As a Communication Studies instructor, I have earned a Master’s degree in Communication Studies at NMSU, a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, and minored in Professional Communication and Rhetoric. I enjoy teaching college students, so that’s why I’m here! Besides teaching Comm 265G, I also have taught Public Speaking and Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation for Journalists. While working as a Communications Studies Graduate Student Teacher’s Assistant, I received the Blaine Goss award for Teaching and Outstanding Teacher’s Assistant.
Afterward, I was involved in a Communication Studies research team on campus, contributing to research papers and posters regarding Iranian discourse. I’ve helped with a local political campaign acting as a Communication Specialist, which was great fun. I received my certificate in Quality Matters for online courses, and I’m also certified as a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, for which I’ll review other instructors’ courses for QM.
I have had my own freelance writing/editing business, Punctilious Publications, and was hired to write news stories and releases for Arrowhead Center at NMSU, covering a variety of topics. I’ve been a reporter for New Mexico Politics.net, and also its first intern, a features and advertorial writer for the Las Cruces Sun-News, and features and tab writer for The Las Cruces Bulletin. I’ve also written stories for cosmetic surgery magazines, and I work a Technical Writer at White Sands Missile Range.
As a former board member for the Child Crisis Center and La Pinon SARS, ending my term in 2013, I’m also an advocate, in which I volunteer to take the KidTalk phone to speak to children, usually on holidays, who just need someone to talk to–mostly by texting. My hobbies include fiber arts, for which I enjoy spinning and weaving, and I dye my own yarn. I’m interested in technology, old Star Trek shows, and astronomy. I’m especially interested in the phenomenon called “Tabby’s Star.” I plan on eventually finishing my play about my father, who was a tap dancer, a comedian, and a trumpet player in show biz.