Professional Experience

To learn more about my professional experience history, explore the options below.

Curriculum Vitae (last updated August 2017)

Here you will find a list of my scholarly presentations and publications as well as selected service activities and publications. I’ve provided links to many of the organizations and programs. For copies of presentation materials, please contact me. I will post videos to a select few on my YouTube channel, and the links will be updated accordingly.

Teaching/Professional Development Resume (last updated August 2017)

Teaching: Higher education positions in humanities, professional or intercultural communication, developmental reading/writing courses, or English as a Second or Other Language worldwide seeking faculty/staff specializing in critical and decolonial pedagogy or transcultural/intercultural communication. I have ten years of combined teaching  experience at the high school, community college, and university level, four years of combined tutorial/academic support experience, and a year of basic income tax instruction and facilitating advanced workshops for experienced employees. I’ve also participated in a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad for teachers.

Professional Development: I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate on a broad range of professional development projects throughout the stages from inception to facilitation and assessment. Here I’ll focus on one particularly influential example in which I acted as a participant, designer, and facilitator of several PD initiatives. The transformative nature of the National Writing Project, an organization dedicated to “provid[ing] professional development, develop resources, generate research, and act on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities,” enchanted me as a graduate assistant with our local branch during my early PhD student tenure. I served as the outreach coordinator, designing, distributing, and presenting recruitment information for as well as co-planning and facilitating the Project’s professional development and student enrichment events, and the Writing Project philosophies have reshaped me as an educator in a powerful positive way. More examples can be found throughout the professional summaries in the resumes linked below.

Service/Administrative Resume (last updated August 2017)

Service: I am interested in working with non-profit organizations on educational and digital access and equity or with non-profit literacy-oriented organizations on literacy initiatives. I have participated in several actions with the SEIU-supported organization Faculty Forward North Carolina, including writing two guest blog posts, speaking at three UNC Board of Governors public comment meetings and an on-campus teach-in, collaborating to organize at least three on-campus actions, and participating in statewide Faculty Forward conference calls and statewide NAACP conference calls as a Faculty Forward Eastern NC representative.

Administrative: Positions such as advisor within or director of global/international programs, high impact education programs, service learning centers, adult learning centers, professional development centers, and writing centers. I’ve served as an Assistant Director to the ECU Director of Composition/Writing Foundations co-facilitating a professional development program, and as a member of the team revising the assessment section of the accreditation documents for the ECU Language Academy at the end of its probationary period. I also served as faculty advisor for a student program at the academy combining conversational skills and coping skill development in collaboration with the counselor education graduate program.

UX/Creative Resume (last updated August 2017)

Research: I work well as a member of a research team or as a research, writing, or UX consultant. I’ve transcribed . I also supported an experienced UX researcher in data collection and analysis that led to the design of a persona-based tutorial for the NC Coastal Atlas. Recently I served as an integral member of a grant writing team where my efforts drafting the literature review and collaborating on the project description and research questions contributed to the receipt of a National Science Foundation award in the amount of $599,939. I’ve also designed and conducted three professional development-oriented UX tests that led to improved material and digital resources.

Creative: Voice recording work, videogame character or narrative development, design for playful informal learning experiences. While I am admittedly an amateur in voice acting and recording, studying rhetoric and intercultural communication has complemented my early acting and vocal training: I’ve had six years of vocal musical training, including a year of private tutoring, along with one and a half years of acting courses. I’ve had two very brief professional voice recording jobs, both educational, one at ECU and one at a private Japanese EFL institution. This is the area where I have the least professional experience and practice but as acting, singing, and creative writing have been practically lifelong passions, I don’t give up!

My 2013 CV in a Word Cloud
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Education

PhD Candidate in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication, East Carolina University, All But Dissertation (ABD), September 2015

MA English, East Carolina University, December 2008

Comprehensive Project: “Cultural Considerations for Teaching English in Japan”

MAT Secondary English Education, East Carolina University, July 2006

BA English, magna cum laude, East Carolina University, July 2002

Creative writing concentration

Scholarly Publications

With Guiseppe Getto: “Mapping Personas: Designing UX Relationships for an Online Coastal Atlas,” Computers and Composition: An International Journal, March 2017

as Bethel:

“Book review:  The Digital Rights Movement:  The role of technology in subverting digital copyright,” Special Interest Group for Design of Communication (SIGDOC), November 2014 Communication Design Quarterly newsletter, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

“Book review: Topsight: A Guide to studying, diagnosing, and fixing information flow in organizations,” Special Interest Group for Design of Communication (SIGDOC), August 2014 Communication Design Quarterly newsletter, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

“’Princess Robot Bubblegum’ Critiques ‘Cool Japan:’ an illustration of the impact of Japan’s Soft Power movement through a cross-cultural, cross-media response,” Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 2013 Conference Proceedings, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)

“An Exploration of the Professional Development Potential of Living World Games,” Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC) 2013 Conference Proceedings, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)

Presentations on Research and Creative Activities

With Christine Wilson & Holly Fales: “Setting the Course: Mursion@ECU: Implementing Mursion™ for Sustainable Educational Support,” TeachLivE™: Virtual Human Interactive Performance 5th Annual International TeachLivE™ Conference, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, June 7-9, 2017

Invited Presentation With Dr. Rai d’Honoré: “Updating Curricular Practices for Effective Oral Communications Instruction,” TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Student (TALGS) Conference, East Carolina University, February 13, 2016

“Exploring the Value of Brokering Practices Used within the Dota 2 Gamer Community,” Computers and Writing Graduate Research Network, Rochester, NY, May 19, 2016

“A Shifting Professional Development Landscape from a Queered ‘Pre’-Professional Perspective,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) hosted by National Council for Teachers of English, Tampa, FL, March 21, 2015

as Bethel:

“My Parents May Have Been Soldiers, But They Raised a Warrior:  Exploring the Cultural and Professional Identity Development of a Bound Radical,” North American Conference on Media, Film, and Cultural Studies hosted by the International Academic Forum, Providence, Rhode Island, September 2014

Invited Presentation:  “An Accidental Educator’s Reflection:  Exploring a Clash of Personal and Professional Identities” and “Bonus Material:  ‘Exposing My Self,’ Adapted from a Cultural Rhetorics Identity Manifesto,” English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) Conference, East Carolina University, April 10 2014

“On Being Black:  The ‘Wonderful’ Experience,” English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) Word Up! Reading, East Carolina University, December 2013

“Writing Social Poetry:  An Adventure in Incorporating Connected Learning Strategies in First-Year Writing,” North Carolina English Teachers’ Association (NCETA), University of North Carolina at Wilmington, October 2013

“An Exploration of the Professional Development Potential of Living World Games,” Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC) 2013 Conference Proceedings, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), East Carolina University, October 2013

“Feminists Embracing the Anime Body: Rhetorical explorations of animated embodiment across multiple anime genres,” Feminisms & Rhetorics Conference, Stanford University, September  2013

“Learning the Community College through Living World Games,” Extending Play Media Studies Conference hosted by Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ April 19, 2013

“Revisiting ‘Creating Success: Improving Community College Instruction through Technical Communication Training,’” English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) Conference, East Carolina University, April 12 2013

“’Princess Robot Bubblegum’ Critiques ‘Cool Japan:’ an illustration of the impact of Japan’s Soft Power movement through a cross-cultural, cross-media response,” Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities (ACAH) hosted by the International Academic Forum, Osaka, Japan April 7, 2013

“Creating Success: Improving Community College Instruction through Technical Communication Training,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) hosted by National Council for Teachers of English, Las Vegas, NV, March 15, 2013

“Considering Japanese EFL Learner Emotions through Culturally Appropriate Pedagogy,” TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Student (TALGS) Conference, East Carolina University February 2013

“Comp and Circumstance: A Report on Eastern North Carolina Community College Writing Instructor Working Conditions,” NC Symposium on Teaching Writing, North Carolina State University, February 2012

“The Gaijin Experience,” Edgecombe Community College Global Education Symposium, March 2011

Recent Teaching Experience

Instructional Consultant, East Carolina University Language Academy (ECULA), East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

Courses taught using TOEFL-Equivalent Evaluation Scale: English as a Second Language Grammar & Writing Levels 2 and 4, Oral Communication Level 3

Served as Faculty Advisor collaborating with counselor education graduate assistants to plan and coordinate weekly meetings where students learn coping skills and positive behavior management for culture shock as they practice conversation skills

Revised assessment language for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation documents and collaborated with three faculty members to revise additional sections

Graduate Instructor, Department of English, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, Spring 2012 – Summer 2014, Spring 2015

Courses taught: Writing Foundations I – an introduction to academic writing emphasizing rhetorical strategies, Writing Foundations II – an introduction to interdisciplinary research writing

Instructor, Humanities, Edgecombe Community College, Tarboro, NC, August 2010-August 2011, January-May 2012

Courses taught online: Expository Writing, Technology & Society, Critical Thinking

Courses taught face-to-face: Expository Writing, Applied Communications

Lab Instructor, Academic Enrichment Center, Edgecombe Community College, Tarboro, NC, September 2010-August 2011

Designed and implemented one-on-one tutorial program to enhance adult basic skills education

Wrote and published an editorial in a local newspaper and designed flyers to promote program events

Co-managed assignment preparation, distribution, and assessment in an independent study lab

Tutored students one-on-one in K-12 reading, writing, math, science, social studies, technology

Teacher, English Department, North Pitt High School, Bethel, NC, August 2006-June 2010

Core courses taught: English I, English II, English III

Developmental courses taught:  Introduction to English I, Composition Essentials

Elective courses taught: AP English Language and Composition/English III, Film and Literature

Professional Experience in Education

Graduate Assistant, Office of Assessment, Data Management, and Digital Learning, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Mursion@ECU College of Education, Research Assistant, Fall 2016 – Summer 2017

With instructional technologists, collected and analyzed data, prepared materials and reports related to use of Mursion(TM) interactive classroom simulation activities and lab, and co-facilitated simulation sessions and related workshops

With research team, compile literature review materials and drafted literature review and project description for National Science Foundation & other grant proposals, phenomenology interview project, and sustainability analysis

With research team, develop criteria, instructional materials, logistic plan, and call for proposals for Mursion@ECU Educator Development Program Grant

Graduate Assistant, Department of Global Academic Initiatives, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Global Partners in Education Story Maps Project, Research Assistant, Summer 2016

Work with project manager and faculty advisor to research and draft ArcGIS Story Maps for two partner countries using the Journal Story Maps template in conjunction with programmatic organization and style guidelines

With team of Graduate Assistants, workshop drafts for four additional countries

Graduate Assistant, Department of English, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

English Studies Graduate Student Professional development, Research Assistant, Spring 2015

Work with director to create and design a professional development website to facilitate professional socialization for incoming MA and PhD students (Still in under construction!)

Writing Foundations, Assistant Director, Fall 2014

Work with director to plan and facilitate a professional development seminar guiding implementation of the new vertically aligned writing foundations courses

Technical and Professional Communication, Research Assistant to Guiseppe Getto, Summer 2014

Observed and coded data from user experience interviews to inform recommendation report for the NC Coastal Atlas

Tar River Writing Project, Summer Camp Coordinator, Summer 2013

Work with director(s) and committees to plan community programs and events, including

Young Writers Camps 2013

Research and development for professional development workshops

Tar River Writing Project, Outreach Coordinator, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2012

Work with director(s) and committees to plan community programs and events, including

First Annual National Day on Writing Celebration at ECU

Young Writers Camps 2012

Write and distribute promotional material in person and online to local schools and businesses

Analyzed data for program assessment of Writing Foundations courses, the First-Year Writing Studio, and the National Day on Writing celebration

The Bate Center (formerly The First-Year Writing Studio), Writing Consultant, Fall 2011

Engaged students who walk in or schedule appointments in one-on-one conversations about their writing and writing processes in order to help build stronger writing skills and strategies

Within a group, designed a workshop on reflection and metacognition to be presented to ENGL 1100 and 1200 classes or students as requested

Relieve the administrative assistant as necessary

Folklore Archive, Abstract Copywriter, Fall 2011

Wrote abstracts for student folklore projects to be added to Joyner Library’s folklore archive

English Tutor, Tutoring and Academic Services Center, Pitt Community College, Greenville, NC, August 2005-December 2005, Summer 2006, Summer 2007

Consistently received above average ratings on student surveys of tutor performance

Writing Tutor, Academic Skills Center, Craven Community College, New Bern, NC, October 2004-December 2005

Engaged students who walk in or schedule appointments in one-on-one conversations about their writing and writing processes in order to help build stronger writing skills and strategies

Client Service Coordinator/Instructor/Office Manager, H & R Block Tax Services, Inc, Greenville, NC, August-April 2003

Earned the Five Star Award for Excellence in client service

Improved filing system to increase office efficiency

Orientation Assistant, Office of Orientation and the First Year Experience, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, May-August 2000

Co-wrote skit performed for students during each orientation session

Resident Advisor, University Housing Services, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, January-December 2000

Planned monthly educational and social events for ~30 female college freshmen
Assisted residents with residential, educational, and social issues

Service Activities

Break-out Session Facilitator, Symposium on Writing Instruction, East Carolina University, August 2015

Using prepared discussion questions, facilitated discussions among groups of attendees and submitted notes to symposium directors for distribution to participants

President, Doctoral English Student Organization, East Carolina University, 2014 – 2015

Advocated for improvements in content and structure of departmental professional development for graduate students

With Treasurer Therese Pennell, secured funding through the Student Government Association for 4 PhD students to attend the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication for professional development purposes

Facilitator, Tar River Writing Project, East Carolina University, June 2014

With Stephanie West-Puckett, Designed and facilitated the Gamestar Mechanic workshop for the One Tool, One Day week-long series

Historian, Doctoral English Student Organization, East Carolina University, Spring 2014

Recorded digital and material artifacts from meetings and events, including

minutes during organizational meetings

notes during related institutional meetings

photos, videos, and artifacts from events

Worked with officers to develop, organize, facilitate, and participate in the organization’s professional development event, the DESO Graduate Research Network

Active Member, Doctoral English Student Organization, East Carolina University, Fall 2013

Worked with officers to develop, organize, facilitate, and participate in the organization’s inaugural event, the DESO Jail ‘n Bail Fundraiser

Public Relations Committee, Quality Enhancement Plan, East Carolina University, 2013

“QEP Workshop Series: APA,” Quality Enhancement Plan event, East Carolina University, March 2013

Planning Committee, Second Annual National Day on Writing, Tar River Writing Project, East Carolina University, Fall 2012

“Strategies for Teaching Critical Reflection using The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Graduate Teaching Assistant professional development, East Carolina University, September 2012

Quiz Bowl, Assistant Coach, North Pitt High School, September 2007 – May 2010

Champions 2008 Sheppard Memorial Library Quiz Bowl Competition

Attended 2008 Regional Quiz Bowl Competition

“What’s it like to be an ESL Student?” Faculty professional development, North Pitt High School, August 2008

Judge, Shakespeare Recitation Contest, North Pitt High School, October 2007, 2008, 2009

Student from NPHS chosen as regional winner 2009-10

Service Publications

As a guest blogger, Countering the ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ Narrative, Faculty Forward Network, 2017 May 2

“2012 National Day on Writing,” Writing @ ECU blog, East Carolina University, 29 October 2012

“National Day on Writing,” ECU TCR Spring 2012 Articles, Department of English News, East Carolina University, 4 April, 2012

“Adult Enrichment Center Helps Students Achieve Their Goals,” Edgecombe Community College News and Events, April 2011

Crazy Iris unit plan, Education About Japan website, East Carolina University, August 2008


Contact Me

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