JANEL C. ATLAS
a: 016 Memorial Hall / University of Delaware / Newark / Delaware 19716
PhD University of Delaware (anticipated)
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Kerschbaum
M.A. University of Delaware, 2015
B.A. Messiah College, 2004
English Literature with Departmental Honors
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),
Review of Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe by Tina M. Campt, Cultural Studies, 28:1 (2014), 168-170.
“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
Graduate Assistant Director, Writing Centers, University of Delaware. 2016-2017
- One of three administrators in a tutoring center that oversees two writing centers staffed by approximately 80 undergraduate and graduate peer tutors and which offers over 3400 annual teaching hours
- Service a diverse clientele including both undergraduate and graduate students, non-native speakers, and continuing education students
- Serve as a Teaching Assistant for ENGL 372 Teaching Writing One-on-One, which introduces undergraduate tutors to Writing Center pedagogy
- Led university-wide workshops on a variety of topics, including proofreading, statements of purpose, and active voice vs. passive voice
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, Delaware Moms Magazine, The Delaware News Journal, and Babyzone.com
- worked for academic and business clients as a proofreader, copyeditor, and content editor
Co-Taught 392: 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, assisted with undergraduate original writing studies research projects
Composition Instructor. 2014-2015
Designed and taught English 110: Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015 (4 sections)
Writing Center Tutor. 2013-2014
Met with ESL, basic writers, and undergraduate and graduate student writers and worked with them one-on-one on their writing
“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
“Worried Writers: Talking about Anxiety in the University Writing Classroom.” Osher Institute. 1 March 2017.
- Invited guest speaker to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s UD Center for Material Culture Speaker Series.
“Still Writing and Talking about Stillbirth” presented at Christchurch Women’s Hospital. 12 April 2016.
- More than 50 health care professionals and social workers attended this talk in which I shared my personal experience of pregnancy loss and also gave specific and practice-based instruction about caring for families who have had a baby die.
“Writing Grief” writing workshop, facilitated for Sands New Zealand, Wellington-Upper Hutt Valley. 12 October 2015.
- A two-hour guided writing workshop with discussion, writing prompts, and presentation.
“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.
- Presentation and Q&A for undergraduate English and communications majors about how to get started as a freelance writer and editor.
“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 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.
- Invited talk in which I gave a medical overview of stillbirth and causes and shared my perspective as a parent, specifically how health care providers can have a positive impact on bereaved families.
INSTITUTIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Judge for UD’s First Year Experience essay competition. 2016.
- Read and evaluated more than 100 essays written by incoming first year students to select winners of the contest.
Member of the E110 Working Group. 2015.
- Over two semesters, met to discuss current E110 documents and revised E110 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.
- Helped conference chair set panel sessions schedule, managed registration desk and helped answer conference attendees’ questions.
Speaker at Brown Bag Lunch. October 2014.
- Presented “Don’t Wait, Remediate!” about multimodal research remediation projects.
Selection Committee, Arak Anthology. Fall 2013.
- Read and rated hundreds of submitted research papers for consideration in the Arak Anthology.
Co-presented “Getting Started in Twitter for Academics.” November 2012.
- Planned and presented a workshop about how academics can use Twitter to disseminate their research to a broader public and other scholars.