Rachael Wiley

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I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. My academic career began at Albion College in Michigan, a small liberal arts school that focused on fostering well-rounded, community-minded students. I entered college as a pre-medicine major but was required to take a humanities course as part of my core curriculum. As I sat in my first college literature course, I felt like I'd come home. By the spring of my first year, I declared myself an English major. My professor in that first humanities class ultimately became my college adviser and encouraged me to apply for master's degree programs in creative writing. I felt so lucky to have discovered a place where I could write poetry! I still credit my adviser for supporting me in my decision to pursue a somewhat nontraditional, more creative path that has led to many wonderful opportunities. After graduate school, I spent a year in Vienna, Austria, translating poems from German and teaching English in a Viennese high school. Then, when I returned to the United States, I was offered a job in the English department at Penn State Altoona, where I had a fantastic experience and met some amazing students.

I first became interested in advising during the 2011 First-Year Testing, Consulting, and Advising Program (FTCAP). I so enjoy working with students to help them identify their academic goals, and I am excited to be a part of the advising team in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. My goal as an adviser is to offer students opportunities to explore and encouragement to explore them.

In my spare time, I teach English classes at Penn State Altoona. I also enjoy writing, cooking, doing yoga, and exploring towns in Pennsylvania and nearby West Virginia.


  • B.A. in English and German, Albion College
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, George Mason University

Current Position

Senior Undergraduate Studies Adviser

Research & Teaching Interests

Researching parallel aims and roles of professors and advisers

Teaching English composition, literature, and creative writing

Contact Information

E-mail: ral26@psu.edu
Office: 127 Grange Building
Phone: 814-865-7576
Fax: 814-863-8913