Education CV

Alissa-Nielsen-professorI strive to create a learning environment that is open and engaging, built on principles of mutual respect and equality. My goals for writing composition classes are to assist students with step-by-step instruction in the writing process while also providing tools to improve the focus, organization, clarity, and mechanics of their writing. In literature classes, I emphasize critical discussion and writing assignments that examine the literary and rhetorical dimensions of texts through developing close reading skills, including the ability to analyze relationships between form and meaning.

Education

  • M.A. English Literature, Portland State University. 2013.
  • M.F.A. Writing, Pacific University. 2009.
  • B.A. with a focus in Literature and Writing, The Evergreen State College. 2002.

Professional Development in Education

  • Full-Time Writing Faculty, Chemeketa Community College. Aug 2014-present, Salem, OR. Fundamentals of Writing.
  • Adjunct Faculty, Chemeketa Community College. Aug 2013-Sept 2014, Salem, OR. Fundamentals of Writing.
  • Writing Consultant, Portland State University’s Writing Center. Jan 2011 to Sept 2014, Portland, OR.
  • Adjunct Faculty, Pacific University. Aug 2013-Dec 2013, Forest Grove, OR. HUM 100: Human Rights & Global Literature.
  • Adjunct Faculty, Pacific University. Jan 2013 to present, Forest Grove, OR. English 255: Special Topics, Literature Across Cultures.
  • Writing Intensive Assistant (WIC), Portland State University. January 2011 to January 2012, Portland, OR. Helped students from various disciplines improve their writing.
  • Teaching Associate, Pacific University. August 2008 to June 2009, Forest Grove, OR. Eng 201 Expository Writing: Work & the Working Class. Eng 220 Literature & Human Concerns: Literature Across Cultures.
  • Artist in Residence, Sunnyside Environmental School. February 2008 to May 2008, Portland, OR. A contracted position to teach poetry and creative writing to a group of 12 middle school kids.
  • Writing Tutor, The Evergreen State College. September 2001 to June 2002, Olympia, WA.

Editing

  • Co-editor-in-Chief, Silk Road Literary Journal. August 2009 to June 2010, Forest Grove, OR.
  • Editor, Tug Boat Press. January 2006 to January 2007, Portland, OR.
  • Interning Editor, The Raven Chronicles. January 2002 to June 2002. Seattle, WA.

Workshops

  • Flash Fiction, Indigo Publishing. June 2011, Portland, OR.
  • Writing the Lyrical Essay, Siren Nation. Arts Festival. November 2011. Portland, OR.

Arts Administration & Freelance Writing

  • Coordinator of the Zine Archives & Publishing Project (ZAPP), Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA. Archived 50,000 hard-to-find publications (including chapbooks, zines, comic books and mail art), created an independent publishing space, organized volunteers and fundraisers.
  • Contracted Writer, Pacific University. September 2008 to June 2009, Forest Grove, OR. Conducted interviews and written profiles of faculty and students for Pacific University’s Arts & Sciences web page.

Publications & Awards

  • Propeller. “A Perfect Waste,” story published May 14th, 2013.
  • Pacific MLA Conference. “Desdemona, Interrupted: the Unsung Song in Act IV, Scene iii of Othello.” Paper acceptance for the 2012 Conference.
  • Fiction winner in WORK. “Beyond the Bay,” WORK’s Employee of the Month Contest. June, 2011.
  • Voice Catcher. “Consider the Moment,” story published in Vol. 6, 2011.
  • Prick of the Spindle. “Blue Like Babe,” story published. Vol.5.1, 2011.