Writing Faculty

Writing Center Director

Allyce Horan


Allyce Horan has worked in the Mines Writing Center since 2013 where she has provided support to faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students on projects ranging from freshman essays to grant proposals. In addition to providing one-on-one tutoring, she has piloted programs such as the Thesis Writers Retreat, the Online Technical Communication Center, and the Honors Writing Fellows. Her interdisciplinary background includes an M.A. in History from Florida State University, certification in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), curriculum design, and several years teaching the freshman core course, Nature and Human Values. Allyce has taught a wide range of academic, technical, and ESL composition classes and workshops since 2012 in which she encourages students to critically engage with content through oral and written communication activities. She enjoys working closely with members of the campus community to develop writing center support that allows students and faculty achieve their communication goals.

Professional Writing Consultants

Emily Flouton

Creative Writing, Personal Statements, Fellowships Essays and NHV/Composition

Emily Flouton received her MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University and her BA in English and Drama from Queen Mary College in London, England. Emily has worked as a consultant at multiple writing centers in New Orleans, Portland, and Denver, and has taught composition and creative writing at Portland State University and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. She also works as a freelance writer, and has published short stories and essays in numerous venues including Tin House and The Atlantic.

Gretchen Hack

ESL, Composition, and Communications

Gretchen Hack graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana with a B.A. in English and Spanish and from the University of Colorado-Denver (UCD) with an M.A. in English. She has taught Composition at UCD and other area colleges since 1988, including teaching Literature and Advanced ESL Composition classes. She loves helping writers explore and express their discoveries and ideas in coherent prose. In her free time, Gretchen enjoys hiking, observing nature, reading and collecting tenets like this: “To write is to rewrite, . . . One writes for oneself, and one rewrites for others.” (From the character Julián Carax in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Labyrinth of the Spirits.)

Harry Archer

Speech Composition and Practice, NHV, and Humanities and Social Sciences Writing

Harry Archer earned his PhD in communication with an emphasis in rhetoric from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is published in the realms of communication and rhetorical theory and criticism, and has a particular interest in science and technology studies. He is the current chair of the Communication Theory and Research division of the Western States Communication Association.

Ryan Lambert

Science/Technical/Career Writing, NHV/Composition, Social Sciences, and Speech Composition and Practice

A Denver native, Ryan received his MA in English (composition and rhetoric) from the University of Northern Colorado, where he also holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in English and one in anthropology. Currently, Ryan teaches writing and rhetoric at the Community College of Denver, and he has taught at Northern Colorado, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Mountain Language Institute. Ryan is willing to assist you with any writing situation, but he is best qualified to help with NHV essays, scientific writing, any prompt related to the social sciences, and career/technical writing. He loves, too, working with international students. In his spare time, Ryan reads, goes to indie films (especially French ones), attends concerts, and tends to his two cats (Henri and B.C.).

Olivia Tracy

Fellowship/Grant Applications, NHV/Composition, Multimodal Writing, and Journal Articles

Olivia Tracy earned a PhD in English from the University of Denver. She has supported writers in writing centers and in composition and literature courses at universities across Colorado. Her research explores how writers employ bodies and objects to achieve rhetorical goals in various texts, including medical and culinary technical documents. In writing consultations, she enjoys helping writers develop work for different writing situations and discover the practices that benefit their individual writing processes.


Honors Writing Fellows 

Matt Baba

I’m a junior from Tucson, Arizona, and I’m studying Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). Additionally, I hope to minor in Culture, Creativity, and Communication. Besides tutoring, some of the other things I do on campus include working as a lead ambassador for the CBE department, and participating in intramural sports. During my spare time, I enjoy playing the saxophone, reading classic novels, or watching hockey. I love to help people, so if you ever want to work with someone on writing then feel free to visit me in the Library.

Matthew Rathmann

I am a junior from Larkspur Colorado, studying Mechanical Engineering. I’m also very involved in Air Force ROTC, and I intend to work in space operations or go to law school for the Air Force when I graduate. In my free time I enjoy reading, skiing, playing card/board games, hiking, and watching Netflix. The thing I like most about writing is the research component and how the writing process allows me to develop an opinion that I can passionately defend.

Anamika Misra

Anamika is a Sophomore and lifelong resident of Golden, Colorado. She is majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in Public Affairs through the McBride Honors Program. On campus, she is also a member of the school’s Ethics Bowl team and the Society of Women Engineers. In her free time, she likes to crochet, read as many books as she can get her hands on and watch science fiction shows with her sister. For her, the most enjoyable part of the tutoring process is watching the light bulb go off in a student’s head and they can see their work take shape.


Elizabeth Buchheim

Elizabeth is a second-year student studying Environmental Engineering. On campus, you’ll see her providing guidance to students as a Resident Advisor, glassblowing at the Hill Hall “Hot Shop”, and empowering women in STEM through the Vanguard Scholars program. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to national parks, hammocking on Kafadar Commons, and playing video games with friends. Elizabeth does not think that a passion for writing is a hindrance to one’s mathematical and scientific skills; she thinks that a passion for writing is an incredible way to express one’s thoughts in every form. She hopes to help students at Mines form their visionary thoughts into words on paper.