Meet the Staff


The Writing Studio is an outreach service of the Department of English and the Writing Across the Curriculum program. The Studio is directed by a faculty member in Rhetoric and Composition, while the associate directors are doctoral students pursuing scholarly interests in writing program administration.

Mary-Hocks-ProfileDr. Mary Hocks, Director

Office: 2435, 25 Park Place

Mary Hocks (PhD in Writing Studies from the U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) is an Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in composition theory and practice, digital rhetoric and multimodal composition. Dr. Hocks has published articles in College Composition and CommunicationWriting Program Administration, and Computers and Composition, and book chapters in Virtual PublicsFeminist Cyberscapes, and Webbing Cyberfeminist Practice. Her co-edited collection, Eloquent Images: Word and Image in the Age of New Media, appeared from The MIT Press in 2003 and she co-authored the Handbook of Technical Communication from Pearson Educational Press (2009). She is currently working on a book about sonic rhetorics.



Roger Austin, Associate Director

Office: 2412B, 25 Park Place

Roger Austin earned his M.A. in English Language and Literature from University of Michigan-Flint and is currently working on his Ph.D. in English Rhetoric and Composition at Georgia State University. His areas of research interest include writing centers and composition pedagogy, and is completing his dissertation on the subject of improved archival practice and programmatic research for writing center administrators. When Roger isn’t in the Writing Studio or the classroom, he enjoys science fiction; tabletop, PC, and console gaming; and spending time with his wife and cats.


Cristine Busser ProfileCristine Busser, Associate Director

Office: 2412C, 25 Park Place

Cristine has an M.A. in Writing from Nova Southeastern University and is currently working on her Ph.D in Rhetoric & Composition. Her areas of research include writing center theory and discourse communities. When she is not tutoring or teaching ENGL 1101, Cristine enjoys familiarizing herself with the beautiful city of Atlanta and finding new places for her pup to play. She has been tutoring in college writing centers since 2009, working with students of all educational levels and academic backgrounds. She especially loves working with first year writers, business students, and young professionals putting together resumes and personal statements.