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Lecturer I - Arts And Humanities
Tags: Technical Communication Communication Creative Writing Digital Media Studies Public Speaking Web Design Children's Issues Mother Wife Teacher Volunteer Writer Digital Communication Social Media Studies

Professional Preparation

Master of Arts - Emerging Media and Communications
School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas - 2015
Bachelor of Science - Business Management/Communications
University of Phoenix - 2012
Equiv. to Associates - Elementary/Special Education
New Mexico State University - 1983

Research Areas

Observation Research
During Graduate School:  I assisted my graduate advisor and professor, Dr. Kim Knight as a researcher for her Fashioning Circuits wearable Media Public Humanities Project. In 2018 her work was published and she graciously acknowledged (in Chapter 26) all those colleagues and  students, including myself, who founded, contributed, researched and participated in the project!  http://amzn.to/2Dr6sYw
Digital Youth Culture
Interested in how youth communicate in the digital world.

Appointments

Lecturer I
Arts & Humanities [2015–Present]
Teaching core course in Oral and Technology-based Communication including, Interpersonal, Intra-personal, Public Speaking and Small Group Dynamics.

Awards

Capstone Celebration: Best Capstone Nomination - Edith O'Donnell Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication College, UTDallas [2015]
Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers - Graduate Student Creative Writing: Short Story category: 2nd place [2014]

Presentations

New Instructional Environment for Future Instructors
2020/07 Center for Teaching and Learning: Created a video tutorial on the Virtual Team Experience for new instructional environments for Future Instructors (2020).
Career Center Online Presentation: How to create Online Engagement in a Digital Meeting.
2020/07 Presented a Q&A session with Staff and Student workers for the UTDallas Career Center.
Moderated the Faculty Mentor Q&A Session on How to use eLearning with Math Equations and Test Banks (Guest Speaker presented)
2020/07 Moderated a Q&A Session for other faculty on how to use a Test Bank and Equations in eLearning.
RAW (Research, Art & Writing) Graduate Conference: The University of Texas at Dallas
2014/10 Presented Capstone Thesis on Crowdfunding and Fandom/Affect Theory: Why Fan's Give.
Capstone Celebration
2015/05 Presented Capstone/Thesis on Crowdfunding and Fandom/Affect Theory: Why Fans Give.

Additional Information

Pearson Educational Software and The University of Texas at Dallas
IT Support Contracted Intern/Student and Instructors/ Consultant and Help Instructor 
Jindal School of Management: UTDallas. Business Communication Center (BCC)
Writing Tutor/Consultant
Acativis Pharmaceuticals
Regional Administrative Assistant (Remote, virtual)

Activities

Faculty Mentor
The University of Texas at Dallas-Resource for Faculty in digital learning and development, working along side the eLearning group and OIT to support faculty.
Faculty Advisor
Faculty Advisor for Student Organization: LDSSA (Latter-Day Saint Student Association)
Korean HYU Program
Participated in the Korean HYU program, sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities-Recruited, co-created, and participated in “small talk” activity with COMM 1311 students to promote inter-cultural exchange with the Korean HYU students.Attended Korean exchange students’ team presentations. Invited the COMM1311 students involved with the activity to also attend.
Comm1311: Video Instructions
Created video instructions on how to use UTD’s Box.com application for students’ videoed speeches
Academic Bridge Program
Instructed and taught Academic Bridge Students in the Comm1311 course and continue to do so. (2016-present)

Affiliations

Student Success Center
2015/08
CommLab
eLearning Group
2020/04
Faculty mentoring other Faculty on online learning and digital interface.
Graduate Student Association
2013/08
Member
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
2006/01
Member
CompuServe Books and Writers Community (Now known as The LitForum)
2005/03
Member
Notable members: Diana Gabaldon (Author), Vicki Pettersson (Author), Janet McConaughey (AP Journalist).
Student Organization Center (SOC)
2020/04
Supporting and advising a student lead organization