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Seton Hill University

M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, 2012

Thesis, a novel length work, The Heart Absent, was published by New Libri Press in April, 2013. Completed “Teaching of Writing” course and courses in writing about fiction, marketing for writers and advanced studies in genre fiction.

California University of Pennsylvania

B.A. in English, 2006

Areas of Concentration: Creative Writing, Journalism & Literature

TEACHING EXPERIENCE                                                                        

Westmoreland County Community College, 2012-Present

Adjunct Instructor – Intermediate Writing, Reading, Public Speaking & Composition

Teach lecture based, face to face courses with online supplements including Blackboard. Develop syllabi, deliver lectures and closely interact with students to ensure their academic success.

“In Your Write Mind” Writer’s Conference at Seton Hill University, 2014

Alumni Workshop – “Public Speaking for Creative Professionals”

Developed and delivered a fifty minute lesson on public speaking for creative professionals. Also presented this module at the first annual Pennsylvania Literary Festival held in May 2014.

“In Your Write Mind” Writer’s Conference at Seton Hill University, 2013

Alumni Workshop – “Plucking Horror from the Headlines”

Developed and delivered a fifty minute lesson on drawing inspiration from news headlines for creative works.

Seton Hill University, 2011

Graduate Teaching Module – “Personal Marketing for Artists”

Successfully developed and delivered a fifty minute lesson on personal marketing for writers and other artists.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                                                

Pennsylvania Bridges, California, PA


Responsible for content of regularly updated online publication covering four counties. Guide freelancers to produce content. Edit and layout all articles for web publication.

Weekend Magazine/GO!, Calkins Media, Uniontown, PA

Coordinator/Editor, Aug. 2012 – Nov. 2013

Responsible for organizing content of entertainment publication.

California Focus, California, PA

Editor-in-Chief, Dec. 2005 – Nov. 2009

Responsible for the content and direction of a monthly regional newsmagazine. Worked closely with student and freelance writers to create and edit content.

Law Office of Lisa J. Buday, California, PA

Administrative Assistant, May 2008 – Aug. 2012

Provided clerical assistance to the firm’s sole practitioner.

Liberty Rose Inc., California, PA

Consultant, June 1998 – Nov. 2009

Assisted the President with identifying and implementing creative endeavors. Authored all copy for clientele. Created content for client web sites and constructed those sites.                                

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE                                                                     

Jozart Center for the Arts, California, PA

President, Board of Directors, Aug. 2010 – Present

Founded and continuously operate a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization that aims to preserve and promote the arts in the Mon Valley region. Plan, coordinate and promote events and activities.

Arts in the City, Uniontown, PA

Member, Planning Committee, 2005 – 2007

Cultural Arts Exposition, California, PA

Member, Planning Committee, 2003 – 2004

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS                                                   

“125 Years of Jack the Ripper”

Guest Speaker at the Uniontown College Club’s quarterly meeting, 2013

“The Women of Popular Fiction”

Commencement Speaker, Seton Hill University WPF graduation ceremony, 2012

“The Continued Fascination with Jack the Ripper”

Paper presented at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2011

“Bound & Gagged: Women vs. the Media”

Mixed media presentation delivered at Audrey Beth Fitch Annual Women’s Studies Conference, California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, 2007


Available upon request.

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