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ASHLEY WELLS

ashley.wells@usu.edu

EDUCATION

California State University, Fresno

Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing – Nonfiction, May 2012

Thesis: Girls and Horses: An Exploration of Power and Risk

Bachelor of Arts, English,May 2008

Bachelor of Arts, Women’s Studies, May 2008

Magna Cum Laude

QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY

  • Twelve years of experience teaching at colleges and universities with diverse student populations, including ESL, first-generation, and international students. Extensive experience with first-generation students, including coordinating a first-generation Living Learning Community.
  • Seven years of experience teaching in college writing centers with ESL student populations.
  • Adept at teaching distance learning and online courses.
  • Proven success in writing and editing demonstrated by work as an Editorial Assistant with The Normal School, a nationally distributed literary magazine, and as Communications Project Coordinator with Farm Sanctuary, North America’s largest and most effective farm animal protection organization.
  • Skilled in feminist ethnographic and bibliographic research, as well as writing center research.
  • Areas of teaching ability and interest include: Creative Writing Nonfiction, Rhetoric & Composition, English Literature, First-Year Writing, Creative Writing Fiction, Nature Writing, Feminist & Cultural Studies, Critical Thinking, Introduction to Women’s Studies, and Public Speaking.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Faculty Lecturer, English Department, Utah State University, August 2020-present

  • English 2010: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode
  • English 3440: Creative Nonfiction
  • English 4440: Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Faculty Lecturer, Rhetoric Department, University of Iowa, August 2016-August 2020

  • Rhetoric 1030
  • Rhetoric 1040: Writing and Reading
  • Rhetoric 2070: Persuasive Stories: From Riot Grrrl to Beyoncé (a GE Core Elective in the area of Values and Culture)
  • Rhetoric 2055: Cowgirl Stories: The Rhetoric of Freedom (F2F and Asynchronous online)
  • Rhetoric 4980: Special Projects for Undergraduates
  • Rhetoric 1000: For the Birds: Learning from the Rhetoric of Raptors (a first-year seminar)
  • Rhetoric 1000: From Riot Grrrl to Beyoncé (a first-year seminar)
  • Mentored graduate students in pedagogy and professional development

Writing Center

  • Acted as Summer Co-Director for two years (2018, 2019) and Summer Director for one (2020).
  • Worked with undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in ongoing weekly appointments. Ran programing for graduate students working on their dissertations.  
  • Developed the Rhetoric Writing Studio to support summer school students taking Rhetoric courses.
  • Coordinated writing center research.
  • Completed Teaching in a Writing Center course.

Instructor, English Department, Kirkwood Community College, August 2013-2016

  • Elements of Writing (F2F and Distance Learning)
  • English Composition I (F2F, Distance Learning, and Asynchronous online)
  • English Composition II (F2F and Distance Learning)
  • Forms of Literature: Fiction
  • Forms of Literature: Nonfiction
  • Writing Center tutoring

Instructor, English Department, Iowa Wesleyan University, August 2015-2016

  • English 100: Fundamentals of English
  • English 105: College Composition & Research
  • Communications 147: Introduction to Public Speaking
  • English 201: Writing & Research about Literature

Lecturer, English Department, Cornell College, October 2014-December 2014

  • English 111: Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies

Lecturer, Women’s Studies Department, California State University, Fresno, August 2012-May 2013

  • Critical Thinking: Gender Issues
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies

Graduate Teaching Associate, English Department, California State University, Fresno, August 2009-May 2012

  • English 5A: Academic Literacy I
  • English 5B: Academic Literacy II
  • Creative Writing Nonfiction

Instructor, Health Careers Opportunity Program, California State University, Fresno, June-August 2010

  • English Composition

UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, DEPARTMENT SERVICE

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

  • Outreach and Donors Committee, University of Iowa Rhetoric Department, August 2016-May 2017
  • First-Generation Task Force, University of Iowa, August 2016-August 2020
  • Academic Curriculum Committee, University of Iowa Rhetoric Department, January 2017-May 2017
  • Hancher Auditorium Embracing Complexity Steering Committee, University of Iowa, May 2017-May 2019
  • Rhetoric Minor Committee, University of Iowa Rhetoric Department, August 2017-May 2018
  • Executive Committee (an appointed position), University of Iowa Rhetoric Department, August 2017-August 2019
  • Colloquium Committee, University of Iowa Rhetoric Department, August 2017-May 2018
  • TA Hiring Officer, University of Iowa Rhetoric Department, January 2018-August 2020
  • First-Generation Faculty and Staff Network Coordination (a sub-committee), University of Iowa, March 2018
  • Excelling@Iowa Leadership Team, University of Iowa, July 2018-May 2020
  • National First-Generation Celebration Communications Committee (a sub-committee), University of Iowa, August 2018-November 2018
  • Professional Guidance Committee, University of Iowa Rhetoric Department, August 2018-May 2019
  • Professional Development Program Committee, University of Iowa Rhetoric Department, August 2018-May 2020
  • Colloquium Committee Chair, University of Iowa Rhetoric Department, August 2018-May 2020
  • First-Generation Living Learning Community Co-organizer, University of Iowa, September 2018-May 2020
  • Challenge Grant Proposal Committee (sub-committee), University of Iowa Rhetoric Department December 2018-January 2019
  • One Day for Iowa Creative Group, University of Iowa Rhetoric Department, March 2019-April 2019
  • First-Generation Celebration Planning Committee (a sub-committee), May 2019-May 2020
  • CCCCs Certificate in Excellence Committee (a sub-committee), University of Iowa Rhetoric Department, August 2019-May 2020
  • Core Committee, University of Iowa Rhetoric Department, August 2019-May 2020

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

  • Aggie First Scholars Faculty Advisory Committee, Utah State University, October 2020-present
  • Aggie First Scholars, Our Potential subcommittee member and editor, Utah State University, March-April 2021
  • Aggie First Scholars Curriculum subcommittee, Utah State University, January 2021-October 2021, including summer curriculum development
  • Aggie First Scholars Curriculum subcommittee Chair, Utah State University, October 2021-present
  • Creative Writing Committee, Utah State University English Department, October 2020-present
  • English Department Newsletter Committee, Utah State University English Department, February-May 2021
  • English Department Website Content Committee Chair, Utah State University English Department, August 2021-present
  • Non-tenure Track Advisory Committee, Utah State University English Department, September 2021-present

PUBLICATIONS

            BOOK-LENGTH

  • The Cowgirl and the Racehorse: A Recovery, memoir published with Lantern Media and Publishing, October 2020

ARTICLES AND ESSAYS

  • “Comparing Tutoring Strategies in Recurrent Tutorials” in WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship with Carol Severino and Deirdre Egan, December 2021
  • Calling All Horse Girls book club selection, February 2021
  • “What I Don’t Teach” in Women in Higher Education, January 2015
  • “Matter” in Connotation Press, September 2014
  •  “I Learned about Feminism from American Girl’s Felicity” on Jezebel.com, March 2013
  • Cowgirl Narratives 16-post guest blog series with Bitch magazine, February-May 2013
    • “Exploring Gender in Cowgirl Narratives”
    • “In Classic Western Films, Cowboys Wander While Women Stay at Home”
    • “A Feminist Perspective on the American Rodeo”
    • “National Velvet: Is this Feminist Film Still Relevant?”
    • “Remember Flicka? The Main Character Used to be Male”
    • “Rewatching 1991’s Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken, the Films About Femininity and Diving Horses”
    • “In Real Life, as in Disney’s Brave, Some Choose Horses Over Husbands”
    • “How I Learned About Feminism from American Girl’s Felicity”
    • “The Feminist Way to Ride a Horse”
    • “Disney’s Secretariat and Sexism in the Horseracing Industry”
    • “Do Horses Heal?”
    • “How My Little Pony and Barbie Market to Horse-Loving Girls”
    • “What Do Horses Mean to Mad Men’s Betty Draper?”
    • “Women Warriors on Horseback: How Xena and Mulan Retell Mythology”
    • “Interview with Author of New Book The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
    • “Happy Trails”
  • “The Fall” in Connotation Press, March 2012

CREATIVE READINGS

  • The Cowgirl and The Racehorse reading, California State University, Fresno, Fresno Writers Live, July 2021
  • The Cowgirl and The Racehorse reading, California State University, Fresno, Fresno Writers at Home Series, December 2020
  • reading, The Greatest Indoor Reading Series, November 2020
  • “Awash,” a reading at Tin House Writer’s Workshop, July 2019
  • “Reconnecting” at Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference, June 2014
  • “A Pledge” at the Graduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium, May 2012
  • “The Fall” in Connotation Press, March 2012
  • “The Fall” and “Discovering Instinct” at Rogue Performance Festival, March 2011, 2012
  • “Matter” at Tin House Writer’s Workshop, July 2011

ACADEMIC CONFERENCES, PRESENTATIONS, AND AWARDS

  • The Cowgirl and The Racehorse: A Recovery, an invited talk with Fresno State’s graduate Form and Theory: Nonfiction course, November 9 2021(the book was an assigned text)
  • “The Hero’s Journey,” invited talk, USU Aggie First Scholars Potential Within Seminar, October 2021
  • Connections Panel, invited talk, Utah State University, August 2021
  • “Joy in Creativity—Stretching Our Skills with Podcasts,” English Department Compositionist Conference, Utah State University, August 2021
  • “First-Generation Experiences,” University of Iowa Conversation Center Training, January 2021
  • “Metaphor, Illness and Meaning: The Aesthetics and Ethics of Writing Pain,” The Examined Life Conference, October 10, 2020
  • “First Generation College Students: A Commitment to Radical Openness,” Utah State University’s English Department Compositionists Conference, August 25, 2020
  • “First-Generation Experiences,” University of Iowa Conversation Center Training, September 2020
  • “Creating a Conduit to the Academic Commonplace for First-Generation Students Enrolled in an Introductory Rhetoric Course,” presentation accepted for CCCC Convention, March 2020 *conference cancelled due to coronavirus
  • “Faculty Panel on Supporting First-Gen Students,” University of Iowa First-Generation Task Force Meeting, March 12, 2020
  • “Teaching Archival Assignments,” University of Iowa Colloquium, February 21, 2020
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Collegiate Teaching Award Nominee, University of Iowa, January 2020
  • “First-Generation Experiences,” University of Iowa Conversation Center Training, January 2020
  •  “Teacher & Writer: Finding Reciprocity,” North American Review Conference, April 2019
  • “Teaching Cowgirl Stories: The Rhetoric of Freedom,” Living with Animals Conference, March 2019
  • “You@UI: Being First-Gen@Iowa,” University of Iowa, October 2018
  • “Making a Minor Course,” University of Iowa Rhetoric Department Colloquium, April 2018
  • “First-Generation Rhetoric Instructors—Here to Hear,” University of Iowa “I’m the First” First-Generation Summit, April 2018
  • “First-Generation Experiences,” University of Iowa Conversation Center Training, March 2018
  • “Embracing Complexity: Rhetoric of Identities & Communities, University of Iowa Rhetoric Department Colloquium, September 2017
  • “Negotiating the Personal with Writing Center Students,” Iowa Writing Center Consortium, April 7, 2017

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Calling All Horse Girls, I interviewed activist Bri Noble, May 2021
  • On the Books, and interviewed with Fresno State’s MFA program blog, March 2021
  • Utah Public Radio, interviewed by Utah Public Radio’s Tom Williams September 2020
  • Iowa Magazine, March 2019
  • Daily Iowan, December 2018
  • Daily Iowan TV, December 2018
  • Archives Symposium Interview, February 2018

OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE

Conference for Antiracist Teaching, Language, and Assessment, hosted by Oregon State University, October 2021

Reporting for Creative Writers, class with writer Emma Copley Eisenberg, May 2021

Essay Contest Judge, California State University, Fresno, March-April 2021

AWP, member, April 2021-present

Writing Personal Essays with Substance, workshop led by writer Lilly Dancyger through Catapult, June-July 2020

Unlocking Tough Stories,workshop led by writer Katherine Standefer through Catapult, May-June 2020

Indexing for Creative Discovery, workshop lead by writer Esme Weijun Wang, May 24, 2020

Authors Guild, member, February 2020-present

Tin House Writer’s Workshop, July 2019

Iota Writing Workshop: Writing Social Justice, December 2018

Department of Corrective Services (DCS) Sixth Judicial District Diversity Committee, volunteer, November 2018-May 2019

Invited Lecture,Counseling and Related Fields, University of Iowa, Fall 2016

Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference (AWP), April 2015-present

Invited Lecture, “Animal Ethics,” Ethics in Human Relations and Counseling, University of Iowa, Spring 2015

Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop, June 2014

Writing the Nonfiction Book Proposal, Iowa Summer Writing Festival workshop led by writer Venise Berry, June 2013

Communications Project Coordinator, Farm Sanctuary, June 2013-July 2014

Tin House Writer’s Workshop, July 2011

Editorial Assistant, The Normal School Magazine, August 2010-May 2012