email: janelatlas@gmail.com

address: Christchurch / New Zealand

PhD in English
, University of Delaware (anticipated)
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Kerschbaum

M.A. in English, University of Delaware, 2015

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with Departmental Honors, Messiah College, 2004

Associate Editor, College English. August 2017 — May 2018

  • Assisted the editor with organization and communication associated with running a large, highly prestigious academic journal (6 issues per year with a less than 5% acceptance rate).
  • Communicated regularly with authors and reviewers, coordinated slated issues, performed proofreading and citation checks on accepted essays.
  • Ushered manuscripts through the peer review process, organized citation checking, incorporated author changes, ensured appropriate permissions, and checked page proofs.
  • Supervised two undergraduate editorial assistants and trained them in proofreading and citation-checking manuscripts.
  • Helped create the long-term editorial schedule for guest-edited and special topic issues.

Assistant Director, Writing Centers, University of Delaware. 2016 — 2017

  • Served as one of three administrators in a tutoring center that oversees two writing centers staffed by 80 undergraduate and graduate peer tutors and which offer more than 3400 annual teaching hours.
  • Trained and mentored undergraduate and graduate writing tutors who served a diverse clientele including undergraduate and graduate students, non-native speakers, and continuing education students.
  • Designed and led university-wide workshops on a variety of topics: proofreading, statements of purpose, and active voice versus passive voice in writing

Self-employed freelance writer and editor. 2004 — 2012

  • Wrote more than 400 articles for regional and national publications in a variety of online and print publications, including Sigma Tau Delta’s national newsletter, Reading Today, The News JournalDelaware Moms MagazineThe Delaware News Journal, and Babyzone.com.
  • Excelled as a sought-after proofreader, copyeditor, and content editor for clients from the academic, education, non-profit, and business sectors.

They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth. (Editor and Contributor). Rowman & Littlefield. 2010.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Atlas, J. (2017). Telling a Story of Stillbirth: Accepting the Limits of Narrative. Survive and Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine, 3(1).

Digital Publications

“Bereaved Families Need Compassionate Presence.” KevinMD. 7 March 2017. Web. http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2017/03/bereaved-families-need-compassionate-presence.html

“Creativity, Play, and Work in the Writing Center: Elizabeth Boquet Set to Deliver IWCA/NCPTW 2014 Keynote Address.” International Writing Center Association. 2 April 2014. Web. http://writingcenters.org/2014/09/02/creativity-play-and-work-in-the-writing-center-elizabeth-boquet-set-to-deliver-iwcancptw-2014-conference-keynote-address/

“Telling a Story of Stillbirth: Accepting the Limits of Narrative.” Medium.com. 9 May 2014. Web. https://medium.com/bereavement-and-mourning/telling-a-story-of-stillbirth-2f7a2f1dc473#.c7bzbathp

Book Reviews

Review of The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (Oxford UP, 2017) by Rita Charon et al. Health Communication, ahead-of-print (ahead-of-print), (November 2017), pp. 1–2.

Review of Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe by Tina M. Campt, Cultural Studies, 28:1 (2014), pp. 168—170.


Creative Nonfiction, Fall 2017: Designed a studio/workshop style creative nonfiction course taught as a second writing elective for majors and non-majors.

Teaching Writing One-to-One, Fall 2016: With Writing Center director, co-taught 3-credit course for training writing center tutors in research-based writing pedagogy.

First Year Composition. 2014 — 2015, 2017: Designed and taught introduction to university writing.

Writing Center Tutor. 2013-2014: Coached ESL, basic writers, and undergraduate and graduate student writers.


“To Touch and Be Touched: Digital Babyloss Stories.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Kansas City, Missouri. March 2018.

“Babyloss, Personal Narrative, and Disability: Women’s Stories of Pregnancy Loss.” Disability Matters: Making the Convention Real. Dunedin, New Zealand. November 2017.

“Cultivating Compassion, Accepting Anxiety: Embracing the Role of Emotion in Composition.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, Oregon. March 2017.

“Reading Diversity, Writing Diversity: Enhancing Literacy Narratives with Critical Reading Assignments in the Composition Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, Florida. March 2015.

“Sui Sin Far’s Mothers: Infanticide and Loss in Chinatown.” Mothers, Mothering, and Motherhood in Literature. Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario. October 2014.

“Generative Blanks: Using They Say/I Say Templates in the Writing Center,” International Writing Center Association and National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Orlando, Florida. October 2014.

“Recalling the Prodigal Son: Ecological Responsibility in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer,” American Academy of Religion’s International Conference. San Antonio, Texas. November 2004.

Invited Speaker Presentations and Workshops

“Teacher-Researcher: Creating, Conducting, and Publishing Classroom Research to Inform Practice.” Post-convention Workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication. 18 March 2018.

“Worried Writers: Talking about Anxiety in the University Writing Classroom.” University of Delaware Osher Institute. 1 March 2017.

“Still Writing and Talking about Stillbirth” presented at Christchurch Women’s Hospital. 12 April 2016.

“Writing Grief” writing workshop, facilitated for Sands New Zealand, Wellington-Upper Hutt Valley. 12 October 2015.

“Telling A Story of Stillbirth” presented to Sands New Zealand, Wellington-Upper Hutt Valley. 12 October 2015.

“Breaking into Freelancing: A Workshop” presented to the Messiah College English Department. April 2012.

“They Were Still Born: Personal Stories About Stillbirth” presented at Messiah College. April 2012.

“Supporting Families through Pregnancy and Infant Loss: A Parent’s Perspective” presented to medical students at world-renowned Penn State/Hershey Medical Center. October 2011.

“Stillbirth: A Parent’s Story” presented to Nursing Honors Society at Delaware Technical and Community College. May 2011.


Judge for UD’s First Year Experience essay competition. 2016, 2017

  • Adjudicated more than 300 essays written by incoming first year students to select winners and runners up of the writing competition.

Member of the University Writing Program Working Group. 2015.

  • Identified and communicated in writing and in person about the university writing program.
  • Collaboratively revised program goals and practices to better describe writing instruction at the University of Delaware.

Assistant Chair, International Writing Association / National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. October 2014.

  • Scheduled panel sessions with more than 20 concurrent sessions and more than 2,000 attendees.
  • Managed registration desk and answered attendees’ questions.

Selection Committee, Arak Anthology. Fall 2013.

  • Assessed and rated hundreds of submitted research papers for consideration in the Arak Anthology.
  • Collaboratively selected winning entries with the Arak committee members.

Co-presented “Getting Started in Twitter for Academics.” November 2012.

  • Planned and presented a workshop to teach academics how to use Twitter to disseminate their research to a broader public and to other scholars.


(updated 5 July 2018)


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