I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in English with a minor in Philosophy from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts degree in English from Bowling Green State University. Also, I successfully completed and passed all sections of the candidacy examination and completed all of my required course work in the Literature and Criticism PhD program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as of May 2005.
My qualifications include 10 years of teaching experience at the university and community college levels. I was an instructor at Bowling Green State University from August 2000 through May 2003. I taught English 111: Introductory Writing and English 112: Varieties of Writing during my two years as a Teaching Assistant for the General Studies Writing Program of the University’s English Department while I worked toward my Master of Arts degree. As a Teaching Assistant, I was responsible for creating my class syllabi, teaching two classes of twenty-five students each semester, and grading up to 250 student essays each semester. The General Studies Writing Program also required that all Teaching Assistants use portfolio based instruction and assessment. This gave me the opportunity to learn how to assess writing holistically as well assess individual essays based on the more objective criteria such as diction, grammar, syntax, and mechanics. After receiving my MA, I taught as an adjunct instructor for the College of Arts and Sciences at BGSU for two semesters. During my time as an adjunct instructor as well as my last semester as a Teaching Assistant, I assisted Dr. Erin Labbie of the BGSU English Department in the development of a course for the College of Arts and Sciences, Arts and Sciences 250: Great Ideas, and taught the course for two semesters. I also taught English 101: College Writing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for one year while working toward my PhD. I then taught English 111 and 112: First and Second Semester Composition for the Communications Department at Northwestern Michigan College for one semester before moving to San Diego. For four years beginning in November of 2007, I was an instructor at Concorde Career College in San Diego where I taught ENG110: English Composition I, ENG111: English Composition II, PH110: Critical Thinking and SP110: Elements of Human Communication. From September 2010 through November 2010, I taught intermediate/high intermediate ESL classes made up of students from around the world and conducted individual sessions with a Level 1 (beginner) Japanese student at Converse International School of Languages in San Diego. In August of this year, I began teaching at The Art Institute of California – San Diego. I taught accelerated HU090: Transitional English courses and full quarter HU110: College English courses until the end of the fall quarter in December when I had the opportunity to move to the Seattle area.
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