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VANESSA SCHMOLKE

416 West C Street Moscow, ID 83843


(208) 596-5115
vanessa.schmolke@gmail.com

EDUCATION

Master of Arts, English Literature (in progress)
University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, U.S.A., May 2015
Cumulative GPA: 3.5

Master of Arts, Anglophone Cultural Studies
Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany, March 2013
Overall GPA: 3.5
M.A. Thesis: Dealing with the Invisible: the Presentation of Environmental Threats in Sandra
Steingrabers Living Downstream

Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Studies
Major: English, Minor: German
Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany, March 2011
Overall GPA: 3.0
Title of the B.A. Thesis: The Significance of Environmental Journalism in the U.S.A

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

English 102: College Writing and Rhetoric, Spring 2014 Fall 2014
Teaching Assistant, University of Idaho
Taught three sections (three sections of 26 students), focusing on the composition of an academic
research paper. Students learned how to find a topic, research sources online and in the library and
include the available information into their writing. Further major assignments include an exploratory
essay, an argumentative paper and the oral presentation of the research paper.

English 101: Introduction to College Writing, Fall 2013
Teaching Assistant, University of Idaho
Taught two sections (two sections of 26 students), introducing the basic concepts of rhetoric as well
as deepening reading comprehension in general. The major assignments in this class intended to
introduce students to different writing genres and form critical thinking skills while forming thesis
statements and arguments.




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AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Grace V. Nixon Scholarship, 2,500/year. University of Idaho, Academic Year 2014/15

Estelle Jones Sauve Scholarship, 1,250/year. University of Idaho, Academic Year 2014/15

Teaching Assistantship Fellowship, University of Idaho, Fall 2013 Spring 2015

PROMOS Stipendium, 1,200 in total. Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 2012

PRESENTATIONS

The Personal Voice of Environmental Women Writers. Panel on Environmental Thoughts and
Ecocriticism at the English Literature Graduate Student Conference at the University of Idaho;
Moscow, ID. March 2014.

RELATED WORK AND WRITING EXPERIENCE


Editorial Assistant, Radio SAW
Magdeburg, Germany, October 2007 to July 2013
Wrote news scripts for weather, traffic and sports information that was read from by the presenter in
charge. Tape edited news broadcast with modern radio technology and Adobe Audition. Responded
to listeners feedback via telephone and email.

Research Assistant, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
Magdeburg, Germany, April 2012 - September 2012
Collaborated on academic research and publications. Assisted with the preparation of lesson plans for
literature and cultural studies college seminars. Searched for academic publications that needed to
supplement the library reference shelves in the humanities section.

Public Relations Intern, German Environmental Protection Agency
Dessau, Germany, July 2011 - September 2011
Wrote press releases informing about current issues of the agencys activities addressed to major
national media outlets. Rephrased environmental scientific texts into more common comprehensive
style. Edited official public relations texts such as brochures and flyers. Blogged and posted via the
numerous social media channels.




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Public Relations Intern, Ministry of Culture and Education Saxony-Anhalt
Magdeburg, Germany, May 2010 July 2010
Wrote and researched news releases addressed to local and national media outlets. Prepared inquiries
for official appointments of the minister and assisted in the preparation of press conferences.
Compiled a daily press review including all relevant news reports from local and national newspapers.

Editorial Intern, MDR Broadcast
Magdeburg, Germany, August 2009 - September 2009
Developed independently television reports as well as assisted in the production of broadcast reports
with more experienced editors. Prepared interview questions and conducted the interview after the
editors approval. Researched information for various rubrics.

CONFERENCES ATTENDED _________

Common Ground: English Literature Graduate Student Conference, March 2014, Moscow,
ID.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, February 2014, Seattle, WA.

18. Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium (18
th
Northern German Linguistic Colloquium),
March 2012, Potsdam, Germany.

The Shaping Power of Risk: Literature, Culture, Environment, February 2012, Bayreuth,
Germany.

SERVICE AND COMMITTEE WORK _________

Potlatch School Libraries Project, Volunteer Community Work, Potlatch High School and
Elementary School, Spring 2014.

Seattle Area German American School, Volunteer in the After Care Program, SAGA School
Seattle, Spring 2014.

English Literature Graduate Student Conference, Member of the Organization Committee,
University of Idaho, January March 2014

English 101 Portfolio Reading Committee, University of Idaho, Winter 2013.