Alison M. Caddell, MA in Writing
Professional, Technical, & Creative Writer
Program Administrator & Researcher
Master of Arts in Writing, University of North Alabama
Areas of Interest:
Innovative Pedagogy, Writing for Healing, Curriculum Development & Enhancement
Biography & Interests
I was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama and have been heavily influenced by its culture and history. Through Tuskegee's unique trajectory, I care deeply about the value of education, vocation, and personal gifts and skills. I believe God has endowed me with the vocation of writing and teaching and this belief guides my career and life.
Education & Career:
I studied Spanish at the University of Montevallo, completing the Bachelor of Arts in Summer 2008. After ten years of working in higher education, I began the Master of Arts in Writing at the University of North Alabama, receiving the degree in 2021. My concentration was creative writing, which resulted in a thesis project titled The Creek City Chronicles - a collection of short stories in the Southern Gothic tradition.
Upon graduation, I spent two years teaching professional writing and technical writing at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (August 2021 thru August 2023). Since then, I have returned to Alabama to teach in the Tuscaloosa City Schools through Kelly Education Services. I most enjoy working with special needs students in elementary education.
I studied creative writing at the University of North Alabama, specializing in various genres of poetry, as well as Southern Gothic fiction.
My teaching experience in higher education has made me passionate about the way pedagogical application can be used as a response to the needs and well-being of students, while upholding innovative outcomes, university initiatives, and intellectual goals. In addition, I continue to pursue opportunities in creative writing through festivals, workshops, and conferences, which I document on my Curriculum Vitae and LinkedIn page.
Writing for Healing
Being a faculty member at any university is a privilege and honor that comes with many responsibilities.
The most important one (in my opinion) is the way that we care for our students' well-being.
Yes, this includes the obvious area of intellectual well-being.
But we must also be aware of their need for guidance and sincerity from faculty and staff, regarding their mental and emotional well-being.
In modern times, and in the United States of America, we must also be honest about the need to potentially heal from traumatic events that could happen on-campus.
I presented on this topic at Purdue University's English Pedagogy Showcase (March 2023):
I hope to continue researching and highlighting this important topic.