Resume/CV



Education

University of South Florida | 2012-2014 | Master of Arts in Mass Communications with a concentration in Media Studies

My course of study for my M.A. included both strategic communications and media studies. Throughout the program, I engaged with new media and digital communications to ensure my research and skills were relevant and balanced.

Thesis: An Examination of Motives, Experiences, and Behaviors of MMORPG Players

University of South Florida | 2009-2011 | Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

This program focused on both literary analysis and criticism and research organization and writing. These skills translate into written and oral communication and have helped in many capacities for my professional development. My personal curriculum was focused on British literature, which culminated in my Honors Thesis titled Alice's Adventures and Bleak House: Authors, Illustrators, and Victorian Professional Networking.

Professional Experience

University of Tampa | 2015 - Present

Visiting Assistant Professor | Adjunct Instructor

Visiting Assistant Professor (2017-2018 academic year) and Adjunct Instructor (2015-2017, 2018- Present) in the Department of Communication. I teach Principles of Public Relations, Writing for Public Relations, Writing for Advertising, and Introduction to Organizational Communication. I strive to help students become effective communicators and writers in their chosen field and help them build strong portfolios for use upon graduation.

Ampersand Digital, Inc. | 2016 - Present

Owner

Through Ampersand Digital, Inc. I work with several organizations and agencies to provide digital content and advertising solutions. This includes content curation, web design, and digital advertising through a variety of mediums. 

University of South Florida | 2012-Present

Academic Marketing Coordinator

As an Academic Marketing Coordinator in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, I manage promotional efforts for academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students across the university and in the community. This also includes developing media, including video and websites for several different departments and college-wide initiatives. I have also worked extensively on a contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs' Center on Homelessness Among Veterans to develop and maintain an online training for incoming community integration specialists nationwide.

Highlights:
· Created marketing plans to promote the behavioral healthcare major
· Department met 5-year goals in 9 months
· Created and edited spotlight interviews and promotional videos for MHLP and CBCS
· Wrote stories for MHLP and CBCS events, research, and informational releases
· Assisted dissemination unit for MHLP in creating and distributing research and training publications
· Assisted in development and publication of newsletters

University of South Florida | 2011-2015

Graduate Teaching Assistant | Adjunct Instructor

Served as a graduate teaching assistant for Photojournalism 1 in my first year as a graduate student, then became an instructor in my final year teaching Writing for Public Relations. I continued teaching that course until 2015.

The Victory Group | 2014-2016

Digital Advertising Specialist | Web Designer

At the Victory Group I worked on several high-profile campaigns to provide digital advertising for elections and political action committees. This included video advertising, traditional display advertising, and highly-targeted social media campaigns where I was responsible for creating visuals, developing the advertising strategy and audience targeting, and executing the campaign. Campaigns and clients included The Everglades Foundation, Mayor Philip Levine of Miami Beach, Congressman Dan Webster, Congressman Vern Buchanan, Congressman David Jolly, Congressional Candidate Fred Costello, The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence

You Can Learn, Inc. | 2011-2012

Director of Content

You Can Learn, Inc. was a start-up educational app company that worked in adaptive learning. My role included directing content for the applications and for company documents and marketing material as well as gathering research on the evolving pedagogy surrounding adaptive learning technology.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS

  • Sixth Annual Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium Participant and Award Recipient | 2014
  • Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar Award | 2014
  • Mass Communications Merit Scholarship Award Recipient | 2013
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts in English Literature Degree | 2011
  • President & Founder of Creative Writers' Club at USF | 2010

TRAINING & TEACHING

  • Served as an instructor at the University of South Florida for two years and at the University of Tampa for three years.
  • Facilitated the development of curriculum and creation of the online training for the Department of Veterans Affairs' Community Integration Specialist training
  • Conducted several small-scale software trainings at the University of South Florida's College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
  • Facilitate customized trainings within organizations for online presence maintenance
  • Design curricula based on student needs and skill levels
  • Incorporate creative teaching methods and exercises in classroom settings
  • Assist students in finding internships and employment