Academic Coach – Freelance Consulting (May 2013–Present)

  • Consult on client curriculum vitae and résumé presentation
  • Craft methods of storytelling for cover letters and higher ed application statements
  • Provide individualized feedback on strategies to increase competitiveness and professionalization

Interim Development Communications Coordinator – Harvard Law School Alumni Center (August–November 2013)

  • Coordinated variety of projects: broadcast email, online alumni directory and career network tool, and other related web-based applications
  • Used HLS CMS to create and update Alumni and Development webpages
  • Edited content for related HLS Development and Alumni Relations pages
  • Designed, edited, and prepared graphics, banners, buttons, and photos for use on Alumni website, broadcast emails, and Visix screens
  • Troubleshot HTML technical issues and inconsistencies
  • Researched and gathered news items for communications campaigns, speech-writing, and Twitter feed
  • Coordinated with Alumni Relations and Annual Fund to design print projects on as needed basis

Editing, Writing, Design Assistant to Director of Communications – Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, UMass Boston (April 2012–May 2013)

  • Guest Editor: Special Issue of RISC Quarterly (AY 2012-2013) on student-faculty research
  • Copyedited and wrote profiles on both faculty and student research that appeared in print and online
  • Coordinated, designed recruitment posters and brochures for departmental graduate programs
  • Collaborated with UMass Boston faculty and Communications staff to produce design projects

Instructor for ENGL262G: The Art of Literature – Department of English, UMass Boston (September 2012–May 2013)

  • Fostered discussion, led exploration of literary texts with approximately 20-25 students
  • Developed daily lesson plans and writing assignments for writing-intensive seminar
  • Developed course website (WikiSpaces), designed and instructed technology-based, interactive assignments
  • Advised students on career goals and graduate studies
  • Commented extensively on papers to prepare students for the university’s required Writing Proficiency Exam

Teaching Assistant for ENGL 406: American Realism with Professor Betsy Klimasmith – Department of English, UMass Boston (January 2012–May 2012)

  • Shadowed Professor Klimasmith for a full semester of senior-level English class
  • Designed handouts and lesson plans and taught unit on Theodore Dreiser’s novel, Sister Carrie
  • Commented on student papers and responded to student queries when professor was not immediately available

Teaching Assistant for ENGL 293: Human Rights in Literature with Professor Rajini Srikanth – Department of English, UMass (September 2011–December 2011)

  • Led weekly discussions for section of 20 students
  • Designed accessible approaches to complicated literary texts in informal seminar
  • Prepared students for quizzes, assignments, and tests

Copyeditor, Page One Graphic Designer – Sun Herald daily newspaper, Biloxi, Miss. (June 2010–August 2011)

  • Primarily responsible for designing front-page layout and writing newsworthy headlines for Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper
  • Coordinated layout with Night Editor and copyedited local news, arts, and business sections
  • Pulled, edited stories from The Associated Press wire to include in Local, World sections
  • Implemented new tactics for creating, saving, editing graphics for both print and web use

Tutor in Literature and Political Science – Office of Student-Athlete Academic Support, University of Mississippi (August 2009–May 2010)

  • Tutored student-athletes weekly in related subjects
  • Developed quizzes and activities to make subjects more accessible and relatable
  • Consulted with students weekly in writing lab and led group of 20-25 students in exam study sessions

Multimedia/Web Intern – Office of Media and Public Relations (now called Brand Services), University of Mississippi (May 2008–May2009)

  • Designed web banners for 2008 Presidential Debate at University of Mississippi
  • Posted content to web using CMS, copyedited calendar items
  • Occasionally wrote stories for Ole Miss newsdesk

Copy Chief, Copyeditor, Senior Staff Reporter – The Daily Mississippian student newspaper, University of Mississippi (September 2006–December 2008)

  • Heavily involved in student media and wrote up to 5 news stories a week
  • Trained emerging copy editors, managed scheduling for copy desk, expanded house style guide
  • Wrote weekly editorial and entertainment columns

Contracted/Freelance editorial contributor for publications and nonprofits, including (January 2007–August 2011):

  • Weekly Reviewer, Columnist: Oxford Town entertainment guide (Oxford, Miss. 2009–10)
  • Feature contributor: At Home Tennessee (May 2010)
  • Writer/Designer for non-profits: Ballet Theatre South and Oxford Ballet School (2009–11)
  • Editorial intern: WHAT? Media’s travel magazines (Sydney, NSW, June–July 2007)


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Highly skilled, fastidious copyeditor/proofreader and copywriter
  • Very organized and comfortable working under tight, time-restricted deadlines
  • Technically minded: Familiar with Windows and Mac platforms, highly proficient in Adobe Creative Suite desktop publishing software (InDesign, InCopy, Photoshop, Illustrator) and Microsoft Office
  • Trained in multiple Content Management Systems (WordPress, SAXoPress, Joomla)

Funding and Awards

  • Doctoral Fellowship, Department of English, Rice University. Fall 2014–Present.
  • Graduate Fellowship, Rice Seminar: Forgery and the Ancient: Art, Agency, and Authorship, Rice University. Fall 2017–Spring 2019.
  • Diana Hobby Editorial Fellowship, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1800, Rice University. May 2015–Present.
  • Teaching Assistantship – First-Year Writing Intesive Seminar, Center for Written, Oral and Visual Communications, Rice University. Fall 2017.
  • First Prize – Fondren Library Research Award, Friends of Fondren Library, Rice University. January 2017.
  • Floyd L. Moreland Scholarship, Friends of the Latin/Greek Institute, City University of New York. June–August 2016.
  • Competitive Summer Research Funding; Dean of Humanities, Humanities Research Center, and Department of English, Rice University. Summer 2016.
  • Communications Assistantship, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, University of Massachusetts Boston. Fall 2012–Spring 2013.
  • Teaching Assistantships, Department of English, University of Massachusetts Boston. Fall 2011–Spring 2013.
  • Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest design award: 2nd (2011) and 3rd (2010) places.
  • Design work featured in NASAD student exhibition: Gallery 130 and Meek Hall. Oxford, Miss. (April 2009).
  • Best Arts & Life writer, Southeastern Journalism Conference. Oxford, Miss. (April 2008).
  • Department of Journalism Scholarship, University of Mississippi (Fall 2006–Spring 2009).
  • Study Abroad Scholarship, University of Mississippi (Summer 2007).
  • Knight Ridder Young Journalist Scholarship (Fall 2006–Spring 2007).
  • Community-funded Scholarship (Fall 2006–Spring 2007).

Special Academic Projects

  • Summer Latin Institute. City University of New York Latin/Greek Institute. Brooklyn College, The Graduate Center, June–August 2016.
  • “Robinson Crusoe and the World of Real Voyages of Exploration.” The Imaginative Worlds of Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, and the Early Novel. Central Library, Copley Square (Rare Books Room), February 25–August 30, 2013.
  • Researched William P. Trent Collection of Defoeana at Boston Public Library’s Rare Book and Manuscript Department. Independent research in spring 2012 semester culminated in original bookcase display (above).
  • Researched with special privileges Book of Hours for Paris Use (MS M. 179) in Sherman Fairchild Reading Room at Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, NY.
  • Researched Rice University Archives at Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center. Independent research in fall 2015 semester culminated in original research plan.
  • Curated case, “Robinson Crusoe and the World of Real Voyages of Exploration” in Boston Public Library’s rare books exhibit, Imaginative Worlds of Daniel Defoe. Copley Square location (March–May 2013).
  • MA Advisory Board, University of Massachusetts Boston (Spring 2012–Fall 2012).
  • Reader, Breakwater Review literary magazine, University of Massachusetts Boston (Fall 2011–Spring 2012).