Meet Our Team

We are a team of upbeat, enthusiastic, and supportive individuals from across the disciplines! We look forward to working with you!

Leadership Team

Joseph Cheatle

Dr. Joseph Cheatle

Director
Seattle, WA

I earned my Ph.D. in English from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and was previously the Associate Director of The Writing Center at Michigan State University. I have previously worked as a graduate student consultant, professional consultant, and administrator in writing centers.

I believe writing centers are central to student success and help with GPA, retention, and time to graduation. As the Director, I am interested in turning theory into practice in the Writing and Media Center, drawing on a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to ensure that the best practices are applied to our work.

When not working in the center, I enjoy running, learning to play the violin, and exploring the area.

Dr. Kelly Wenig

Dr. Kelly Wenig

Intercultural Learning Specialist
Chilton, WI

I hold a Ph.D. in History from Iowa State University, an M.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. My areas of specialization include American, Latin American, and European/Eurasian history. 

I love that writing is like a snapshot in time. The words on the page provide a little window into what that person was thinking at that exact moment in time, and examining several edited versions of the same paper shows the evolving thought as we learn more about a given topic.

When I'm not working, I like camping, cooking, grilling/barbecuing (there is a difference), binging Parks and Rec, and trying to keep making the world a better place. 

Carolyn Gonzalez

Interim Assistant Director
West Liberty, IA

I hold an M.A. in English from Iowa State University and a B.A. in English and Medieval Studies from the University of Iowa. My research in literary studies is focused in the Middle Ages, with my areas of specialization being in Chaucer and Middle English texts. My pedagogical interests are in the instruction of writing, first-generation college student experiences, and writing center practices. I have previously worked as a Graduate Communication Consultant at the WMC and as a public speaking and honors literature instructor. 

I believe writing centers serve as the nexus of all things writing related on campus. While writing centers are a huge asset for students who are struggling and need more personalized instruction, they are also places for more advanced writers to do what professional writers do, which is find someone whom they can bounce ideas off of, someone who will be a critical reader of their work and give honest feedback. What I love most about Iowa State's Writing and Media Center is that it is a place that serves students working on such a wide range of projects, from essays and personal statements, to presentations and multimedia projects as well.

When I am not working, I enjoy attending comic book conventions and concerts, and travelling abroad. I also like to spend my time reading, singing, writing poetry, and going on new adventures with my husband and daughter.

Margaret Kaus

Margaret Kaus

Graduate Assistant Director
St. Cloud, MN

I am currently working on my M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs and received my B.A. in International Studies and Politics at Centre College in Danville, KY. Prior to working in the WMC, I have had experience in assault prevention work and residence life.

I have been a client of writing centers at every institution I've attended, and I love the opportunity to work with the WMC at Iowa State. Writing centers serve as the fusion of student affairs and academic affairs at their best. They create an inclusive space to be authentic and vulnerable at any stage of the writing process.

When not working in the center or in class, I enjoy embroidering, finding new and interesting podcasts, and staying up to date with my favorite reality tv franchises (the Bachelor, Survivor, and Big Brother).

Communication Consultants

Administrative Assistants

Special thanks to photographer Christopher Gannon!