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English, Writing, and Communications Professor with 10+ years teaching experience based in Los Angeles


My commitment to lifelong learning is evident in my work and in my dedication to students. Having worked in education for well over a decade, I understand many of the challenges faculty face and work hard to create a collaborative environment that benefits the students, faculty, staff, and community as a whole.

In my facilitation, I attempt to inspire growth in students by giving them tools to take into other disciplines and continue learning outside of a classroom environment. Among these tools are a sense of curiosity, open-mindedness, and a thirst for knowledge. I carry this same approach to leading and developing faculty. In the classroom. I believe transformative learning is most likely to occur when students become engaged with the material and perceive the subject matter to be directly relevant to their own lives. Understanding the diversity of learning styles and student experiences is key to enhancing this engagement and creating long-term persistence in a program.


Education is amazing! It provides opportunity and consistently improves reflection, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities; skills that create a valuable member of the world. Education allows people to excel and improve not only their own lives, but the lives of those around them.
Since 2013, I have taught English, ESL, Creative Writing, World Literature, and Public Speaking at the university level, and since 2009, tutored students in English and essay writing. Prior to that, I taught preschool and ballet for 4 years. I am a published children’s author, in addition to scholarly articles in the field of Renaissance Literature. I hold both a master and bachelor’s degree in English, and finishing my Doctor of Education degree. As a mother of 3, I understand the value of a strong education and see it as a vital tool in our every changing collaborative world. My goal is for each student to feel valued, confident, creative, and successful.


Rate for online lessons : $18/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $120
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $220
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  • Methodology
  • Elementary School
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  • Senior
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  • Adult Education
  • MBA

Tiffany's resume

Personal Attributes

Subject matter expertise in leadership, competency-based education, management, communications, higher education, ethics, English, ESL/ELL, secondary education, teacher preparation.

Significant project management experience in design and development of competency-based education programs, assessments, content, and implementation.

Excels at strategic planning, and strives for excellence and continuous improvement.

Exceptional at teaching and guiding online students, technology implementation, and constructing
coursework that is highly engaging, entertaining and informative.

Skilled practitioner of research-based best practices for identifying, writing, assessing, and
helping students to achieve learning objectives and competencies.

Demonstrated achiever with exceptional knowledge in composition pedagogy, world literature,
and creative writing.

Significant expertise in learning assessment, curriculum development, program development, student retention, faculty development, faculty governance, program assessment, competency-based education programs, institutional assessment, and accreditation.

Extensive and successful experience working with ESL/ELL and underperforming students.

Published scholarly author in the area of education, management, leadership, and literature and developed competency-based learning materials and assessments.

Activist in all areas of higher education with a clear vision for academic excellence and an uncompromised commitment to academic integrity.

Highly involved leader who consistently inspires and motivates students to accomplish challenging goals and attain the highest standards possible.

Teaching & Development Experience

Instructional Technologist 2018 - Present
IDesignEdu, Charolette, NC

Designing and creating visually engaging eLearning projects using multimedia eLearning software that meet SCORM and AICC compliance standards with high-quality learner interactivity. Coordinating the design specifications, narration scripts, storyboards, and production of interactive learning objects (media assets, graphics, text, audio, and video) for eLearning projects. Applying innovative pedagogy that focuses on the learner’s experience for effective online delivery. Developing visual design of course production templates and/or courses in a variety of LMS platforms, including but not limited to Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, and Desire2Learn. Interacting effectively with internal and client stakeholders to create a shared vision for each specific project.

English Teacher 2018 - Present
Tomorrow Advancing Life/VIPX, Beijing, China

Manage and teach ESL to groups and one-on-one session of Chinese students, ranging in level and ability, ages 5-adult. Effectively use time management practices in 25 to 45 minute lessons. Use multiple modalities to construct an engaging and reciprocal teaching experience.

Instructor 2015 – Present
American Intercontinental University, Schaumburg, IL

Teach English composition and public speaking courses.

Courses Taught:

ENGL 106 English Composition
In this course, students focus on developing writing skills through practice and revision of a variety of different types of essays. Students are also given instruction in library and online research and methods of documentation.

ENGL 107 English Composition II
In this course, students focus on research and developing writing skills through writing the "argument" essay. Students are also given instruction in library and online research and methods of documentation.

PRES 111 Public Speaking: Presentation Essentials
This course focuses on preparing and delivering effective presentations. In addition, students learn about presentation strategy and the creation of visual aids.

Implementation Consultant 2016 – 2017
D2L, Kitchener, Onterio, Canada

Primary contact in the Implementation Phase of D2L Solutions for medium to large sized clients such as higher education institutions and corporations. in addition, I assess client technical readiness and plan software installation and configuration. Requirements analysis with clients to establish an implementation and configuration plan for the solution. Propose, design, develop, and deploy standard product as well as custom technical solutions. Design, configure, and deploy integration solutions between enterprise systems such as the D2L suite of products and Student Information Systems. Support client acceptance testing of deployed solutions. Keep up to date with new technology trends to help facilitate client learning solutions. Maintain proficiency with D2L Web Services APIs to help clients develop custom integrations. Design and develop solutions using most effective technology for a given situation like XML, XSLT, MS SQL or various scripting languages.

Instructor 2016 - 2017
Embry Riddle Aeronautics University, New York, NY

Teach English composition courses.

Courses Taught:

ENGL 123 – English Composition
This course focuses on learning to use writing as a tool for thinking as well as a tool for expression of thoughts and ideas. It addresses the composing process, research and documentation, and rhetorical strategies for various audiences and purposes.

Associate Professor 2016 - 2017
University of Maryland University College, Upper Marlboro, MD

Teach English composition courses.

Courses Taught:

WRTG 101 – Introduction to Writing
(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Practice in effective writing and clear thinking at all levels, including the sentence and paragraph, with emphasis on the essay and the integration of research into one's writing. A review of grammar is provided. The objective is to apply specific steps within the writing process, including formulating purpose, identifying an audience, and selecting and using research resources and methods of development. Emphasis is on revising essays and applying a recursive writing process. Assignments require the application of various rhetorical patterns, including narrative, comparison-contrast, and cause-effect analysis, and the integration of sources in APA format. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 101, ENGL 101X, WRTG 101, WRTG 101S, or WRTG 101X.

Instructor 2016 - 2017
Travecca Nazarine University, Nashville, ND

Teach English composition courses.

Courses Taught:

ENG 1100 – English Composition I
This course emphasizes the tasks and skills involved in writing formal essays. The essay writing process is deconstructed into achievable milestones in order to increase writing proficiency. Grammar mechanics will be consistently practiced based on each student’s identified strengths and weaknesses. The course will conclude with an examination of types of writing found in the Bible.

ENG 2100 – English Composition II
This course builds upon existing knowledge of basic constructs and research skills for academic writing. Intellectual and analytical reasoning will be emphasized in continual research practices and writing throughout this course. Grammar mechanics will be consistently practiced through peer review methods. The course will conclude with strategies for research and reasoning applied to the Bible. (Prerequisite: EGL-1100 or equivalent)

English Professor 2015 - 2017
Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

Teach English composition courses.

Courses Taught:

ENGL 1101 English Composition I
This course embodies the fundamentals of effective expression with emphasis on the various forms of expository writing, logical and imaginative thinking, and reading for understanding. The course provides instruction in sentence structure, diction, organization of short essays, and correct usage of standard American English, documentation skills, and writing with sources.

ENGL 1102 English Composition 2 – Writing About Texts
This course focuses on understanding and writing about texts. The student will develop proficiency in evaluating written, visual, and filmic texts and in writing analytically about these texts. The course provides a solid introduction to research writing as well as college-level writing skills. This course includes reading and writing competencies.

Instructor/Course Designer 2015 - 2018
Bainbridge State College, Bainbridge, GA

Teach English composition courses.

Courses Taught and Developed:

ENGL 1101 English Composition I
Composition course focusing on the college-level skills needed for effective writing in a variety of contexts. The course develops your abilities to read, write, and think critically; at least one essay requires the use of research methods and materials. Students who complete this course will have practiced several times writing for the Regents’ Test.

Instructor 2015 - 2018
Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, SC

Teach writing and research courses.

Courses Taught:

ENG111 Writing and Inquiry
This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, and effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well - developed essays using standard written English.

ENG112 Writing and Research in the Discipline
This course, the second in a series of two, introduces research techniques, documentation styles, and writing strategies. Emphasis is placed on analyzing information and ideas and incorporating research findings into documented writing and research projects. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources using documentation appropriate to various disciplines.

College for America at Southern New Hampshire University 2015 –2016
Manchester, NH

Learning Coach

Engage with students through meaningful and effective communication to encourage pace and mastery of the degree’s 120 competencies. Active in the online community and are versed in social media and its effective applications to improve the learning community. Work collaboratively with the CFA team to improve, iterate, and build the program. Responsible for guiding students in planning a program path, setting and maintain pace and developing a support network, providing students with a primary and reliable point of contact.Participate in weekly team meetings and other trainings to develop best practices, and conducting outreach.

Professional Development Designer/Trainer

Designed and taught workshops related to professional development needs of student ambassadors in the CFA of SNHU program. Created workshops centered on professional skills needed in the work place. Recent projects include a three-part series on public speaking, building confidence when speaking, body language, and presentation skills.

Instructor/Course Designer/Subject Matter Expert 2013 - Present
Fortis College, Winter Park, FL

Developed and teach English composition courses.

Served as Subject Matter Expert for creation of accelerated 5 week course for ENG101.

Courses Taught & Developed:

ENG 101 English Composition
Course Description: Writing skills are essential to professional success. In this course students learn the major aspects of writing, beginning with components of the essay, and ending with full
essays of different modes of composition. Students go through the various writing stages and strategies and learn to adapt them to their own writing and learning preferences. They also acquire skills for generating ideas, preliminary outlining, topic selection, and drafting while learning to revise, rewrite, and polish structure and style for effective communication.

Instructor/Course Designer 2014 – 2015
Darton State College, Albany, GA

Developed and taught English composition courses.

Courses Taught and Developed:

ENGL 1011 English Composition
Course Description: This is a composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation, and also including introductory use of a variety of research skills. This course emphasizes the development of thought and expression through personal, informative, and persuasive essays. The course is concerned largely with the composing process involving substantial reading and analysis of ideas in preparation for written assignments. Students who successfully complete ENGL 1101 will be able to apply thinking processes to composition, demonstrate competence in writing personal, informative, and persuasive essays, collect and synthesize material for essays, employ various basic research skills, express clarity of style, content, and grammar in writing timed essays on unannounced topics.

ENGL 1012 English Composition II
ENGL 1102 is a composition course that develops writing skills that emphasizes interpretation and evaluation, and that incorporates a variety of advanced research methods. This course includes the development of thought and expression through critical analysis and emphasizes style, content, and organization of essays. This course includes the planning and writing of analytical essays and continues the development of reading, speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Course activities involve reading and discussion of literary genres, review as needed of punctuation and grammar, and library research.

Educational Article Writer 2013 – 2014
Demand Media Studios, Online

Produced a wide-range of article to various clients such as GlobalPost, ehow.com, Seattle P-I, and Synonym.com.

Types of articles include lesson plans, higher education degree information and comparisons between degrees, analysis of literary works, and how-to articles.

Completed all articles before deadlines and keep in close contact with editors through the writing and revision process.

English and Essay Writing Tutor 2010 - 2014
Tutor.com, New York, NY

Conducted one-on-one online tutoring/teaching sessions with college and high school students. Conducted lectures and discussions on specific literary works as per student’s assignments. Provided feedback on essay composition and proofreading/editing direction to students. Assisted students in literary analysis revolving around major genres and time periods. Instructed students in grammar, punctuation, and every genre of essay writing. Worked with students on completion of worksheets, research skills, and proper citation skills. Conducted approximately 200 one-on-one sessions per month with various grade level students. Extensive instruction and assistance provided to ESL students of all levels.

Professional Experience

Nick’s Night Club 2009 – 2010
Night Manager, Chico, CA

Managed night operations as head bartender and night manager while maintaining an accelerated academic schedule. Maintain excellent customer service for large night club and concert venue with two bars. Responsible for hiring of new bar backs and payroll, inventory and cash management.

The Dance Academy 2005 – 2009
Ballet Instructor/ Office Manager, Show Low, AZ

Implemented and designed a curriculum for remedial dance students at selective and private theater. Provided instruction in ballet and modern dance styles. Office manager duties included registrations of students and companies, accounting, tax preparation, maintaining all files, and handing all aspects of management of boutique sales.

Entrepreneurial Experience

Dreaming to Living 2013 - 2016

Business coaching, solutions engineer, strategy and development consulting.

Formal Education

EdD, Higher Education Leadership Expected 2019
Credits completed 65
City University of Seattle, Seattle, WA

MA, English 2013
National University, La Jolla, CA

BA, English 2011
National University, La Jolla, CA

AA, Liberal Arts 2006
Taft College, Taft, CA

Educational Training

TEFL 2018
Tomorrow Advancing Learning

ADDIE 2017

Instructional Design Essentials 2016

Adobe Captivate 9 2016

Improving Retention 2016
EA Virtual Training Academy

Online Writing Course Focuses on Writing, and Isn’t That 2015
What We’ve Been Aiming For?
National Council for Teachers of English

Teach with Rubrics 2015
Fortis College

Overcoming Limitations of Common Teaching Methods 2015
Fortis College

Prompts to Help Students Reflect on How They Learn 2015
Fortis College

Title IX Compliance 2015
Darton State College

Increasing Instructor Presence in Distance Education 2015
Fortis College

Shifting the Paradigm: An Academic Literacy Model for Reading Acceleration 2015

Assessment Methods for the Online Course 2015

Make Lectures More Participatory Grading Bias and Consistency 2015
Fortis College

Cyber Security 2015
American InterContinental University

Blackboard Collaborate 2014
Fortis College

Blackboard Technical Skills 2014
Fortis College

Challenging the Online Student 2014

Engaging Instructional Methods in Distance Education 2014
Fortis College

Accreditation in Higher Education 2013
Fortis College

Memberships and Affiliations

Online Learning Consortium 2016
Women in Literacy and Life Assembly: National Council of Teachers of 2015
English Gender Studies Group

Modern Language Association 2015
American Educational Research Association 2015
Association of Writers & Writing Programs 2015
Association of Leadership Educators 2015
Romance Writers Association 2014
Teaching English in the Two Year College 2013
California Teachers of English 2012
Conference on College Composition and Communication 2012
National Council of Teachers of English 2010
Academic Integrity Hearing Committee, Fortis College As Needed
Community Service and Leadership

Writing Judge 2018
Association of Leadership Educators

Writing Judge 2017
Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards established by the
National Council of Teachers of English

Secondary Section Reviewer 2016
2016 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention.

Secondary Section Reviewer 2015
2015 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention.

Writing Judge 2014
Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards established by the
National Council of Teachers of English

Fundraising Volunteer 2014
Valley Oak Veterinary Center

Professional and Scholarly Presentations

Smith, T. (2015, February). Strategic Leadership using Innovative Methods, presentation, Wrex Products Inc., Chico, CA.

Smith T. (2015, October). Best practices for the online environment, presentation, American Intercontinental University, Schaumburg IL.

Conferences Attended

FUSION 2016 Conference July 2017

Technology in Education from around the world gathered to share innovative approaches, software, and tools to aid in educating world.

College of Composition and Communication Annual Convention October 2015

Annual convention for the CCCC extension of the National Council of Teachers of English.

English Council of California Two Year College 2015 Conference March 2015

Colleagues from around California gathered to share innovative approaches to the teaching of reading and composition in the community college.

Residencies and Colloquia

Doctoral Residency 1 June 2017
City University of Seattle

Doctoral Residency 2 & 3 June 2016
City University of Seattle

Articles and Research

Smith, T. (2015). Decision-making paradigms, work place dynamics, and their applications.
International Journal of Managerial Studies and Research, 3(6), 1-4. Retrieved from:
(concealed information)

Smith, T. (2014). The matriarch of Bath – Chaucer’s feminist insights. International Journal of Literature
and Arts. Retrieved from:
(concealed information)

Smith, T. (2012). From trickster to heroic savior: Jake Sully’s journey in avatar.
American Popular Culture. Retrieved from:
(concealed information)

Smith, T. (2012). Top rated distance education doctoral programs in the US. Synonym. Retrieved from:
(concealed information)

Articles Cited In

Mauk, J., Stayer, J., Mauk, K. (2013, January). Think About It. 1st edition. Pg. 224 – 230.

Awards and Honors

Excellence In Teaching 2018
American Intercontinental University

Excellence In Teaching 2017
American Intercontinental University

Pennacle Non-Traditional Honors 2011
National University for Academic Excellence

Magna Cum Laude Graduation Honors 2011
National University for Academic Excellent

Magna Cum Laude Graduation Honors 2006
Taft College for Academic Excellence

Phi Beta Kappa 2005
Taft College for Academic Excellence

Graduated Valedictorian 2004
Hearthstone Charter School, Chico, CA

Highly Competent Subject Areas


Blackboard Collaborate
MS Word
Macromedia Dream Weaver
Captivate 9
Office Front Page

Learning Management Systems:

Blackboard LMS

Subject Matter Expert:

English Composition I
English Composition II
English as a Second Language
Public Speaking
Introduction to Literature
World Literature
British Literature
Creative Writing
Instructional Design
Trends in Leadership

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