The Writing Center

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Main entrance to Hooley-Bundschu library
Hooley-Bundschu Library and Learning Commons

In-person and virtual appointments are available. In Navigate, choose Make An Appointment >> Academic Success and Tutoring Services >> Writing.

Mission Statement: In service to Avila University’s mission to prepare lifelong learners, the Writing Center cultivates attentive writing practices through one-on-one in-person consultations with dedicated peer tutors.

Welcome to the Writing Center!

FREE help from experienced tutors with any writing project, at any stage of writing.

Located inside the Hooley-Bundschu Library & Learning Commons, the Writing Center hosts free online and in-person tutoring consultations for all Avila students – undergraduate, graduate, and Institute. We can assist with brainstorming, revising, and formatting course papers; drafting resumes and cover letters; and preparing for presentations. Our goal is to help writers better understand their own process and develop as thinkers and communicators. We offer in-person and online consultations five days a week. Schedule an appointment through Navigate,, or walk in during in-person hours. We look forward to your visit!


Writing Center Hours – Spring 2023

  • Sunday: 7:00 – 9:00pm
  • Monday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Friday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

If you have any questions, contact

Jason Phelps (Graduate Assistant) is an MS graduate student in Counseling Psychology at Avila University. His research interest focuses on learning; specifically the relationship between students’ self-efficacy, self-compassion, and counterfactual thinking. Jason has worked as a writing tutor for several years since completing his MDiv at NTS. Jason has experience in writing for humanities, as well as psychology.

Colleen Lockett holds degrees in Nursing (BA), English (BA), and Public Administration (MA) and serves as a Lead Academic Coach in Nursing for Academic Success and Tutoring Services in addition to working in the Writing Center. She is the mom of two teenage girls, comes from Dubuque, IA, and enjoys cooking, baking, reading, travel, hiking, and biking.

Steph Basurto is a senior, majoring in elementary education with a minor in English on a full-ride scholarship. This is her third year tutoring in the Writing Center, and she loves helping fellow writers succeed. Besides tutoring, Steph dedicates her time to her artistic abilities as Editor in Chief of Avila’s Literary Magazine, Sound and Fury. When she isn’t writing, painting, or drawing, Steph is a competitive boxer and loves going to local boxing gyms.

Kimberly Flores is a junior psychology major from Santa Ana, CA. She is involved in campus ministry and loves anthropology, theology, and linguistics. In addition to working in the Writing Center, she provides tutoring in Spanish and Psychology for ASTS. Outside of school, she likes plants, coffee, music, studying languages, music, and DIY projects.

Alison Prettyman is majoring in English and minoring in Secondary Education. This is her second year at Avila and in the Writing Center. She is excited to help her peers organize and construct papers of which they can be proud. Alison also works as a carhop for her home town Sonic- Drive thru. If she isn’t working, Alison enjoys spending time with her family, reading a book, and watching Netflix. Despite the current Covid situation, Alison is ready to get back to normalcy, and can’t want to have conversations face to face with any writers seeking assistance.

Abigail Propst is majoring in general psychology. This is her second year at Avila and in the Writing Center. She is excited to help students feel confident in their writing skills and grow as academics. When Abigail is not tutoring, she is catching up with her friends, watching Brooklyn 99, or spending time with her family. She is looking forward to meeting new students and making more connections by tutoring at the Writing Center.

Payton Walter is a senior History major and new writing center tutor from Grain Valley, MO. She plays softball for Avila and also provides tutoring in History and Psychology. Her other interests include plants and reading.


Writing Center Director

L. Ashley Squires, Ph.D., Assistant Professor / Writing Center Director
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