My pedagogy has always been grounded in writing center pedagogical traditions. I have worked closely with Academic Support services at each institution I've called home. I first grew into a love for writing center pedagogy as an undergraduate at Southeastern University, where I served as the Lead English tutor. Southeastern is a small residential university, so I was able to both create close working relationships with my clients and participate in the growth of the writing center. During my tenure, I developed educational materials, trained new tutors, and served as an administrative assistant to the Director. My work in writing centers continued while I pursued a Master's degree at the University of South Florida, where I worked as a tutor and as a composition instructor. My Academic Support training followed me into the classroom; I incorporate one-on-one conferences for all major paper drafts and work closely with writing centers to provide my students with resources for their success. While teaching composition at Eastern Kentucky University, I took advantage of the Writing Fellows program, which assigned a writing center tutor from EKU's innovative Noel Studio to attend my classes and offer personalized assistance to my students, in the classroom. Most recently, I served as the English Faculty Writing Center Liaison at Florida SouthWestern State College. In this capacity, I led bi-weekly professional development sessions with the Center's instructional staff. Together, we developed an adapted supplemental instruction program for the English Department's new developmental writing course, which was widely successful with faculty and students that participated. Writing center pedagogy remains at the center of my educational values as it centers on collaboration, resourcefulness, and promoting holistic student success.
Student Success and Retention
UK CARES Freshman Summer Program
University of Kentucky CARES (Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services) Freshman Summer Program is a residential academic enrichment program targeted to underrepresented minority student groups and designed to assist students with transitioning from high school to college and prepare them for the academic rigor of UK. I participated in this program, teaching freshman composition to a cohort of FSP students, and working with the program staff to offer supplemental workshops and tutoring. This program was one of the most rewarding instructional experiences of my career; I remained a personal mentor to several of my CARES students as they continued through their college careers and even into graduate school.
University of Kentucky's FastTrack is an academic program that allows incoming freshman to move in early and get a jump start in STEM course work. I participated in FastTrack as a writing instructor. I taught freshman composition in condensed three-week course format. I worked with program staff to support students as they got a head start on their freshman year. In addition to teaching courses, faculty ate meals with students in the dining hall and took every opportunity to offer mentorship and support.