I taught time management and study skills through classes, workshops, individual consultations, and online content at Appalachian State University for almost twenty years. I taught middle school many years ago and worked a few years as a reporter. I earned a doctorate in educational leadership, a graduate certificate in rhetoric and composition, a master’s degree in reading from Appalachian as well as a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Haverford College. I lived in Germany and Switzerland briefly.
I have a few writing credentials worth mentioning. 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 I occasionally published creative work in small publications, such as the NorthWest Journal, the Paper Bag, 400 words, and the Revisioner. I also 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 opportunity to work at a Black newspaper called the Sacramento Observer.
As a resource for my students and others who may be interested, I produced a short e-book walking through the basics of time management. Find it on Amazon.com at this link.
I just finished writing what feels like the final draft of a novel set during the violent white supremacist coup that took place in Wilmington, NC, in 1898. I had to take frequent breaks for outrage as I researched this dreadful moment in North Carolina history. I am also working on several young adult science fiction novels.
I am the mother of three, daughter of two amazing people, plus one amazing stepmom, and caregiver at times for family members facing chronic health challenges. I am lucky to be married to a semi-retired chef who is superman with an attitude.
I occasionally post on Twitter @cama_duke.
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