University of Florida
8/08 to 5/13
- Taught writing and literature classes of up to 19 students, including “Research Writing” (Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2011), “Survey of American Literature” (Summer & Fall 2009), and “Writing About the American University” (Spring 2010), “Writing About South Africa” (Fall 2010), “Argument and Persuasion” (Spring 2011) and “Writing About Social Justice” (Spring 2012).
- Acted as a Teaching Assistant for Tenured Professors, leading three discussion sections for “Humanities 2305: What is the Good Life?”
- Created original lesson plans and assignments to help students develop their critical thinking and writing skills in order to present a polished and credible argument to their desired audience(s).
- Worked with a diverse population of students, including students from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, first generation college students and non-native speakers of English.
2/10 to Present
- Serve as the editor of a website dedicated to creative, funny, and thoughtful content for writers.
- Manage existing contributors, assign material and production content. Recruit new writers and contributors for the website.
- Edit all submissions for content, grammar, and style.
- Maintain and update website using WordPress.
Bartender & Barback
Shooting Star Bar
11/09 to 6/10
- Worked the night shift (10 pm – 2 am) twice weekly at a high-volume bar in a busy college town. Promoted from barback to bartender in 2 months.
- Served top-shelf liquors, mixed drinks, bottled beers, as well as Japanese cuisine to bar patrons.
- Performed opening and closing duties, including stocking, cleaning and cocktail prep.
Moxie Outdoor Adventures
The Forks, ME
5/07 to 6/08
- Guided up to eight customers down Class I–IV whitewater rapids during half- and full-day rafting trips.
- Attended to the needs of customers and ensured their safety and enjoyment on the river.
- Maintained equipment and organized food preparation and service for day-trip customers.
- Certified in First Aid and CPR.
Associate Project Manager
11/04 to 8/05
- Responsible for production process of 9-12 medical textbooks per cycle for client, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
- Formulated production schedule and coordinated all logistical deadlines associated with each title. Managed freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, indexers and production assistants; reviewed all submitted work and provided feedback in an effort to improve quality.
- Provided client care and management of client’s authors using weekly status reports and general correspondence via e-mail and conference calls.
- Coordinated and managed overseas composition of books, vetted compositor’s work, and provided feedback to ensure the best quality product.
- Worked with the Senior Project Manager to create a standard operation procedure manual for future work with our client(s).
6/04 to 8/04
- Brewed an assortment of espresso and coffee drinks and served breakfast sandwiches and pastries.
- Completed standard opening and closing duties including counting and clearing register, maintaining an accurate bank, cleaning, stocking, and maintenance of espresso machine.
- Provided a down-to-earth, relaxing environment for patrons to enjoy.
Front Desk Agent
The Village at Breckenridge
11/03 to 6/04
- Managed all aspects of guests’ vacation including check-in and check-out, housekeeping requests, and visits to area attractions.
- Adjusted reservations and adjudicated any problems that arose during guests’ stay.
- Handled large cash and credit card transactions.
Doctor of Philosophy, English (not completed)
University of Florida
08/08 to 05/13
- Course work included postcolonial theory and literature.
- Conducted research on the concepts of forgiveness, reconciliation, justice and narration of trauma in South African Literature published since 1995.
- Presented paper entitled, “Writing the Good Life: The Examination of the Role of Writing in a Large Lecture Humanities Course” at University of Florida Writing Program Conference, Classroom Matters: Pedagogy in Practice and Philosophy (February 2013).
Master of Arts, English
University of Massachusetts
9/05 to 5/09
- Completed Thesis, “The Rediscovery of South African Cultural Identity in Zakes Mda’s Ways of Dying.”
- Course work included literary theory and compositional theory.
- Primary interest of study was post-colonial theory and literature, including South African history and literature.
- Secondary interest of study was contemporary African-American literature including the works of Ralph Ellison and John Edgar Wideman.
- Presented paper entitled, “Slipping into the Breaks: Deconstructing Ellison’s Invisibility” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (January 2007).
Bachelor of Science, English Literature and Psychology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
9/98 to 5/03
- Awarded the Student Recognition Award, a four-year, full-tuition, merit-based scholarship.
- Served as an Executive Board Member of the Undergraduate English Association, coordinating and leading student fiction/poetry workshops.
- Participated in the Reach Out mentoring program – providing tutoring and support for high school students on location at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.