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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

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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.

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Creative Writing

I studied creative writing at the University of North Alabama, specializing in various genres of poetry, as well as Southern Gothic fiction. 

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 Professional & Technical Writing

I taught professional writing and technical writing for two years at Purdue University. My curriculum and professional specialties include the following:

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Academic Profile

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.

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​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.

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