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Work experience

Jun 2005Present

Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor

Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne

Responsibilities include teaching freshmen and upper level U.S. history courses. I am also responsible for teaching upper level East Asian history courses. I also supervise independent study, honors options, and have successfully taught in the community learning envirnoment. In 2008, I assisted two students in securing full-ride scholarships for study in China and Japan.

Jan 2009Present

Substitute Teacher

Fort Wayne Community Schools

In this position, I have filled in for absent teachers at the high school level. My specialty is AP and college prep courses in English and Social Studies.

Jun 2005Present

VOLUNTEER Marketing Vice President

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Friends

This is a volunteer commitment. I have responsibility for developing all phases of the organizational marketing plan including fundraising events and other money-making strategies. I oversee the implentation of fundraising activities including some design, press releases, media relations, Facebook (viral) marketing, and event planning. I also have the overall responsibility for other marketing strategies that now include editing a cookbook.

Jun 2008Aug 2008


Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

The Center for Talented Youth is a summer school program of Johns Hopkins University for gifted and talented teenagers. I was selected to teach in their inaugural program at the Hopkins Center at University of Nanjing in China. In this capacity, I taught a course on Chinese Modernization to American gifted high school students (in English) in a summer residential program.

May 2007May 2008

Interim Director of Women's Studies

Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne

Responsibilities include advising all majors and minors in Women' Studies, course development and course management, budget management. Managed staff including secretarial, hiring (and firing) adjunct teaching staff. Served on the Dean's Advisory Committee, formed a Women's Studies oversight committee, formed a 501(c)3 fundraising organization, lead faculty on external program review.

Aug 1999May 2005

Graduate Assistant/Instructor

Responsibilities include teaching U.S. history courses and assisting professors in research.

Dec 1993Jun 1999

Public Relations Coordinator

YWCA of Greater Toledo

Responsibilities include all aspects of media relations, budget management, special event coordination, agency advancement, grant writing, public spokesperson, house organs, and community publications.

Jan 1992Feb 1993

Media Director/Public Relations Coordinator

Responsibilities included all phases of media coordination including press releases, creating and editing public service announcements, media buying. It also including conceptualizing, writing, (in some cases designing), working with artists, proofreading, print supervision of campaign printed materials including brochures, posters, booklets, radio and television advertising.


Aug 2001Dec 2006

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Toledo

Dissertation: From Stew Pot to Melting Pot: Immigrant Women Through the Cookbooks They Wrote, 1878-1916

Aug 2000May 2001

Master of Arts

Thesis: Married Womanhood: An Examination of Marriage Through Prescriptive Literature, 1820-1865

Dec 1991

Barchelor of Arts


Marketing and Fundraising
This was my profession before graduate school. Today as a VOLUNTEER, I serve as vice-president of Marketing for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Friends, the Philharmonic Audience Development and Branding Committees. Also, as a volunteer, I served two terms on the board of the Catherine S. Eberly Center where I chaired fundraising events. In my former profession, I worked in all phases of marketing, fundraising, and development for the YWCA in Toledo and United Way. When I started at the YWCA, they had a budget of $860,000. When I left six years later, they had a budget of $1.8 million. I can't take credit for all of that, of course, but I worked in a great team environment. Also raised $27,000 for scholarships in 2000.
Grant Writer
Success in grant writing for the YWCA and United Way of Toledo. Most successful grants were for funding for Success by Six (preschool education initiative) and Encore (breast cancer screening funding for underinsured women).
Desktop Publishing
I am proficient in Adobe Pagemaker and Microsoft Publisher. A portfolio of my work is available upon request. I have even designed a page for  the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Friends on Facebook.
All of my classes utilize Blackboard (formerly WebCT). This helps me keep my students organized. On the web site, they will find the syllabus, assignments, week-by-week materials, and even online readings quizzes.
Web Design
I am proficient in Microsoft FrontPage and Adobe Dreamweaver and have acted as department webmaster at University of Toledo and at IPFW in Women's Studies.
Most of my lectures are on PowerPoint for a number of reasons. First, students can "see" history. Secondly, students can see what I want to highlight. Finally, PowerPoint keeps me on track, which is especially helpful when I teach multiple sections of the same course.


Dr. Timothy Messer-Kruse

Dissertation Committee

Dr. Diane Britton

Dissertation Director

Dr. Linda Fox

Women's Studies Director Emerita

Dr. William D. Hoover

Minor Field (East Asia) Director

Dr. Bernd Fischer

IPFW Department Chair


I have a wide variety of interests, but most importantly, I'm interested in women's issues, particularly women's education. I also have a love of music and strive to make music education accessible to everyone. I am also passionate about cooking, dining, and collecting cookbooks, particularly cookbooks published before World War I.

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Indiana Teaching License