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Work Samples

Work experience

Aug 2013Present

TA/Reader, Critical Studies

University of Southern California

Teaching Assistant, reader

Jun 2013Aug 2013

ESL Instructor

Ardmore Language Schools

Designed and implemented ESL lesson plans for students ranging in levels from beginner to advanced, ages from 12-18

Oct 2012Jun 2013

Native English Language Instructor

Western Languages Center

Taught ESL in private school - levels ranging from elementary to advanced in classrooms of 10-20, consisting of university students

Feb 2011May 2012

English Language Instructor

Ube Gaigo Center

      • Taught English conversation to speakers of all ages and levels

      • Created original lessons for every class, focusing on dialogue and natural speech

      • Collaborated with a Japanese instructor for elementary-aged classes

      • Corrected and edited student copy as needed (primarily reports of medical research and discovery)

      • Taught early learners (starting at age 3) as well as in a business setting outside the school

Nov 2006Feb 2011

Senior Game Advisor

      • Third in-charge behind store manager and assistant manager

      • Manage shifts of 2-5 employees in daily operations, including inventory, sales and customer service

      • Offer coaching and feedback to employees as needed

May 2010Feb 2011

Freelance Writer

The Free Press
    • Covered local music and entertainment — worked with Currents editor to generate stories ranging from musician interviews to local nightlife features

May 2010Dec 2010

A&E Editor

MSU Reporter
      • Managed and edited A&E section of twice-weekly college newspaper

      • Responsible for team of 7-8 section writers — assigned and green-lit articles; coached on writing skills, AP style, voice, etc.; organized and led section meetings and one-on-one teaching sessions

      • Laid out and designed section pages with InDesign — developed graphics; modified (with Photoshop) and placed photos; wrote headlines, sub-heads, cutlines

      • Shot and edited video for selected arts events, using (primarily) Flip video camera and iMovie

      • Took photos for section when needed

      • Co-produced arts section podcast, which covered latest arts topics and trends


Aug 2013Present

Division of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts

University of Southern California


Aug 2006Dec 2010


Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Majored in Mass Communications with a Journalism emphasis
  • Minored in English emphasizing Film Studies
  • GPA: 4.0
  • Received the Mass Comm. Department Outstanding Senior Award
  • Received the Robert L. Carothers Writers Award


Donna Casella

Ellen Mrja


HTML, Wordpress, Blogger, Critical Commons, InMediaRes, FemTechNet, Youtube, Vimeo, Social media
Basic video shooting and editing
AVID, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, iMovie, MPEG Streamclip, Handbrake
Journalism writing
Film criticism, profiles, entertainment


- Ethics and new media

- Untranslatability in cinema and new media

- Interactivity and documentary

- Pedagogy





Feb 2011Present


Oxford Seminars