Holly Painter, Interim Graduate Writing Center Coordinator & Lecturer of English


Holly (she/they) joined the faculty at UVM in 2016. She teaches in the English department and the Honors College, as well as in programs including the Liberal Arts in Prison Program, the First-Year Seminar Program, the Liberal Arts Scholars Program, and the Arts & Creativity Learning Community. Holly holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and is the author of four collections of poetry. Prior to coming to UVM, Holly worked as an academic copy-editor and volunteered at the K-12 creative writing non-profit 826michigan. Holly is the Interim Coordinator for the Graduate Writing Center for the 2022/23 academic year.

English Department, Old Mill
Email: Holly.Painter@uvm.edu

April Christenson, Program Coordinator


April joined the Writing in the Disciplines Program in 2016. As Program Coordinator, she provides operational and budget support, coordinates events, and manages communications, including program materials and the websites, for WID and the UVM Writing Centers. April holds a BA in biology from the University of Vermont. Prior to coming to this position at UVM, she provided medical office support and owned her own business.

Email: April.Christenson@uvm.edu

Call April: 802-656-1958

Rhonda Lynn, Graduate College Administrative Assistant


I finished a master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language in 2019. While completing my graduate degree at the University of Nebraska Omaha, I served as a TA for the English Department, teaching Composition I and ESL Composition I. Special interests include language acquisition, language and power, rhetoric, and academic language/academic vocabulary acquisition for English language learners. I speak French as a second language. Personal interests include cooking/food, traveling, reading, hiking, and spending time with my dog, Zoe.

Email: Rhonda.Lynn@uvm.edu

Graduate Writing Consultants

Meet the consultants who staff the Graduate Writing Center.

Nancy Welch, Emeriti Professor of English & Past Graduate Writing Center Coordinator (2015-2022)


Nancy taught at the University of Vermont from 1995 to 2022. Her recent scholarship includes Composition in the Age of Austerity (Utah State University Press, 2016), Unruly Rhetorics (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), plus articles on public writing and social movement rhetoric in College English, Pedagogy, and the Community Literacy Journal. With the Graduate Writing Center's peer consultants, she is especially interested in helping graduate student writers in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities grasp the rhetorical features and explore the rhetorical possibilities of the academic genres in their fields.

Email: Nancy.Welch@uvm.edu

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Meet the Consultants

Writing Resources


The Graduate Writing Center offers in-person and online appointments. Please refer to our appointments calendar for more details.

Consulting Location

Consulting Location: In-person appointments are in our suite on the ground floor of Howe Library. Online appointments are via Teams.


Consultations are FREE to current graduate students!

Administrative Office

Administrative Phone:
(802) 656-1958

Email: gradwriting@uvm.edu

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