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Chris Schacht

Assistant Director, Writing Center

Professional History:

Despite majoring in History and English, Chris' first tutoring job was as an undergrad peer tutor in biology. He kept up in the natural sciences after graduating, working as a natural history interpreter and in landscape restoration before starting grad school in 2009 (let's ignore that brief stint in law school). After receiving his MFA, he continued to teach and consult with writers, primarily in the health sciences. As the new assistant director, Chris will be supervising tutors, leading workshops, and teaching courses. 

Chris Works with: 

  • Student referrals from Accessibility Resources
  • Faculty
  • Off-Campus students
  • Science writers
  • Students who demonstrate a need for one-on-one consulting outside of our regular schedule 

Current Academic Interests and Scholarly Work:

  • How institutions within higher education use social media, and to what purpose (“What do Writing Centers Use Social Media For, Anyway?” presented at Midwest Writing Center Association, 2018)
  • Working with science writers and writers across disciplines (“I Don’t Grok You: When Unfamiliar Subjects Can’t be Translated,” published in WLN, Jan/Feb 2018; and “A Writing Center at the Medical Center: Reflecting on Inclusivity in New Fields,” a roundtable at NCPTW 2016.)

Personal Activities and Interests:

  • Experiencing foodways, from gathering, gardening, and hunting, to trying new foods and cooking.
  • New Music (mostly indie rock, hiphop, R&B, and Americana)
  • Science Fiction
  • Podcasts and YouTube programs about bad movies


    B.A., History and English, Simpson College, Indianola, IA

    M.F.A., Creative Writing, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM