• Microsoft Office, Drupal, Open CMS, Moodle, Blackboard, WordPress, PeopleSoft, IBM Cognos, Serena Collage, Atlas, Scholar, CampusVue, Talisma, DocLink, Twitter, Facebook
  • APA, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, in-house style manual
  • Mandarin (speaking knowledge), French (reading and speaking knowledge), Spanish (reading knowledge)

MFA, Creative Writing with Fiction Emphasis
– Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Magna Cum Laude
May 2009

BA, English Secondary Teaching & Creative Writing – Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Summa Cum Laude
May 2005

  • Indiana Teaching License in Language Arts and Reading
  • Exchange Semester: 22 credit hours in English, British Literature, and British Culture – University of Wales, Swansea, Wales. Spring 2004.

Freelance Editor
February 2011 Present

  • Edit writing for diverse clients, including Next Generation Independent Book Award Finalist Jeanne Gulbranson

Fiction Reader – Our Stories Online Literary Journal  
October 2009 Present

  • Edit grammar, content, consistency, clarity of entries; teach workshops
  • Proofread webpages
  • Edited Next Generation Independent Book Award Finalist Jeanne Gulbranson
  • Edited Our Stories Generation XYZ Contest award-winning story
  • Interview with Generation XYZ Contest winner Margaret LaFleur on Our Stories blog

Editorial and Production Intern – Four Way Books, New York, NY
January 2009 – May 2009

  • Copyedited Lessons in Another Language: A Novella and Stories, Independent Publisher and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year medalist
  • Reviewed proofs of Sediment, Nation/Discovery Award winner
  • Interview with award-winning author Megan Staffel in the Rain Taxi Review of Books

International Fiction Editor, Hayden’s Ferry Review – Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
April 2008 – April 2009

  • Associate Editor, August 2006-August 2008
  • Copyedited and published stories/translations by award-winning writers (Julio Ramón Ribeyro, Miyabe Miyuki)
  • Proofread issues
  • Planned journal’s organization and layout
  • Represented Hayden’s Ferry Review at 2009 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference

Program Specialist – IES Abroad Chicago, Chicago, IL

November 2012 – April 2013

  • Budgeted, developed and implemented logistics for specialized study abroad programs in Europe, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East
  • Edited, created and updated all program information (print and online)

Program Associate – IES Abroad Chicago, Chicago, IL
July 2010 – November 2012

  • Coordinated largest program portfolio in company history (18 across 4 countries)
  • Expanded organization’s global reach, supporting implementation of 1 new international center, 5 new programs
  • Updated all program materials and publications (print and online) in consultation with domestic and international staff
  • Pioneered use of Moodle software for overseas trips, creating department template
  • Spearheaded student retention initiative; enrollment tripled from Summer 2011 to 2012 following Great East Japan Earthquake
  • Presented at Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Region V Conference

Administrative Assistant – Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
December 2009 – July 2010

  • Part-time assistant to the Executive Director of Institutional Research
  • Collaborated with multiple departments to collect and report data impacting nearly 12,500 students
  • Performed program and market research
  • Served as department webmaster

Publicity Intern – Academy Chicago Publishers, Chicago, IL
September 2009 – December 2009

  • Spearheaded publicity campaign for award-winning author Julian Padowicz
  • Organized 2 New England author events; 1 a televised talk by Julian Padowicz
  • Reviewed fiction and nonfiction proofs
  • Composed, edited, formatted publicity/press releases

Communication Specialist – Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
August 2008 – May 2009

  • Authored news articles/press releases that enabled ASU’s School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) to recruit its 6,000+ students
  • Edited and proofread publicity for SCI and the High Performance Computing Initiative (HPCI)
  • Worked closely with faculty, staff, and industry experts to reach 1,000s of researchers, university members, and industry leaders, furthering use of one of the top 10 supercomputing sites in the world

Creative Writing Instructor – Education Unlimited Emerging Writers Institute, Berkeley & Palo Alto, CA

July August 2013

  • Mentored 10th-12th grade students in 2-week fiction writing workshop
  • Created and taught 2-week courses on ekphrasis and creative nonfiction
  • Assisted students in creation of camp anthology
  • Led cultural enrichment activities and field trips

Personal Statement Writing Instructor – Education Unlimited College Admission Prep Camp, Berkeley, CA
June 2013

  • Guided 11th-12th grade students in writing college admission essays
  • Assisted students in understanding the college admissions process
  • Facilitated cultural enrichment activities and field trips

Writing Coach Volunteer – Open Books, Chicago, IL
July November 2009

  • Coached disadvantaged 4th-12th grade students in nonfiction writing workshop
  • Virtual writing coach for disadvantaged 11th grade student

Instructor – University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Summer 2008

  • Designed and team-taught 6-week creative writing workshop for gifted university students and alumni
  • Created and team-taught 3-day intensive creative writing workshop for advanced middle school students

Graduate Teaching Assistant – Department of English, Arizona State University Tempe, AZ
2006 2008

  • English 210: Introduction to Creative Writing, 1 section
  • English 102: First Year Composition II, 4 sections (including 1 hybrid section)
  • English 101: First Year Composition, 3 sections (including 1 honors section)

Grading Assistant – Department of English, Harrison High School, West Lafayette, IN   2005 2006

  • Assisted seeing-impaired high school English teacher
  • Graded 9th grade English, creative writing, and 12th grade composition assignments

Camp Calcium Instructor/Counselor – Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Summer 2005

  • Supervised thirty 12- to 15-year-old Chinese campers
  • Designed and facilitated 2 creative writing workshop activities

Instructor – Gifted Education Resource Institute, Super Summer Program, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
July 2005

  • Created and taught 1-week advanced Greek mythology course for gifted 3rd and 4th grade students

Instructor – Gifted Education Resource Institute, Summer Residential Program, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Summer 2005

  • Designed and taught advanced 2-week creative writing workshop for gifted 7th and 8th grade students

Student Teacher – Jefferson High School, Lafayette, IN
Spring 2005

  • Helped lead 9th and 12th grade grammar, creative writing, and expository writing lessons
  • Guided students in creating school’s award-winning literary magazine
  • Conceptualized and facilitated 6-week poetry unit for twenty 9th grade students

Visiting Instructor/Mentor – Creative Writing Camp, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN   Summers 2002, 2003, and 2004

  • The Power of Narrative Voice Across Genres, 2 honors sections
  • The Drama of Images, differentiated for various age groups, 3 honors sections
  • Love & Literature, 3 team-taught sections

AmeriCorps Instructor/Volunteer – Reading Corps, Jubilee Summer Program, Indianapolis, IN
Summer 2003

  • Team-taught 20 disadvantaged, urban 10- to 13-year-olds literacy, creative writing, composition, mathematics, geography, science, Spanish, and Mandarin
  • Taught character building and life skills
  • Collaborated with faculty members and administrators on daily cultural enrichment activities
  • Supervised field trips

AmeriCorps Counselor/Volunteer – Coaches for Success Program, Indianapolis, IN   Summer 2002

  • Collaborated with 3 other counselors on educational opportunities for 35 disadvantaged 3- and 4-year old children
  • Planned, coordinated, and supervised field trips and daily cultural enrichment opportunities

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