Service to the Discipline

Reviewer, Textbook Proposal

Hishmeh, Richard and Jason Spangler.  Writing Up: An Integrated Approach to the Fundamentals of College Writing.  Oxford UP, October 2013

Refereed Reader, Spring 2005

Feminist Media Studies Journal

Girl culture/girl studies topics

Institutional Service

Safe Zone Certified Trainer, March 2015

Safe Zone Ally Training Program, Gay Alliance, Rochester, NY

Certified trainer for Safe Zone Ally Program workshops.  Working to create faculty and staff allies to provide a network of safe and supportive campus spaces to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.

Faculty Advisor, Spring 2013-Spring 2015

I AM…, Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ

Initiated the start of student-run campus activist group focusing on issues and discussions of oppressed groups; worked with another faculty member to organize and maintain recognized student organization; facilitated weekly group meetings, leading a team of undergraduate students to create and promote group activities within the campus environment; directed students to integrate with local community organizations that work to promote recognition of marginalized groups’ needs and issues.  Group-sponsored events have included:  Condoms & Candy distribution events, National Coming Out Day, World AIDS Day, Take Back the Night, No H8 Campaign, The Vagina Monologues, I AM…DRAG Show.

Faculty Advisor, Spring 2013, 2014, 2015

The Writing Collaboratory, Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ

Worked with team of student writing center consultants in preparation for conference presentation, from drafting stage through final on-site presentation:

“Beyond Initial Training: Continuing Tutor Training within Writing Centers.” Northeast Writing Centers Association.  Centenary College,
Hackettstown, NJ. 

“Don’t Hate, Collaborate: How Writing Centers and Campus Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Address Social Injustice”  Northeast Writing Centers Association.  Bryant University, Smithfield, RI. 

“No WAC. No WID. No Problem.”;  “Writing Tutors are WAC!”  Northeast Writing Centers Association.  University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. 

Faculty Advisor, Resident Theme House

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

Domestic Violence Awareness House, Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Arts and Social Change House, Fall 2010-Spring 2011

Faculty Advisor, Spring 2009-Spring 2012

The Monthly Visitor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

Worked with team of student editors on student-created and published feminist-focused ‘zine.

Faculty Advisor, Fall 2009-present

NARAL, Pro-Choice NY, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

Symposium Coordinator, Fall 2004-Spring 2005

Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality: Intersections and (Dis)Contents Symposium, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Annual conference sponsored by the university’s Women’s Studies and Black World Studies Programs.  Responsibilities included distribution of the conference call for papers, organizing submissions; creating program timetable and panel arrangements; corresponding with presenters; arranging housing and transportation for 65 participants; worked with university personnel to coordinate location and set-up, audio-visual equipment, all meals; compiled and designed symposium program, flyers and posters for distribution.

Faculty Advisor, Spring 2005-Spring 2007

Pro-Choice Miami, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Founding member of campus activist group; worked with university and student government to track, organize and maintain recognized student organization; facilitated bi-monthly group meetings; led team of undergraduate students to initiate and promote group activities within campus environment; worked with local community organizations which worked to promote recognition of reproductive health care needs and issues.

Teaching Mentor, Fall 2001

Department of English, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Worked one-on-one with first-year graduate student to acclimate him into the teaching program.  Daily conferences included discussions on classroom dynamics, lesson plans, grading, and student-teacher interaction.

Judge, April 2000

National Forensics Association Championship Tournament, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Prose, Poetry, Dramatic Duo, Impromptu, Persuasion, and Informative categories.

Poetry Editor, 1997-1998

Whiskey Island Magazine, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

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Dr. Michele Polak

Assistant Professor & Director, Composition Program

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