CV

Brittany Biesiada

bbiesiad@purdue.edu

EDUCATION

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Ph.D. in English Literature, Expected 2018

Specialization: 19th and 20th Century American

Areas: Children’s Literature, Women Writers

 

Columbia University, New York, NY

Master of Arts in English and Comparative Literature, May 2013

 

Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Bachelor of Arts in English Honors, May 2011                                                                                                   

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance, May 2011                                                                          Summa cum laude.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University
Introductory Composition: Global Business Learning Community: English 106, Fall 2016

  • Teach one section of ENGL 106: Introductory Composition at Purdue developed around the Documenting Realities syllabus approach per academic semester to 15 first-year students
  • Design syllabus, assignments, and daily lesson plans of course targeted to Global Business students
  • Create units centered around professional writing, analyzing literature and visual media, design and technology, and research, with assignments focused on resumes, emails, narratives, game design, rules manuals, business letters, and proposals
  • Assess student writing through written and oral feedback on drafts and final products
  • Foster discussion and collaboration among students in a class-setting as well as weekly computer lab and small-group conferences
  • Manage budget restrictions and organized social and academic activities on and off-campus with students and Krannert School of Management student advisor

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University
Technical Writing: English 421, Spring 2016

  • Taught one section of ENGL 421: Technical Writing to 20-22 sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Designed syllabus, assignments, and daily lesson plans in areas such as job documents, technical descriptions, instructions, usability studies, memos, white papers, presentations, and pitches
  • Guided students through Adobe Indesign document design tutorials to enable them to use the software
  • Lectured, led discussion, and assigned classroom activities, such as group work and peer review, to foster a well-balanced learning environment
  • Critiqued student’s writing content and document design on a variety of professional documents

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University
Business Writing: English 420, Fall, Spring, Summer 2015 and Fall 2016

  • Teach one section of ENGL 421: Business Writing to 20-22 sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Design syllabus, assignments, and daily lesson plans in areas such as job documents, memos, white papers, presentations, pitches, recommendation reports, and media kits
  • Created and piloted a new assignment for the Professional Writing program, which has student groups developing media kits
  • Lead Adobe Indesign tutorials and workshop days on document design principals
  • Organize and produce course materials, such as powerpoints, handouts, and activities, to increase student understanding of course concepts
  • Evaluate student drafts and provide feedback for improvement

 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University
Introductory Composition Integrated with Technology: English 106E, Fall 2015

  • Taught ENGL 106E: Introductory Composition at Purdue to 20 first-year Purdue Polytechnic Students in a pilot program, which integrated Introductory Composition and Technology 120 (Design Thinking in Technology) courses
  • Created assignments in areas such as personal narrative, research, game design, business letters, and video production
  • Designed a board game assignment which was also adapted to other ENGL106E classrooms

 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University
Introductory Composition at Purdue: English 106, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

  • Taught one section of ENGL 106: Introductory Composition at Purdue developed around the Writing About Writing syllabus approach per academic semester to 20 first-year students
  • Designed syllabus, assignments, and daily lesson plans to integrate rhetorical concepts; critical thinking, reading, and writing; and the writing process into students’ composition practices
  • Integrated technology and contemporary multimedia, such as video, website design, and social networking, into classroom discussion to promote digital composition
  • Assessed student writing through written and oral feedback on drafts and final products
  • Promoted discussion in a class-setting as well as weekly computer lab and small-group conferences

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University
Introductory Composition: Biology Learning Community: English 106, Fall 2014

  • Taught ENGL 106: Introductory Composition at Purdue in the Writing About Writing syllabus approach adapted to 20 first-year Biology students in a Learning Community
  • Managed budget restrictions and coordinated social and academic activities on and off-campus
  • Advanced collaboration and professionalization among a specific community of students

Substitute Teacher, K through 12, South Amboy Board of Education, South Amboy, NJ Sept. 2009-2016

  • Follow lesson plans and disciplinary instructions to supervise students
  • Adapt pedagogical style to multiple disciplines, including Elementary classrooms, Environmental Science, Music Education, and Physical Education

TUTORING AND MENTORING EXPERIENCE

Vanguard Mentor, Purdue University Athletics, March 2016-May 2016

  • Mentored student athletes to aid with completion of homework through making suggestions, teaching study skills, and prioritizing work-load
  • Helped students with studying for exams, practicing presentations, and preparing papers

Graduate Writing Tutor, Purdue University Writing Lab, Aug. 2014-June 2015

  • Tutored undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of documents ranging from first-year writing courses, rhetorical analyses, presentations, conference papers in science and Engineering, graduate seminar papers, and professionalization documents such as resumes and cover letters
  • Corresponded professionally with a public audience on questions related to grammar and citation questions via the Writing Lab’s email service, Owlmail
  • Led Conversation Group for non-native speakers of English through organizing informal activities, introducing idioms and cultural topics, and maintaining a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere

NATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Children’s Literature Association. “Envisioning the ‘Regional’ Space for Children: Sarah Orne Jewett’s Betty Leicester: A Story for Girls.” June 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

American Literature Association.  “‘Hidden Behind A Bush’: Authorial Intrusion in A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys.”  Nathaniel Hawthorne Society: Hawthorne and (Auto)Biography Panel. May 2015 in Boston, MA.

The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. 
“Gothic Haunts in California: The Gothic Qualities in Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem.”  February 2015 at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KT.

REGIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Early Atlantic Reading Group Colloquium. “Envisioning the ‘Regional’ Space for Children: Sarah Orne Jewett’s Betty Leicester: A Story for Girls.” April 2016 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.
Early Atlantic Reading Group Colloquium. “‘Hidden Behind A Bush’: Authorial Intrusion in A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys.”  April 2015 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Midwest Modern Language Association. “Discrimination That’s Not So Divergent: Race in the Divergent Young Adult Trilogy.” November 2014 in Detroit, MI.

Early Atlantic Reading Group Colloquium. “Writing Gothic: The Blending of Genre in Mary Shelley’s Matilda.” April 2014 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

PEDAGOGICAL AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Purdue University Professional Writing Showcase. Poster Session. April 2016 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Purdue University Writing Lab. Brown Bag Series. “Classroom Activities and Engagement.” September 2015 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Purdue University Writing Lab Workshop for the Clerical and Administrative Assistant Mentoring Program (CAAMP). “Fundamentals of Business Writing I: Appropriate Content and Style for All Documents.” With Jeff Gerding. April 2015 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Purdue University Writing Lab Workshop for the Clerical and Administrative Assistant Mentoring Program (CAAMP). “Fundamentals of Business Writing II: Meeting Minutes, Business Letters, Memos, and Emails.” With Jeff Gerding. April 2015 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Purdue University Writing Showcase. Poster Session. April 2015 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Purdue University Writing Lab. Brown Bag Series. “Teaching Game Design.” With Patrick Love and Anthony Bushner. March 2015 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Purdue University Writing Lab Workshop. “Overview of Writing Lab Services.” January 2015 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Purdue University Writing Lab. Brown Bag Series. “Teaching with Academic Articles.” With Meghan Buckley. September 2014 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE

Gradsea Representative, Introductory Writing Committee, Purdue University, Aug. 2015-May 2016

  • Attended monthly meetings with faculty members and graduate student representatives, serving as a representative from Purdue’s Graduate Student English Association (Gradsea)
  • Listened to and contributed opinions on issues in the Introductory Writing at Purdue program, including syllabus renewals
  • Evaluated graduate student applications to award Pedagogical Travel Grants in the fall and spring semesters

Colloquium Chair, Early Atlantic Reading Group, Purdue University, Aug. 2015-April 2016

  • Organized the annual two-day graduate student colloquium in April 2016 by writing and distributing call for papers, reading and responding to abstracts, and scheduling panels
  • Coordinated with visiting keynote speaker, faculty chairs, and 25 student presenters to facilitate the event
  • Designed program and promotional fliers
  • Arranged food, reserved space, recruited volunteers, and maintained budget of under $400

Committee Member, Writing Showcase Committee, Purdue University, Sept. 2015-April 2016

  • Organized the annual Introductory Writing at Purdue Writing Showcase as part of a three-person graduate student committee
  • Revised and re-wrote award categories and descriptions
  • Created detailed evaluations forms for judges to evaluate each category
  • Hosted Call-Outs for student participations 

Professionalization Co-Chair, Gradsea, Purdue University, Aug. 2014-May 2015

  • Collaborated and co-organized Graduate Student English Association forums with duties such as selecting topics, arranging speakers, and coordinating refreshments and locations
  • Composed promotional e-mails and other advertising materials to graduate students
  • Organized three informative forums for English Department graduate students on professional development opportunities: “How to Succeed in Graduate School,” “Applying for Grants and 
Fellowships,” and “Preparing for Prelim Exams”
  • Organized four forums to promote Writing an Article Month and encouraging graduate student 
publishing: “Overview of Academic Publishing,” “How to Turn a Seminar Paper into an Article for Literature and Theory & Cultural Studies,” “How to Turn a Seminar Paper into an Article for Rhetoric & Composition and Second-Language Studies,” and “How to Revise and Resubmit”

First-Year Representative, Gradsea, Purdue University, Aug. 2013-May 2014

  • Represented first-year graduate students’ interests at monthly Graduate Student English Association meetings
  • Volunteered to coordinate special events

AWARDS

  • Overall English Department Excellence in Teaching Award: Undergraduate Instruction by a Graduate Student Award (Highest English Department Teaching Award), 2014-2015
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Purdue University, 2014-2015
  • Quintilian Awards, Purdue University, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015
  • Award for Fostering Professional Development
  • Award for Instructional Excellence in Introductory Composition at Purdue
  • Award for Outstanding Continuing Development
  • Instructional Excellence in Intro Composition (Top 10% of Evaluations), Fall 2014, Spring 2015
  • Purdue Professional Writing Showcase, Winner, Best Instructor Display, April 2016
  • Purdue University’s 85th Annual Literary Awards Contest, April 2016
  • First Place, Science Studies/Science Fiction Award category for “Discrimination That’s No So Divergent: Race in the Divergent Young Adult Trilogy”
  • Purdue PROMISE Travel Grant, May 2015 May 2015
  • Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Grant, May 2015
  • Gradsea Emerging Scholars Travel Grant, April 2015
  • Ross Fellowship, Purdue University, 2013-2014

COURSEWORK

Master’s Essay: “‘Coming Full Circle:’ Reading the Circularity of Shame Language in Arthur Miller’s After the Fall.”  Sponsor: Julie Peters. May 2012 at Columbia University in New York, NY.

Purdue University (Ph.D.)

American Literature in the Later 19th Century

Transatlantic Children’s Literature

Young Adult Literature

Nineteenth-Century African American Narrative

Nineteenth-Century Transnational American Literature

Transnational Approaches to Colonial and Early American Literature

The Social Novel in Early America

Modern American Poetry

Faulkner

Contemporary Black Feminism

Teaching Practicum

Teaching College Literature Practicum

Writing Lab Practicum

Columbia University (M.A)

American Literature Post-1945

The Gothic

Shakespeare in America

American Drama

Novel and Feminist Theory

Modernist Primitives (Modern Drama)

European Drama, Spectacle, and Visual Culture

19th Century British Literature: Shame

The Oriental Tales

The 1590s

MA Essay Tutorial

Master’s Seminar

 

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