People

Faculty Director

Trish Serviss, Ph.D.

  • Associate Director for Entry Level Writing | Assistant Professor
Trish Serviss discovered her passion for writing education as an undergraduate writing tutor herself, an experience that propelled her entire career trajectory as first a high school English teacher and then university writing teacher and researcher. She found her way home to California and UC Davis’ University Writing Program. She participates in several collaborative research projects that study how college writing instruction and programming can better include all students, particularly first-generation college students interested in STEM majors. Trish’s goal for entry level writing programming at UCD is leveraging the ELWR as support for every student, instilling confidence and flexibility in Aggie writers. She also loves her giant, gentle dog, Goose, who is often mistaken for a small horse while walking the arboretum trail.
358 Voorhies Hall
Office Hours
W 10-12 & by appt.

Professional Staff

Kayla Timmons Chao

  • Coordinator for Entry Level Writing and the Upper Division Composition Exam
Kayla Timmons Chao joins the Entry Level Writing team after a variety of experiences across industries: international NGO, local non-profit, technology, and finally, higher education. As Program Coordinator and then Assistant Director of Engagement at Brandeis International Business School, Kayla came to love working with students in a higher education setting. She is excited to assist students entering UC Davis in navigating their writing requirements so they are set up for success at UC Davis and beyond. Originally from New England, she still cheers on all the Boston sports teams and is slowly learning how to cope with the hot Davis summers (lots of ice cream).
111 Voorhies Hall
Office Hours
M - F 8:00 - 12:00, 1:00 - 5:00

Assistant Directors

Kendon Kurzer, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Director for Entry Level Writing | Lecturer
Kendon Kurzer finished his PhD at UC Davis a couple of years ago and decided to stick around. He's primarily interested in supporting multilingual students/writers throughout their educational experiences and in writing in various disciplines. When not teaching, he supports his spouse who is currently working on her dissertation, largely by wrangling his two small children (say hi if you see us on campus!), and gardens (he's a big fan of urban farming and estimates that he grows about 60-70% of the fruit and vegetable matter his small family eats in a typical year). He has taught writing classes across the spectrum of UWP offerings (the classes for multilingual students, UWP 1/1Y, and various upper division classes) and is very excited to better support students via ELW!
Voorhies 312
Office Hours
M 10:00-11:00 (online), T 12:00-2:00 & by appt.

Beth Pearsall, M.A.

  • Assistant Director for Entry Level Writing | Lecturer
Beth Pearsall is a proud first-generation college graduate who teaches writing in the University Writing Program.  She earned her degree in Composition and Rhetoric and Certificate in Teaching Reading at California State University, Sacramento and taught reading and writing courses at local community and 4-year colleges. As a lecturer in the University Writing Program she teaches writing classes at both the lower and upper-division level including Expository Writing, Advanced Composition, Writing in Sociology, and Writing in Business.  Her research interests include the reading/writing connection, peer feedback, adult literacy, and auxiliary writing support. As Assistant Director for Entry-Level Writing, Beth designs, develops, and teaches courses for our entry-level students, monitors student success, assists with the Advanced Writing Placement Exam, counsels students, and supports campus initiatives to improve the experience of entry-level writers at UC Davis.  
376 Voorhies
Office Hours
T 9:00-11:00 & by appointment on Thurs & Fri

Graduate Assistant to the Director

Stacy Wittstock, M.A.

  • Assistant to the Director of Entry Level Writing
Stacy Wittstock is a Ph.D. student in the School of Education, emphasizing in Learning and Mind Sciences and Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies. She received her B.A. in Music and English from Pacific Lutheran University in 2010 and her M.A. in English from Washington State University in 2013. Her research interests include writing program administration, developmental writing and writers, and the relationship between race, language, and writing assessment, particularly for students deemed underprepared for college writing. Her dissertation explores faculty, administrator, and student experiences with and perceptions of change within an evolving developmental writing program. Stacy hails from the land of flannel and grunge music--the Great Pacific Northwest. When she’s not teaching or grad student-ing, she enjoys good food, good wine, good friends, and good music.
Voorhies 312
Office Hours
T 12:00-2:00 PM & by appt.