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Ph.D. student, rhetorics, communication and information design, Clemson University, 2016 – present

  • Emphasis: Classic communications theory and new/emerging media

  • Other focus areas: Statistics, gender issues, nonverbal communication

  • Fifteen hours completed; eighteen as of May 2018 


M.A., journalism, University of Memphis, 2015

  • Emphasis: Applying classic mass communications theory to social media​

  • Completed 36 hours, with 21 in mass communications


M.A.T., English education, Southern Arkansas University, 2013

  • Graduated with 4.0 G.P.A.


B.A., mass communications, Southern Arkansas University, 2010

  • Graduated magna cum laude

  • Minor: history

Curriculum Vitae

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Skills profile
  • Well-versed in SPSS, with broad knowledge of t-test, Chi-square, ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANCOVA, etc.

  • Very experienced in teaching writing and grammar skills, oratory, AP Style and graphic design.

  • Skilled at illustrating the research process for both academic and journalistic purposes.

  • Dedicated scholarly researcher with emphasis in mass communications theory and statistical analysis of effects.

  • Highly capable Web designer, with experience using Weebly, Wix and Wordpress.

  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Master Collection and Apple products.

Courses Taught
Academic experience

Communications/Yoga Instructor, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, Hope, Ark., 2016 – present

  • Teach four-five college-level communications courses per semester.

  • Teach one-two yoga/physical education courses per semester.

  • Build curricula in Blackboard for use in traditional, hybrid, CIV and online courses.

  • Work closely with faculty, dean, tutoring staff, student support staff and other university personnel to promote student success.

  • Serve on department and university committees.

    • Course objective committee, faculty senate, 2017

    • Comp sequence trend analysis committee, Arts & Humanities Division, lead statistician


Yoga Instructor, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, Ark., 2012 – 2013; 2014 - present

  • Teach hour-long yoga classes three days per week. 

  • Research and develop several yoga sequences/workouts throughout the semester.

  • Maintain order in class and make sure students stay quiet, focused. 

  • Demonstrate proper technique/form and correct students when necessary.

  • Lead students in meditation exercises.


Journalism Teacher, El Dorado High School,

El Dorado, Ark., 2014 – 2016

  • Taught five classes per day, including Journalism I, II, III and IV.

  • Adviser to online student newspaper, the EHS Hi-Gusher and adviser to the EHS Wildcat Yearbook.

  • Responsible for all bookkeeping and accounting for both newspaper and yearbook.

  • Coordinated fundraisers and all advertising to support student publications.

  • Provided instruction in writing journalistically sound articles, copyediting, Photoshop, DSLR photography, videography, public relations/advertising, journalism ethics and history, etc.

  • Mapped curriculum for all four journalism classes on a 9-weeks, semester and yearly basis.


English Language Arts Teacher, Malone High School, Malone, Fla., 2013 – 2014

  • Taught six classes per day including: 12th grade English, 10th grade English, 10th grade intensive reading, 12th grade reading/writing for college success and 8th grade writing/research.

  • Was responsible for preparing 8th and 10th graders for state standardized tests (FCAT Writing and FCAT Reading).

  • Created assignments, tests, lesson plans, grading rubrics.

  • Taught reading comprehension skills, World and British Literature, grammar, writing and the research process.


10th Grade English Teacher, Hope High School,

Hope, Ark., 2012 – 2013

  • Taught six classes of English/PreAP English per day.

  • Responsible for mapping curriculum for nine weeks, semester, year.

  • Created assignments, tests, lesson plans, grading rubrics.

  • Taught writing, grammar, reading comprehension and computer literacy skills.


Graduate Assistant, Magale Library, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, Ark., 2012                        

  • Taught patrons how to use computers, computer programs such as Word, PowerPoint.

  • Helped library patrons find books and articles.

  • Showed students how to properly cite information for research papers and assignments.


Supplemental Instructor, English Department, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, Ark.,

2008  2009, 2010

  • Held tutoring sessions for students in freshman and sophomore English classes.

  • Helped with homework, proofread papers and made study guides for tests.

  • Acted as mentor to students and teacher’s assistant.

  • Made sure students understood all material, including most difficult concepts.

Other experience

Reporter, Business/Society Editor, The Camden News, Camden, Ark., 2011         

  • Wrote crime and business articles.

  • Shot and edited photos.

  • Designed 3-4 pages of newspaper daily, including national, international, business and lifestyles pages.

  • Frequently responsible for copyediting other’s pages and copy.

  • Scheduled appointments and went out on interviews.

  • Wrote and edited feature articles for the tri-county edition, The Sunday News.


Community News Editor/ Special Sections Editor/Reporter, Banner-News, Magnolia, Ark., 2011

  • Covered crime beat.

  • Wrote and edited feature articles for the Banner-News and our tri-county Sunday edition, The Sunday News.

  • Was responsible for compiling all information for sections, designing and laying out pages.

  • Was in charge of constantly updating Banner-News Twitter account, as well as updating all daily news on the Banner-News website. When the editor was out, I was responsible for running the Banner-News Blog via Wordpress.

  • Laid out 3-4 pages of the newspaper daily, including all community, state, regional and national news, and the entertainment page. If the editor was out, I designed and edited all 8-12 pages.


PR Intern to University Editor and Director of Communications, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, Ark., 2009 – 2010    

  • Acted as University Editor for four months while SAU was searching for a replacement.

  • Covered events, wrote press releases and took photos.

  • Sent press releases and media kits to local and state media affiliates; did follow-ups and collected all clips.

  • Did research for larger stories and input information into database.

  • Assisted with creative writing for SAU website.

  • Writing and shooting promotional ads for the University.


Staff Writer, The Bray, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, Ark., 2008 –   2009  

  • Covered events for the College of Business/Agribusiness at Southern Arkansas University.

  • Aided in laying out newspaper.

  • Responsible for headline writing and copyediting.

  • "Cultivation Theory and the Evolution of Justice in the Facebook Era," Poster, Third International Conference on Communication and Media Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Calif., 2018.

  • "Konsult: An Invention-Based Learning Model Sparked by Digital Creativity," Roundtable, Computers and Writing, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., 2018.

  • “Sparking Creativity: Digital Literacies for your Intervention-Based Composition Course,” Panelist, Computers and Writing, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., 2018.

  • "Applying Cultivation Theory to Pinterest," Western Social Sciences Association Annual Conference, Portland, Ore., 2015.

  • UAHT Supports the Troops chair, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

  • University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Fine Arts Club adviser,
    2016 – present

  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital “Chillin for Children’s” event volunteer, working in cooperation with Circle of Friends, Magnolia, Ark., 2016

  • “No One Fights Alone” Colon Cancer Awareness Day participant,
    El Dorado High School, 2016

  • Stride Against Domestic Violence volunteer, working in cooperation with Compassion’s Foundation, Magnolia, Ark., 2015 – present

  • University of Memphis Alumni Association Member, 2015 – present

  • Volunteer co-chair, El Dorado High School Student Literary Journal, 2015 – present

  • EHS Thanks the Troops coordinator, working in conjunction with Powtoon Animated Videos “Make a Soldier Smile” Memorial Day Campaign, 2015

  • Volunteer discussant, “How to Increase Cooperation Among EHS Shareholders,” El Dorado High School, 2015

  • Mentor/literacy facilitator, El Dorado High School 10th Grade English Teachers, 2014 – 2015

  • EHS Supports the Troops coordinator, working in conjunction with SAU Criminal Justice Department’s “Christmas Gifts for Troops Drive,” Fall 2014, Fall 2015

  • Volunteer student success mentor/tutor, Hope High School CARE Committee, 2012 – 2013

  • Public Relations Student Society of America, 2011– 2015

  • Chair of Supplemental Instruction committee working to set up scholarship endowment for a beloved professor who passed away, Southern Arkansas University, Fall 2010

  • Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Feb. 2010-present

  • French Club Historian, Southern Arkansas University, Jan. 2009-Dec. 2010

  • Youth Advisory Council alumni speaker at statewide YAC conference, Hot Springs, Ark., Spring 2009

  • Volunteer host, The SAU Report, Southern Arkansas University, 2008

  • National Honor Society, Fall 2006 – Spring 2007

  • Youth Advisory Council, Fall 2006 – Spring 2007

  • Hurricane Katrina Diaper Drive student coordinator, working in conjunction with Magnolia, Ark. relief group, 2005

Significant Professional Development
  • College/University Level:

    • Introduction to Public Speaking, online hybrid and traditional

    • Yoga I

    • Yoga II

  • High School Level:

    • Introduction to Journalism/Mass Communications

    • Newspaper I

    • Newspaper II

    • Yearbook I

    • Yearbook II

    • English II, World Literature Emphasis

    • English IV, British Literature Emphasis

    • Intensive Reading

    • Reading/Writing for College Success, ACT Emphasis

    • Creative Writing

    • Writing for Research



  • AP Seminar Reading, Rubric Training, and Calibration, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2017

  • Revamping the Developmental English Classroom, Dr. Joe Burzynski, Texas A&M-Texarkana, 2017

  • Blackboard Instructor App 101, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 2017

  • How to Engage and Inspire Today’s Generation of Students, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 2017

  • College Customer Service: Embracing the Student as Customer Trend, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 2017

  • Using Compressed Interactive Video Do’s and Don’ts, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 2016

  • Blackboard for College Educators, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 2016

  • Teaching Generation NeXt, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 2016

  • Exploring MindSet: A Book by Carol Dweck – Teaching a Growth Mindset, El Dorado High School, 2016

  • Team Work Makes the Dream Work: Working Together for Success, El Dorado High School, 2016

  • Providing Enrichment for Gifted Students, El Dorado High School, 2016

  • Creating Positive Two-Way Communication, El Dorado High School, 2016

  • Administering State Tests, the Protocol of Proctoring, El Dorado School District, 2016

  • Performing Slam Poetry,
    El Dorado School District, 2016

  • Academic Advising Do’s and Don’ts, El Dorado School District, in preparation for CATS Conferences, 2016

  • Steps to ACT/ACT Aspire Success, The Learning Institute, Hot Springs, Ark., Fall 2015

  • Copyright Law for Educators, What are the Constraints of Fair Use?, Arkansas Department of Education, 2015

  • It’s All Greek to Me: Greek Mythology Workshop,
    El Dorado School District, 2015

  • Teaching Children of Poverty, El Dorado School District, 2015

  • Inspiring Students to be Lifelong Learners,
    El Dorado School District, 2015

  • Congressional Medal of Honor Character Development Program Participant, Jostens Yearbook Company, Shreveport, La., 2015

  • Google Docs for Classroom Use, El Dorado High School, 2015

  • Jostens New Yearbook Adviser Workshop, Jostens Yearbook Company, Camden, Ark., Fall 2014, Fall 2015

  • Using Twitter in the Classroom, El Dorado High School, 2014

  • There’s an App for That Workshop, Using Apps in the Classroom, El Dorado High School, 2014

  • Creating Rubrics for Classroom Use, El Dorado High School, 2014

  • Intensive Literacy Strategies for Struggling Readers, Jackson County School District, 9-month workshop series, 2013-2014

  • Fostering Academic Writing, Jackson County School District, 2014

  • Teaching Shakespeare in the Common Core Classroom, Jackson County School District, 2013

  • Archetypes and the Hero Journey, Jackson County School District, 2013

  • Using Achieve 3000 to Strengthen Struggling Readers, Hope School District, 2013

  • Adapting to the New Tech Classroom, Hope High School, 2012

  • Tailoring Rigor to Meet Common Core Standards, a study of Icarus and Daedalus, Hope High School, 2012

Awards received 
  • Faculty Spotlight Award, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 2017

  • TOP teacher grant recipient, Arkansas Department of Higher Education, May 2013, June 2015

  • Photography selected for inclusion in local publication (calendar), El Dorado, Ark., 2015

  • University of Memphis Graduate School Nominee for Tennessee Graduate Education Week’s Most Outstanding Graduate Student

  • Best in district FCAT Reading Test scores, Jackson County (Fla.) School District, June 2014

  • Association of the United States Army Scholarship Recipient, Spring 2014

  • “Best Senior Teacher Award” recipient, Malone Senior Class of 2014, Spring 2014

  • Principal’s Award, Hope High School, Spring 2013

  • South Arkansas Women’s Network Most Outstanding Young Woman “Horizon” Award Winner, Spring 2011

  • Young community leader nominee, Leadership Magnolia, Magnolia, Ark., 2011

  • SAU Dean’s List, Fall 2010, Spring 2009, Fall 2007-Spring 2008

  • SAU President’s List, Fall 2009-Spring 2010

  • SAU Broadcast Journalism Student of the Year, 2008

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