Andrea Cladis Hodge
Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Jeff Schiff has taught creative and professional writing, literature, and oral communications at Columbia College, Northern Arizona University, Purdue University, McNeese State University, Binghamton University, and the University of Texas at El Paso. At present, Jeff regularly teaches professional writing and literature courses, predominantly online.
I had the benefit of performing a wide range of services and teaching in Fall 2017-Spring 2018. I developed and coordinated teacher-training programs, such as working with the Global Education office to deliver training workshops for International Student Ambassadors (the Buddy Program), which prepares student mentors to assist the growing population of incoming international students in the Summer Intensive Program (SIP) and in the fall semester. I also worked with the Director of International Articulations and Special Programs. We developed and coordinated the International Student Welcome Program (ISWP) academic orientation sessions. As for experience with curriculum development and program administration, I worked with part-time EAL instructors to develop curricula that support multilingual writing pedagogy and clear learning objectives for the specific curricular enhancements for International Writing and Rhetoric II. These enhancements include blended learning instruction and practices to supplement aspects of the new Writing and Rhetoric II curriculum and replacing other elements that did not address the needs of English language learners (ELLs). I have been working on revising the current International Oral Expression course, and I requested a course name change to "Public Speaking for the Global Context" effective Fall 2019. Due to the new core curriculum, I proposed a new set of requirements and language proficiency benchmarks for incoming international students in Fall 2019. We are working on new learning objectives and developing a multimodality project for students to create an online portfolio, which allows students to acquire skills for public speaking and presentation in the 21st century. I have been working with Dr. Marcelo Sabatés, the Vice Provost of Global Education, to develop the new budget, courses, and curricula for the 4-week extensive SIP. I have recruited members for the SIP curriculum committee in Spring 2018 and am in the process of developing and revising four courses entitled U.S. Language and Culture; Creative Industries in Western Markets; Reading and Writing for the 21st Century; and Speaking and Listening for the 21st Century. As the director of the EAL program, I am involved in the following administrative duties: developing and coordinating EAL class schedules with the Director of Writing and Rhetoric; conducting faculty teaching evaluations to review teaching materials and observe classes; providing curricular and co-curricular support for student programming offered through the Global Education office; collaborating with the Writing Center to ensure that multilingual students receive appropriate academic support; collaborating with Admissions, the International Student Welcome Program, and the Advising Center to ensure that multilingual students receive appropriate placement and course recommendations; evaluating and hiring EAL instructors; coordinating, developing and teaching U.S. Language and Creative Industries in Western Markets courses; and serving on the Writing and Rhetoric Committee, and the committee for “The Write Class” online placement system.