For most of my career, I taught time management and study skills at Appalachian State University. I have worked as a reporter and taught middle school. I have a doctorate in educational leadership, a graduate certificate in rhetoric and composition, and a master’s degree in reading from Appalachian. My bachelor’s degree in comparative literature is from Haverford College. I was an AFS exchange student in Switzerland, and I spent my junior year abroad in Tubingen, Germany. I am currently a professional writing consultant at the University Writing Center and an adjunct instructor teaching time management at Appalachian State University.
Long ago I won a merit award in writing from what is now called the National YoungArts Foundation. A section of a young adult novel won honorable mention in the children’s/young adult category of a Writer’s Digest contest. More recently, my doctoral work won the Alice Phoebe Naylor Outstanding Dissertation Award. Over the years my creative work has appeared in small publications, such as the NorthWest Journal, the Paper Bag, 400 words, the Revisioner, and recently, The Sunlight Press. I wrote grants that secured several million dollars over the years so that our university could help low-income, first-generation students succeed. Part of my time as a reporter included the unique opportunity to work at the Sacramento Observer.
I wrote and likely will continue revising a mystery set during the 1898 Wilmington Coup. I recently finished a revising a science fiction/young adult novel (younger adult, to be specific). I also am tinkering with ways to share the time management tips that have been most helpful to my students over the years.
I occasionally post on Twitter @cama_duke.
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