Mission Statement

The Writing And Foster Youth Alliance (WAFYA) serves the current and former foster youth community at the University of California, Riverside. WAFYA is composed of University Writing Program faculty who are dedicated to building collaborative academic relationships with the campus’s current and former foster youth through mentorship and supplemental academic support. WAFYA’s primary objective is to facilitate the success of foster youth at UCR, success that will be most visible in robust retention rates, graduation rates, and overall academic achievement.

Who We Are

Established in the fall of 2018, the Writing And Foster Youth Alliance complements the range of foster youth support services on campus in a unique and immediate capacity:  by providing faculty guidance to students who need to develop, write, and research in any of their courses.  This academic support also is extended to broad academic pursuits like personal statements, statements of purpose, resumes, cover letters, and more.  WAFYA:  the mentoring program that puts you in charge of your support needs.

WAFYA Programming

Fall 2020

(Click on Zoom icons to join; all program links require users to be signed into their UCR account to access.)


Want to connect before deciding whom to reach out to for ongoing support?  If so, this is the event for you! Join for informal conversation with our faculty mentors and see whether you’d like to embark on a more formal mentoring arrangement with a mentor of your choice--or just come to get acquainted!


Check out our faculty mentor profiles and contact information, then email and set an appointment that works for you. Be sure to send your “ticket in,” along with other materials they will need to consult with you!

        Faculty Profiles
  Student Ticket In


Meet one-on-one with a faculty mentor ready to assist you just when you need it the most, whether it be to start a project, ask advice, aid with research, seek draft review, and more.

  Week 4
T 10.27 1-2:30pm
  Week 7
W 11.18 2-3:30pm
  Week 9
Th 12.3 3-4:30pm


It can feel good to have an expert on hand to help at the end of the quarter. Come to work on final papers and projects: we will be available to help if and when you need it.

  Week 10
M 12.7 5-6:30pm
  Week 10
T 12.8 3:30-5:00pm


Writing heals.  Period.  We offer a safe space to think and write, hosted by talented WAFYA faculty ready to support and offer guidance through attentive listening, prompting, and feedback.

  Week 2
T 10.13 1-2:30pm
  Week 5
W 11.4 2-3:30pm
  Week 8
M 11.23 3-4:30pm

Faculty Mentor Profiles and Availability

Effective mentorship begins with a good fit. Browse our list of faculty mentors to learn about their personal and professional interests and then reach out using their email to schedule a meeting (phone, email, video conference, in-person). Don’t worry about hurting anyone’s feelings, either. If you want to try a different mentor next time, feel free to do so—we are all here to help you and don’t take it personally if your style and a mentor’s don’t match.

Be sure to download and send your completed Student Ticket In form to your faculty mentor ahead of your meeting.

Pro Tip:  Deadlines find a way of creeping up on us, but plan ahead if you want to produce your best work.  If you can, schedule mentor consultations well ahead of due dates so that we can be most helpful.

First Name Last Name Title (Continuing Lecturer/ Lecturer) Contact Information to Schedule an Appointment Compositional Specialties/ Areas of Interest
Albert Anthony Lecturer albert.anthony@ucr.edu Sentence clarity and style. Inter- and intra-paragraph cohesion and coherence. Contemporary American fiction, wealth and poverty studies, mass incarceration, Southern California ecology.
Paul Beehler Associate Professor of Teaching paul.beehler@ucr.edu Compositional Specialties:  TESOL, Standardized Tests, Business Communication, English 4, Basic Writing 3, Shakespeare, Early Modern Literature.  I enjoy American Football (Go Niners), hiking, and all manner of science fiction/fantasy.  I read widely.
Matthew Bond Lecturer matthew.bond@ucr.edu Writing Across the Curriculum and a clear, useful approach to teaching grammar; 20th century American literature & poetry; food studies; Zen Buddhism/mindfulness
Stephanie Fousek Lecturer sfous001@ucr.edu Latin American literature, meditation, psychology, printmaking, nature
Jennie Friedrich Lecturer jfrie005@ucr.edu MA in English/Writing with a creative emphasis, and experience with psychology and genres of writing relating to fundraising (not strictly grants); medieval history and literature; disability studies; dogs and dog training; music and creative writing; records and turntables
Dan Hepler Continuing Lecturer dan.hepler@ucr.edu Business, science, chess. American literature. Politics (I'm unusually open-minded!), history of all kinds. Russian language. Christianity. Aviation. Investing/stock market. Gardening. Grammar! I am especially interested in the interface between religion and science.
Richard Hunt Lecturer rhunt006@ucr.edu Science fiction film and literature (Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel and DC movies, SF TV, and lots of novels and short stories); Music and performance; Spoken word poetry and 20th century American poetry; Rhetoric of social protests (Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Angela Davis); Political rhetoric; Materials for jobs, grants, and scholarships (CV, resume, cover letter, personal statement, etc.); Yoga and meditation
Benedict Jones Continuing Lecturer jonesbk@ucr.edu My favorite era is the long Victorian period. I enjoy autobiography, science writing, poetry, children's literature, and LGBTQ studies (I'm an LGBTQ ally). I'm particularly keen on science fiction--both fiction and film. I love words and etymology, languages (but speak only English well), and CATS.
Rita Kahn Lecturer rkahn@ucr.edu TESL/Interest in a variety of topics, especially the environment, animal welfare, medicine/health, and applied linguistics. Favorite genre is horror.
Erie Leduc Lecturer eledu001@ucr.edu Many years of experience as a tutor at the community college level
Erla Maria Marteinsdottir Continuing Lecturer erla.marteinsdottir@ucr.edu Basic Writing 3, ESL
Rory Moore Lecturer rory.moore@ucr.edu Understanding assignment prompts and developing a plan of action; critical (close) reading of texts (including the visual arts); idea/thesis generation; finding, using, and citing research; structuring an argument and other forms of academic writing; podcasting basics; e-portfolios; resumes/CVs and cover letters; personal statements for scholarships, grants, internships, graduate school applications, and jobs. I enjoy pilates, yoga, and getting outdoors. I read widely. I keep current on major issues.
Lisa Sarigiani Continuing Lecturer lisas@ucr.edu Experience in teaching courses that focus on critical thinking-comp./lit. and public speaking/business writing (using both MLA and APA style). Working knowledge of medical terminology and science-oriented subject matters.
Annie Schnarr Lecturer aschn003@ucr.edu Business, social sciences, media, pop culture, feminism, body image. I have lots of experience teaching writing, so if you are struggling with any aspect of writing a paper, I promise I can help!
Carrie Jean Schroeder Continuing Lecturer cjschro@ucr.edu Pop culture, media studies, children's literature, LGBTQIA+ issues, cats, baking, collage and altered books
Shane Shukis Lecturer sshukis@ucr.edu Contemporary American literature; contemporary art; rhetoric and public speaking; business writing; travel narrative; science fiction, fantasy, and horror
Cassandra Van Zandt Lecturer cassandra.vanzandt@ucr.edu Personal connection to foster syster. Can help with grammar, organization, brainstorming. Love to paddle board, cook, and hang with dogs. Email or text is great 949-874-4935
Kate Watt Continuing Lecturer kate.watt@ucr.edu Effective at explaining grammar, organization, thesis development, and structural components of essays. Interested in science fiction, zombies, children's literature, prison reform, homelessness, justice. LGBTQ ally.
Stephanie Simpson Lecturer stephanie.wilms@ucr.edu Writing Across the Curriculum, history, race, religion
Jerome Winter Lecturer JWint002@ucr.edu Basic Writing 3, science and technology, literature


Student Ticket In

Student Ticket In

Help us to help you by being prepared for your mentor meeting. Please complete the Student Ticket In form, disregarding any requests not pertinent to your reason(s) for consultation, and send to your selected faculty mentor, along with any related documents they will need to work with you.

Contact Us

Paul Beehler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Teaching, Department of English
Associate Director of University Writing Program (UWP)
Director of the English Language Writing Requirement (ELWR), UWP
Co-Founder/Co-Director of WAFYA, UWP

 University Writing Program



Paul Beehler (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.) was born and raised in California where he pursued his education in the California State University system and the University of California system. Associate Director of the University Writing Program (UWP) and Director of the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) for the University of California at Riverside, Paul Beehler is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of English. He supervises and mentors graduate students and undergraduate students across a host of disciplines, all of whom are learning how to teach writing. His research interests include popular culture, Shakespeare, composition theory, and writing program administration. In these areas, he has published two dozen articles. Currently, Professor Beehler serves on the Committee on Preparatory Education at the University of California, Riverside and chairs the U.C. systemwide committee on English for Multilingual Students. He also co-founded the Writing And Foster Youth Alliance (WAFYA), an organization dedicated to serving former foster youth. For the past twenty years, Paul Beehler has served as a pro bono tutor for L1 and L2 Vietnamese secondary students in Orange County, California.




Rory Moore, Ph.D.
Lecturer,  University Writing Program (UWP)
Co-Founder/Co-Director of WAFYA, UWP

 University Writing Program



Rory Moore (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.) has been an adjunct associate professor and opportunity program administrator at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York, as well as an administrator in Graduate Division’s Grad Success program and a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of California, Riverside. She currently teaches in UCR’s University Writing Program as a member of their faculty. Dr. Moore identifies as a proud, though not uncritical, alumna of California’s public school system. She counts five elementary schools, one middle school, two high schools, and then UCLA, CSUN, and, finally, UCR as alma maters. She recognizes that her academic achievements are due in part to her determination and persistence through failure and the support of others. This understanding is what led to Dr. Moore expanding her research, teaching, and service interests. Trained in the field of nineteenth-century British literature and fascinated with the intersections between the literature, gender, and popular culture of the period, since 2013 she also has focused on composition pedagogy, program administration, accessibility, and student success in higher education. Her particular passion in these areas is in advocating for inclusive teaching and supporting disadvantaged student populations. Dr. Moore’s commitment to equitable practices led her in 2018 to co-found and co-direct WAFYA, the University Writing Program's academic support and mentorship program for UCR’s community of current and former foster youth. Across her interests she has presented at numerous conferences and published several peer-reviewed works.