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Writing Center Staff

  Scott Sands, Ph.D., Director

Scott earned his Ph.D. from Illinois State University, where he specialized in writing centers, assessment, and the teaching of writing. Prior to that, Scott earned an MFA in creative writing with a specialization in Scriptwriting from Georgia College & State University. Before he joined the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Scott worked for four years as Coordinator of the Writing & Reading Center at the University of Houston-Downtown. A fan of all things Star Trek, fantasy, and science fiction, Scott lives in Webster, Texas. When he has free time, Scott reads voraciously and writes poetry and plays.

  Regan Joswiak, M.S., Assistant Director

Regan holds an M.S. in Technical Communication from the University of Houston-Downtown. Prior to joining the University of Houston-Clear Lake,'s Writing Center, she worked in the writing centers at the University of Houston-Downtown and College of the Mainland. In her spare time, she enjoys reading (currently her favorite series is the Kingkiller Chronicle) and spending time with her Siberian husky.

  Angela Pennington, B.A., Department Assistant II

Angela holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and is currently completing her Master of Arts in Literature at UHCL. She has taught English in the K-12 classroom for two years, and worked for UHCL as a graduate research assistant studying writing in the workplace. In her free time, she likes to write long, ranting journal entries, read horror and psychological thriller novels, watch competition reality TV, hang out in nature, and play with the neighborhood cats. She ultimately wishes to spend her life doing work that helps other people love the things she loves the most - reading, writing, and talking about reading and writing.

  Matt Smith, B.S., Lead Consultant

Matt holds a B.S. in psychology and human development and family studies from University of Houston, and is in the process of starting a clinical psychology M.A. at UHCL. His main interests of study in psychology are clinical and counseling methods, positive psychology, research, etc. He is extremely invested in writing of all types, whether it be for academia or purely creative pursuits.

Along with his interest in psychology and research, Matt writes fantasy-horror short stories, campaigns for Dungeons and Dragons, and many other creative writing projects. Along with those nerdy hobbies, Matt is also an avid reader of all things horror and fantasy, listener of eclectic music genres, comic book reader and collector, and subpar gamer. If you have questions about psychology or nerdy “time wasters,” he’s got you covered.

  Tammy Tran, B.A., Lead Consultant

Tammy holds a bachelor's in literature, a minor in teacher education, and a certificate in women's & gender studies. She is currently working towards a Master's in Psychology with a focus on social issues. In addition to her studies, she is intrigued by empathy and the human experience as they relate to emotion, shyness, and introversion.

As a first-generation college student, Tammy understands the struggles of writing, critical thinking, and navigating academic expectations. She learned that writing can be strenuous, but making it meaningful to oneself is what makes writing worthwhile. When Tammy is not working, you may find her buried in her studies, chatting with friends, or participating in activities she has little experience in.

  • Writing Center

    Phone: 281-283-2910

    SSCB 2.101
    2700 Bay Area Blvd
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Regular Office Hours:
    Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Online Tutoring Hours:
    Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Fri: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sat: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Sun: 2-7 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.