Nope. Equally as well is redundant. What the good professor meant to say was that one wrote as well as the other or that they were equally good writers.
- Emma and Sam are equally talented violinists.
- Emma is as talented as Sam.
- Jack is as tall as Michael.
- Jack and Michael are equally tall.
There's no need to pack the sentence with both equally and as. For clarity and precision, choose one or the other.