Michael sitting in front of books at the library.

My administrative service is guided by my dedication to humanistic study, faculty development, and student support.

My convictions in the value of lifelong learning and in the enduring relevance of Renaissance literature drive my administrative service. To promote dialogue on the future of humanistic inquiry, my colleague Mary Learner and I co-organized a graduate student conference that reaffirmed links between early modern humanism and the humanities today. To support the pedagogical development of fellow graduate students, I conducted workshops advocating for dialect diversity in the composition classroom, and as an elected member of the Peer Mentoring Committee, I observed lessons and engaged instructors in productive conversations about teaching methods. As a coach at the UNC Writing Center, I shared personalized feedback and writing strategies with more than 1000 unique students, and I coordinated staff meetings to train colleagues in writing center theory and praxis. Altogether, my administrative experiences reflect my commitments to humanistic study, faculty development, and student support.

Administrative Experience

Peer Mentoring Committee, UNC Writing Program, 2020 – Present
As an elected member of the Peer Mentoring Committee, I promoted the pedagogical development of Graduate Teaching Fellows by reviewing course materials, observing lessons, and sharing personalized feedback on teaching practices.

Writing Coach, UNC Writing Center, 2015 – 2020
During in-person and online writing consultations, I provided undergraduate and graduate students with constructive guidance on their compositions and supported their growth as writers. As a seasoned coach, I also mentored my colleagues, coordinated staff meetings, developed and conducted student workshops, and created digital resources.

Teaching Mentor, UNC Center for Faculty Excellence, 2019
As a teaching mentor for Survive and Thrive!: A “New” TA Institute, I facilitated a workshop to communicate pedagogical best practices to teaching assistants from diverse academic disciplines. I also participated on a panel in which I shared recommendations for collaborating effectively with instructors of record.

Conference Organizer, UNC-KCL Graduate Student Conference, 2016
My co-organizer (Mary Learner) and I planned and executed the medieval and early modern graduate student conference “Old and New Humanism(s)” as part of a six-year partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill and King’s College London. We developed a conference theme, created a budget, raised funds, secured a venue, solicited and selected speakers, publicized the event, curated a concomitant rare books exhibition, and managed logistics during the presentations.

President, Comparative Literature and English Association of Graduate Students, 2014 – 2015
As president of the department’s graduate student association, I oversaw initiatives to improve the academic, professional, and social experiences of graduate students in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. I also served as the liaison between graduate students and the department administration, including the Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies.

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