Curriculum Vitae

Education

Master of Arts in English

Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2011-2013

Emphasis: Film Studies
595 Project Title: “I Wrote This War Myself: Waltz with Bashir as a Pioneer Animated Memoir Film”

Bachelor of Arts in English

Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2007-2011

Achievements: Magna Cum Laude, Outstanding Undergraduate Award for the Department of Literature & Languages (2008)
Independent Study: “Auteurs for Children: The Role of Disney and Studio Ghibli in Children’s Film”

Relevant Work Experience

Freelance Writer/Artist

September 2011 – present

Responsibilities include writing relevant and timely content related to pop culture, writer life, and higher education. Also:

  • Basic design of WordPress-provided themes
  • Generating, editing, and hosting all graphics
  • Maintaining a digital community
  • Maintaining all associated social media profiles

EDITORIAL SERVICES COORDINATOR, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

August 2019 – present

  • Write press releases and news stories
  • Manage social media, including the development of campaigns (Pet Takeover, Holiday Takeover)
  • Founded the Advocates for Disability and Accessibility Committee in May 2020
  • Manage student worker(s)
  • Support Virtual Reference as needed, which includes providing support for a variety of needs, from library-specific queries to broader university inquiries and more
  • Develop and facilitate workshops on a range of topics: new blogger/content editor for the Libraries website, social media (separated by platform/tool), video captions, disability language evolution
  • Volunteer support at Libraries events, such as Mum Mania, Doggy Days, etc.
  • Cross-department collaboration on stories, both internal to the Libraries and across campus
  • Collaborate to document processes and other appropriate information

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS WRITER/EDITOR, The Exchange

September 2018 – August 2019

  • Managed day-to-day writing, editing and basic design projects and responsibilities to ensure assigned communication tasks support the Exchange’s communication and marketing goals and strategies.
  • Cultivated story ideas from across the organization
  • Wrote and disseminated relevant editorial content to local and national media outlets as well as associate-focused stories for the Exchange’s employee newsletter
  • With the Public Affairs Specialists, planned and coordinated the master editorial schedule to ensure timely delivery of stories, press releases and website content
  • Conducted interviews with assigned subjects to proactively write impactful stories of military service and experience with Exchange retail properties (brick-and-mortar stores, eCommerce website, food and service offerings, etc.)
  • Managed social media channels and CMS (WordPress) for the public affairs office, and trained others in the PAO on social media norms and writing for an online audience

COPYWRITER, The Exchange

June 2016 – August 2018

  • As Marketing Lead for the Veterans online shopping benefit, I was responsible for: writing, proofreading and editing strategic communications for a variety of audiences, including materials promoting the new program, briefings and various media, both digital and print; assisting in the development, management and execution of communication plans and supporting channels, such as tabloid, external communications and video; assisting in designing and creating communication campaigns and publications; collaborated with teams and executives throughout the company to ensure the consistency and quality of communication deliverables; serving as the liaison for the supervising executive to other departments as needed; and other duties as assigned. I received an award in November 2017 for the work I did on this project.
  • Served as one of three campaign developers and the lead writer for the 2017 Month of the Military Child campaign as well as campaign consultant for the 2018 campaign
  • Assisted in the training of new copywriters as needed

WRITING CENTER CONSULTANT, Preston Ridge Campus of Collin College

August 2015 – June 2016

  • Worked with students of all ages and writing levels to improve their written and analytical abilities, as well as managed the development and execution of tutor and student resources
  • Worked with on-campus organizations to implement programming that supported literacy, such as Banned Books Week and National Poetry Month
  • Developed and executed public relations materials pertaining to the purpose of and services provided by the Writing Center
  • Assisted in the implementation of new technologies that streamlined the processes of the Writing Center, as well as assisted other tutors in mastering these technologies
  • Acted as supervisor in the evenings and on weekends in the absence of the director

WRITING CENTER TUTOR AND LAB INSTRUCTOR, Texas A&M University – Commerce

September 2007 – May 2013

  • Helped traditional and non-traditional students improve their writing styles and hone their research skills
  • Taught remedial writing courses to freshmen, as well as a weekly course for ESL students in Spring 2011

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR OF INTERLIBRARY LOAN, Texas A&M University – Commerce

June 2012 – January 2013

  • Processing all lending requests for hard materials and digital scans from outside libraries and universities.
  • Learning three systems for processing requests: Relais, FirstSearch/WorldCat, and ILLiad/Odyssey.
  • Organizing and supervising student workers.

Additional Work Experience Overview

  • Half Price Books (2013, 2014-2015)
  • Starbucks (2013-2014)

SERVICE

Founding Chair of the Advocates for Disability and Accessibility Committee, UTA Libraries

May 2020 – March 2022

  • In the role as Chair, advocates for the needs of disabled students, faculty, staff, and visitors to UTA Libraries
  • Provides ongoing trainings on topics related to applied accessibility, including captioning videos, understanding alt text, basic accommodations, etc.
  • Meets with stakeholders in the Libraries and across campus to address ongoing accessibility concerns
  • Represents the Libraries in presentations about accessibility and disability justice
  • In the last two years, has built relationships with other disability advocates/stakeholders on campus to collaborate on cross-campus efforts
  • In 2021, developed common language for use across the Libraries
  • In 2021, developed common accommodation language for UTA Libraries events
  • As of 2022, developed two sensory spaces in Central Library for student use
  • In 2022, assisted in the development of an accessible tech purchase list based on student need

Liaison to the DEI Advisory council, UTA Libraries

May 2021 – March 2022

  • Shares the work of the ADAC committee with DEI Advisory Council
  • Provides accessibility/disability perspectives to ongoing DEI initiatives

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees, UTA Libraries

July 2020 – September 2021

  • Served on four committees
    • Developing student employee trainings
    • Creating a DEI advisory council
    • Revising the guiding principles and strategic goals
    • Developing a staff learning community

Manuscript Reader, The Southwest Review

2018 – 2019

Poetry Editor, The Mayo Review

2009, 2010, 2014

Associate Poetry Editor, The Mayo Review

2008

Awards & Honors

  • LGBTQ+ Program Advocate (Division of Student Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington, 2022)
  • Staff Member of the Year (UTA Libraries, 2021)
  • Team of the Year, Marketing & Communications (UTA Libraries, 2020)
  • Thank You Award – Elite (The Exchange, 2017)
  • CEO Coin for contributions to Veterans project (The Exchange, 2017)
  • Considerate Award (Starbucks, 2014)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Award (Department of Literature and Languages, Texas A&M University – Commerce, 2008)

Presentations & Features

Out to Lunch: Queer & Disabled (LGBTQ+ Program at the University of Texas at Arlington, April 2022)

“Open to Disability: The Role of Open Access in a Disabled Higher Education Experience.” (OA Week 2021, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, October 2021)

“Empowering Pandemic Narratives: Transitioning from In-Person to Virtual Blog Training” (with Krystal Schenk; Cross Timbers Library Collective Conference, July 2021)

“‘Disabled’ Is Not a Four-Letter Word: A Reflection on the Meaning of Disability and Strategies for Accessibility in Higher Education” (Social Change Conference, University of Texas at Arlington, April 2021)

Pegasus Reading Series Featured Poet (Deep Vellum Books, May 2019)

The Common Language Project Featured Poet (The Writer’s Garrett, April 2019)

Disabled Employees Round Table (The Exchange, April 2019)

The Common Language Project Featured Poet (The Writer’s Garret, April 2018)

Prints & Pints Featured Poet (FW Blackhouse, March 2018)

“Banned Books Week Selection: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.” (Banned Books Week; Collin College, Frisco, TX; October 2015)

“Publishing in the Digital Age” (with Rachel Cantrell and Andrew Spencer; LeoCon 2014, Texas A&M University – Commerce; March 2014)

“Scottie in Wonderhell: Hitchcock’s Vertigo as Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland” (Texas A&M System Pathways Conference; Texas A&M University – Galveston, November 2012)

  • Award: Distinction in the Master’s Level Category (top 1% of oral presentations scored)

Reimagining Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990); Roundtable Participant, segment “Sunshine Through the Rain” (EGAD Conference; Texas A&M University – Commerce, April 2012)

 “Epidemic or Blown Out of Proportion?: The Television Representation of Teen Pregnancy in the United States, Canada, and Britain” (ChLA Conference; Hollins University, Roanoke, VA; June 2011)

“What Exactly Are You Trying to Teach Me?: The Educational Nature of Female-Oriented Video Games” (PCA Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2011)

“For Narnia! For Neverland! How Liminal Worlds Simulate a War/Soldier Experience in Children’s World War II Film Narratives” (ChLA Conference; Eastern Michigan University, June 2010)

“From Reality to Play to Film: The Life and Adaptation of Rope” (EGAD Conference; Texas A&M – Commerce, February 2010)

“Auteurs for Children: The Role of Disney and Studio Ghibli in Children’s Film” (Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Conference; Albuquerque, NM. February 2010)

“Rowling vs. Meyer: Taking a Bite or Two Out of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga” (Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Conference; Albuquerque, NM. February 2009)

“‘I love my murderer’: Sex and Violence in Wuthering Heights” (EGAD Conference; Texas A&M – Commerce, October 2007)