Illinois Institute of Technology    Chicago, IL
    Ph.D. candidate, Technical Communications    2007-Present
    Recipient: Dean’s Half Tuition Award, Graduate Literature Fellowship
National-Louis University    Evanston, IL
    M.S. Written Communications    3/2004
    Thesis: “Glamour Spell” (young adult novella)    
    Recipient: Outstanding Student Award    

University of Illinois at Chicago    Chicago, IL
    B.A. English (Writing Option)    6/1998
    Grammar & Rhetoric (certificate course)    4/2009


Kaplan University, Higher Education Online    
    Instructor, course-leader, mentor    2004 – Present
College Composition I & II; Introduction to Technical Writing; Advanced Technical Writing; Appropriate and Effective Communication in the Workplace; Interviewing Skills for a Technical Writer; Proposal and Grant Writing; Technical Writing for the Professions; Professional Development in Technical Writing    
    Wrote new course: Fundamentals of Technical Communication    2013
    Completely revised course: Composition II    2014
    2013 General Education Award: Outstanding Curriculum Revision/Innovation    2013
    KNEXT Portfolio Evaluator    2009 – Present 
    Kaplan’s Capstone, Literary Journal editor    2011 – Present 

Illinois Institute of Technology    Chicago, IL
    Instructor    2008—Present
Life Stories; Workshop in Creative Writing; Science Fiction Literature; Time Travel in Literature; 20th Century American Authors ; Graphic Novels; Gothic Literature; Mystery & Detective Fiction; Sherlock Holmes

2009/2010/2014/2015 Writing Contest Judge for Fiction
2012/2013 Writing Contest Judge for Poetry    

Waubonsee Community College    Sugar Grove, IL
    Adjunct Faculty    Fall 2004
Essentials in English    


CCH, Inc., a WoltersKluwer Company    Riverwoods, IL
    Technical Editor  Consultant    June 2008
    Technology Liaison, Legal Product Group    2004 - 2007
Developed and presented onsite/offsite training and documentation on new procedures. Participated in new initiative committees. Primary role in product enhancements and new product development projects. Created and updated functional specifications.    
    Technical Writer, Legal Product Group    2002 – 2004
Secondary role in product enhancements and new product development projects. Created and updated functional specifications. Created and presented training documentation.    
    Senior Production Specialist, State Tax Group    2000 – 2002
    Production Specialist, State Tax Group    1998 - 2000

IIT’s CAC Writing Center    Chicago, IL
    Tutor    Fall 2007
    Entrance Essay Assessor    Summer 2008
    CAC Co-Director    2008—2009 
Create, schedule, and conduct student workshops on writing skills relevant to their fields of study. Also, reach out to faculty and advocate the inclusion of communication specific skills in their classrooms. Summer 2009, organize entrance essay assessment by graduate students.    
UIC Writing Center    Chicago, IL
    Tutor    1995 – 1997


MS Office,  MS Project, Adobe Acrobat 9, Photoshop/Gimp/Lightroom, InDesign, HTML/XML, WordPress, Windows Movie Maker, Audacity, Adobe Connect, Camtasia, Jing, iMovie, Premiere Elements, eCollege/Blackboard, Google apps, and various Internet tools. See for Carrie's reviews of software and Internet tools   


Kaplan Technical Writing: A Comprehensive Resource for Technical Writers at All Levels     2008, 1st ed.; 2010, 2nd ed.
Co-author with Diane Martinez, Tanya Peterson, Carolyn Stevenson, and Carrie Wells    
KUWC Handbook
Wrote "Outlining" chapter; edited several chapters    2010
26th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: Transformation/Adaptation at the University of West Georgia
Joint presentation: “The Rigor of Transformation: The Writer, The Teacher and the Composition Curriculum”    2011
Kaplan University General Education Conferences
Joint presentation: "Holographic Texts: The Gateway to the Future of Composition "    2011
Joint presentation: "The Evolution of a Literary Journal"    2012
Joint presentation: "Revising CM 220 'The Kaplan Way'" 2014
KU Village Conference (Kaplan University)
"Understanding and Resolving Student Issues With Technology in Composition Classrooms"    2012
Kaplan's Literary Festival
“Editing”    2013
SLOAN-C 19th Annual International Conference on Online Learning
Joint presentation: Multimodal Projects in College Courses    2013
Kaplan General Education Conference
Joint presentation" Revising CM220 'The Kaplan Way'"   2014
Capstone, Kaplan's Literary Journal
Creative Nonfiction: "Bleeding Heart"   2014
KU Village Conference
Joint presentation: "Digital Literacy in KU Composition"
Joint presentation: "Finding Value in Low Stakes Writing"    2014
Proposal Reviewer    2015
Manuscript reviewer    2015
KU Literary Festival
"Creative Non-Fiction Workshop"   2015
Capstone, Kaplan's Literary Journal
Fiction: "Birthday Dinner"    2015
Association for Business Communication (ABC) Pearson Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology
Nominee    2016


Society for Technical Communications

Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)


Urban and nature photography, creative writing, running, digital media