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Rhetoric & Writing Studies Committee, Western Michigan University, 2011–Present

Appointed Member:

•    Charged with steering the Rhetoric and Writing Studies program

•    Authored Distributed Computing Funds Proposal to establish a Digital Writing Production Lab

•    Developed Rhetoric and Writing Studies program website

•    Created Rhetoric and Writing Studies recruitment materials

•    Coordinated nomination and distribution of student awards

•    Worked with Student Employment and Career Services to better track program graduates

      and to develop internship opportunities

Student Success Guide Committee, Western Michigan University, 2014


•    Charged with piloting a student success guide, which emerged from my “Transfer in Written

     Communication” course, for first-year Western Michigan University students

•    Lead a 12-member committee composed of individuals from academic affairs and student affairs

     through summer 2014 meetings

•    Reviewed existing student success resources, both internal and external to Western Michigan


•    Supervised an undergraduate student intern in the researching, writing, revising, and editing

     of a 5500-word student success guide

•    Proposed campus-wide communication initiatives to an administrative panel of Vice Presidents

     and Vice Provosts

Undergraduate Committee, Western Michigan University, 2014

Appointed Member:

•    Charged with overseeing any and all aspects of the English undergraduate programs

Strategic Planning & Assessment Committee, Western Michigan University, 2011–14

Appointed Member:

•    Charged with articulating department strategy and aligning the department with the

      strategic plans of the college as well as the universityß

•    Prepared department for provost-level program review

•    Spearheaded department assessment activities

•    Developed departmental student portfolio component

•    Worked to revise undergraduate curriculum

•    Executed external department review

•    Participated in biweekly meetings

Public Outreach Committee, Western Michigan University, 2013–14

Appointed Member:

•    Charged with developing programs that enhance the community profile of the department,

      connecting the department to community initiatives, and bring literature, literacy, and creative

      arts to the community through our faculty and students

Policy Committee, Western Michigan University, 2012–13

Elected Member:

•    Elected to complete a one-year vacancy on the chief representative body of the faculty of the

      Department of English

•    Evaluated numerous curricular proposals

•    Revised assessment tool for the biannual assessment of the department chairperson

Strategic Partnerships Committee, Western Michigan University, 2012–13

Appointed Member:

•    Charged with exploring potential partnerships between campus and community groups to the

      benefit of the department, university, and community

Rhetoric & Writing Studies Search Committee, Western Michigan University, 2012

Appointed Member:

•    Charged with hiring a specialist in Rhetoric and Writing Studies

•    Vetted application packages

•    Conducted initial interviews and reference checks

•    Coordinated on-campus interviews by arranging itineraries for the position’s finalists

•    Co-authored final search report

Ph.D. Committee, Virginia Tech, 2009–10

Elected Student Representative

Undergraduate Conference Preparation Workshop, Virginia Tech, 2009

Invited Speaker:

•    Presented paper and advised students on effective conference presentations

GLC Speaker Series, Virginia Tech, 2008–9


•    Selected and publicized twelve speakers (graduate students and faculty) in conjunction

      with the Graduate School

Graduate Scholar Society, Virginia Tech, 2007–8


•    Coordinated group organization, opening ceremony, and closing ceremony.

      Position later funded through the Graduate School.

•    Met with Virginia Tech’s Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the

      Graduate School, Karen P. DePauw, to discuss the expectations of an educated society

Critical Literacies Task Force, Marquette University, 2006–7


•    Created News Literacy pilot unit for Director Virginia Chappell

•    Reviewed Marquette’s First-Year English reader, Critical Literacies

•    Suggested unit readings to Editor and Director Krista Ratcliffe

Association of English Graduate Students, Marquette University, 2005–7

Elected Member:

•    Preparing Future Faculty Liaison, 2006–7


•    Silent Auction Subcommittee, 2006 ($2,590 raised)

Elected Treasurer

•    2005–6

Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing, 2014

Manuscript Reviewer

Rhetoric Society of America 16th Biennial Conference, 2013

Conference Proposal Reviewer

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education, 2012

Manuscript Reviewer

Rhetoric Society of America 15th Biennial Conference, 2011

Conference Proposal Reviewer

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