It's the Spring 2022 semester and I'm into my second year as Assistant Professorship at Cal Poly Pomona in the Department of English and Modern Languages with an educational background in English, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Rhetoric and Communications.
As a graduate of New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and in Women’s Studies, as well as with an MA in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, and PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, it is my hope that I can contribute to the Department of English and Modern Languages in unique ways that reflect my many intersections. So far, I think I am doing so. I come to teaching with the experience of being a teen mother, a young business owner, a woman with a chronic illness, a Chicanx feminist, and as a lifelong resident of the Borderlands in which I have existed as nepantla (Anzaldua), residing in many locations at once.
During my time as a student, it was my pleasure to be involved in over 10 publications and 23 presentations for my research, which has been recognized internationally. During my research, I left my heart in Prague, CZR while studying and researching the dissident literature movement, Samizdat. I hope to return one day to finish the project that I started. We will see what happens after I am tenured one day.
My dissertation, titled “Enactments of Feminist Resilience: Rescripting Post-Adversity Encounters through Pause and Reflection,” was a qualitative study of how students respond to adversity with resilience. While at Cal Poly, I look forward to creating a course in which students can focus on resilience and the way it is expressed in the composition classroom. I have so many plans and can’t wait to see them through in the next few years. Fingers crossed.
I have taught multiple sections of English and served as the coordinator for the Writing program, Online Writing Program, and Writing Center at NMSU. From these experiences, I have taken a leap into contributing to curriculum plans at Cal Poly and speaking to the online challenges we are facing as a fully online university this year.
My heart is with my three sons, Jon, Nicolas, and Jack and matter where we are all living. When I am not teaching, researching, and writing I love to crochet, binge Netflix and Amazon Prime, and take walks through our beautiful neighborhood. Now that Covid19 restrictions aren't as tight as prior, I am excited about continuing travel to places I've never been, and return to those I love.