Our Team

Current Members

Julie Zilles is a Research Assistant Professor in Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She received her B.S. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Dr. Zilles develops materials that incorporate writing across the Crop Sciences curricula, teaches a graduate level scientific writing class, conducts research at the intersection of microbiology and agricultural and environmental systems, and leads this transdisciplinary collaboration between STEM and Writing Studies focused on intervention and research related to developing the writing skills of STEM undergraduates.

 

Paul Prior is the Director of the Center for Writing Studies and Professor of the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

John Popovics is a Professor and Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and his Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Penn State. His research interests include testing, sensing and imaging of infrastructure and geologic materials. He is also involved in efforts to improve writing skills in engineering students.

 
 

Lance Cooper is Professor and Associate Head for Graduate Programs in the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.S. in Physics from the University of Virginia in 1982, his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois in 1988, and he was a postdoctoral research associate at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1988-1990. Cooper’s research interests include optical spectroscopic studies of novel magnetic and superconducting materials at high pressures, high magnetic fields, and low temperatures. Since 2013, Cooper has co-taught (with Celia Elliott) a graduate-level technical writing course each spring to physics and engineering graduate students.

 

Celia Elliott is a science writer and technical editor in the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has  been teaching technical communications to upper-level undergraduate physics majors since 2000, and recently developed, with S. Lance Cooper, a graduate technical writing course.

 
 
 
 

John Gallagher is an assistant professor of English. He focuses on writing studies, especially digital writing technologies, audience theory, and interface design. He teaches business and technical writing, technical communication, and rhetoric.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Nicole Turnipseed is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and the Center for Writing Studies. She teaches a range of writing courses and helps teachers across disciplines hone their writing pedagogy. Her research and teaching focus on developing robust learning environments to support holistic literate development.

 
 
 

Ryan Ware is a doctoral candidate in Writing Studies primarily interested in cultural-historical theories of writing and human development. He works with STEM educators to integrate writing into their courses at varying scales, and teaches advanced writing courses in rhetorical genre studies.

 

Bruce Kovanen is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and the Center for Writing Studies. He currently serves as Assistant Director for Center for Writing Studies. He works with faculty and teaching assistants across disciplines to help hone their writing pedagogy. His research and teaching focus on sociocultural perspectives of literacy and learning.

 
 
 
 

Megan Mericle is a PhD student in Writing Studies. In her work with Writing Across Engineering and Science, she collaborates with faculty to develop and implement learning objectives for writing in undergraduate science and engineering courses. Her research interests include disciplinary identity and communication practices in citizen science.

 
 
 
 

Gail Scott is a master’s student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research has been focused on performance evaluation of bonded concrete overlays on asphalt pavement and accelerated pavement reconstruction of airfield pavements. She graduated form University of Washington in 2015 with B.S.C.E in Civil Engineering, B.A. in Mathematics and Minor in Chemistry. After completing her bachelor’s, she worked as an engineering consultant designing and constructing airfield pavements before returning to complete her master’s degree.

 

Patrick Coleman is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He researches synchronization in non-linear dynamical systems. He is also part of an interdisciplinary team that studies and improves the way writing is incorporated in STEM curricula.

 
 
 

Former Members

John Yoritomo is a Ph.D. candidate in the Physics Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on diffuse field ultrasonics, with applications in non-destructive evaluation and seismology. He graduated with a B.S. in physics from the Catholic University of America where his interest in scientific writing began.