Full-Time Staff

Sarah Collins

Writing Coordinator | Clinical Instructor of English

Sarah Collins
Sarah loves her job as the Writing Coordinator for The Learning Hub, which she has held since August of 2012. Previously, she received her Bachelor’s from UIS with an English major and an unofficial minor in Theater in Spring 2010, and then returned to UIS for her graduate studies in English, finishing in May 2012 after completing her thesis project, entitled, “The Face of Disability: Humanizing Effects of Autographics on the Physically and Mentally Impaired.” She worked at The Learning Hub (then CTL) for two years as a peer mentor, and then returned as a graduate TA for two years. Returning as the Writing Coordinator seems a natural, and very exciting leap for her, and she is looking forward to the academic year!

Email: sclin2@uis.edu


Nicole Meismer

Math Coordinator | Instructor of Mathematics

Nicole Meismer
Nicole earned her B.A. in Mathematics and M.A. in Mathematics from Eastern Illinois University. She then spent two years studying and teaching math at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her primary courses of study were Algebra related. She enjoys helping students learn all levels of mathematics.

Email: nmeis2@uis.edu


Lisa Lindquist

Academic Skills Specialist – Writing

Lisa Lindquist recently moved to Springfield from Virginia, and started at UIS in September 2018. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  After teaching Montessori for 5 years in Bloomington, Indiana, she moved to New York, completed her Master’s Degree at the State University of New York, New Paltz in Humanistic and Multi-Cultural education, and began teaching at Sullivan County Community College in upstate New York. In 2014, she moved to Virginia where she taught at Richard Bland College of William and Mary for four years.  Lisa is enjoying exploring her new state and working in the Learning Hub with the students at UIS.


Kris Ruebling

Academic Skills Specialist – Writing

Hello, I’m Kris Ruebling.  I earned my B.A. and Master’s degrees in English with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Illinois Springfield. While attending UIS, I was awarded the Rosie Richmond Scholarship for Creative Writing.  I am also a proud UIS scholarship donor. During the summers of 2008 and 2009 I had written work published on the Illinois State Fair’s website informing fair-goers of daily events and special activities. I have over 25 years’ experience working in the Education field, and over 7 years teaching experience. My teaching pedagogy is one where learning from mistakes can be the most important lessons in education and life, intimidation in the classroom is uncalled for, and bringing another person’s strengths and talents to their forefront is the best reward there is. My philosophy in life can be summed up in one word: Ubuntu: “I am because we are.”