Cristina Caputo, M. Ed.

I am proud to serve as the Director of the Academic Success Center at Nevada State College. I attended the University of Utah where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Critical & Cultural Communication Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies. My undergraduate experience as a peer mentor uncovered my passion for working with college students; leading me to pursue a master’s in Higher Educational Leadership and Policy. I have worked in higher education for over 10 years and especially enjoy serving fellow first-generation and non-traditional students. My professional and scholarly interests focus on academic support, peer mentoring, student development, social justice and inclusion, learning theory, program design/implementation, and outcomes assessment. I am extremely passionate about mentoring and training NSC students about these topics. When I’m not working I enjoy playing and coaching basketball, watching movies, traveling, and trying new restaurants around the city.

Rachel Herzl-Betz, Ph.D.

I am the Writing Center Director and an Assistant Professor of English. I earned my BA from Carleton College, where I first discovered the Writing Center community. While earning my PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I started exploring intersections between Writing Centers, Writing Studies, and Disability Justice. My publications include work in The Writing Center Journal, Pedagogy, and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. Most of my time is spent in the Writing Center, but I also teach Humanities courses such as “Writing and Access,” “Introduction to Writing Studies,” and “Introduction to Young Adult Literature.”

I chose this work 1) because I love helping students share writing-focused research and 2) because I love hanging out with language nerds. Since joining the NSC community, I’ve founded the English Department’s Writing Pedagogy Reading Group, the Writing Center Speaker Series, and the Faculty/Staff Writing Group. When I’m not on campus, I enjoy visiting coffee shops, playing with my daughters, and rewatching tv shows I can quote from memory.