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Innovative Educator and Public Historian with expertise in appropriating a zeal
for the study of, and engagement with, history in both academic and cultural
institutions. Uniquely qualified in addressing individual learning styles, including ESL
and at-risk students, through effective communication and a supportive, engaging
environment. Broad experience in utilizing the relevance of history to catalyze
community heritage and preservation initiatives. Actively pursuing ways to bridge
the gap between non-academic history enthusiasts, professional historians, and
museum practitioners. Igniter of meaningful conversations about the value of
history in our everyday lives and the importance of the study of history as a
discipline. Adept at crafting dynamic historical narratives for academic and general
PhD Researcher, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom
Museum Studies and Applied History Program
Mixed methods, research and practiced based focus on applications of social
inclusion in participation, representation, and access in exhibits and education
programs in American maritime museums.
Anticipated Graduation - 2018
Master of Arts, History, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
American History - GPA 3.91
Areas of research: United States, Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century Social and
Cultural History, Maritime with a focus on freshwater coastal and inland port towns,
the African American experience. Themes: interaction of economic systems and
cultural structure, labor and white nationalism, national memory, myths and
Master Tutoring Certificate
College Learning and Reading Association
Historian/Project Consultant The Worley Cemetery Community History
and Revitalization Initiative
This project is currently in the initial phases of cleanup and is a collaboration
between grassroots community activist Ervin Rainey and urban ministry
organization, Hope for the Inner City. The Worley Cemetery is located in the historic
neighborhood of Avondale in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is estimated to have
nearly 100 graves, 75 of which are unmarked. The purpose of this project is to
transform this abandoned site into a source point of civic pride for the underserved

African American community while providing students, history enthusiasts, and

genealogists, an outdoor museum to study local history through material culture.
Conduct historical research and provide expertise and support for grassroots
preservation including:
o Kickstarter fundraiser for ongoing maintenance after initial cleanup
including sponsor-a-grave.
o Develop a collaborative partnering with UTC History Club- research,
mapping, and identification support from students.
o Create social media presence through branding webpage, Facebook
and Vimeo for the purpose of soliciting donations, generating interest
in local history, and providing progress updates on the various phases
of the project.
o Partner with National Council on Public History as a guest blogger.
Coordinator, Great Lakes Region - American Merchant Marine Veterans
Oral History Project (as needed, ongoing)
This project was made possible by a grant received by The Seamens Church
Institute, the worlds largest mariners service organization. The primary goal of this
project is to record as many interviews as possible with veteran members of the
merchant marine from branches all over the country. At its core, this project is about
restoring the merchant marine to its rightful place within the historical record.
Facilitate collaborations with various institutions including veteran
organizations, historical societies, museums, schools and maritime-related
Support participants in the project with necessary materials including
questionnaire, recording tips, release forms.
Educate participants in the use of the archival software platform that allows
individual and intuitional partners to upload clips from the interviews and
display them alongside photographs and other digitized archival material.
Actively engage in community outreach to encourage active participation in
conducting interviews while driving traffic to the digital memory repository
housed on the SCI designated website.
Project Consultant -The African American Research Library and Cultural
Center (AARLCC) Teen Oral History Project (2009)
AARLC is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is one of three premiere research
libraries in the U.S. dedicated to the African American experience.
Development of an oral history workshop for the Youth Services Division that
served as an introduction to the basic techniques of researching and
conducting oral histories.
Provided young adults ages 12-17 with a casual learning environment for
gathering interviews from their extended family network as a way to develop
a deeper understanding of the ways families stay connected to each other
and their the communities.
Drafted learning modules for participants to use as a data gathering tool that
compared and contrasted the evolution of social and cultural values in their
families and communities.

Contentious Body Conference Program Team Member University of

Leicester (ongoing)
Conference date November 5-8, 2015
Designing and compiling the Conference Program, including timetable of
events, abstracts and key information for delegates.
Liaising with the Treasurer to ensure the Program is delivered on time and on
budget, and contains any sponsor advertisements as specified.
Liaising with the Webmaster to disseminate Conference Program online.
Adult GED Tutor- Northside Neighborhood House (present)
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Facilitate literacy skills in preparation for the GED exam through one-to-one
Collaborate with Adult Education Director in the creation of course syllabi to
enhance existing teaching materials.
Research and integrate appropriate applications and educational platforms
including NoRedInk and Desire2Learn for the purpose of enhancing both the
in-classroom, self-study portion of the program.
Fundraising and Exhibit and Programming Committees - Benzie Area
Historical Museum (2013-2014)
Benzonia, Michigan
Benzie Celebrates Historic Businesses: Luedtke Engineering Produced
video for the June 29, 2014 fundraiser to raise money for the electrical and
lighting needs of the Benzie Area Historical Society. The video is posted on
The Etiquette of Calling Cards temporary exhibit- launch date April 1, 2014.
Former Board Member- Almira Historical Society, Lake Ann, Michigan (20132014)
Event Coordinator -The Red Hand Day Campaign, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
A global initiative to stop the use of child soldiers in armed conflicts around the
world. The project included a lecture and red hand craft project at The African
American Research Library and Cultural Center and Whole Foods in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. Over 125 red hands were collected at both locations and sent to the
United Nations in Geneva.
Writing Consultant - The University Center for Excellence in Writing
(UCEW) Florida Atlantic University Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton,
Florida (2012-2013)
Assisted students, staff and faculty through various stages of the writing
process from brainstorming to revisions.

Coordinated with faculty on establishing foundational aspects of writing to

support Florida Atlantic Universitys Writing Across the Curriculum program by
tracking student progress though TutorTrac.
Participated in the development and implementation of a research project on
learning styles in a university writing center setting titled Self-Reflection and
Moments-of-Decision, and presented the initial findings at the Southeastern
Writing Centers Association Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Davie,
Florida, February 21-23, 2013.

Research Assistant - Florida Atlantic University Library, Special Collections

Boca Raton, Florida
Worked primarily with The Marvin and Sybil Weiner, Spirit of America
Collection translating documents pertaining to the French Revolution for the
purpose of creating user-friendly finding aids.
Graduate Teaching Assistant Florida Atlantic University (2010-2012)
Boca Raton, Florida
Courses - History of World Civilizations and United States History to 1877.
Facilitated two courses each semester with approximately 25-30 students per
Prepared weekly lesson plans, administered tests and quizzes, and shaped
teaching strategies that fostered success and ensured each student reached
the next level of academic achievement.
A Gesture of Liking - Visiting Cards and Social Customs in Victorian
Benzie Benzie Area Historical
Museum Newsletter, Summer, 2014.
Reimagining Social Spaces: Old Mission Peninsula Township Park
Commission and Land
Management Peninsula East Life, November 2013.
Coming on Deck: Black Jacks and Iron Ore Terriers: African American
Maritime Laborers on the Great
Lakes, 1877-1929, Ohio Valley History Conference, October 11, 2012.
Steamboat Jack: The Degenerate Scion of a Noble Line Early Cleveland,
Contested Spaces, and The
Western Seamens Friend Society, North American Society for Oceanic
History Conference
Alpena, Michigan, May 17, 2013.
Hannah Marine Corporation: The First 75 Years unpublished corporate
history commemorating the
75th anniversary of the iconic Great Lakes Marine Transportation Company.

Ongoing coursework through ION, the University of Illinois Online Network with the
goal of completing the Master of Online Teaching Certificate. Adobe Photoshop,
Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), Media100 Video editing system,
Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard Education Platforms, PastPerfect Museum
software,SurveyMonkey online questionnaire software, French translation
proficiency. Adept at incorporating relevant applications of social media including
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Wordpress, in a learning environment.
National Council on Public History, American Alliance of Museums, Association for
Great Lakes Maritime History, North American Society for Oceanic History,
Organization for American Historians, Phi Alpha Theta, Southeastern Writing Center
Association, Historians Against Slavery, Association for Gravestone Studies.