Michelle Kassorla, Ph.D.
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Doctor of Philosophy American Ethnic Literatures/20 Century American Literatures Specialization in African American, Asian American, Jewish American, Native American Literatures and 20th Century Novel.
May 1989 Humboldt State University Arcata, CA
Master of Arts, English Literature. I also studied toward a secondary emphasis in Teaching Writing.
Bachelor of Arts with Double Major in English & Journalism
8/13-5/2014 Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Atlanta, GA
Asst. Professor of English taught composition and literature using Desire2Learn and other digital tools. Wrote a start-up grant for the National Endowment for the Humanities to support HBCU/PBI Commons using Commons in a Box. Assisted in establishment of Digital Media and Entertainment Management bachelorette degree program. Served on the Distance Education Committee, established WIKI for SmartTeaching seminar, attended Project Kalidescope conference at Georgia Tech and established WIKI for PKAL group.
1/13-5/13 Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA
Special Projects Worked with Office of Instructional Technology and Communication (OITC), Computer Sciences, and Research and Sponsored Programs on Technology Related Projects at Clark Atlanta University. Headed Task force to establish new Learning Management System, Attended National Science Foundation Data Management Implementation Workshop and wrote Data Management Plan for Clark Atlanta University, Wrote Grants, and provided consultancy services regarding classroom technology solutions.
8/09-1/13 Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA
Lecturer, Writing for Improvement, Success, and Empowerment (WISE) Teach four courses in cross-curricular (English/History) High Tech Writing using Second Life , Civilization IV, WebCT, Microsoft Live, WordPress blogging, dashboards, WIKIs, Diigo, InSite (Turnitin), Engrade, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Smart Board (Notebook), and Second Life in a computer-rich environment. Emphasis was upon academic and business writing skills in order to provide students basis for future success in academic and corporate communication skills. Provided consultant services to college regarding development of high-tech courses. Coordinated and hosted THATCamp HBCU, June 2012
10/11- Present To the Maximus Foundation, Chicago (Online)
Social Media Coordinator Volunteer 10-20 hours per week for fledgling foundation that fights synthetic marijuana. Established WordPress blog, managed Twitter and Facebook. Used Vertical Response to write newsletters, press releases, and pamphlets for outreach. Made Board presentations, secured financing to revamp website. Migrated website and blog to hosted WordPress site for ease of update and better analytics.
8/08-5/09 Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville, GA
Instructor of English, Limited One-Year Contract Taught full time, four sections of English Composition per semester, attended departmental meetings. Used WebCT, Banner, and JOVO systems in high-tech classroom with smart board technology.
1/07 – 5/07 Emory University Atlanta, GA
Instructor of English, Part Time Taught one section of English 101, “Personal Writing,” and one section of English 181, “Writing and Literature: Mexican American Immigration and the Border” on the main campus.
8/04 – 12/04 Georgia Perimeter College Dunwoody, GA
Instructor of English, Part Time Taught one section of English 1101, “Composition I,” at the Dunwoody campus of Georgia Perimeter College.
8/95 – 12/03 Western Nevada Community College Minden, NV Community College Professor of English/Developmental English, Tenured Responsible for teaching 15-17 semester units of composition and literature courses. Fifty percent of my assignment included teaching via interactive video to remote locations across 18,000 mile service area in rural Nevada. Awards include “an Outstanding Professor” (1999-2000), “Teacher of the Year” (1998-99), and “Finalist, Teacher of the Year” (1997-98). Committee assignments included Faculty Senate Representative, Presidential Search Committee, Chair of Professional Standards, and Chair of the Status of Women Committee.
1/00 – 5/00 University of Nevada, Reno Reno, NV
Adjunct Professor. Taught one course in Graduate/Upper Division Capstone English entitled “American Dream” focused on Ethnic American Literatures.
8/92 – 5/95 Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH
Graduate Fellow Served in two capacities: Thesis and Dissertation Editor for the Graduate College Responsible for insuring all theses and dissertations met requirements for presentation and publication established by the BGSU Graduate College. Insured that all theses and dissertations were written to proper academic style, utilizing various style manuals toward this purpose (e.g. MLA, APA, CBES, AP, Chicago, etc.). Teaching Fellow I taught one upper-division literature course per year. These included African American Literature, Literature of Romantic Love, and Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States.
1/92 – 5/92 Western Nevada Community College Minden, NV
Adjunct Instructor, English Taught English and Developmental English at WNCC.
5/91 – 1/92 Boulder Daily Camera Boulder, CO
Layout Assistant Responsible for advertising layout for a 40,000 circulation daily. Ran ads, proof and did lay-out for ads, completed pagination.
5/89 – 5/91 Redwoods United Projects With Industry Arcata, CA Employment Specialist Provided placement, workplace accommodations, and networking assistance for disabled job seekers.
1/88 – 5/89 Humboldt State University Arcata, CA
Teaching Assistant Taught composition courses, attended classes in teaching composition, and provided tutorial assistance for students.
8/86 – 5/87 California State University, Fresno Fresno, CA
Tutor Tutored students in the academic skills center in composition and literature.
Grant Training Institute, Certificate of Completion, May 2013
Effective Online Education, MOOC, Georgia Tech, March 2013
Educational Technology, MOOC, Coursera, February 2013
Technology Specialist with understanding and experience with:
LMS Systems (Canvas, Moodle, Desire2Learn, etc.), WordPress, WIKIs, iPad, PC/Mac Platforms, Google Tools (drive, docs, mail, blogger, advanced search, Sketch Up, maps, Google Earth, etc.), Zotero bibliography systems, Camtasia, Explain Everything, Skype, Netvibes, Gamification, Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Vine, etc.), Cloud Storage and Organization (Evernote, Dropbox, Copyit, SugarSync), etc.
Understanding and experience in 21st Century Technology & Teaching:
Flipped Classrooms, Online Teaching and Learning, Challenge Based/Problem Based Learning, Project Based Learning, Dashboard systems, in-class polling, etc.
“A Primer for EdTech: Tools for K-12 and Higher Ed Teachers.” Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Technology. Nov. 26, 2013 http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/Journal/files/a-primer-for-edtech.html – unique-entry-id-185
“How Shadowing my Second Grader Led to an Understanding of Technology in the Classroom.” Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Technology. Nov. 20, 2013 http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/Journal/files/shadowing-my-2nd-grader.html – unique-entry-id-183
Establishment of a Data Management Plan for Clark Atlanta University Dr. Michelle Kassorla and Dr. Peter Molnar, Clark Atlanta University • National Science Foundation, Research Data Management Implementation Workshop, Washington, D.C. March 2013.
Co-Contributor, Chronicle of Higher Education • ProfHacker, “A Day of Rest” • Co-wrote article about taking the Sabbath off to balance tech work and personal life. July 24, 2012 https://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/a-day-of-rest/41389
Editor, Proceedings at THATCamp • June 2012-Present http://pressforward.org/our-publications
“A Chair” (Essay) • Humanities Plain and Simple, November 2012 http://humanistica.ualberta.ca/2011/11/michelle-kassorla-a-chair/
Interactive Syllabus, Composition II http://drkassorla.populr.me/composition-ii
Interactive Syllabus, World Literature I http://drkassorla.populr.me/world-literature-1
Flipped Lesson: The Slave Narrative for Online World Literature II. http://www.metta.io/stories/25693
Flipped Lesson: What is a Pecha Kucha? http://www.metta.io/stories/13154
How to Use Zotero with Firefox 29.0.1 • June 1, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtxTW-JHmYc
How to Use Desire2Learn (AMSC) • December 29, 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ipEPoVPcBY
Making an Annotated Bibliography with Zotero! • January 26, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knnaU1WLOfQ
CAU LMS Presentation (MashUp) • July 2, 2013 https://vimeo.com/68549511
HBCU Commons • NEH HBCU Grant, Sloan Foundation, Mellon Foundation • June 2013
The Common Core Commons, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation • May 2013• Michelle Kassorla, PI/Dr. Peter Molnar, Director of Research.
Blogs, Dashboards & Social Media
Owner, Dr. Kassorla’s Dashboard • Class Dashboard, Netvibes • Established: August 2011 http://www.netvibes.com/drkassorla
Admin & Writing, To The Maximus blog (132 posts, 10 Pages) • Non-Profit Organization, Aurora, Il • Was Responsible for administration, layout, design, writing, graphics, posting• Established January 2012 (Stopped Administration January 2014). http://tothemaximus.wordpress.com
Owner, THATCamp HBCU (2 Posts, 15 Pages) • (un)Conference Site • Established January 2012 • http://hbcu2012.thatcamp.org
Owner, THATCamp HBCU Dashboard • (un)Conference Dashboard • Established January 2012 • http://www.netvibes.com/thatcamphbcu
Conferences, Presentations, & Professional Editing
International Society of Technology in Education• 2014 Meeting: Connected Learning/Connected World • Atlanta, GA • Participant
Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) — Advancing what works in STEM education PKAL Atlanta Regional Network • PKAL Atlanta Regional Network, 2013 Fall Meeting • Tech in Teaching • October 14, 2013 • Georgia Institute of Technology • Participant
Research Data Management Implementation Workshop (RMDI) • National Science Foundation, Washington DC.• Contributor, Participant, March 2013
Editing, Recalling the Covenant • A Contemporary Commentary on the Five Books of the Torah by Rabbi Moshe Shamah • Summer, 2010
THATCamp SE • March 10-11, 2012 • Participant
THATCamp, LAC • June 4-5, 2011 • Participant
Member, Editorial Board, The International Sephardic Journal. New York, NY. 2004-2006.
Presenter, 2001 National MELUS (MultiEthic Literature of the United States) Conference Presented: MELUS Women of Color Caucus: Teaching Ethnic American Women’s Literature. Knoxville, TN
Keynote, Nevada Library Institute “Ethnic American Literatures and the Diversity of Libraries” Incline Village, NV July, 2000
2000 National MELUS Conference Presented: “ACADEMIC AMBUSH!: Why It is Important to Teach Multiethnic Literature in the Core Curriculum.” New Orleans, LA
1996 American Literature Association Conference Presented: “Word-View: A Model for Ethnic American Literatures.” San Diego, California
1994 National MELUS Conference Presented: “Hitting the Wall: A Critical Model for Oral Based Literatures.” College Station, Texas.
1993 National MELUS Conference Presented: “The Affirmation of Asian American Language in Literature by Asian Americans.” Berkeley, California
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Israel Jewish News (1,900+ Posts) Political Commentary, Israel Blogspot Blog Established: July 2007 (currently on hold) http://IsraelJewishNews.blogspot.com Arutz Sheva (34 Columns) When Aliyah Bullies Attack They attacked me for having an opinion. 82 comments 7/1/2009 The Mitzvah of Military Service Shall your brothers go to war while you stay here? 26 comments 6/8/2009 Justice, Justice You Will Pursue The choice of the Israeli government. 10 comments 12/5/2008 A New Land-for-Peace Proposal It is time to suggest a new way to do things. 37 comments 11/24/2008 Should I Pray Today? I cannot stay silent when converts are under fire 35 comments 6/1/2008 My Obsession I do it again and again, but I’m never satisfied. 33 comments 1/15/2008 Lost With a Map A road to peace became a highway to Hell. 16 comments 11/29/2007 The War Has Already Been Won We are not ready to boast… yet. 21 comments 9/3/2007 A New Definition of ‘Peace’ Frankly, I’m a bit tired of the word. 15 comments 7/18/2007 The Act of Winning Justice system refuses to call the “victim” a fake 2 comments 6/6/2007 Competitive Spirit Pesach cleaning as a sign of a dangerous drift. 10 comments 3/12/2007 Good Cop / Bad Cop Weren’t the Fatah terrorists our enemies just a few months ago? What happened since then? Am I missing something? 15 comments 1/3/2007 Kodesh There is a moment at the end of Shabbat every week when the last rays of the sun have died and the silence of darkness 0 comments 8/6/2006 Smoke and Mirrors Who in their right mind would pay attention to the plight of Jewish settlers in small outposts when a young solder 0 comments 6/28/2006 Some Ideas for the Pro-Pullout Camp I thought I could share some ideas with you about how to make this movement even more successful and exciting than Nobody’s Fool “A pacifist after the Holocaust is a fool.” 0 comments 9/13/2004 Destroying the Master’s Tools “Why did you come here if you want to recreate what you left?” we ask them. 0 comments 1/8/2004 Loving the Other I was more than noticeably angry at this point. Now, I was furious – and it was building. We went to two other 0 comments 8/1/2003 With a Prayer I have two small newsgroups with close friends, and I send out as much as I can about what is happening in Israel. 0 comments 6/25/2003 Torah to Life, Life to Torah Women are also required to write a Torah, but we do not write with a pen on parchment we write Torah in our children. 0 comments 6/9/2003 Spies Like Us Actually, Aqaba is the perfect thing. Aqaba is the reputed locale of two important incidents in Torah: the giving 0 comments 6/3/2003 Suicide I just finished reading the most gut-wrenching quote I have ever read, supposedly from the mouth of Sharon, in 0 comments 5/26/2003 Wolf and Crow ?Wolf and Crow are together for a reason. They hate each other,? he said, ?but they need each other to survive. 0 comments 5/20/2003 Harmony for No One Have you ever been given a gift you didn?t want? You know, like concert tickets to a concert you don?t want to 0 comments 5/12/2003 My Arab Student I wanted to make sure Hagar didn’t feel isolated in my class, and that she knew that I didn’t allow my political 0 comments 4/18/2003 Hilltop Stand A hilltop is a dangerous place, an exposed place, a windy place, a rocky and almost inhabitable place. And we were 0 comments 4/8/2003 Begging for a Place to Be It isn?t just Lapid, though. I think all of us feel this way at one time and another. At those times, we reach 0 comments 3/6/2003 Vigilance Suddenly, as if there had been a prearranged moment of attack, the coyotes came from all directions into my yard. 1 comments 2/25/2003 Wandering in the Desert Last week was very difficult for me. I thought maybe it was the fact that the space shuttle blew up and that whole 0 comments 2/14/2003 Made More Precious by the Loss “Ilan. Ilan. Ilan,” I repeated the words softly. I didn?t know the man, but I felt like I did. I took his death Bread for Thought Just recently, my friend in Florida told me about a picnic for Sephardic Jews, but the picnic wasn?t kosher. I 0 comments 1/31/2003 Domestic Violence I was in Israel this month, and there was one image that I cannot erase from my mind or forgive. It was not the 0 comments 1/15/2003 You First, France & Spain I will buy myself a “Euskadi!” bumper sticker to place next to my existing sticker that reads: “Wherever I stand, 2 comments 12/9/2002 Tumbleweeds & Terrorists Look, I don’t know what to do about terrorists called “Palestinian Militants” any more than a distant “expert” 0 comments 11/25/2002