University Writing Center

Office Staff


Neil Baird, Director

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


OFFIC E: 213 Simpkins Hall: 309-255-7103

OFFICE HOURS: M,TH 1-2, W 3:30-5:30  (SPRING 2014)


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


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. I would love to teach middle school students someday. I've been married for four years and recently had my first child at the end of August 2013. I love being a mom and spending every moment with my son. When I used to have free time, I would scrapbook my millions of pictures, read young adult literature, listen to Christian music, eat raw cookie dough or anything with chocolate chips, and watch movies and TV shows on Netflix. I enjoy working in the Writing Center and meeting new people.



Dedrianna Dedrianna, Since January 2014

I am currently a freshman at Western. I was once a city girl but moved to the calm Macomb area to further my career as a Broadcasting major. I enjoy listening to music, creative writing and hanging with my friends. I am new to the University Writing Center and can’t wait to get more involved with work. I enjoy taking on new things, adventures and life lessons to better my future. I look forward to working with all my co-workers and hope to embellish in this new experience.

Dezyre, Since DezyreApril 2013