Professor of English
Degrees earned: BA
in English and Spanish; MA in English and Spanish; Ph.D. in English and Spanish
experience:Associate Professor of English and co-director of the
Scholars Program, Clarke University, August 2006-present. Began serving as co-director
of the Scholars Program in August 2012; project director for Streamlines, an
Undergraduate Conference Celebrating Language and Literature, Fall
2007-present; assistant professor of English/associate professor of English, University
of Dubuque, August 2003—August 2006; Writer/editor for Twenty4Seven
Communications (freelance), October 2002-October 2006; academic lecturer
(part-time), Texas Tech University-Hill Country, August 2002-July 2003; assistant
professor of English and Spanish, Schreiner University (full-time), August
2000-August 2003. instructor of English and Spanish (full-time), Southeast
Community College-Beatrice Campus, January 1994-August 2000; instructor of
Continuing Education (part-time) beginning and advanced Spanish courses at
Southeast Community College-Beatrice. Fall 1994-Spring 1996; writer/editor for
the Black Arts Alliance (freelance). ACTV public television, and the Urban
League, Austin, Texas, August 1993-December 1995.
My teaching philosophy is based upon the following assumptions: learning is a
two-way street; all disciplines are connected to one another, and all of these
disciplines are connected to our “real lives;” “it takes a village;” and
education should be challenging and, at times, uncomfortable.
Clarke’s impact on Ann: My experiences at Clarke have brought my
teaching philosophy to life; they have allowed me to live it!
Ann’s impact on students:I chose Clarke because of the
environment that it provides and invites me to be a part of. I earned my
undergraduate degree in a place like Clarke, and I strive to give to my
students what my professors gave to me: knowledge, respect and constant
invitations to inquire beyond the surface of life.
Movie – Il
Book – WOW. This
is an impossible question for an English professor to answer. If forced to
choose ONE, I choose One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Quote – “Part of
teaching is helping students learn how to tolerate ambiguity, consider
possibilities, and ask questions that are unanswerable.” Sara
Lawrence-Lightfoot, United Statesian sociologist at Harvard Graduate School of
Class in college –
All of the English classes that I took as an undergraduate at Briar Cliff. My European History class and my Art History
class at Briar Cliff. My literary theory class in my doctoral program.
Place traveled – WOW. Another nearly impossible question to answer. My two favorite places are
Florence, Italy, and the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.
Hobby – Reading,