Dr. Virginia Crank


Education

Ph.D., English, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,    Illinois, August, 1995.

Concentration:  Composition and Rhetoric

Minor Areas of Study:  Victorian Literature, Modern American Fiction

 

M.A., English, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,      Illinois, May 1992.    

Graduate Courses in English, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, August 1988 - May 1989.

B.A., English, cum laude, Oakland City College, Oakland City, Indiana, April 1988.

       Certification in Secondary Education

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor of English, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, August 2001 - present.

Assistant Professor of English, Rock Valley College, Rockford, Illinois, August 1996 – May 2001.

Assistant Professor of English, Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph, Missouri, January 1996 - May 1996.

Adjunct Instructor, Office of Continuing Education, Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska, September 1995 - December 1995.

 

PUBLICATIONS  

"Asynchronous Electronic Peer Response in a Hybrid Basic Writing Classroom." Teaching Developmental Writing: Background Readings, 2nd Ed. Ed. Susan Naomi Bernstein. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004. 288-299.

“Electronic Peer Response in a Hybrid Basic Writing Classroom.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 30.2 (December 2002): 145-155.

Multiple Entries. The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Basic Writing. Eds. Linda Adler-Kassner and Greg Glau. Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s, 2002.

“Chasing Objectivity: How Grading Rubrics Can Provide Consistency and Context.”  Journal of Teaching Writing 17.1-2 (Winter 1999): 56-73.

“The Best of Both Worlds: Asynchronous Learning as a Bridge to Online Education.”  Instructional Telecommunications Council Newsletter, Sept. 2000. (Co-authored with Erin Fisher and Ann Carter).

 “Using Writing Conferences to Encourage Creativity and Diversity.” Proceedings of the Nebraska Teaching Improvement Council,Faculty College, 1996.

“Review of Hearing Ourselves Think.”  Dialogue 2.1 (Spring 1995):76-79.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS  

Presenter, “Using Electronic Conferencing to Change Student Ideas about Authorship,” UW-La Crosse 4th Annual Teaching Conference, January 2003.

Presenter, “Is This WAC? Cross-Disciplinary Conversation and Intellectual Stimulation on Electric Avenue,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2002, Chicago, IL.

Panel Chair and Respondent, “The Racialized Foundations of Literary Canons.” Race in the Humanities Conference, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, November 2001.

Presenter, “Building an Asynchronous Composing Community: Peer Response in the Hybrid BW Classroom,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2001, Denver, CO.

Presenter, “Imagine Me Not as Your Mother, but as Your Teacher: Gender Expectations and Implications in the Community College,”  Conference on College Composition and Communication, April, 2000, Minneapolis, MN.

Presenter, with Erin Fisher and Ann Carter,  “The Best of Both Worlds: Asynchronous Learning as a Bridge to Online Education,” Telelearning 99, October 1999, Austin, TX.

Presenter, “Stories Transforming Histories: What My African-American Students Have Taught Me About the Power of Language,”  Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 1998, Chicago, IL.

Presenter,  “Violence and the Power of Language: How the Personal Experience Essay Enlightens,”  Two-Year College English Association- Midwest Conference, October 1997, Chicago, IL.

Presenter, “’Just’ Assessment: Using Grading Rubrics to Imitate Objectivity,”  Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 1997, Phoenix, AZ.

Presenter, “Rethinking the Letter Grade: Alternative Evaluations Methods,”  Keynote Address, Orientation for Part-time Teachers, Rock Valley College, January, 1997, Rockford, IL.

Presenter, “Negotiating an Invisible Boundary: Writing Problems and the Current-Traditional Paradigm,”  Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 1996, Milwaukee, WI.

Presenter, "Passive Sexuality and Fat Girl Stereotypes in Margaret Atwood's Lady Oracle," Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, April 1994, Chicago, IL.

Presenter, "Narrative as Dialogue as Power in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale," Colloquium on Gender and Power, Southern Illinois University, March 1992.  

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Text Review, Inquiry and Writing, 1e, ABLongman, Fall 2003.

Participant, Faculty Seminar on Teaching For Diversity, UW-La Crosse, 2003-present.

Participant, Faculty Workshop on “El Boom”: Latin American Literature in the 1960s and Magical Realism, led by Dr. Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, UW-La Crosse, Fall 2003.

Grader, Provost Office’s ACT Writing Assessment Project, UW-La Crosse, Fall 2003.

Discussion Leader, “What Could/Should High School English Teachers Do to Prepare Their Graduates for College English?” 2002-2003 English Department Colloquia Series, UW-La Crosse, February 7, 2003.

Coordinator, English Department Colloquia Series, UW-La Crosse, 2002-present.

Interviewer, English faculty candidates for UW-La Crosse, Modern Language Association, New York City, December 28-29, 2002.

Guest Lecturer, “What to Expect in College English,” senior English classes, Tomah High School, Tomah, WI, December 12, 2002.

AP Faculty Consultant, Reader for Advanced Placement Program, College Board Of Educational Testing Service, June 2-8, 2002.  Daytona Beach, Florida.

AP Faculty Consultant, Reader for Advanced Placement Program, College Board Of Educational Testing Service, June 9-16, 2001.  Daytona Beach, Florida.

Faculty Member, EdNet Team. Rock Valley College, August 1998 – May 2001. EdNet is Rock Valley College’s intra- and internet electronic educational system, designed to promote asynchronous learning environments.

Text Review, The Flexible Writer. ABLongman, Spring 2001.

Text Review, Case Studies for Academic Writing. ABLongman, Fall 2000.

AP Faculty Consultant, Reader for Advanced Placement Program, College Board of Educational Testing Service, June 6-June 13, 2000.  Daytona Beach, Florida.

GRANTS

UW-L Fund for Innovation in General Education, “Redesigning English 201: American Literature I to Include a Human Rights Theme,” 2004-2005.

UW-L Fund for Innovation in General Education, “Creating an On-Going Assessment Plan for English 110,”  2003-2004.

Teaching Improvement Grant, “Developing a Hybrid Eng 110 Course,” UW-La Crosse, 2002-2003.