Professional Résumé

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Education

Candidate for Ph.D in English Literature
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR  

  • Dissertation on the myth of the American West as it presents itself in 19th century English literature
  • Anticipated graduation date:  May 2015

M.A. in English Literature; Emphasis: Gender Studies
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR          December 2010

  • Master's thesis on the construction of female identity in the work of Doris Betts entitled “The [R]evolution of the Southern Belle: The Reinvention of Southern Femininity through the Myth of the West in Doris Betts’ The Sharp Teeth of Love and Heading West” 

B.A. Magna Cum Laude in English Literature; Minor: Gender Studies
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR          May 2008

  • Fulbright Honors Scholar 
  • Undergraduate honors thesis entitled “Victorian Monsters and Masculinity: The Subversion of Victorian Standards of Masculinity in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Dracula

Communications Experience

Web Coordinator, Literary Theory Symposium
Department of English, University of Arkansas         May 2013 to Present

Assistant to the Communications Director for the University of Arkansas School of Law
Law School Communications Department, University of Arkansas          September 2007 to May 2008

  • Wrote press releases, blogs, newsletter articles, and magazine articles for public relations purposes and for the publications released by the School of Law
  • Helped coordinate various events including building dedications, guest speakers, and event receptions
  • Assisted with design and layout of Docket Call, the School of Law’s newsletter
  • Attended weekly University Relations meetings

Editorial Experience

Freelance Writer and Consumer Publications Editorial Intern
Arkansas Business Publishing Group, Little Rock, AR          May 2007 to September 2007

  • Edited and wrote for Little Rock Family Magazine, Arkansas Next Magazine, Arkansas Bride Magazine and various internet newsletters throughout the duration of a 12-week internship
  • Learned the process of publishing niche magazines from conception to print, and learned the duties of a magazine editor
  • Conducted interviews, managed data and documents, filed photo requests and wrote in both AP and house styles daily 

Literary Editor of the Ozark Review
Journalism Department, University of Arkansas          August 2005 to May 2006

  • Edited the Ozark Review, a literary magazine published by the University’s Journalism department
  • Solicited, evaluated, and edited creative writing submissions 

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Department of English              
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR        August 2008 to Present

  • Taught Composition I, Composition II, Advanced Composition, World Literature I, and A Study in Sherlock: Composition II and Sherlock Holmes
  • Taught honors sections of Composition I, Composition II, and World Literature I
  • Designed specific curricula, syllabi, pedagogies, and evaluative assignments for each individual class
  • Structured courses to strengthen analytical reasoning skills, enhance students' reading and writing skills, and tailored syllabi to reach multiple learning styles
  • Focused on creating interactive, participatory classroom environments

Continuing Education Lecturer
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Arkansas          February 2013 to March 2013

  • Taught a four-lecture series on the Sherlock Holmes canon for a community education center

Speaking Group Leader
University of Arkansas                                                                                                                 August 2008-August 2010

  • Assisted international students with conversational English skills, including pronunciation, sentence construction, basic grammar, and idioms
  • Helped students with written English in preparation for standardized testing (GMAT and TOEFL)

 

Leadership

Ph.D Liason, Graduate Students in English                                                                       
Department of English, University of Arkansas          May 2013 to Present    

  • Developed a professionalization clinic on the non-traditional job market which included speakers from three different professional industries
  • Assisted in coordinating and relaunching the Department of English's graduate student conference

Professionalization and Composition Workshop Leader
Office of Composition and Rhetoric, University of Arkansas          May 2010 to November 2014

  • Developed and led workshops on topics that included integrating media in the classroom, conferencing with students, and developing specialized composition courses
  • Served as a panelist and addressed issues including graduate school experiences and classroom management techniques                                                         

English Department Representative, Prospective Fellows Tour Guide                  
Department of English, University of Arkansas          March 2012, March 2013

  • Met prospective graduate students and answered questions about the Department of English

University of Arkansas Graduate Student Lecturer                        
Graduate School, University of Arkansas          August 2011, August 2012

  • Team-taught two information sessions on classroom management skills with Dr. Timothy Kral
  • Discussed classroom issues and teaching techniques with over 70 incoming TAs

Committee Member, One Book One Community Initiative
University of Arkansas         October 2011 to May 2012

  • Committee organized a campus and community-wide reading event for Colin Bevan’s No Impact Man

ABS Labs
Association of Baptist Students, University of Arkansas          April 2011-May 2011

  • Led five group meetings that focused on leadership training
  • Taught basic and advanced principles for effective leadership and event planning
  • Assisted six undergraduate students from multiple disciplines in implementing leadership strategies designed to unify the organization, increase student participation, and facilitate organization growth

University of Arkansas Graduate Student Orientation Leader
Graduate School, University of Arkansas          August 2010

  • Led two break-out sessions of 40+ participants in discussing student learning styles in the classroom
  • Provided teaching assistants with practical ways to cater to all types of learning styles
  • Answered questions from 120+ students in a large, round table format

Honors College Intern
Honors College, University of Arkansas           January 2007-May 2007

  • Researched post-graduate information for distribution to University of Arkansas students

Orientation Leader
Student Affairs, University of Arkansas          April 2006-September 2006

  • Considered to be one of the top-tier campus leadership positions
  • Led small group sessions with 10 to 25 students to answer questions, facilitated discussion, and interacted with them one-on-one

Honors and Awards

Teaching Assistantship
University of Arkansas          August 2008 to Present

Doctoral Academy Fellowship
Department of English, University of Arkansas          August 2010 to May 2014

  • Awarded on basis of merit to entering doctoral students
  • Requires a minimum GPA of 3.65 on graduate work

Blair Rouse Scholarship    
University of Arkansas          August 2010

  • Awarded superior academic achievement by a Ph.D candidate in English

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Recipient
University of Arkansas          January 2010 

  • Also recognized as an undergraduate in 2007

Academic Publications

“Go West, Young Woman: Transforming Southern Womanhood through the Myth of the American West in Doris Betts’sHeading West and The Sharp Teeth of Love”                      
CEA: Critic (John Hopkins University Press)          Summer 2013

Technical Skills

Adobe Creative Suite

  • Proficient in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat Pro

Microsoft Office

  • Proficient in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Apple iWork

  • Proficient in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Social Media 

  • Experience with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Academia.edu, and Google+

Web Interfaces

  • Experience with WordPress, Blogger
  • Basic HTML coding

Languages

Proficient in Spanish