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Melanie J. Cordova


Work History


May 2013 - Sep 2015
Harpur Palate Journal
  • Extensive copyediting of all submitted content; composing and editing original content like interviews, reviews, and articles; working with a team of editors to produce two print issues of the journal a year by managing smaller deadlines on the trajectory of larger deadlines.
  • Writing/editing proposals to secure funds; editing contributed research; occasional travel to conferences and events to improve the journal's content and visibility.

Binghamton, NY. Former Managing Editor: Kayleigh Wanzer, 315-480-4225. 25 hrs/wk.

Program Assistant

Jun 2013 - Aug 2015
Academic Success Program
  • Editing sensitive materials for the English as a Second Language program summer programs at Binghamton University; researching program content; collaborating with the ESL team to write and edit schedules.
  • Researching, writing, compiling, and editing large quantities of program and academic information for a diverse audience from multiple countries and education levels.

Binghamton, NY. Supervisor: Linda Sukarat, 607-777-2320. 40 hrs/wk.


Mar 2013 - Jul 2014
Writing By Degrees Writing Conference
  • With a team of others, organizing this two-day writing conference, serving as the liaison between authors, community organizations, panelists, local businesses, press, keynote speakers, and sources of funding.
  • Researching appropriate forms and content for the calls for submissions, financial reports to funding sources, keynote biographies, business and journal blurbs, and follow-up materials.
  • Writing and editing all promotional materials and the conference program.

Binghamton, NY. Supervising body: Binghamton University English Dept, 607-777-2417. 25 hrs/wk.


Aug 2010 - Jul 2012
Picayune Magazine
  • Copyediting, assessing, and selecting hundreds of submissions to the journal for our yearly issue.
  • Working under pressing, multiple deadlines with other editors.

Las Vegas, NM. Supervisor: Daniel Martinez (since retired). 20 hrs/wk.



PhD in English

Dec 2015
Binghamton University

ABD with a concentration in writing.

MA in English

May 2012
New Mexico Highlands University

Concentration in writing and narrative

BA in English and History

May 2010
Fresno Pacific University


  • Editing and composing: Assessing and editing large quantities of text swiftly and thoroughly; writing with purpose, focus, and clarity; extensive research and analysis skills; writing quickly and concisely.
  • Organization: Framing content by breaking down information, sequencing it, and creating an organizational framework for it; working on a schedule under pressing deadlines.
  • Audience awareness: Communicating both as a specialist to an audience of specialists, and as a specialist to a general, multidisciplinary audience; international and multicultural awareness.
  • Positioning: Ability to demonstrate importance of projects by distinguishing its voice, identity, and findings from other projects.
  • Commentary: Synthesizing research to highlight and describe it in a coherent, concise way that tells a story; reading and processing large amounts of complex material, often with summary notes.
  • Facilitation: Acting as a liaison among multiple stakeholders.


  • Kayleigh Wanzer, Teaching Fellow at Mother Caroline Academy: 315-480-4225, kwanzer2@binghamton.edu
  • Alexi Zentner, Professor of Creative Writing at Binghamton University: 607-379-1143, azentner@binghamton.edu
  • Linda Sukarat, Lecturer in the ESL program at Binghamton University:  607-777-2320, lsukarat@binghamton.edu
  • Susan Strehle, VP and Dean of the Graduate School at Binghamton University: 607-777-2070, sstrehle@binghamton.edu