Sonja Fordham, PhD, Writing Center Director & Tutoring Center Director

Sonja Fordham received her B.S. from Southern Adventist University, her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of New England, and her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona. She spent 13 years teaching English in South Korea, where she discovered a love for Korean food. She then spent 6 years in Tucson, AZ, teaching English composition and working on her Ph.D. In 2014, she joined the faculty at Southern as the director of the Writing Center. She also directs the Tutoring Center and teaches courses. In her free time, she loves to run marathons and plans to run the Boston Marathon in 2019.

If you would like to schedule a meeting or writing consultation with Dr. Fordham, schedule an appointment online or contact via email.

Writing Center Tutors

Jacob Metzner

My name is Jacob Metzner, and I graduated with a degree in theology. I enjoy working at the Writing Center because I enjoy good writing! Theology involves a lot of research writing, so I have an edge for Chicago citation style. My favorite papers are English 101 or 102 papers. Those classes were foundational for me, so I want to be able to work with more burgeoning writers. In my free time, I enjoy fish aquariums, reptiles, and parrots! 

Bethany Thornton

Bethany Thornton graduated with degrees in English-Professional Writing and Violin Performance.  This is her third year working at the Writing Center.  She enjoys working with undergraduate, graduate, and ESL students.  In her free time, she likes searching for grammar errors and failures in logic in just about everything she reads.  She loves spending time in the outdoors, composing music for fun, writing freelance, and spending time with friends and her extended family.  Bethany is pursuing her Master's degree in Information Science, while keeping up her violin studio on the side.

Sierra Correia

My name is Sierra Correia, and this is my second year working at the Writing Center. I’m an English major with a professional writing concentration and a minor in psychology. So obviously, I have a love for reading and writing stories. I also enjoy editing and hope to use that to help you make your papers the best they can be. 

Brian Lee

My name is Brian Lee, and I am a senior religious education major! I enjoy working at the Writing Center because it allows me to connect with people and share new perspectives. While I am not in class or working here, I will often be playing music, cooking, or doing photography. I love to venture into new adventures so that I can one day use those stories in my classroom or on the pulpit.

Anthony Nelson

Anthony is an English and Film major, and this is his second year working at the Writing Center. Anthony is passionate about theology, writing, and art in general (despite the fact that he can’t draw to save his life). He is excited to help any and all students who are wanting to improve their writing craft. He also likes talking about Jesus, movies, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Kara Wait

My name is Kara Wait, and I am currently a senior working my way through a double major in elementary education and English secondary education. I am also currently attempting to become a published author for a research paper I wrote. I love working at the Writing Center to help others produce their best work.