Teaching, Presenting, and Awards

Courses​

Creative Writing

  • Creative Nonfiction and Memoir

  • Introduction to Creative Writing

 

Literature

Composition

  • First-Year Composition/College Writing I

  • Research Writing/College Writing II

  • Developmental Composition/Gateway College Writing

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Journalism

  • Print Journalism

  • Introduction to Journalism​

Education & Teacher Training

  • First-Year Seminar

  • Teaching Writing 1:1

Teacher Training

 

  • ​“A Model for Learner Outcomes Assessment in Developmental English.” Promising Practices for Student Success Conference. Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN.

  • “Establishing Permeable Borders: How Assessing Student Learning Improves Teaching.” College English Association Conference, Richmond, VA.

  • “Teaching College Composition.” Graduate Pedagogy Seminar. Hamline University, St. Paul, MN.

  • "Designing Effective Writing Assignments." Concordia University Adjunct Faculty Orientation. Concordia University. St. Paul, MN.

  • "Evaluating Student Writing." Concordia University Adjunct Faculty Orientation. Concordia University. St. Paul, MN.

  • "Professional Written Communication." Concordia University Adjunct Faculty Orientation. Concordia University. St. Paul, MN.

Presentations on Narratives

 

  • ​"The Neuroscience of Teaching Narratives: Facilitating Social and Emotional Development.” International Conference on Conversation Analysis. Mannheim, Germany. (Proposal accepted but no presentation given due to lack of college funding available.)

  • “The Social and Emotional Benefits of Narratives.” North Hennepin Community College Faculty Lecture Series, Brooklyn Park, MN.

Presentations on Teaching

 

  • ​​“From Grammar Guru to Etiquette Expert? Helping Students Realize the Impact of Their Writing Design.” College English Association Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.

 

  • “How the Behavioral Concerns Response Team (BCRT) Assists Students.” North Hennepin Community College Faculty Professional Development, Brooklyn Park, MN.

 

  • “Reinforcing Academic Skills through Writing.” Center for Teaching and LearningiTeach Conference, Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Minneapolis, MN.

  • “Shouting It from the Rooftops: Helping Students Recognize the Value of English Courses.” College English Association Conference. San Antonio, TX.

 

Presentations on Creative Writing

 

  • "How to Be Funny on a Deadline.” Writing by Degrees National Graduate Creative Writing Conference. Binghamton, NY. (Short fiction accepted but no presentation given due to lack of college funding for travel.)

  • "Reflections on September 11th." Hamline University 9/11 Memorial. Hamline University. St. Paul, MN.

Misc. Presentations

 

  • More information about interviews and presentations available here.

 

Teaching Awards

 

  • 2020-2021. Nominee for Excellence in Education award. North Hennepin Community College.

  • 2018-2019. Educator of the Year. Minnesota State Colleges Faculty, North Hennepin Community College Chapter.

Creative Writing Awards

 

  • 2003. Outstanding Creative Nonfiction Synthesis. "In Other Words . . ." Synthesis Capstone Project, Master of Arts Liberal Studies Program. Hamline University. St. Paul, MN.

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Academic Awards

  • 2003 Outstanding Capstone Synthesis Finalist. Hamline University Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

  • Summa cum laude. Bachelor of Arts. written communication major. College of St. Catherine. St. Paul, MN.

  • Antonian Scholars Honors Program. College of St. Catherine. St. Paul, MN.

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Research

 

  • ​"Empathy and Reading Narrative Fiction among Community College Students." Ph.D. Dissertation. Capella University. Minneapolis, MN.​