Katherine J. Robinson
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Education:
2002 PhD, Rhetoric Texas Woman’s University
Dissertation Title: “A Rhetoric of Peace and Protest: Discourse Analysis, Semiotics and the Murals in Northern Ireland”
1997 MA, Irish Studies Catholic University of America
1990 BA, English West Virginia University

Professional Experience:

2005-Present
Montgomery College Germantown/Rockville, MD
Instructor:
  • ENG 101A Rhetoric & Composition IA (computer mediated classroom)
  • ENG 101 (computer mediated classroom)
  • ENG 102 Rhetoric & Composition II
  • Engage in research/analysis projects for briefings on conclusions
  • Developed and taught courses in writing, research, argument, and communication
  • Developed, revised, and maintained course websites (http://www.ravenndragon.net)
  • Instructed and supervised students in online research activities via computer-mediated classrooms
  • Examined current news to determine which state, national, and international stories for classroom discussion
  • Instruct and supervise online research activities in computer-mediated classrooms
1995-Present
Writer/Researcher:
  • Professional writer for six years, with experience in journal, academic, and business writing
  • Author of two articles in educational publications; author of two articles conference proceedings; co-author of one book; and author of one dissertation
  • Recipient of three scholarship awards for essays
  • Researcher for eight years, with experience in all-source data research
  • Developer, writer, and editor of a range of research materials including analyses, press releases, briefings, reports, speeches, and articles
  • Familiar with Internet search engines (i.e. Google and AltaVista),  research databases (i.e. Findlaw, Lexis-Nexis, EBSCOHost, and the Digital National Security Database), and legislative databases (i.e. Thomas)
  • Clients include Digitalshade.com
8/2001-Present
University of Colorado at Boulder, Program for Writing and Rhetoric, Boulder, CO 80309
Instructor:
  • Engage in research/analysis projects for briefings on conclusions
  • Develop and teach courses on writing, research, and persuasion (Writing in Business and Society, First Year Composition, and Writing on Topics—Troubling Northern Ireland and Writing in Politics)
  • Develop, revise, and maintain course websites (http://www.ravenndragon.net/colorado/)
  • Instruct and supervise online research activities in computer-mediated classrooms
  • Participate in program committees on technology, professional development, and professional writing
  • Investigated Multi-Object Oriented User Domain (MOO) technologies for use at the University of Colorado
  • Developed, revised, and maintained annual and bi-monthly program newsletters (Writing Matters)
  • Facilitated workshop on teaching with technology
  • Coordinated round-table technology discussion groups
3/1999-05/2001
Texas Woman’s University, Freshman English Program, Denton, TX 76204
Graduate Teaching Assistant:
  • Developed and taught courses in First Year Composition and British Literature. Supervised students working in computer mediated classrooms
  • Participated in program service as Teaching Assistant (TA) representative to the Freshman English committee
  • Facilitated an introduction to web design workshop for program TAs
Education Technologies Assistant:
  • Acted as coordinator between the Freshman English Program and Information Technology Services
  • Assisted in the development of computer mediated classrooms for the Freshman English Program
  • Developed initial orientation program to introduce the computer mediated classroom to Teaching Assistants
  • Investigated web-based teaching software for classroom use (software: Blackboard and Daedalus Online)
  • Provided technological advice and assistance to Teaching Assistants
1999 and 2000
Federation of North Texas Universities, Dept. of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages, Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX 76204
Associate Editor (Spring/Summer/Fall 2000):
  • Compiled web-based presentations into appropriate format and structure for construction of conference proceedings compact disc (CD), Emerging Rhetorics
  • Designed initial graphic interface and CD cover
Assistant Web Designer (Spring 2000):
  • Developed and maintained website for the Federation of North Texas Universities online conference entitled “Emerging Rhetorics”
  • Acted as recipient of conference presentations
  • Interacted with the conference participants and the Assistant MOO Designer to facilitate easy access to web-based presentations within the Texas Woman’s University MOO for conference participation
Assistant Editor (Winter 1999):
  • Compiled web-based presentations into appropriate format and structure for construction of conference proceedings compact disc, Rhetoric and Technology in the Next Millennium
  • Designed initial graphic interface         
Assistant Conference Coordinator (Spring/Summer 1998):
  • Assisted in the development and maintenance of the website for the Federation of North Texas Universities online conference entitled “Rhetoric and Technology in the Next Millennium”
  • Interacted with the conference participants and the Web Designer to facilitate easy access to the web-based presentations and the conference listservs
  • Assisted the Conference Coordinator with maintaining conference participant files
 8/1997-12/1997
Montgomery College, Humanities/English Departments, Rockville, MD 20850
Instructor:
  • Developed and taught First Year Composition course
  • Engaged in professional development meetings with mentors
9/1996-12/1996
Office of Senator Maurice Manning, Oireachtais Eireann—Irish Parliament, Dublin, IRL
Parliamentary Intern/Research Assistant:
  • Engaged in legislative research on parliamentary reform
  • Drafted and presented an initial report on parliamentary reform
Supplemental Information:

Campaign Experience:
Paul Hackett for Congress (OH-2) Volunteer:
  • Rural and Suburban Canvassing
  • Phone Banking (ad hoc script development and calls)
  • Canvas Packet Construction
  • Blogging (www.dailykos.com)
Awards, Recognitions, and Membership:
  • The Order of Omega, The Greek Honors Society Certificate of Recognition for Devotion to the Advancement of Higher Education, University of Colorado—Boulder 2002
  • Joyce Thompson Endowed Scholarship, Texas Woman’s University 2000
  • Autrey Nell Wiley Endowed Scholarship, Texas Woman’s University 1999, 2000
  • Turner Kobler Scholarship in Historic Rhetoric, Texas Woman’s University 1999
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society Initiation, Texas Woman’s University 1999
  • Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Scholarship, Catholic University of America 1995, 1996, 1997
  • Member, Washington Independent Writers
  • Member, 5Cs Technology Taskforce for CCCCs
  • Member, Modern Languages Association
  • Member, American Conference for Irish Studies
  • Member, College English Association
Software packages:
Adobe PDF Creator, Corel, Dreamweaver, Education software (Blackboard and Daedalus), Freehand, FTP and SSH file transfer programs, GIF Movie Gear, HTML text editor, Micrografix, MS Image Composer, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 2000, MS Word, Netscape (email, browser, and composer), PageMaker, PageMill, PowerPoint, and WordPerfect. Strong familiarity with online and database research tools.

Security Clearance:
TS/SCI in Progress (Polygraph and Urinanalysis Exams Passed)

Select Publications, Presentations, and Invited Lectures:

“Review: Zen Driving and Conference Attendance: Selected Reviews from F26, H16, H25 and M7.” Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Academic Writing 1(2004) <http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/reviews/cccc2004/cccc2004.cfm>.

“Recycling Old Tech for a New Vision: Connecting Milton to Turing to Classroom Cyborgs.” Kairos 6.2 Fall 2001 <http://english.ttu.edu/kairos/6.2/features/townhalls/robinson.htm>.

“Welcome to Elfland.” The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook. Ft. Worth: Harbrace, 2000. 130-31.

“Where Are Those Mythic Dragons Anyhow?: A Report, Review, and Response to ‘New Maps for Revisiting the Rhetorical Tradition, or The Road to Aspasia—and (Maybe) Back’ Delivered by Cheryl Glenn (2 Feb 1999).” Emerging Rhetorics. CD-ROM. Eds. William E. Tanner, Stephen Souris, and Alfred G. Litton. Mesquite, TX: Caxton’s, 2000.

“Demonstrating Defiance and Decorum: A Multimedia Performance of Ideas and Themes Posited by 20th and 21st Century Female Rhetors” Feminisms and Rhetorics Ohio State University (Oct. 2003)

“Accessing Northern Ireland: Online Discourse and the Nontraditional Rhetorical Situation” Computers & Writing Purdue University (May 2003)

“Troubling Northern Ireland: Transforming Nontraditional Rhetoric for Composition Classes” Conference on College Composition and Communication New York, NY (March 2003)

“Unlike the ‘Other’: Visual Scapegoating in Northern Ireland” Conference on College Composition and Communication Chicago, IL (March 2002)

“Peace and Protest: Murals in Northern Ireland” Invited Guest Lecture for Northern Ireland Seminar at the Center for Irish Studies Catholic University of America (Nov. 2000)

Complete List

Works in Progress:

Defiance and Decorum: Women, Public Rhetoric, and Activism Collaboration with Dene Grigar and Laura Gray (Status: Contracted)

Minding the Gap: Rhetoric of Peace and Protest in the Murals in Northern Ireland (Status: In Revision)

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