Writing Center Staff

  Scott Sands, Ph.D., Director

Scott Raymond Sands

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 science fiction and fantasy, Scott lives in Houston with his wife, Dr. Farran Norris Sands, and his dog, a wire-haired dachshund named Gimli.

  Austin Green, Lead Consultant

Austin Green

Austin graduated cum laude from UHCL with a Bachelor’s degree in literature. He is now a graduate student here at UHCL pursuing his Master’s degree in Literature. In his free time, Austin enjoys going to the movies, reading comic books, and writing. He also has a half lab/half poodle dog named Ava. Pictures available on request.

  Martin Gonzalez, Lead Consultant

Martin Gonzalez

Martin (pronounced “Mar-TEEN”) completed his B.S. in psychology/sociology at UH-Main, and is currently a UHCL Sociology M.A. student focused on Latino/a American Studies, human rights, and social justice. He was a writing and reading consultant/literacy expert for Houston’s U.S. Dream Academy, which supports socioeconomically disadvantaged children, and has extensive experience in educational research, measurement, and assessment. Martin is an avid lover of all dogs, and he firmly believes that writing can take form in any medium, including social media.

  Kelly Keefe, B.A., Office Assistant


Kelly Keefe graduated from UHCL in May 2013 with a B.A. in Mathematical Science. She also completed 21 credit hours in education classes. While a student at UHCL, she was involved with Texas State Teachers Association, National Society for Leadership and Success, and was a student government representative for the Student Council for Exceptional Children. Before becoming the office assistant and a consultant for the Writing Center, Keefe worked as a bookkeeper, paralegal, and a substitute teacher. Her consulting specialties are business and technical writing, education, MLA, and CSE. Her research interests are autism spectrum disorders and writing centers. Keefe enjoys spending time with her family and trying her hand at numerous hobbies.