from Missouri State University in 2011.

Glenn Schove :

Glenn Schove

Glenn is the Administrative Coordinator for Writing and Rhetoric and has witnessed the growth of the TCW symposium since its inception in 2010.  As the mother of two teenage boys, she sees the direct impact of changes and improvements in the writing process.  She is proud to be associated with a program aimed directly at providing students with the skills and resources needed to develop and communicate effectively in a multimodal environment.

Guy Krueger :

Guy Krueger

Guy Krueger is the Writing 101 Curriculum Chair and Core Instructor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi.  He has been at UM for five years.

Alison Hitch :

Alison Hitch

Alison Hitch is an Instructor in Composition and Rhetoric (Fast Track). She earned the BA in English from the University of Tennessee at Martin and the MA in English from Murray State University.