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ALYSSA J.

HERMAN
ajherm1@ilstu.edu
Normal, Illinois 61761 www.alyssajherman.com

EDUCATION

Illinois State University, May 2020


Master of Arts in English
Emphasis: Technical Writing & Rhetorics
Areas of Interest: Digital Rhetoric, User Experience, Usability/Accessibility Research & Testing

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, January 2018


Bachelor of Arts in English
Major: English Literature; Minor: Linguistics
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors College
Honors Thesis: “‘Realms of Love’: Gender and Language Fluidity in Tennyson’s In Memoriam”

CURRENT POSITIONS

Graduate Teaching Assistant


Illinois State University
August 2018-Present

Editor/Reviewer
Grassroots Writing Research Journal
October 2018 (In Progress)

Bookkeeper
Kwik Trip #742, Oshkosh
May 2017-Present

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Department of English, Illinois State University, August 2018-Present

Instructor, Spring 2019


English 101—Composition As Critical Inquiry (Undergraduate FYC Course)

Co-Instructor, Fall 2018


English 101.10—Composition As Critical Inquiry (Undergraduate FYC Course)
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Honors Thesis, January 2018


Course: English 474—Individual capstone course for the Honors College
Advisor: Dr. Pascale McCullough Manning
Thesis: “‘Realms of Love’: Gender and Language Fluidity in Tennyson’s In Memoriam”
Thirty-page research paper; Featured in UW Oshkosh Today
Feature: www.uwosh.edu/today/54062/uwo-student-analyzes-feelings-friendship-love-150-
year-old-poem
Available: www.alyssajherman.com/research/

Digital Zine, December 2017


Course: English 387—Digital Rhetoric in Health & Medicine
Professor: Dr. Maria Novotny; Co-creator: Jasmine Knobloch
Final Project: “What is a Gamer?: Female Representation and Internet Toxicity”
Academic zine created for Level Up!, a feminist gaming initiative sponsored by the
UW Oshkosh Women’s Center
Available: www.issuu.com/alyssa.j.herman/docs/digital_zine

English Major Capstone, May 2017


Course: English 481—Seminar in English Studies
Professor: Dr. Christine Roth
Final Paper: “The Semiotics of Howl: Reinventing Ginsberg’s Criticisms through Animation”
Available: www.alyssajherman.com/research/

Stylistic Analysis, May 2017


Course: English 452—Applied Linguistics
Professor: Dr. Margaret Hostetler
Final Project: “Age-Specific Stylistic Features in Electronic Communications”

Linguistics Fieldwork, September-December 2016


Course: English 383—Introduction to English Linguistics
Professor: Dr. Margaret Hostetler
A semester-long project including recorded data collection, transcription, & four types of
linguistic analyses: ethno-social, morphological, syntactic, & semantic analyses of the recorded
mini-corpus.

PUBLICATIONS
Multimedia & Digital Works

Adams, Nicole, Asher Erickson, Katie Flynn, Alyssa Herman, Griffin Reese, Alicia Moon, Jasmine
Knobloch, Maddy Vasseau, and Maria Novotny. (2018). “Digital Rhetoric, Surveillance Studies, &
Health: Becoming Student Advocates and Promoting Critical Digital Literacy Practices at Two
Campus Centers.”
Contribution to a collaborative web-text produced for the University of Michigan Sweetland
Digital Rhetoric Collaborative
Available: www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org/2018/03/26/digital-rhetoric-surveillance-
studies-health-becoming-student-advocates-and-promoting-critical-digital-literacy-practices-
at-two-campus-centers/

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FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, & AWARDS

Graduate Merit Fellowship, September 2018


$3,000 renewable fellowship
From the Graduate School at Illinois State University

Outstanding Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award, April 2018


$100 award for presentation at Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity
From the Office of Student Research and Creative Activity at UW Oshkosh

Undergraduate Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant, April 2017


$490 research grant for Honors Thesis
From the Office of Student Research and Creative Activity at UW Oshkosh

PRESENTATIONS

Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity, April 2018


“‘Realms of Love’: Gender and Language Fluidity in Tennyson’s In Memoriam”
Presentation of Honors Thesis at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Department of English Undergraduate Symposium, April 2018


“‘Realms of Love’: Gender and Language Fluidity in Tennyson’s In Memoriam”
Presentation of Honors Thesis at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Honors Thesis Symposium, December 2017


“‘Realms of Love’: Gender and Language Fluidity in Tennyson’s In Memoriam”
Presentation of Honors Thesis at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
Department of English Undergraduate Symposium, April 2018
“From Abstract to Elaboration: Presenting Undergraduate Research”
UW Oshkosh Participants: Alyssa Herman, Madi Hass, Merry Norby, & Brynne Norgard

LEADERSHIP & SERVICE

Professional Growth Committee, August 2018-Present


Illinois State University
Responsible for initiating & supporting opportunities for professional growth & development

Graduate OmBuds Committee, August 2018-Present


Illinois State University
Responsible for providing unbiased mediation for problems graduate students may encounter

Sigma Tau Delta, January 2017-January 2018


President of the UW Oshkosh chapter, Lambda Mu
International English Honors Society
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Applied for & maintained campus recognition; attended student assembly & senate meetings;
attended budget hearings; recruited new members; hosted Lambda Mu induction ceremony;
co-hosted resume & cover letter workshop with Dr. Maria Novotny; hosted poetry reading &
introduced speaker, Susanne Petermann; participated in fundraising activities; & represented
Lambda Mu at the Fall 2017 Taste of UW Oshkosh.

UW Oshkosh English Club, September 2015-January 2018


Assisted in book drive for Oaklawn Elementary School; edited CFP for the English
Department’s Undergraduate English Symposium; attended budget hearings; represented the
English Club at the Fall 2017 Taste of UW Oshkosh; recruited new members; & helped plan
private events.

Wisconsin Review Reader, September 2015-January 2017


Literary journal at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Read & evaluated works of poetry, fiction, & non-fiction; & determined whether submissions
should be published or sent back to the author for further revision.

Private Writing Consultant, September 2014-January 2018


Consulted one-to-one with local high school & college students; read, edited, & gave feedback
on pieces of writing, presentations, & speeches; & developed individualized writing strategies.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Microaggressions Bystander Training, November 2018


Illinois State University’s Student Counseling Services
Bystander intervention training on racial microaggressions

First Year Composition Instructor Orientation, August 2018


Illinois State University’s Writing Program
Two-week orientation on how to effectively teach a first-year composition course within the
Illinois State University Writing Program curriculum

SAFE Training (Students, Staff, and Faculty for Equality), May 2016
UW Oshkosh’s LGBTQ+ Resource Center
Three-hour interactive workshop on how to be an effective ally to the LGBTQ+ community

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCIES

Document Design: Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, Prezi, Canva


Digital Publishing: Issuu, Submittable
Website Development: WordPress
Coding: HTML
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, LinkedIn
Video: Window Movie Maker, iMovie
Learning Management Systems: D2L, ReggieNet, Eli Review

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