Alison Jameson

Work experience

Work experience
Aug 2004 - Present

Adjunct Instructor

Lehigh Carbon Community College

Comparative Religion (REL 201):

  • Brought on board to teach one section of Comparative Religion per semester, now teaching three sections per semester, up to 35 students per section
  • Wrote the course description, course outline and expected outcomes for Comparative Religion (REL 201)
  • Developed and launched 14-week online version, created and taught 9-week and 6-week online versions at request of administrative leadership
  • Teaches night and day face-to-face classes as well as online, working with a wide diversity of students

Learning Communities:

  • Currently planning LCCC's first online linked Learning Community with another instructor for the fall of 2009, Comparative Religion and Abnormal Psychology, "The Psychology of Cults."  Students will have a shared online space and several case studies in which they explore the difference between functional and dysfunctional religious associations, whether or not the term "cult" can be applied to new religious movements, and the significance of the issue for the 21st century.
  • Worked with another instructor to create and teach a Learning Community, "The Child and God," spring of 2009, linking Comparative Religion with Child Development in an exploration of the way children learn religion.  Students worked in cooperative groups on smaller projects that ultimately came together in a final book on the shared subject matter.
  • Worked with another instructor to create a Learning Community, "Where Freud Meets God," fall of 2008, that linked Comparative Religion with Social Psychology.  The courses met once per month and the students worked in cooperative groups on incremental assignments that culminated in a final project, the creation of a book exploring the cognitive sources of prejudice against religion.
  • Partnered with an English department colleague and a chemistry professor from Drexel University conducting an open source research project.  The courses (ENG 105 and 107 and a graduate level chemistry course) were not officially linked as a Learning Community, but the students communicated through wikis and blogs.  English composition assignments were centered on medical and chemistry topics and students were tasked with examining the pros and cons of open source science.

English I (ENG 105):

  • Taught for four semesters

Chinese I (CHN 100):

  • Developed first semester online Mandarin Chinese with the school's Instructional Technologist, using podcasts, screen captures, audacity and other technologies in order to incorporate both written and oral Chinese into the course
  • Taught the course online, spring 2008
Sep 1997 - May 2004


Lehigh Valley Home Educators Enrichment Program

Mandarin Chinese

  • Taught Chinese language classes to students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.
  • Created lesson plans and instructional materials; designed educational classroom exercises, games, homework assignments, and tests
  • Led students in cultural enrichment activities and outings
  • Developed proficiency in handling students with different ability levels in a language learning environment

High School Literature

  • Taught English, American and World literature courses to high school students
  • Taught composition and beginning literary analysis
  • Designed the curriculum
Aug 1986 - Aug 1987

Fulbright Scholar

Academia Sinica

Awarded a Fulbright Dissertation Research Fellowship to complete research on Yang Shih, a Neo-Confucian philosopher.  Traveled to Taiwan, R.O.C. to translate and analyze Yang Shih's treatises from the 11th century CE and historical documents written about the influential philosopher and his activities.

Aug 1985 - May 1986

Teaching Assistantship

University of Arizona
  • Selected to receive a full academic scholarship and a Department of Defense National Resource Fellowship to complete doctoral degree in Chinese Studies. 
  • Sought out and was awarded a teaching assistantship in final year on site.
  • Taught two discussion sections of an introduction to Eastern religions course to as many as 40 undergraduate students per semester. 
Oct 1980 - Aug 1981

Interim Director

Dayton, Ohio YWCA International Program
  • Developed and led ESL classes for political refugees and immigrants from a wide variety of nationalities
  • Used content-based approach, minimalist/methodist teaching strategies, and total physical response exercises to reach students at varied ability levels
  • Served as Interim Director of the program; coordinated ESL program services for up to 120 adult participants, overseeing a team of 12 teachers and tutors
Jan 1981 - Jun 1981

Adjunct Instructor
  • Developed and taught ESL course for college students who were also political refugees and immigrants from Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Georgian, Japanese, German, Central and South American origins
  • Used a content-based approach
  • Taught composition and essay structure
Jan 1981 - May 1981

ESL Consultant

Greene County, Ohio Welfare Department

Worked with Vietnamese refugee family in assisting resettlement, teaching adults ESL, facilitating linguistic and cultural communications between the family and their sponsoring church.


Aug 1981 - May 1990


University of Arizona

Dissertation: South-Returning Wings: Yang Shih and the New Sung Metaphysics

Sep 1979 - Dec 1980


Thesis: The Sacred Meal: An Analysis

Philosophy Teaching Assistant