Meet the POWER Consultants!

Active P.O.W.E.R. Consultants (Summer 2017) 

Chelsea Holcomb

  Chelsea Holcomb is a third year PhD student in the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She received her BS in Entomology from Texas A&M University in 2011 and her MS in Agriculture from Tarleton  State University in 2014. Her research interests include ephemeral resource ecology and animal waste management with a specific focus on nutrient recycling and bioconversion rates of flies fed different manure types. Chelsea is also a teaching  assistant (TA) and was awarded "TA of the Year for 2014-2015" by The Aggie Forensic and Investigative Science Organization.

  Languages: English

  POWER hour location: Harrington 222G 


Dr. Patricia Goodson

Dr. Goodson's research agenda focuses on sexual health of adolescents and adults, public health genomics, and complexity sciences as applied to health promotion/public health.

Dr. Goodson has Ph.D. in Health Education from The University of Texas at Austin (but folks at A&M don't hold that against her, thankfully!), a Master's in General Theological Studies (from Covenant Theological Seminary), and a Master's in Philosophy of Education (PUCCAMP, Brazil). She has authored a couple of books, including "Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive and Powerful Writing", published by SAGE.


Dr. Jiling Liu

Jiling is a Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department of Health & Kinesiology. His research interests include self-regulated learning, motivation and physical activity, and effective teaching. As a writer, Jiling focuses on writing clarity and organization. He is excited to be a POWER consultant and ready to help others develop a writing habit.

Languages: English, Chinese

POWER Hour Location: Blocker; Also available via Skype 


Xinyuan Yang

Howdy! I am a doctoral student in ESL. My research interest includes how nonnative speakers of English learn to read and write, and how being able to speak two languages influences literacy development.  I also teach writing intensive courses for preservice teachers in TLAC.  I enjoy working with graduate students and supporting each other in the journey of academic writing!  

Languages: English, Chinese, Japanese

POWER hour location: EDCT 416 and/or Skype.


Leily Ziglari

 Howdy, I am a third-year doctoral student in “Reading and Language Arts”. My research interests are language acquisition and development in children, and statistics in language science for which I received an award. Writing is a critical language  skill that needs to be developed and I love to share the fellow aggies with the art of academic writing that I have learned.

 Languages: English, Persian

 POWER hour location: Harrington Tower 353 and/or Skpye. 



Rahma Mkuu

  Howdy! I'm a second year PhD Student in Health Education. My research focuses on the social determinants of health. Topics include obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS. The POWER model created a paradigm shift in my writing I am excited about sharing the tools, and supporting fellow graduate students!  


Languages: English and Swahili 

POWER hour location: Blocker - TCHER, Skpye, or Google Hangouts




Kayla Sweet 

 Howdy! I am a former high school Agricultural Science Instructor. I am a doctorial candidate in Educational Psychology in Learning Sciences. My research interests are in stay-at-home fathers, child development, and distance education.


Languages: English

POWER hour location: Skype




Jordan Nelon

 Jordan Nelon is a second year PhD Health Education student in the department of Health and Kinesiology. Her research interests include teen pregnancy prevention and sexuality.

 Languages: English 

 POWER hour location: Blocker Building





Melika Shirmohammadi

 Melika Shirmohammadi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Human Resource Development program at the College of Education and Human Development. Her current research interests  include career development and innovations in training and development. Melika has served as a writing consultant for almost four years now.

Languages: English, Farsi

POWER Hour Location: Harrington Tower 




Xuewei Chen

Howdy! I am a doctoral candidate in Health Education going to graduate in August 2017. My research area focuses on promoting health literacy among populations with limited English proficiency. I believe not only receiving but also providing feedback for academic writing are beneficial.

Languages: English and Chinese 

POWER Hour location: Skpye



Amanda D. Franks 

Amanda is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Teaching, Learning and Culture. Her specialty is discourse analysis and qualitative methods. Before coming to Texas A&M, she taught English, primarily writing courses, at Stephen F. Austin State University for several years.

Languages: English  

POWER Hour location: Harrington Tower and/or Google Hangouts