Skills and background

My education and training has been in literature (medieval English, specifically), writing, and music, along with a solid amount of continuing education coursework in pedagogy and instructional design. In addition to working on “pure” medieval literature (literature actually written between about 900 CE and 1500 CE), I also work heavily in medievalism, the study of how later periods envision and re-create Medieval Europe for their own purposes. It’s through this field that I’ve turned my personal love of gaming (board games, tabletop role playing games, video games of all sorts) to a more productive end, studying games for both their new takes on old eras and for their peculiar narrative qualities, which are very different from linear narratives like novels and even drama and film. I have recently begun working through a series of game development courses that California Institute of the Arts offers through Coursera, and I expect to finish the full series of five courses in the fall.

General Skills

In regards to my skills, I’m a quintessential humanities major: my most useful abilities are my strong critical engagement with the world and people around me, and my deep curiosity about almost everything I encounter.

  • Critical thinking and general skepticism
  • Analysis, particularly verbal and image analysis
  • Adaptability
  • Open web and deep web research
  • Writing and editing
  • Strong audience awareness
  • Identifying and solving problems
  • Collaboration, both in-office and remote
  • Assessing/evaluating full departments and individual employees and giving targeted feedback for improvement
  • Co-worker coaching/mentoring
  • Knowledge of my own limitations and a willingness to request support when necessary

Software and Programming

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Adobe Acrobat DC, Connect, Photoshop, Dreamweaver
  • The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
  • Course Management Systems: Sakai, Blackboard, Angel, Canvas
  • HTML, XHTML (working proficiency)

Languages

  • French (working proficiency)
  • German (beginning)
  • Swedish (beginning)
  • Latin (working proficiency)
  • Old English (working proficiency)
  • Middle French (working proficiency)