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Work experience

Aug 2007Present

Adjunct Faculty

College of Charleston, Department of Communication

Public Speaking - Includes audience analysis, rhetorical strategies, argumentation, and methods of persuasion

Business Communication - Course work designed to build communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills for the workplace. Studies include development of customer, client, and sponsor relations, market and budget analysis, methods of marketing, and routine business records-keeping, and principles of business ethics.Capstone project for each semester leads students to produce fully developed business plan with professional presentations. Many of these have resulted in students using these materials to gain funding or to launch their own business upon graduation.

Rhetoric in a Democratic Society - core required course for Communication Majors

Designed to develop the art of persuasion by use of language in academic, social and political arenas. Studies include theory, praxis, and analysis of rhetoric in spoken, written, and visual methods of communication.

Introduction to Communication -core required course for Communication Majors Designed to develop "mature" writing and presentation skills that reach beyond competency in communication to eloquence, efficiency, and optimum effectiveness

Nov 2008Jun 2010

Assistant to Provost, Director of Institutional Assessment

College of Charleston
Conduct organizational and policy research for special projectsResearch and develop policy and workflow for institutional effectiveness

Design processes and documents to improve institutional effectiveness

Develop program review and accountability measures for divisions and schools within College of Charleston

Oversee revision process for Admissions applications form - includes policy review, coordination of workflow among related departments, implementation and comprehensive record-keeping of all edits and format revisions, presentation and submission of revised institutional documents

Research, compile and write reports for internal records and plans for improvement as well as for external accrediting agencies (SACS).

Team-lead for Institutional Workflow team and Document Management Systems team for Enterprise Resource Plan (ERP)

Facilitate wide-spread collaboration of among numerous offices, personnel and consultants to ensure common goals and related processes commonly understood and met

Jan 2003Dec 2008

Communication Coordinator

College of Charleson, Academic Advising and Planning

Create and maintain academic plannning resources, policy manuals, promotional materialsDevelop and maintain web presence

Develop advisor and faculty training materials

Conduct training sessions and campus-wide seminarsCoordinate student advising sessions for campus orientations

20002002

Records Manager, Claims Analyst

Carolina Legal Associates

Planned assessment strategies and matrixes according to the terms of various class-action settlements

Coordinated on-site and off-site logistics of records and information management systems.

Conducted audits of user activity and record history

Routinely advised managers and system designers of user needs, problems and successes

Aug 1998May 2000

Graduate/Teaching Assistant

Clemson University

Program Coordinator for Pearce Center for Professional Communication

English Instructor - Freshman Composition w/ introductory web design

Jun 1989Aug 1994

Realtor, GRI

Prudential Carolinas Realty
 Realtor, focus on creative marketing strategies and client relationships1992 Realtor of the Year, Lowcountry Homes and Interiors Magazine
19861996

Buyer, Retail Associate

Alice-Faye Fashions

Served as wholesale buyer for retail boutique, specialized in women’s career and sportswear

Maintained purchasing account for inventory acquisition from wholesalers and factory sources

Served as sales associate with focus on personal client relationships and one-to-one marketing

Developed special events for promotions and public relations

Designed graphics and wrote copy for advertising campaigns

Education

Aug 2008Present

PhD, Higher Education Leadership

Clemson University

PhD, all but 2 courses and dissertation - suspended due to change in university program offerings

Foci:

  • planning, policy, and faculty/staff development for organization effectiveness
  • academic freedom and accountability
  • organizational communication - internal and public relations
  • communication in higher education leadership
  • program and curriculum planning
19982004

MA, Professional Communication

Clemson University

Graduate thesis: Qualitative Research Methods for Harnessing Institution-wide Data Assets

Conference and workshop coordinator: Clemson invitational conferences for Writing Across the Curriculum

Assistant program coordinator: Pearce Center for Professional Communication

Graduate instructor: English 101 and 102, English Composition w/ electronic portfolio development

19941996

BA, Communication

College of Charleston

Founding president, Communication Club

Outstanding Student Award, Department of Communication

Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Communication, 2003

Interest

Creative approaches to leadership, relationship development and problem-solving

Document development  and design in multiple media formats - hard-copy, web-based, technology driven presentations 

Writing - Professsional and Creative

Visual arts - painting, sketches and elelctronically produced design

Helping others find their own strengths and talents - with encouragement to make the most of them

References

John Cornelius

Myra exhibits high standards of character and temperament. She serves as a positive example for all those who come in contact with her; faculty, staff, students, and others.

Myra completed a LeadershipDiagnostic 360º Survey instrument. The scores she received from her direct reports, peers and acquaintances, and managers were among the highest I have seen for this exercise over the past 15 years.She distinguished herself in several areas including:

  • Leadership communications; individual and group
  • ‘Task and people’ support strategies and behaviors
  • Involving & empowering people
  • Developing trust relationships and encouraging others
  • Implementing team building activities in a work group
  • Exercising a teamwork leadership style
  • Managing resources
  • Encouraging professional development of staff
  • Exploring how education and training in technology can assist work groups to achieve goals
  • Positive leader behavior & style choices for an effective work environment
  • Developing effective work relationships across departments and functions
  • Goal setting, decision making, and problem solving

Mitch Carnell

“Myra is a dedicated and gifted member of volunteer and community groups where we have worked together. She played a vital role in the launch of Say Something Nice Sunday. She has great ideas and even greater follow-through.”

Mindy Miley

I worked with Myra on numerous committees at the College of Charleston. I found Myra to be very technically savvy, professional and willing to tackle areas that others would not touch! I support and endorse Myra's work and highly recommend her.”

Brian McGee

Myra Whittemore is a dedicated and talented professional who has done excellent work for us as an adjunct faculty member. She is both rigorous and student-centered. I recommend her with enthusiasm.”

Portfolio

Portfolio

Syllabi for Courses Taught

Summary

I operate fluidly in two different vocational elements - the arena of higher education and the corporate world. My recent experiences (the last 10 years) have called for the corporate persona within the field of higher education - as an administrator in academic affairs and team lead in project management for the institution.

My skills and interests lie in developing effective communication mechanisms (both electronic and hard-copy) that streamline the accomplishment of corporate goals.This can empower and maximize the the competencies of individuals within the organization, thus creating a more powerful and effective organization at large. This has been successfully implemented in professional organizations, not-for-profit organizations, law firms, academic administration, and in institutional enterprise planning.

Along with skills and experience in project management and organizational development, I have a broad range of experience that includes hard-copy and electronic document design, creative and corporate writing and promotion, graphic design, and instruction of adult students. In the written word, graphic design, and even in teaching and learning strategies, I have tendencies toward alliteration - a reinforcement of concepts that ring of consistency and relevance in form and function. This is manifest in organizational structures I develop.

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Some standards of practice, whatever the industry, never get out-dated. Personal integrity, demonstration of respect, awareness of cultural differences, keeping your word. One statement I always reiterate to students, subordinates, peers, and others I may influence is to "remember the human across from you." This can be the human being on the other side of the desk or the other side of the world. I find that this mindfulness keeps me grounded as I make decisions and set priorities in the workplace. I've been working at some job or other since I was 11 years old. The older I get, the more I find that we ourselves are better served as we "remember the humans" with whom we are working.

Published Work

Numerous Critical Reports for institutional accreditation.

  • Institutional Monitoring Report, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – September 2009
  • Good Cause Report in support of the Monitoring Report – September 2009
  • Baldrige Report for Annual State Report – April 2009
  • S.A.V.E. eligibility verification of programs receiving state funding
  • “A Culture of Assessment” – internal article submitted to Provost and Academic Affairs committee
  • An Overview of Institutional Assessment, Planning and Accreditation at the College of Charleston

Qualitative Research Methods for Harnessing Institution-wide E-content Assets – Graduate Thesis, ClemsonUniversity.Conceptual frameworks for data functionality and organizational research, 2004

Battery RFP: Document-imaging portion of College of Charleston’s Request for Purchase submitted to the State of South Carolina for technology systems purchasing. (Winter 2007/2008)

Humanities Grant: “One Grant, Many Outcomes: A History of Wadmalaw Island” - South Carolina Humanities Commission. 1996

Contributing Writer: Visual Communication, a Writer’s Guide, a textbook by Dr. Susan Hilligoss, Clemson University. 1999The Advisory Newsletters, writer and designer of biannual campus-wide publications of student and faculty advisories in academic policies and updates in curriculum offerings, 2003- 2007

Marketing materials for Gateway Programs: Brochures for Undecided Students: distributed by Office of Admissions, College of Charleston, designed by College of Charleston Marketing Division, 2007

Skills

Networking and Relationship Building
Teaching Business Communication Skills
Document Design
Create layout, visual elements including fonts, graphics, and text structure based on purpose, target and medium of the document.
Graphic Design, Adobe Creative Suite
Web development, Dreamweaver and CSS
All Microsoft Office Programs