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Academic Excellence Team

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Crystal N. Fodrey, Ph.D. | Executive Director of the Center for Academic Excellence, Director of the Writing at Moravian Program

Office location: Zinzendorf Hall 202
Office phone: 610-861-1511

B.A., M.A., Western Kentucky University  
Ph.D., University of Arizona

As the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Academic Excellence, Dr. Fodrey will work with faculty, students, staff, and administrators to build a hub of academic and curricular support that defines "Excellence" primarily through the lens of holistic, inclusive, accessible, equity-oriented learning and learning practices. Her intention is to develop a center that provides academic curriculum and student learning-outcome supporting services to the campus community, eventually in one dedicated space. In her capacity as Director of Writing, Dr. Fodrey has weekly open hours available to meet with faculty to chat about any and all writing pedagogy topics, including, but not limited to, writing assignment design, rubric design, writing project scaffolding, equity-oriented writing response and assessment practices, digital portfolio development, and implementation of digital multimodal writing projects. 

Now an Associate Professor, Dr. Fodrey has been a faculty member in the Department of English and Writing Arts since 2014, is an affiliate faculty of the Communications and Media Studies program, and has served as Director of the Writing at Moravian program since 2016. In March 2022 the Writing at Moravian program—which oversees First-Year Writing, the Writing Center, and the Writing Fellows program; engages undergraduate students in writing studies research; and supports faculty development and curricular revision related to the teaching of writing in both undergraduate and graduate programs—was awarded the Conference on College Composition and Communication Certificate of Excellence, one of the highest honors that a university writing program can receive.

Dr. Fodrey specializes in rhetoric and writing studies and teaches courses in rhetorical theory, digital rhetoric and writing, professional writing, editing and publishing, first-year writing, creative nonfiction, and writing studies. Her research is grounded in her dedication to well theorized and effective teaching and administrative practices as they relate to writing across the curriculum. Her scholarship on faculty development in the teaching of writing and writing curricular development has appeared in Across the DisciplinesComposition Forum, Writing-Enriched Curricula: Models of Faculty-Driven and Departmental Transformation and elsewhere. Dr. Fodrey has given talks on writing pedagogy, writing teacher and consultant training, and writing across the curriculum program development at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (here, often with undergraduate researchers), the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, the Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, and the Small Liberal Arts College Writing Program Administrators Conference, among others. She is also an active member of each of the aforementioned professional organizations. 

Chris Hassay, M.A.T. | Associate Director of the Writing at Moravian Program

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Office location: Zinzendorf 204
Office phone: 610-625-7820

B.A., M.A.T., Moravian University

Chris Hassay serves as the Associate Director of the Writing at Moravian program as well as the Writing Center and Writing Fellows Program Coordinator. In this role Chris works with both undergraduate and graduate students across campus in Writing Center consultations, trains Writing Center Consultants, and work with Writing Fellows who are placed in courses which feature writing across campus. Contact Chris if you have any questions about writing resources at Moravian University.

Chris has been with the Writing at Moravian program since 2016 in the role of co-researcher with the Writing-Enriched Curriculum (WEC) project and also serving as the program's staff assistant. He teaches first-year writing as well as worldbuilding courses in the English and Writing Arts Department. His scholarship with Dr. Fodrey and the rest of the Writing at Moravian team has appeared in Composition Forum and Writing-Enriched Curricula: Models of Faculty-Driven and Departmental Transformation, and he has presented on WEC methods and FYW pedagogy at the Writing-Enriched Curriculum Institute, College Composition and Communication Conference, International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Small Liberal Arts College Writing Program Administrators Conference, and Watson Conference. His current research centers on the connections between transfer-centric writing practices and creative writing experiences, as well as WEC curricular change practices and research methodologies.

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Matthew Werkheiser, M.A. | Director of Academic Support 

Office location: Reeves 325
Office phone: 610-625-7843

B.A., M.A., Lehigh University  

As Director of Academic Support, Matthew oversees peer education structures, skills and strategy sessions, undergraduate and graduate student academic support, faculty development opportunities as they relate to academic and student success best practices, and the Advance into Moravian (AIM) program. Matthew offers the PASS Leader Practicum for peer education training and the Student Success course for students wishing to return to good-academic standing each semester.  Matthew is also the primary contact for questions regarding Navigate, Moravian's early-alert system.

Before coming to Moravian University, Matthew Werkheiser was an instructor of First-Year Writing at Lehigh University and a Professional Tutor in their Writing and Math Center. His graduate research focused primarily on critical theory and writing pedagogy in the classroom with an emphasis on the ethics of teaching writing to various student populations. As an instructor and tutor, Matthew has experience ensuring that students receive the assistance they need and are well equipped to succeed in an academic setting.