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Assistant Professor of English and Humanities

Teaching Experience: (1990 to Present) developmental English (01 & 03) onsite; transfer composition courses (111, 112, & 210) onsite and online; and transfer Humanities courses including Introduction to Women's Studies (HUM 210); developed first-semester, first-year English composition course (111) for online delivery in 1996, second-semester, first-year English composition course (112) for online delivery in 1998; advanced composition (210) for online delivery in 2000, hybrid HUM 210 for online delivery in 2004, HUM 260, 20th Century Culture, for online delivery in 2009, and HUM 202, African American Literature, for online delivery in 2018, and Survey of Western Culture, for online delivery in 2019. 

Education: A.S in Education from Tidewater Community College; B.A. and M.A in English from Old Dominion University; Certificate in Distance Education with the University of Phoenix; Certified Quality Matters Peer & Master Reviewer (2012); TYCA-SE WebTender (2011 & 2012); Pathways Course: Rhetorical Context Tutorial

QM Certifications: 40-Standard Peer Review

Humanities 260: QM Certified since 2013

English 112: QM Recertified Spring 2016

Courses, Workshops, & Webinars

TCC Professional Development: Online Student Identity Verification and Clickers in the Classroom, August 14, 2017

TCC Professional Development: Creating Student Success and Engaging Learners, 0.2 CEU, November 15, 2016

QM Courses: (list from 2013 to Present)

Guided Pathways, EDUC 7062, Spring 2016

Blackboard Collaborate (Ultra), EDUC 7062-D02B, July 25, 2016

AP Reader Kansas City (June 2015) Certificate of Recognition, 5.2 Continuing Education Units

AP Reader Tampa (June 2017) Certificate of Recognition, 5.2 Continuing Education Units

Webinar, Blackboard Collaborate, August 2015

Scholarly and Creative Engagement

Presented: “Enhancing English Instruction with Freely Accessible, Openly Licensed Educational Resources (OER),” OER Peer Group Meeting, John Tyler Community College, Midlothian, Virginia, March 28, 2017
Presented: “Heutagogy: Twenty-First Century Self-determined Learners,Learning Institute, Portsmouth Campus, May 12, 2016

Presented: “Print or Digital Texts, or Being Texbook Free: What ‘Textbook Free’ Means to Faculty and Students,” Distance Education Peer Group, October 9-10, 2015

Presented: “Adopt Panopto Today!” New Horizons, Roanoke, Virginia, Spring 2014

AMTRACCS, Tutoring Services Open House, Saturday, March 29, 2014

Presented: “Teaching Smarter Online: Let’s Learn from Each Other,” Distance Education Peer Group Meeting, November 20, 2103

Presented: “Apps for Learning On the Go,” VCCS faculty identified these apps for the teaching and learning environment, Spring 2013

Presented: “iPad Mobile Apps Pilot to explore educational apps Technology Showcase, Portsmouth Campus, May 2013

iPad Mobile Apps Pilot to explore education apps, Presented at the Technology Showcase, Portsmouth Campus, May 9, 2013

Apps for Learning On the Go, VCC faculty identified these apps for the teaching and learning environment, Summer 2012, Presented at New Horizons 2013

Attended/Participated: Promote Student Discourse Argumentation Skills, Student Center, March 2017

Attended/Participated: English Peer Conference, March 30-31, 2017

Attended/Participated: New Horizons, Roanoke, April 12-14, 2017

Attended/Participated: Workshop, Promote Student Discourse/Argumentative Skills, March 17, 2017

Attended/Participated: Workshop: Desire to Learn Green Bldg. Review, March 24, 2017

Developed: Rhetorical Context Tutorial (PowerPoint) as an assignment for the Pathways Course, Spring 2016

Staffed: TEDMED: Assisted colleagues in staffing the venue to greet TCC students and community members. 2014-16

Attended/Participated: RCTE Professional Development TNCC, January 5, 2016

Attended/Participated: Learning Institute, Portsmouth Campus, May 10th & 11th 2017—2013-2017

Attended/Participated: Mini-English Peer Conference, 2014-2017

Attended/Participated: Quality Matters Conference, Phoenix, AZ, October 2014

Attended/Participated: Quality Matters Conference, Baltimore, October 2015

Attended/Participated: Development Education Peer Group, November 13-14, 2015

Attended/Participated: Differentiated Instruction,VCCS Tidewater Regional Center for Teaching Excellence, Professional Development Workshop, September 5th, 2014. 

Developed: Writing and Critical Thinking Tutorial (PowerPoint), 2014
Attended/Participated: Faculty Development Day: August 18, 2017 (2013-2017)

Attended/Participated: “Teaching Excellence” (Professional Development), Student Center, Virginia Beach Campus, October 2015

TYCA (Teaching English in a Two-Year Community College) Membership, 2013-2015

Read/reviewed: several professional journals during the last several years such as Inquiry: The Journal of the Community Colleges; TETYC: Teaching English in the Two-Year College; RTE: Research in the Teaching of English; CCC: College Composition and Communication; College English: NCTE; subscription

 Institutional Responsibility

Award: Faculty Reward and Recognition for College and Community Service, May 2017

Student Advising: Contacted eight students, not my own, four times during the semester to inquire about their progress and to remind them of certain administrative dates. Fall 2016

Selection Committee for OER Librarian: Volunteered for this committee to screen applicants for the position, November 2016

GEA: Submitted work products from my English 112 and Humanities 260 courses for evaluation, 2015-2016

Developed: OER Option/Supplement to the Textbook, Spring 2016
Participated: VCCS LMS Pilot: Reviewed/Commented on Blackboard Ultra, Schoology, Canvas, and BrightSpace for possible adoption, November 2016-February 2017

Developed: Blackboard Template for Online Classes and Customized for College Use, Online Quality Assurance Taskforce, January 2013

Salem High School Dual-Enrollment Orientation, Accompanied eight students to an English class, April 2014

Chancellor’s OER Adoption GRANT, English 112: Proposal Submission: March 8th, 2013

QM Peer and Master Reviewer and Tops Elite Mentor, 2013-2014

Writing Center Advisory Board, 2014-present

Writing Center Tutor, 2013-2015

Campus/College Orientations and Convocations, 2013-2017

Service to the College and Community

Member of the following Governance Committees for 2015-2017

Online Learning Committee: Best Practices Subcommittee Chair

International Cultural and Global Learning Committee (GILC): Study Abroad Subcommittee Chair

Award: Faculty Reward and Recognition for Leadership and Commitment to the College, May 2017

Attended Event: Hispanic Heritage Month: Keynote Address: Olga Torres, October 3, 2017

Attended Event: Defend DACA Rally, Town Center, Virginia Beach, September 2017

Attended Event: LitFest, Tom Robotham, Norfolk Campus, April 3, 2017 & Mayda del Valle, Portsmouth Campus, April 6, 2017

Attended Event: Open Dialogue DeMarte, April 4, 2017

Attended Event: Paul English’s House: GILC Retreat, March 2017

Black History Committee member for Program Organization/Planning: “The Root of It”, February 2017

Attended Event: Women’s March in D.C., Washington, January 21, 2017

Pathways Session, ATC, H265, January 2017

Meeting: OER Option to Textbook, January 2017

QM Reception Event, January 2017

Attended Events: “Freedom Writer’s” Film and “The Talk”, Professor Mewborn’s classes, Spring 2016

Facilitated: Free Roper Theater tickets for my students to attend the live performance of “Oliver Twist”, Fall 2016

AMTRACCS: Tutored and assisted residents in the Seatack Community with Writing and Computer Skills, Summer 2015: AMTRACCS “Always Making Tutoring, Reading, and Computer Classes Simple”
AMTRACCS: Tutored Mosena Miran in language and computer skills for her to attain employment—she is now a city employee at Landstown High School. 2015-2017

Attended Event: 22nd Annual Vigil and Advocacy Day to remember the victims of gun violence, Richmond, Virginia, January 19, 2015

Attended Event: Mental Health Training: Campus Suicide Prevention, Norfolk, December 2015

Holiday Concerts for Students and the Community, Assisted with programming, December 2014 & 2015

TEDMED: Assisted colleagues in staffing the venue to greet TCC students and community members. 2015-16

Mentoring Colleagues: enrolled colleagues in my English 111, English 112, and Humanities 260 Blackboard course sites to them to review QM design and/or assignments. 2013-2017

Fall 2012: Quality Matters 4th Annual Conference, A Noble and Grand Design, October 3-6, 2012, Tuscon, Arizona: Presenter

Spring 2012

New Horizons Conference, April 2012: Presenter: Challenged-based Learning

TYCA-SE Conference, March 2012: Presenter: Online Teaching Issues

Spring & Fall 2010-2011

EVOLVE Taskforce (2010): to define three or four visions/goals for the future of online education at TCC

Academic Support Services Advisory Committee (2010-2012)

Online Quality Assurance Taskforce: 2011-2013 initiative to implement Quality Matters at TCC

"Working Hard to Work Smarter: Survival Tips for Online Teachers," New Horizons Conference, April 7-9, 2010

"Sustainability Online: Selecting Instructional Media and Developing Assignments for Student Success," Distance Education Peer Group, October 15, 2010

Study-Abroad Trip to France: May 12-20, 2010 (trip was cancelled)

Spring 2009

ITTL Grant, 2008-2009, English 111 Blackboard Module, New Horizons Conference (PowerPoint)

Fall 2008

A WebQuest for English Composition: Changing the World: One Person at a Time

A WebQuest Project for the Teaching with the Internet Course, December 2008

Spring 2008

New Horizons, April 2008, Greening the Community College, The Gaia Model

Spring 2007

New Horizons, March 2007, Blackboard 7.1 Trainer

Spring 2006

Connections, The Women's Center, Spring 2006 Issue

Women's Studies: A Life-Changing Course (pdf file)

Spring 2005

Women's History Month Literary Contest, Beach Campus Coordinator

New Horizons Conference 2005 Presentations

Using a Drupal to Build a Multi-Campus Writing Community

Keys to the Holy Grail? Why Me? Why Now?

English Peer Conference: "Using Small Group Work to Develop a Learning Community"

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