Dr. Aaron Harms, Director:
Aaron was raised in the suburbs of Ionia, a real-life Missouri town (current population: 83). He still remembers how to hook up wagons and bale hay, but he may be a little out of practice. He visited multiple Missouri institutions as an undergraduate, and finished his BS in Psychology at Central Missouri University.
While he may not have known what he wanted to be when he grew up, he knew he wanted to do it in Columbia, and he was sure he wanted to do it at Mizzou. Since 2002, he’s been working for the University of Missouri in some capacity, including teaching Composition for the English department, working as a Retention Coordinator for Academic Retention Services, and, since 2011, serving as co-Director of the Writing Center.
During that time, he’s also earned an MA and PhD in English, and most importantly gotten married, helped raise a couple boys, and put out two albums of Soultry & Western music. His current titles include: Director of the Writing Center, Devoted and Super-Lucky Husband, Roadie for son’s band, The Sweaters, and Ex-Owner of a Pool.
Dr. Stephanie Kimmey, Assistant Director:
Stephanie was born and raised in the Bay Area, a place with only two seasons and where snow is something to visit. She received her BA in Classical Civilizations from UC Berkeley, where her love of history was turned into a career path. After stops in Los Angeles and Tallahassee, she came to Columbia to pursue her Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology focusing on Greek religion and sanctuaries.
During her time at Mizzou, Stephanie worked at the Writing Center as both a WI and Ellis Library tutor. When the opportunity arose to continue working with the tutors, staff, and students, she seized it. As the assistant director, she is tasked to help keep everything running smoothly via her small obsession with organization.
Her research takes her to Greece in the summer where she works at a variety of sites, including a sanctuary, a cemetery, and a domestic workshop. While there is a lot of sun and laughter, it is far from a beach vacation. Her love for archaeology trumps the very early mornings (she is not a morning person) and the outdoors (she hates the dirt). But working in a wine valley definitely helps!
She looks forward to working with the tutors and students in the year to come.