College of Arts and Sciences

Writing Center Office Staff

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

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Neil Baird, Director

Assistant Professor Neil Baird
Director, University Writing Center
Writing Studies
Ph.D. in English | University of Nevada, Reno


OFFICE : Simpkins Hall 326: 309-298-2815

OFFICE HOURS: M 12-1pm, W 12-1pm, Th 3-5pm (Fall 2015)


Dr. Neil Baird’s current research examines how students learn to write in their majors.  He is specifically interested in barriers to disciplinary enculturation.  His ongoing ethnographic and case study research explores the role the body plays in the writing of collegiate football players, how perceptions of ownership influence thesis writing group discourse at the MA level, and barriers to transfer in 300-/400-level writing courses.  His research also investigates how advances in computer technology and social networking are transforming rhetorical theory and qualitative research methodologies. 

Dr. Baird continues this research at Western Illinois University, where he teaches writing studies courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and directs the University Writing Center.


"The Embodied Literacies of Collegiate Football Players"

Recent Publications:

"NextGen Students and Undergraduate Ethnography: The Challenges of Studying Communities Born Digital." The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students. Eds. James P. Purdy and Randall McClure. [Forthcoming; Information Today, Inc.]

"Virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorials as Image Events: Exorcising the Specter of Vietnam" Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture 6.2 (2009):





Tiffany Dimmick, Secretary Tiffany Dimmick


OFFICE: University Writing Center, Malpass Library, 3rd Floor, West Side

OFFICE HOURS : M-F (12:40-4:30)

PHONE : 309-298-2815

I graduated from WIU in 2011 with a degree in English education and a minor in creative writing. My goal is to teach middle school students someday.  I love young adult literature because of the life lessons it teaches teens. My dream is to write my own young adult novel and screenplay. For now though, I enjoy spending quality time with my two year old as we take millions of pictures, watch a lot of Netflix, and eat food all day long!



Alex, Receptionist since September 2015




Shakyra, Receptionist since September 2015

Hey, I am Shakyra one of the Writing Center’s new receptionist. I am majoring in Athletic Training with a potential minor in Broadcasting. I enjoy watching and participating in sports. I have played several sports on a competitive level, my favorite is Volleyball. I am a die-hard Chicago Bulls and Bears fan and do not take to kindly of people talking down on my teams, just a heads up! I am a very outgoing person with BIG dreams. Also, I love pizza and sandwiches.