Elaine MacDougall is known for encouraging students to think more deeply and to question—skills that affect the quality of their education and their ability to succeed in life. The opportunities she provides help students develop their voices. In addition to teaching, MacDougall is a doctoral student in UMBC’s Language, Literacy, and Culture program. Her research interests include higher education in prison, mindfulness and writing studies, tutor and student self-efficacy and advocacy, and anti-racist pedagogy in writing education. MacDougall’s background as a yoga instructor influences her classroom practices and makes her more aware of the importance of being present with and listening to students. She earned a B.A in English from UMBC and an M.A. in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University.