I always wanted my own classroom. Early on, my father accommodated. When I was a young girl, he fashioned a classroom in a corner of the brick-walled basement of our house in Royal Oak, Michigan.   ​

My father was an expert scavenger and managed to get his hands on both a church pew, which he propped against a wall and a number of used school-house desks. The coup de grace, though, was a massive sheet of slate, which my father recycled into a hanging blackboard at the front of my makeshift classroom. There I shared a space nearby my mother's mangle, washer & dryer, and the fearsome incinerator.  

While teaching those dolls and stuffed animals, I never dreamed I would teach at the college level, but in 2001, I began teaching Composition, Business Writing, Introduction to Literature, and Images of Women in Literature. Then, in 2002, I received a Service-Learning Faculty Incentive Award, and that set the course of my university career. 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2004-2015:                 

Instructor, Louisiana State University Independent and Distance Learning

  • Taught Advanced Composition and Business Writing to students from across the country, from nurses seeking to advance their careers to incarcerated prisoners to traditional students 

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2001-2006:                 

Instructor, Louisiana State University English Department

  • Taught Composition, Rhetoric, Business Writing, and Images of Women in Literature.

  • Developed intercultural service-learning curriculum, Transcending Stereotypes in a Post September 11 World. 

  • Nominated for the 2004 LSU Outstanding Service-Learning Award.

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