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Liz Barnes

Liz Barnes, MA

Interim Director, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3208

Liz Barnes has been a faculty member in the School of Humanities and Communication at the college since 2006. She teaches Introduction to Composition and Writing with Research. In addition, she helps coordinate the English Studio with help from the Academic Support Center and the Writing Center where she has experience as a tutor and faculty volunteer. Her background in writing center work dates back to her years at Stetson University where she earned her BA and MA in English. As Interim Director of the Writing Center this fall, she looks forward to working closely with students on their academic projects.

Janson Jones

Janson Jones, MA

UCF Coordinator, Writing Center 
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Phone: 386-506-3926

Janson Jones is a native Floridian raised in Volusia county. After graduating from Seabreeze High School, he studied biology and creative writing at Florida State University. For reasons perhaps unspeakable, he eventually transferred to the University of Oklahoma and completed his BA in Creative Writing & Composition and MA in Modernity & Theory. With a strong focus on composition, rhetoric, technology, and discourse communities, Jones taught composition for thirteen years at OU, Daytona State College, the University of Alaska Anchorage, and Valdosta State University. He also served as the inaugural director of the Digital Composition Studio at UAA. Jones is now a Coordinator for the University of Central Florida's Academic Support Services and serves as a Writing Specialist for the DSC-UCF Writing Center.

Kristen Bales

Kristen Bales, MA

Coordinator, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3034

Kristen joined the DSC-UCF Writing Center forces in August 2012. Originally from the Hoosier State, Kristen left Indiana to attend Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she earned her BA in Integrated Languages Arts and her MA in English Literature. While at Wright State, she also worked at the writing center for five years and taught composition courses. In addition to her love of English literature, Kristen prides herself on being a classic film buff, avid sports fan, and animal lover. When not practicing flamenco dancing with the other Writing Center tutors, she also enjoys playing tennis, walking on the beach, and exploring new places.

Shannon Murdock

Shannon Murdock, AA

Senior Staff Assistant, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3976 

A Chef by trade, Shannon turned in her chef coat to pursue an academic career in July 2012 when she began working in the DSC-UCF Writing Center as a student worker. She soon displayed an interest in assisting the Writing Center full-time, allowing her to become our Senior Staff Assistant in January 2013. She is also the Career Employees Association president. Shannon is from Georgia, where she competed in various culinary competitions, resulting in three state championships, as well as a top ten ranking on a national level by the end of her senior year in high school. Shannon completed her Associate of Arts degree in December 2012 from Daytona State College and plans to pursue a career in education. When Shannon is not working or playing with her adorable daughter, she enjoys watching epic motion pictures, devouring food, playing card games or billiards, scrapbooking, baking, and taking long walks on the beach.

Pat Isringhausen

Pat Isringhausen, MA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3926

Pat joined the Writing Center staff in January 2014. Originally from Illinois, Pat earned her BS in Mass Communication, MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Teaching Writing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). She taught ESL for nine years, including two years in Seoul, South Korea, and English 101 and 102 at two community colleges. She finally found her true niche as a writing center tutor. After six years tutoring at SIUE, she has opted for warmer climes and ocean air. Pat was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central Africa, an experience that has led her to 15 countries ... so far. When not traveling, she enjoys reading popular novels and living in her cat’s apartment.

Loren Cooper

Loren Cooper, BA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3926

Loren returned to the DSC-UCF Writing Center as a full-time writing specialist in August 2014, but his history here follows back to his time as a student when he joined the newly-formed College Writing Center as a work-study peer tutor in 2010. After graduating Daytona State in 2011, Loren attained his BA in English at Stetson University, where he continued his focus on writing center pedagogy and practice, and where he currently is seeking his MA in English Literature. Loren most enjoys watching 1940s era film noir and fiction, ballroom dancing with his border collie mix, Bogey, and thoroughly indoctrinating his two brilliant sons with science and Doctor Who.

Kyle Blochl

Kyle Blochl, MA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3926

Before starting at Daytona State College's writing center in 2014, Kyle worked at Appalachian State University's writing center in North Carolina for five years. Kyle also earned his BS in Secondary English Education and his MA in Instructional Technology: Educational Media/Media Literacy at Appalachian State University and may pursue further education in the future. Although he has worked in various educational settings, Kyle has enjoyed working in writing centers the most and seeks to be further involved in the writing center community.

Lenny Owens

Lenny Owens, BA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3926

Born and raised in Daytona Beach, Leonard Owens III took a one-year “break” after high school that turned into six years. Then he finally decided to do something with his life, which led him to Daytona State College. While a student at DSC, he discovered interests in literature and writing while also peer-tutoring at the DSC-UCF Writing Center. After graduating from DSC, he finished his BA in English with minors in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of North Florida, where he again worked as a writing tutor. His is the traditional life of an English geek—more books than shelf space and piles of short stories in various states of progress. A few authors he digs: Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Aimee Bender, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, and Miranda July. A sound: faraway waves. A groovy tune: “Rudie Can’t Fail” by The Clash. A movie with John Cusack: Grosse Pointe Blank. A color: black.

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Last updated: 2015-09-21T13:06:32.379Z