My Daytona State

Staff


Marquess Mildred Masterson von Breten

Rebecca Block, PhD

Director, Writing Center
E-mail: BlockR@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3208

Becca joined the faculty of DSC in June of 2010, in order to begin the Writing Center, after completing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville. Her academic interests include writing center theory and practice, creative writing pedagogy, and multi-media composing. When she’s not at work, she indulges in reading (poetry, flash fiction, and sci-fi/fantasy), watching British comedies, blogging, creating mixed-media art, kayaking, and doting on her son and menagerie of pets.

Queen of Going Green

Jennifer Kranz, MA

Associate Director, Writing Center
Email: KranzJ@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3995

Jenna is a proud Golden Knight. She received her BA and MA degrees from the University of Central Florida, and devoted the majority of her Master’s education to learning about writing center theory and developing her tutoring skills. She worked for three years at the BCC/UCF Writing Center as a consultant and, upon graduation from UCF in August of 2010, she was delighted to find employment with Daytona State College as the Associate Director of the brand new Writing Center. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, cooking, listening to live music, and rooting for the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Orlando Magic.

Number One

Christopher Gebhardt, BA

Coordinator II, Writing Center 
Email: GebharC@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3034

Chris joined the Writing Center staff in August 2010 as a Learning Specialist following three years as a peer tutor at the Stetson University Writing Center. In October 2012, he became the Coordinator of the Writing Center. His academic interests include composition and rhetoric and American cultural studies – for which he earned dual BA degrees in American Studies and English Composition and Rhetoric. When not at work in the DSC Writing Center, Chris splits his time as the Executive Director for Florida High School Model United Nations, Inc. and as a reporter at the Kennedy Space Center covering various NASA and space-related endeavors. His literature interests include the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Douglas Adams. He is also an avid Science Fiction and British comedy fan.

Free His Soles!

Janson Jones, MA

UCF Coordinator, Writing Center 
UCF Email: Janson.Jones@ucf.edu
DSC Email: JonesJa@daytonastate.edu
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 B.A. in Creative Writing & Composition and M.A. 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 Learning Specialist for the DSC-UCF Writing Center.

Cheffy Woo Woo

Shannon Murdock, AA

Senior Staff Assistant, Writing Center
Email: MurdocS@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3297 

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. 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.

The flying Duchess in disguise

Joy Bancroft, MA

Learning & Media Specialist, Writing Center
Email: Bancroj@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3926 

Joy walked into the Writing Center on a fateful day in June 2012. She hails from Kansas and received her MA in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Kansas in December 2011. She has previously taught college composition for two years and worked in writing centers for five years; her research interests include writing center theory & praxis, digital/new media literacies, rhetorical grammar, and the literacy practices of graduate students. When not pondering the intricacies of language usage, she might be found romping with her dog, playing Scrabble, making breakfast food, watching anime, or updating her spreadsheets for her books, movies, LPs, and IPAs. She plans on eventually pursuing a doctorate in the field of composition and on owning a South African penguin.

Flamenco Dancer

Kristen Bales, MA

Learning Specialist, Writing Center
Email: BalesK@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3926

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.

A BIT?!

Amanda Brooks, BA

Learning Specialist, Writing Center
Email: BrooksA@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3926

Amanda, aka Mandy, joined the Writing Center staff in August 2012. Previously, Mandy worked for two years as a peer tutor in the Writing Center at Stetson University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and a minor in Creative Writing in May of 2012. Mandy’s professional interests include contemporary poetics, Dante’s Commedia, gender theory, and cross-genre digital art. When she is not busy correcting the grammar of her friends and family, Mandy enjoys reading fantasy novels, trying out recipes found on Pinterest, crocheting, watching Doctor Who, and playing with her two cats. She plans on pursuing her MA in the field of composition and rhetoric, and on someday adopting a manatee.

The Wiz

Joshua Cruz, MA(s)

Learning Specialist, Writing Center
Email: CruzJo@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3926

Joshua Cruz joined the Writing Center in the Spring 2013 semester. He holds BA degrees in English and philosophy as well as an MA in English literature and a dual MA in higher education administration and reading/writing/literacy studies. His academic interests include composition, student advocacy, development of self, and learning through play; he recently published a paper combining several of these interests in the Xchanges Journal. While not indulging his habits as a degree junkie, he enjoys 19th and 20th century British literature, fire spinning, playing the acoustic guitar (poorly), and Dance Dance Revolution.

Data

Scott Sands, MFA (ABD)

Learning Specialist, Writing Center
Email: SandsS@daytonastate.edu
Phone: 386-506-3926

Scott joined the DSC-UCF Writing Center staff as a Learning Specialist in April of 2013. He has been tutoring and teaching writers since 2002, most recently in Illinois, where he served for two years as Coordinator of Writing Assistance at the Julia N. Visor Academic Center at Illinois State University (ISU). In May of 2007, Scott earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia College & State University, specializing in playwriting. He is currently working on his PhD in English Studies from ISU, with a specialization in Writing Center Theory and Practice. His research interests include writing assessment, writing pedagogy, and metacognition. When not working with writers or writing himself, Scott enjoys reading, especially fantasy and science fiction, watching baseball and football, and participating in improvisational theatre.

Pat Isringhausen

Pat Isringhausen, MA

Learning Specialist, Writing Center
Email: IsringP@daytonastate.edu
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.

Last Updated: 3/20/14