Academic Background:
M.F.A. - American University, Washington, D.C. - Creative Writing
M.A. - Iowa State University - English
B.A. - Iowa State University - English & Secondary Education

Departments I Work with Regularly:

  • English
  • Classical and Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Religion
  • Theatre


Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian & College Archivist, 2006-Present

Cornell College Mt. Vernon, IA


Writing Consultant, 2003-2006

Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA

Training, supervising and scheduling student tutors

Serving as co-teacher and consultant with faculty for writing courses

Tutoring students in writing and study skills

Providing resources for students having academic difficulties

Coordinating tutorial support for international students

Assisting students with physical or learning disabilities

Preparing and distributing public relations information

Developing, revising, and distributing handouts on writing and learning

Maintaining current knowledge of professional Writing Center pedagogy and research

Conducting faculty development on teaching writing

Collaborating and teaching with librarians and other consultants


Secondary Teacher (Grades 9-12), 2001-2003

Emerson Preparatory School, Washington, D.C.

Planning and instructing literature composition/creative writing courses

Preparing alternative curriculum for students with learning disabilities

Assisting guidance counselor with long-term student development strategies


Writing Consultant, Writing Center, 2000-2002

American University, Washington, D.C.

Providing feedback on writing to undergraduate and graduate students

Working with students to develop plans for writing growth

Helping students develop skills to become their own academic advocates

Directing students to the appropriate learning/counseling resources


Academic Coordinator, Extended and Continuing Education, 1999-2000

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Advising, counseling and working with adult students to achieve academic goals

Providing support for off-campus students and instructors

Scheduling courses

Directing students to the appropriate campus or off-campus resources

Production of newsletter and informational brochure for students


Teaching Assistant / Adjunct, 1999-2000

Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, Iowa

Planning and instructing composition courses for first-year students

Planning and instructing a course for students exploring communication skills

in relation to trade and industry


Adult Poetry Workshop Facilitator, 1997-1998

Des Moines Area Community College / Ames Adult Education, Ames, Iowa

Created curriculum for an adult education poetry workshop

Facilitated student-centered workshop, focusing on craft, revision and publication


Teaching Assistant, 1996-1998

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Creating computer-assisted composition curriculum

Planning and instructing composition courses for first-year students


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