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Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that innovation and creativity are necessary components of effective and dynamic instruction, especially with regards to creating consistent relevance and engagement. Therefore, I constantly pursue ways that this belief can improve my approaches to pedagogy, writing, and presentation.

Education

Master of Arts in Writing

Concentration: Creative Writing

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama

Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language

Concentration: Spanish

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, Alabama

Pedagogy & Teaching Practice

In May 2022, I received the Innovative Pedagogy Award for what I call the FOD Method of Pedagogical Application. This method is based on Feedback, Openness, and Demonstration. Essentially, I create an environment that allows students to engage in the curriculum by encouraging feedback throughout the semester, as they are incorporated in class presentations. I also emphasize the need and practice of transparency - or being open and honest about expectations for myself and the students. Finally, class lectures incorporate live practice and demonstration of methodologies and theories that are being taught and discussed. 

 

In addition, class instruction - particularly for technical and professional writing courses - is highly informed and impacted by my extensive work experience as an office manager, adminstrative assistant, marketing coordinator, and social media manager. This allows me to validate theories and practices with authenticity, moving beyond presentation and quotation of theories and guidance provided by established publications. I provide a more detailed explanation regarding this merging of theory and practice on the pages linked below:

Presentations & Honors

Writing for Healing: A Pedagogical Response to College Trauma & Stress. Poster Presentation. English Pedagogy Showcase, Purdue University. March 2023.

Mentorship through Writing in the Black Female Intellectual Tradition. Phyllis Wheatley Poetry Festival. Jackson State University, November 2023.

 

Innovative Pedagogy Award. Professional Writing Instructor Awards, Purdue University. May 2022.

 

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, April 2020​

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