JANEL C. ATLAS
a: 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
EDITORIAL and ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS
Associate Editor, College English, (under Melissa Ianetta) 2017-2018
- Assist the editor with organizational and communication associated with running a large, acclaimed journal (6 issues per year)
Communicate with authors and reviewers, assist with planning slated issues, check citations
- Help usher manuscripts through the peer review process and then, upon acceptance, assist with cite checking, incorporating changes, ensuring appropriate permissions, and checking page proofs
Supervise two undergraduate student editorial assistants
- Helped plan longterm editorial schedule for guest-edited and special topic issues
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
Creative Nonfiction (306), Fall 2017
Designed a studio/workshop style creative nonfiction course taught as a second writing elective for majors and nonmajors. Assignments included experience-based; event-based; person-based; text-based; and reflection-based (writer’s statement) pieces. Final components included remediating one of their pieces for a digital environment and investigating possible publication venues for another.
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
First Year Composition. 2014-2015
Designed and taught English 110: Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017 (5 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
“Languaging Stories: Health, Narrative Work, and Research Ethics.” Co-facilitated roundtable. 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.” Postconvention Workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 2018.
- Co-facilitated with Melissa Ianetta, Stephanie Kerschbaum, Carolyne King, Lori Ostergaard, and Paul Prior, this presentation helped attendees develop a classroom based porject from research questions up to publishing resulting studies in an academic journal.
“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.