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Ryan Grooms

Co-Director of Writing: El Centro Del Quinto Sol's Music and Words Program

Work History

Aug 2015Dec 2015

Co-Director of El Centro Del Quinto  Sol's Music and Words Program

Colorado State University-Pueblo and El Centro Del Quinto Sol
    • Design and implement lessons in creative expression through multimodal mediums (writing, image, song, and any other medium which allows for creative expression).
    • Retain student involvement in an optional program through a combination of fun lessons and incentives to maintain involvement. 
    • Identify and highlight student success while helping students overcome problem spots.
    • Research new and fun methods of teaching creative expression and implement these methods in a classroom setting. 
    • Coordinate lesson plans and development with the music portion of the program.
    • Document program successes and failures to allow for an adaptive pedagogical approach.
    • Encourage cooperation with El Centro staff and community members who represent the body served by the program
Aug 2014Aug 2015

Assistant Writing Director of El Centro Del Quinto  Sol's Music and Words Program

Colorado State University-Pueblo and El Centro Del Quinto Sol
    • Design and implement lessons in creative expression through multimodal mediums (writing, image, song, and any other medium which allows for creative expression).
    • Retain student involvement in an optional program through a combination of fun lessons and incentives to maintain involvement. 
    • Identify and highlight student success while helping students overcome problem spots.
    • Research new and fun methods of teaching creative expression and implement these methods in a classroom setting. 

Education

Aug 2013Present

Masters of Arts

Colorado State University-Pueblo
    • M.A. in English with a focus on Rhetoric and Composition
    • GPA: 3.786
Aug 2010Aug 2013

Bachelor of Arts

Colorado State University-Pueblo
    • B.A. in English 
    • GPA: 3.157
    • Dean's List: Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013

Conference Presentations and Public Lectures

Fall 2015 
  • Accepted by peer reviewed committee to present ""El Centro Music and Words: Creating an Engaged Infrastructure for a Community-Based Music and Writing Program in Pueblo, Colorado."
Spring 2015
  • Accepted by peer reviewed committee to present "Film the Police: Crafting a Rhetoric of Victimhood through Social Movement" at The Colorado State University Graduate SymposiumInvited, as part of the Keynote Panel, to present on "El Centro Music and Words and the Importance of Community Partnerships in Academia"
Spring 2014
  • Accepted by peer reviewed committee to present "The Racialized Gaze of Captain Delano: An Examination of the Influence of Visual Culture on Herman Melville's 'Benito Cereno'" at the annual Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery.
  • Gave a public lecture, as part of the Colorado State University-Pueblo After Hours Program, on the legacy of the Ludlow Massacre
  • Gave a public lecture, as part of the Pueblo City-County Library Districts lecture program, on the impacts of the Ludlow Massacre on the community of Pueblo, Colorado. Coverage of the lecture by the Pueblo Chieftain can be seen here.

Accomplishments

  • Spring 2014
    • Was part of the team that organized and promoted the Ludlow in Requiem benefit concert. The concert involved musicians, pulled from local artists and renowned Folk musicians alike, playing and performing original compositions in addition to reinterpretations of coal camp songs sung by the workers of Ludlow. The coal camp songs were compiled by myself and a team of graduate students working under Dr. Madison Furh. As for the promotion and organization of the concert, that fell upon myself and one other grad student. A video covering the concert can be seen here