EDUCATION                

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Seattle, WA, 2012-2014

  • M.A. in Theology & Culture, Concentration in Theology, Imagination, & the Arts
  • Thesis: “Canonizing Augustine’s Concubine: An Exploration of St. Augustine’s Theology of Desire through John Updike’s Fiction”
    • Applied a feminist theological lens in critiquing not only Updike’s (mis)reading of Confessions but also Augustine’s legacy in conversations on sexual desire and the Church.
  • GPA: 3.89

Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, IN, 2008-2012

  • B.S. in Journalism and Writing, Concentration in Multimedia
  • GPA: 3.83, magna cum laude

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant Instructor                                                                                                                                          

BTI 503 Old Testament Genre

Summers 2015, 2016

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Supervisor: Bob Ekblad, ThD (2015), J.P. Kang, PhD (2016)

  • Assessed written work of 75 first-, second-, and third-year counseling and theology students.
  • Held weekly office hours.
  • Assisted students one-on-one in their research and writing process.                                                                                                                      
TCE 575B Theology of Eroticism                                                                      

Spring 2016

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Supervisor: Dan B. Allender, PhD

  • Assessed written and creative work of 30 first-, second- and third-year counseling and theology students.
  • Assisted students one-on-one in their research and writing process.
  • Lectured on desire in the Christian tradition.                                                                                                                                                  
TCE 509 Theology II: Constructing the Theological Mosaic—Spirit, Church, and Last Things

Spring 2016

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Supervisor: Chelle Stearns, PhD

  • Assessed written and creative work of 60 second- and third-year counseling and theology students.
  • Held weekly office hours.
  • Assisted students one-on-one in their research and writing process.
  • Facilitated a small interdisciplinary seminar.
  • Lectured on utopians/dystopian narratives and eschatological hope.

                                        

TCE 508 Theology I: Constructing the Theological Mosaic—God, Humanity, Christ                              

Fall 2015

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Supervisor: Chelle Stearns, PhD

  • Assessed written and creative work of 86 second- and third-year counseling and theology students.
  • Held weekly office hours.
  • Assisted students one-on-one in their research and writing process.
  • Facilitated weekly seminar section with 23 theology students.
  • Lectured on Trinitarian theology and gender.                                                                                                         
BTI 504 Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: A New Testament Survey

Spring 2015

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Supervisor: Blaine Charette, PhD

  • Assessed written work of 75 first-, second-, and third-year counseling and theology students
  • Held weekly office hours.
  • Assisted students one-on-one in their research and writing process.
  • Presented on research methods.                                                                                                    
CSL 527 Faith, Hope, and Love: Ultimate Relational Concerns                                                                    

Fall 2014

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Supervisors: Dan B. Allender, PhD and Chelle Stearns, PhD

  • Assessed written work of 105 first-year counseling and theology students.
  • Held weekly office hours.
  • Co-wrote final exam.

K-12 Tutor                                                                                                                                                    

2015-2016

Youth Tutoring Program

Seattle, WA

  • Instructed small groups and individual students of multi-ethnic and low-income backgrounds in reading, writing, and math skills.

Assistant ESL teacher                                                                                                                                 

2010

The Life Center

Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

  • Assisted in teaching advanced English language learners in conversational English.

LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

  • “The Shocking Sisters of Ezekiel 23, A Close Reading” a lecture for Old Testament Genre at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Seattle, Wash., May 31, 2016.
  • “Utopia, Dystopia, & the Eschatological Imagination: Hope in The Hunger Games” a lecture for Theology II: Constructing the Theological Mosaic at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Seattle, Wash., March 22, 2016.
  • “Sex Icons & Holey Hearts: Reflections on ordered/dis-ordered, met/unmet desire” a lecture for Theology of Eroticism at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Seattle, Wash., March 18, 2016
  • “Trinity, Gender, & Society” a lecture for Theology I: Constructing the Theological Mosaic at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Seattle, Wash., October 13, 2015.
  • “The Intellectual as Prophet: Reframing Theological Education to Provoke Change in the World” presented at Symposia at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Seattle, Wash., October 10, 2015.
  • “‘Embarrassed … by the Incarnation and All the Awkwardness that Goes with It’: Embodied Dialectical Theology in Updike’s Roger’s Version” presented at The Conference on Christianity & Literature at Seattle University, Seattle, Wash., May 23, 2015.

PUBLISHED & COMMISSIONED WRITING

  • “Three Parties” in Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College, Rowman and Littlefield, 2014
  • “The Other Side of Paradise” commissioned by Indiana Wesleyan University’s Division of Modern Language and Literature, 2013
  • “Is This Life Delicious?” in Me to We: SoulShift Bible Study, Wesleyan Publishing House, 2013
  • “Freshman Nuptials” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles, Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2009

WRITING AWARDS

  • Indiana Collegiate Press Association, 2nd Place Newspaper Entertainment Column,  2012
  • Indiana Society of Professional Journalists, 3rd Place Spot News, 2012
  • The Conference on Christianity & Literature Student Writing Contest, 2nd Place for Creative Nonfiction, 2012
  • The Conference on Christianity & Literature Student Writing Contest, 3rd Place for Poetry, 2012

WORK EXPERIENCE

Lecture Note-Taker                                                                                                                      

2015-Present

The Allender Center

Seattle, WA

  • Transcribed, edited, and organized lectures for the Allender Center’s counseling certificate programs.

Remote Quality Assurance Specialist & Editor                                                                                

2012-Present

3Play Media

Cambridge, MA

  • Transcribed and edited audio and video files for media and technology organizations, YouTube channels, news outlets, and universities both in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Provided feedback to editors on the quality of their transcriptions.

Marketing Intern                                                                                                                                        

2011-2012

The League for the Blind & Disabled

Fort Wayne, IN

  • Worked alongside and advocated for men and women with disabilities at a center for independent living.
  • Designed, edited, and wrote copy for brochures, mailers, ads, and flyers for League programs.

Editor-in-Chief

2009-2012

The Sojourn

Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN

  • Led an award-winning newspaper staff of 15 in addition to 25 contributing writers.
  • Weekly broadsheet newspaper served campus of 3,200 through print and online content.
  • Edited weekly publication for content, grammar, and design.
  • Wrote news stories or features weekly.

Editorial Intern

Spring 2012

Indianapolis Monthly

Indianapolis, IN

  • Fact-checked, researched, and wrote blurbs and features for a city magazine with a distribution of more than 230,000.
  • Contributed to Indianapolis Monthly’s City Guide, Travel Guide, and blog.

Intern

Summer 2010

The Preemptive Love Coalition

Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

  • Managed, edited, co-designed, and wrote PLC’s first annual report.
  • Wrote copy and created a multimedia piece for the PLC blog.
  • Accompanied PLC staff to meetings with local partners to promote the NGO’s mission to provide heart surgeries for children and to “pursue peace among communities at odds.”

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

Member of The Conference on Christianity and Literature, 2012-Present

VOLUNTEER & MINISTRY EXPERIENCE

Poetry Curator 

2013-2016

Wits’ End Church

Seattle, WA

  • Selected poetry thematically linked to the liturgical season and the Revised Common Lectionary.
  • Read and curated volunteers to read poems during worship services.

Godly Play Volunteer

2013-2016

Wits’ End Church

Seattle, WA

  • Fostered learning and spiritual environment for children ages 4 to 8.
  • Supported the Storyteller in classroom activities, including art, storytelling, and snack.

Volunteer                                                                                                                                                       

2009-2010

InAsMuch Ministry

Fort Wayne, IN

  • Served in ministry that provided bus passes, food, and clothing to low-income and homeless persons in Fort Wayne.
  • Engaged one-on-one with clients in need of services, often providing spiritual assistance and prayer.

Bible Study Leader                                                                                                                                      

2009

Doulos Student Organization

Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN

  • Led weekly Bible study focused on global social justice issues.
  • Participated in and co-led events aimed to foster social awareness, including a TOMS Shoes Walk and a fundraising concert for the Preemptive Love Coalition.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Member of Wits’ End Church small group, 2013-2016
  • Creator and Editor Emerita of Lit, a Seattle School community literary magazine, 2013-2016
  • Artist-in-Residence at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, 2013
  • Freelance Writer for The Chronicle-Tribune in Marion, IN, 2011
  • Copyeditor for Caesura literary magazine at Indiana Wesleyan University, 2010
  • Assistant Editor for School of Nursing magazine at Indiana Wesleyan University, 2009-2010

HOBBIES

  • Creative writing, both poetry and creative nonfiction
  • Curating reading and writing communities
  • Hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

INTERESTS

  • Interdisciplinary work in theology and contemporary literature
  • Feminist/post-colonial feminist/womanist theology
  • Kurdish culture and language
  • Disability rights and advocacy