BA in English and Music Performance (double major), College of William & Mary: While enrolled at William & Mary, I also participated extensively in the campus music community as a member of the college choir and the women’s a cappella group Reveille.
MA and most of a PhD in English literature, University of Rochester: I ended my enrollment at the “all but dissertation” stage, but my PhD work focused on Middle English literature, narrative (with a special interest in video game narrative), and composition pedagogy.
I am the quintessential humanities major: my dominant characteristics are my critical engagement with the world around me and my inveterate curiosity about almost everything I encounter. If I didn’t have to work for a living, I would probably just continue my education forever; I deeply enjoy learning new skills and information, and fit new learning into my life whenever I can.
Critical thinking and analysis
- Finding the right questions to ask
- Verbal and image analysis
- Identifying and solving problems
- Open- and deep-web research
- Perceptive and careful listener
- Effective and clear writing
- Strong attention to detail and editorial skills
- Strong public speaking skills
- Able to remain diplomatic under challenging conditions
- 16 years in a client-facing roles
- Collaboration with departmental colleagues and across department lines
- Independent, self-directed worker with nearly a decade of experience as a remote employee
- Able to manage multiple long- and short-term deadlines effectively
- Experience juggling multiple projects and roles simultaneously
I’ve developed a wide range of specialized skills throughout my career in academia, where I have performed in a number of different roles from instructor to instructional designer to web designer/developer to editor.
Teaching & Training
My teaching experience has been concentrated in English Literature and composition, but I have also taught music courses. During my teaching career, I have acted as a peer trainer, mentor and evaluator.
- Formal training in composition pedagogy
- Professional development courses in instructional design
- 17 years’ experience teaching different levels of undergraduate composition and literature courses
- Strong record of effective instruction of diverse student groups, including minority students, students with disabilities, and military students
- Flexible and adaptable teaching strategies to meet a range of situations and student needs
- Effective management of heavy teaching loads
- Adept at introducing new information and skill to peers
- Experience in peer evaluation and mentoring
My instructional design work has so far been tightly linked to my teaching, and my course design has been for courses that I do personally teach. In my current position, however, I have not been designing courses only for myself, but also for the other 20+ instructors in my department who are assigned these courses. Over the past 2 years, I have taken massive open online courses (MOOCs) in order to fill in the gaps in my knowledge of instructional design theory and practice.
- Designed for a range of LMS: Web CT, Blackboard, Angel, Educator, and Sakai; basic familiarity with Canvas and Moodle
- Basic knowledge of Articulate Storyline360 and Adobe Captivate
- Experience creating instructional videos using screencasts and other tools
- Strong commitment to and experience with Universal Design principles and to accessible web design
- Familiar with the Quality Matters framework
- Adept with the Community of Inquiry framework (using a streamlined ADDIE model)
- Quick to adapt to new technology
- Conversant with the integration of a varied multimedia elements
- Proficient in the use of Open Educational Resources
Software and Programming Experience
I have not had much formal training with software and programming; most of these are skills that I have picked up as needed over the course of my career. My software and programming skill acquisition is a good example of what George Siemens termed “know where”; if I do not already have the necessary knowledge or skill, I usually know where to go to acquire those knowledge or skills.
- The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
- Gravit Designer
- WCAG 2.1
- Screen reader use, including NVDA, JAWS, and VoiceOver
I do not use languages other than English much in my work at this point, but I enjoy learning languages, and would love to have an excuse to improve my mastery of those I have or to learn new ones!
- French (working proficiency)
- German (beginner)
- Finnish (beginner)
- Latin (working proficiency)
- Old English (working proficiency)
- Middle French (working proficiency)