Akia Jackson

  • Senior Tutor

BA in English, Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana

MA in English and American Literature, University of Iowa

PhD in English and American Literature, University of Iowa

Dr. Jackson has over seven years of writing and speaking center experience at the postsecondary level. She has worked with undergraduates and graduate instructors from both ESL and domestic backgrounds in various disciplines from Business Communications and Engineering to the Arts and Humanities.  Prior to this role in The Writing Center, she also taught Rhetoric & Composition and Composition 101 courses at the University of Iowa and Middle Tennessee State University. As a recent graduate herself, Dr. Jackson understands and enjoys the process of writing and the versatility of language from interdisciplinary perspectives.

What brought you to The Writing Center?
I have always been interested in the development of language. My interest first sparked in its spoken form in my time in the Speaking Center, but joining the Writing Center allowed me to pursue a multimodal form of engagement with words, and catered to my passion for working with students to help them generate ideas not only in the spoken form, but also in the written form as well.

What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?
For me, one of the best parts about working with the writers in the Center is how each student approaches writing with a different style. Students teach me so much about content creation with their varied ideas on assignments, and personal projects. It gives me a chance to learn more about how to help them craft the strengths of their voice through their writing.

What do you find most challenging about writing?
Reducing big ideas to small, very precise ideas is often one of the more daunting and challenging tasks in writing on my end. Finding ways to point out specific ideas that support the “why” of my essay seems to be a difficult chore in the beginning but discovering the flow of ideas that will make the small ideas create fluidity in the writing is the best reward.

What advice do you have for writers?
Conversations about your writing matters! Sometimes it may seem hard to face feedback from peers or instructors, however it is more beneficial in the end. Find your strengths and use those conversations to capitalize on your best attributes to create some of your most meaningful work.