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

Dr. Joseph Cheatle

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

Assistant Director
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. 

Paula Rawlins

Assistant Director

Bio coming soon!


Abby Mankins

Graduate Assistant Director
Des Moines, IA

I earned my B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies (minors in Statistics and Women’s and Gender Studies) from Iowa State University. Throughout my undergraduate career, I worked at Iowa State’s Writing and Media Center as an undergraduate communication consultant.

I love that writing is a skill that can be learned, improved, and built upon over time. It was not until the end of high school when I really fell in love with writing and its ability to create stories that transport a person to a completely different world. Effective communication is essential in all areas of life, and helping others with their writing is something that I love.

When not at the WMC, I love to spend time outdoors in any capacity – visiting new national parks and forests, exploring Iowa’s public land, and learning about different landscapes and terrains. I also love reading, discussing current events, and spending time with family and friends.

Vivian Cook

Graduate Assistant Director
Prescott, Arizona

Bio coming soon!



Communication Consultants

Administrative Assistants

Special thanks to photographer Christopher Gannon!