Catherine Averill earned a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. She also has an MA in English from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an MFA in creative writing from Temple University. While in graduate school, she taught a variety of English classes. Interested in remaining in higher education after graduation, she originally joined the SMC Advising Center in July 2012 as a graduate peer advisor in order to help with graduation and special projects. She became an advisor in November 2013.