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I've been teaching courses in English, the Humanities, and Creative-Writing for about ten years. I've taught at the University of Houston, the Houston Community College, Athens Technical Institute, and now Salem College. Currently I'm teaching Creative-Writing at Salem, an all women's liberal arts college. Click here to view my teaching philosophy.

The following a CV which focuses on my career as an English teacher:


Writer/English Teacher

Experienced teacher of freshman and sophomore English courses, and Creative Writing, at the collegiate level. Knowledgeable in crafting a syllabus, setting goals for a course, and completing a course in a timely and efficient manner. Excellent mentor to students of varying ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Trained in large and small classroom settings. Ability to determine a student’s strongest needs and work to meeting the needs of that student in the classroom or in private sessions. Well read in English, American, and Central American Literature, with a BA, and MA, and MFA in English Literature and Creative Writing Fiction. Excellent nonfiction and fiction writer with superb graduate school GPA. Careful, fair, and deliberate grader. Eight years of teaching experience in higher education. Skilled evaluator of creative work in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, with particular emphasis on instructing students in the fundamentals of imaginative writing.

Salem College
2006 - present
INSTRUCTOR, CREATIVE-WRITING

Designed and taught upper-level course and writing workshop in the craft of writing Poetry. The course combined readings of 20th Century women poets such as Audre Lorde, Lucille Clifton, Ann Sexton, Mary Jo Salter, Sharon Olds, and Sylvia Plath with intensive critical analysis of the students’ own work in Poetry.

Designed and currently teaching introductory course in Creative Writing. The course includes introductory assignments in the writing of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and it includes a heavy reading load in all of those genres. Students are expected to leave the course with a firm grasp of the fundamentals of Creative-Writing.

The University of Houston
1998-2000
INSTRUCTOR, ENGLISH

Designed and taught freshman and sophomore English classes, two classes per semester, twenty-seven students per class. Designed course work and syllabi for University of Houston core curriculum English requirements. Designed and taught original course for sophomore level English on Literature and Culture. Reviewed the teachings practices and classroom teaching methods of fellow English instructors.

 Athens Technical Institute
2001-2003
INSTRUCTOR, ENGLISH

Designed and taught freshman and sophomore English classes, one class per quarter, twenty-five students per class. Designed and taught one weekend course in English and Rhetoric, one quarter, fifteen students. Designed and taught one course in Humanities, one quarter, twenty students.

Houston Community Colleges
1999-2000
INSTRUCTOR, ENGLISH, TUTOR

Designed and taught freshman and sophomore English classes, one class per semester, ten to fifteen students per class. Reviewed the teachings practices and classroom teaching methods of fellow English instructors. Tutored and supervised a writing lab for students needing assistance writing their English papers.

Awards, Fellowships, and Publications

Writer in Residence, Writers-in-the Schools, Houston, TX, 1999-2000
Artist in Residence, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA, 1998
Artist in Residence, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, 1996
Fellow, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, 1995-1996
First Prize for Fiction, Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers, 2000
1996 Stanley Elkin Memorial Award for Short Fiction, Colorado Review, 1996
Individual Artist Grant, Georgia Council of the Arts, 1995
“The Bomb Plant” (short story), Blue Mesa Review, 2005
“Shotgun" (short story), New Delta Review, 2001
"Chicken Catchers" (short story), West Branch, 1997
"Tadpoles" (short story), Colorado Review, 1996
"Bankfalva" (photo-essay), Grand Tour, 1996
"Light After Dark" (film), Atlanta Independent Film & Video Festival, 1997
"Sticks" (film), Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, 1998
Features articles and photographs for the Athens Daily News, 1993-94