Education

2004, M.F.A. English: Creative Writing, Poetry

University of Idaho, Moscow
Notes from the Cadaver Room, Poetry

2001, B.A. Creative Writing

University of California, Riverside


Academic Positions

June 2017-Present
Department Chair of ASLS, ESL & Foreign Languages

To facilitate and maintain division, department, and program effectiveness, the Chair of ASLS, ESL & Foreign Languages works with the ASLS, ESL, and Foreign Languages program directors and department faculty, as well as Dean of Communication, in the coordination and oversight of academic programs of study as follows:

  • Supervises and coordinates adjunct and full time faculty instruction by:
    • hiring new adjunct and full time faculty
    • providing orientation to faculty
    • generating letters to Campus Police for adjunct faculty to obtain parking permits
    • requesting and obtaining email access for all adjunct faculty and tutors through the Office of Information Technology
    • updating standard departmental adjunct faculty syllabi to include all required information and policies
    • collecting and reviewing the syllabi of adjunct faculty to ensure alignment with college and department policies, as well as master syllabi
    • monitoring and ensuring that adjunct faculty hold regular office hours as scheduled
    • conducting classroom observations of adjunct faculty and reporting findings
    • meeting with all adjunct faculty to complete Supervisor Evaluation Form for Part-Time Faculty
    • reviewing full time faculty performance and completing Preliminary Agreements and Final Supervisor Evaluation forms
  • Assists Dean in establishing plans for:
    • curriculum development
    • advisory committees
    • course development, revision, and deletion
  • Works in conjunction with faculty on curriculum projects
  • Updates master syllabi as directed by the Dean and Chair and facilitates distribution to faculty
  • Manages all faculty scheduling
  • Monitors and maintains the division’s Canvas site by adding and revising pertinent documents, schedules, and forms
  • Assists the Dean in determining transfer equivalencies for transcript evaluation and course articulation
  • Attends relevant division, campus, and college meetings
  • Conducts regular departmental meetings
  • Holds regular office hours two weeks before classes begin and until graduation
  • Conducts prerequisite verification and provides registration overrides
  • Assists in the coordination of dual enrollment classes
  • Coordinates textbook orders
  • Coordinates faculty development by facilitating best practices workshops
  • Assists department faculty in learning about and adopting learning centered theories and strategies in classes / courses / department
  • Assists in coordinating class coverage when a faculty member is absent
  • Performs special duties related to departments as assigned by the Dean
  • Modifies class enrollment caps and availability as directed by the Dean
  • Coordinates efforts with Adult Basic Education to facilitate student transfers from ABE to ESL
  • Initiates and maintains relations with counterparts at local colleges and universities
  • Assists in the development and completion of program assessments
  • Assists in the collection and analyses of department data for SACS
  • Promotes ASLS, ESL, and Foreign Languages programs
  • Represents the division/college in the community

January-May 2017
Assistant Chair of English, Reading & CCSS

To facilitate and maintain division, department, and program effectiveness, the Assistant Department Chair of English, Reading, and CCSS works with the Department Chair of English, Reading, and CCSS, as well as Dean of Communication, in the coordination and oversight of academic programs of study as follows:

  • Supervises and coordinates adjunct instruction by:
    • assisting in the hiring of new adjunct faculty
    • providing orientation to adjunct faculty
    • generating letters to Campus Police for adjunct faculty to obtain parking permits
    • requesting and obtaining email access for all adjunct faculty and tutors through the Office of Information Technology
    • updating Adjunct Faculty Handbook each semester
    • updating standard departmental adjunct faculty syllabi to include all required information and policies
    • collecting and reviewing the syllabi of adjunct faculty to ensure alignment with college and department policies, as well as master syllabi
    • meeting with new adjunct faculty to review the methods of and standards applied in grading papers
    • monitoring and ensuring that adjunct faculty hold regular office hours as scheduled
    • conducting classroom observations of adjunct faculty and reporting findings
    • meeting with all adjunct faculty to complete Supervisor Evaluation Form for Part-Time Faculty
    • maintaining database of adjunct employment and contact information
  • Assists Chair and Dean in establishing plans for:
    • curriculum development
    • advisory committees
    • course development, revision, and deletion
  • Updates master syllabi as directed by the Dean and Chair and facilitates distribution to faculty
  • Assists Chair with Placement Verification and the changing of test scores for students who perform well on diagnostic assignments and exams or by-pass exams
  • Monitors and maintains the Adjunct Resources module of the departmental Canvas sites by adding and revising pertinent documents, schedules, and forms
  • Assists the Dean in determining transfer equivalencies for transcript evaluation and course articulation
  • Attends relevant division, campus, and college meetings
  • Assists in conducting regular departmental meetings
  • Holds regular office hours two weeks before classes begin
  • Conducts prerequisite verification and provides registration overrides
  • Assists in the coordination of dual enrollment classes
  • Assists in coordinating class coverage when a faculty member is absent
  • Performs special duties related to departments as assigned by the Dean
  • Modifies class enrollment caps and availability as directed by the Chair or Dean
  • Assists in the coordination and administration of departmental Exit Exam
  • Serves as Chair in the absence of the Chair.

August 2015-January 2017
Adjunct Coordinator, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA

  • Advise new adjunct faculty on English Department policies and academic standards
  • Observe new and returning adjuncts at least once during the academic year and provide mentoring
  • Review adjuncts' syllabi, assignments, and graded papers for alignment with Departmental standards
  • Complete yearly performance evaluations for adjunct faculty
  • Assist Department Chair with student registration and upkeep of the Department's website
  • Teach a 3/3 course load or equivalent per academic year
  • Maintain additional faculty responsibilities listed below

August 2011 - Present
Assistant Professor of English, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA

  • 2014-2016, serve as the English 101 Committee Chair
    • 2015-16, Provide professional development workshops for Department Faculty
    • 2014-15, Developed new curriculum in preparation for the elimination of Departmental Exit Exam
    • 2013-15, Created grading standards rubric for English 101
    • Fall 2014, served as Chair for the Standards Alignment Review Committee (SARC), which reviewed faculty grading practices to ensure Department-wide consistency and fairness
  • Teach a 5/5 course load or equivalent per academic year
  • Design and implement curriculum within the parameters of the DCC English Department's requirements for all courses taught
    • English 061: Developmental Composition I
    • English 062: Developmental Composition II
    • English 062-English 101 Concurrent Enrollment (6 credit hours)
    • ENRE 110: English Composition I for Non-Native Speakers (6 credit hours)
    • English 101: College Composition I: Oh, The Humanity! (traditional & online 8-week instruction)
    • English 102: College Composition II: Posthuman Reflections (traditional & online, 15-week & 8-week instruction)
    • English 206: Poetry and Drama (online 15-week instruction)
    • English 212: American Literature II: 1865 to the Present (online 15-week instruction)
    • English 231: World Literature I: The Beginnings until 1600
    • English 251: Creative Writing
  • Create course content using the learning management systems Blackboard and Canvas
  • Serve on various committees including the Developmental Committee (2012-2014), Images Literary Magazine Committee (2013-2014), Online Teaching Committee (2012-Present), English 101 Committee (2013-Present)
  • Advise students during the registration process

Fall 2010
Adjunct writing instructor, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

  • Taught one section of Writing 110: College Writing A and two sections of Writing 111: College Writing B
  • Developed course syllabi and implemented curriculum for all classes taught
  • Provided students with constructive feedback on their writing and in one-on-one conferences

2008-2010
Adjunct Lecturer, University Writing Program, U.C. Riverside, CA

  • Taught two sections of English 4: Basic English Writing, three sections of English 1A: Beginning Composition, three sections of English 1B: Intermediate Composition, and two sections of English 1C: Applied Intermediate Composition
  • Developed course syllabi within the parameters of the University Writing Program's curriculum requirements for all courses taught
  • Provided students with constructive feedback on their writing and in one-on-one conferences

2004-2005
Adjunct Instructor of English, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

  • Taught three sections of College Writing & Rhetoric and one section of Creative Writing
  • Developed course syllabi and writing assignments for all courses taught
  • Provided students with constructive feedback on their writing and in one-on-one conferences

2004-2005
Adjunct Instructor of English, University of New Orleans, LA

  • Taught five sections of developmental and college-level writing
  • Provided students with constructive feedback on their writing and in one-on-one conferences
  • Assessed student writing for placement examinations
  • Participated in faculty and grading calibration meetings

2001-2004
Teaching Assistant, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

  • Taught three sections of Introduction to College Writing, six sections of College Writing & Rhetoric, and one section of Introduction to Poetry Writing
  • Developed syllabi and course websites
  • Provided students with constructive feedback on their writing and in one-on-one conferences

Relevant Experience

Spring 2015-Present
Co-Founder & Poetry Editor, the Turnip Truck(s): An im-possible publication

theturnips.net

  • Recommend work from emerging and established writers, mostly poets
  • Correspond with writers at the request of the chief editor
  • Write promotional copy for online and social media dissemination
  • Copy edit promotional materials and print issues

2013-Present
Co-Founder & Director, im-possible

im-possiblethink.com

  • Design and manage the Education content for The im-possible Journal and online Education content
  • Develop projects designed to deconstruct the American education system
  • Co-create conferences, courses, and discourse forums that align with the im-possible learning philosophy
  • Create written, photographic, and video content for various other im-possible projects
  • Travel domestically and abroad to network and document relevant cultural design experiences

September 2009-June 2011
associate editor of poetry, connotation press

connotationpress.com

  • Read poetry submissions and correspond with writers regarding their submissions
  • Conducted written interviews with poets of my selection
  • Wrote a monthly blog introducing poets selected for publication
  • Served as assistant to the Director on Connotation Press Production's electronic press kit for the independent movie A Thousand Cuts, produced by Wonder Star Productions (2010)
    • Provided creative consultation
    • Organized and coordinated audio and video files
    • Assisted the Director of Photography as needed
    • Served as liaison between ATC cast and crew and the Connotation Press Production team

April 2007-september 2008
publications coordinator, u.c.R. extension center, riverside, ca

  • Organized and edited work associated with the production and dispersal of print and electronic publications and marketing materials, including brochures, flyers, posters, informational handouts, print ads for newspapers and magazines, and electronic media such as webpages, email, and newsletters
  • Coordinated with designers, writers, and other Marketing & Publications and Extension programs development staff to finalize promotional pieces; confirmed promotional pieces were consistent with the image, branding, and message of UCR Extension; implemented changes and corrections; ensured accuracy and quality while meeting stringent deadlines
  • Wrote copy and rewrote poorly written copy for marketing materials outlined above
  • Acted as Managing Editor of the UCR Extension quarterly catalog, which involved proofread, editing, rewriting course proposals, including academic descriptions; coordinating and following through with academic departments to ensure accuracy of information and that deadlines were met
  • Performed production tasks as needed at times of peak workloads, which included producing proofs and making corrections, creating simple flyers, developing a simple graphic design, and performing layout
  • Acted as Travel Coordinator for the Department by organizing and submitting appropriate paperwork for travel expense reimbursement

April-June 2007
Freelance Correspondent, The Sun Newspaper, San Bernardino, CA

  • Wrote community news stories based on local and current events
  • Photographed content relevant to story assignments

January-December 2006
Instructor, Language Arts & Literature, Muslim Academy, Gretna, LA

  • Taught one hour of Literature (Reading) and one hour of Language Arts (Grammar & Writing) per weekday to 8th grade students
  • Taught one hour of Literature (Reading) and one hour of Language Arts (Grammar & Writing) per weekday to 9th grade students
  • Provided additional guidance and support to students as necessary
  • Responsible for meeting curriculum requirements put forth by the State of Louisiana
  • Self-started a student-run newsletter and help pioneer the Student Government Council

Publications

fiction

"coming to." Mosaic Art & Literary Journal. U.C. Riverside, California, 2000. pp. 54-55

 

interviews (poetic craft)

Connotation Press, www.connotationpress.com.

"Ellen Bryant Voigt on the Making of Poems." Fugue. Winter 2003-04, pp. 36-49

 

nonfiction

"Star Light, Star Blight: On Celebrities, Money & the Value of Life in Post-K New Orleans" NOLAFugees.com.
          April 2007

"Hanging with the Spur Posse: Celibacy and the Wisdom of 50 Cent," published in Year Zero: A Year of
          Reporting from Post-Katrina New Orleans
, NOLAFugees Press, 2006. Reprinted in 2008.

 

poetry

"On Coition of Hemisected Man and Woman"

"To the Great Unlistening No One Called the World, I Say"

"Love in Time of Disaster"

"Death & the Detective"

"Onions"

"In Direct Light"

"After the Rape"

"The Relic"

"The Day Before," "End of the Affair," "Being Young": Claypalm Review, v.1 n.2, pp. 37-40

 

reviews

"Michael Klein's then, we were still living." Poetry. Connotation Press. connotationpress.com, Issue IV,
          Volume II, Nov. 2010

"Desire: A Film by Julie Gustafson and the Teenage Girls Documentary Project." NOLAFugees.com, Oct. 2006

"Chimera." The Literary Magazine Review. Spring 2006, pp. 10-15

"The Greensboro Review." The Literary Magazine Review. Winter 2005-06, pp. 21-27