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Rachel Bara

139 Burrowes Building, University Park, PA 16802 EDUCATION The Pennsylvania State University Master of Fine Arts in English, May 2011 Fiction Writing; Concentration in American Literature Thesis: The Pleasures of Drought and Flood: Stories Adviser: Associate Professor Charlotte Holmes Smith College Bachelor of Arts, May 2002 English Language and Literature; Spanish minor University Park, PA

Northampton, MA

Universidad de Córdoba Córdoba, Spain Courses: History of the Roman Empire, Art History, Spanish Literature, Fall 2000 TEACHING EXPERIENCE Lecturer Summer 2011-Present The Pennsylvania State University – English Department, University Park, PA English 202C: Technical Writing (3 sections) English 202D: Business Writing (2 sections) English 015S: First-Year Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition (1 section) English 004: Basic Writing (1 section) Instructor Summers 2011, 2012 The Pennsylvania State University – Multicultural Engineering Program, University Park, PA Introduction to College English – Summer Bridge Program (3 sections) Graduate Teaching Assistant Fall 2008-Spring 2011 The Pennsylvania State University – English Department, University Park, PA English 212: Introduction to Fiction Writing (1 section) English 202A: Social Science Writing (1 section) English 050: Introduction to Creative Writing (1 section) English 015: Rhetoric and Composition (3 sections) English 015 – Learning Edge Academic Program: Rhetoric and Composition paired with a Social Problems course (1 section) English 005: Tutor in the Writing Center (3 semesters) Summer Instructor Summers 2004, 2005 Institute of Reading Development, New York, NY Taught reading enrichment classes to students from ages four to adult; Helped enhance their reading skills through phonics, vocabulary building, note-taking, and speed reading techniques; Encouraged an active enjoyment of literature.

Criminology. Art History. State College. NY Wrote grant proposal for survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury. 2006-June 2008 McGraw-Hill Higher Education. New York. 2011 Venture Club of Centre County. Communications. Reviewed individual state learning standards. 2010 Burrowes Street Youth Haven and Stormbreak Shelter. 2008 McGraw-Hill Companies. NY Assisted in development of national social studies textbook for first graders. New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 Years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Manahawkin. 2002-May 2004 Ocean County Library. Library Assistant Aug. Encouraged expression. VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Writing Group Leader Sept. style. Wrote chapter for a scouting handbook for inner-city children. PA Co-led writing group that met twice a month for at-risk teens from three local shelters. 2006-Jan. New York. Associate Editor Summer 2001.ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Editorial Coordinator Nov. interviews. and empathy. NY Aided in development and marketing of textbooks in the following fields: Sociology. Studied competing textbooks. Volunteer June 2010-Aug. 2009-Aug. focusing on narrative. English Graduate Organization. Harvey Cedars. World History. PA Performed community service to raise money and awareness for needy families. PSU Reading Series Coordinator/Treasurer. Interpersonal Communication: The Whole Story. NJ Hosted eight-week bilingual story-time (Spanish/English). Managed a team of freelancers and interns. LEADERSHIP MFA Representative. Oversaw the permissions process. Writers to the Rescue Volunteer Feb. 2006 McGraw-Hill/Macmillan. Utilized archives. PSU 2 Fall 2010-Spring 2011 Fall 2009-Spring 2010 . Maintained editorial process. 2005-Nov. Edited a series of profiles of recent college graduates with careers relevant to social science majors. Golden Light: The 1878 Diary of Captain Thomas Rose Lake. creativity. Anthropology: Appreciating Human Diversity. Sept. Anthropology. Under the Lighthouse: Memories of Barnegat City. NJ Edited manuscripts. periodicals. MFA Reading Series. Titles include: Chance of a Lifetime. and books to fact-check manuscripts. New York. Acted as ghostwriter for portions of books. Editorial Assistant Dec. State College. and consistency. Titles include: American Democracy Now. 2002-July 2003 Down the Shore Publishing. Developed writing prompts and exercises. Fielded reference questions in both the children’s and adult reference departments.

" Voices of Central PA. Colorado Review. Penn State University. April 2011. by Elizabeth Bradfield. 2012. WPSU's BookMark.” Guest visit to Julia Kasdorf’s graduate course.” Voices of Central PA. So Write it Up’: Writers Introduce Themselves to the Community. “‘Your Life’s a Story. Book Reviews Review of Big Bang Symphony. April 2011. by Shann Ray. "Award-Winning PSU Prof Discusses Her Work. Voices of Central PA. 2011. Review of Mattaponi Queen.” The Copperfield Review. 2010 Sept. 2008-May 2009 . March 2012. by Lucy Jane Bledsoe. October 2011. 3 Sept. Jan. Penn State Contemporary Poetry Reading Group.C. Colorado Review. PRESENTATIONS “Writer in the Community: A round table discussion. Review of American Masculine (Stories). “Introduction to novelist Rebecca Rasmussen. April 2011. by Ted Gilley.. Rain Taxi. Journalism “Students Confront Sexual Harassment” (Cover Story). May 2012 Review of Approaching Ice (Poems). 2011 Sept. by Belle Boggs. and The Still Point. 2011. Prairie Schooner. 2008-Aug. Green Mountains Review. Review of Panic (Poems). Recipient of Penn State's Institute for Arts and Humanities Summer Residency ($3000). by Jerry Gabriel. Winter 2009. forthcoming. Review of Bliss and Other Short Stories. Washington D. Feb.PUBLICATIONS Fiction “Helga and Josef. Review of Under Glass (Nonfiction). by Laura McCullough. July 2011. and Drowned Boy. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Member of AWP: The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Early Americanist Reading Group. Feb. 2011. by Jen Hirt. forthcoming.” Given prior to Rasmussen’s reading at Penn State University. 2010. Coldfront. 2008-Aug.” In proceedings of Pedagogy Forum at the Associated Writing Programs Conference. Sept. Penn State GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS Penn State Travel Grant ($230) to participate in Pedagogy Forum at AWP Conference. July 2011. by Amy Sackville. “Designer Combines Metal and Service.