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RACHEL ROSEKIND, PhD

EDUCATION

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

MLIS, December 2016

Focus on public and school libraries; readers advisory; innovative community engagement, library services, and platforms; and information literacy, equity, and ethics

Yale University, New Haven, CT

Dual PhD, African American Studies and American Studies, 2006

Between the Country House and the Kitchenette: Literary Excavations of Space and Self in the Work of Henry James and Gwendolyn Brooks. Advisor: Hazel V. Carby

M.Phil., Honors, African American Studies and American Studies, 2003

M.A., Honors, African American Studies and American Studies, 2001

New York University, New York, NY

B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Literature and Social Theory, 1997

Focus on the navigation of public, urban, and political space as represented and defined in literature and the visual and applied arts.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Write You Are!                                                                                                                                                                         2015–present

Founder                                                                                                                                                     El Cerrito, CA & Remote

  • Run independent business providing writing instruction & coaching, content creation, writing workshops, college & graduate school consulting, and editorial services throughout the country

 Data Lead, San Jose State University, School of Information                                         November 2019–present

  • Work as primary point person for 25+ team members and 125+ faculty to strategize, mine, streamline, and synthesize significant amounts of data to support the iSchool’s reaccreditation process and final report submission.

 Independent Editor                                                                                                                                                  2000–present

  • Work with individual and institutional clients to develop manuscripts for publication
  • Edit dissertations, theses, grant proposals, academic articles, and other nonfiction material
  • Review literary manuscripts, including poetry, novels, novellas, and essays
  • Create content for corporate reports, factbooks, presentations, blogs, and websites

Wikimedia Foundation                                                                                                       January 2016–September 2016

Research Intern                                                                                                       San Francisco, CA

  • Research the intersection between and application of Wikimedia projects to: cultural preservation and knowledge dissemination in the developing world; academic, public, research and special collections libraries; information literacy instruction; and innovative technological platforms
  • Design and tag a Zotero bibliographic collection to collocate and disambiguate the data
  • Write a comprehensive literature review documenting the evolution of Wikipedia’s role in information literacy frameworks and instruction throughout the world.

Yale University                                                                                                   January 2001–May 2006

Research Assistant to Department Chair                                                                           New Haven, CT

  • Assisted Department Chair with personal research, preparation and editing of conference papers and journal articles, and creation of course syllabi
  • Planned “African American Studies and Yale: Revisiting Origins, Imagining Futures,” held in May 2002; organized conference panels, designed publicity materials and commemorative brochure; wrote and published historical and photographic essay documenting the history of Yale’s African American Studies department

“Langston Hughes and his World” Coordinator                                                   March 2001–October 2002

  • Drafted grant proposal and budget narrative to Ford Foundation outlining plans for international conference to celebrate centenary of Hughes’s birth
  • Secured $100,000 from Ford Foundation and $15,000 from Yale’s Kempf Memorial Fund
  • Tracked expenses and prepared budget reports for grantmaking institutions
  • Liaised with Yale’s Office of Printing and Publishing Services, the President’s Office, Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts Library, Grants & Contracts, and multiple academic departments to facilitate collaboration and communication
  • Prepared website content and all publicity materials, brochures, and souvenirs for event
  • Helped plan and execute all conference activities, including: library exhibition, film screening, panel discussions, meals, book signings, music, and theatrical performance
  • Coordinated travel plans and lodging arrangements for conference speakers
  • Partnered with publishing house and performed outreach to local public schools to organize reading, musical performance, and large book donation to school libraries and classrooms

Central Falls Public Schools                                                                  December 2004–March 2006

High School Tutor                                                                                                         Central Falls, RI

  • Worked with 9th-12th grade students on discrete assignments for classes and to build study habits and writing skills

SCOPE Summer Program Instructor                                                                       June 2005–August 2005

  • Wrote grant to secure funds from Central Falls School Department to lead summer course for “at-risk” middle school students
  • Created and led month-long program to build literacy and math skills

Providence Public Schools                                                                           September 1998–June 1999

Development Associate                                                                                                 Providence, RI

  • Researched and identified potential funding sources for public schools
  • Major projects include grants to provide the following: literacy resources and instruction, expanded afterschool programs, and technological innovation

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Write You Are!                                                                                                                                                                      2015–present

Founder/Educator                                                                                                                               El Cerrito, CA & Remote

  • Lead group classes and workshops at community centers, libraries, and other locations.
  • Inspire students and clients through discussions of exemplary poetry and prose, exciting writing prompts, and thoughtful individualized feedback
  • Provide private writing coaching to youth, teens, and adults to discuss and hone craft and to generate, refine, and discuss works-in-progress

Crystal Springs Uplands School                                                                   August 2007–March 2009

English Teacher, 9th & 11th Grade, Honors                                                            Hillsborough, CA

  • Collaborated with colleagues to select materials for year-long survey courses in world and American literature
  • Instructed students in grammar, close reading, research, academic writing, and historical interpretation of literary texts
  • Maintained website for students and parents to keep abreast of course materials
  • Served as 9th Grade advisor

Yale University                                                                                                       Spring 2003, 2004

Teaching Fellow, Formation of Modern American Culture             

  • Led weekly discussion sections engaging students in dialogue about 20th century American cultural history
  • Graded weekly response papers and 2 longer essays
  • Collaborated with fellow instructors to present multimedia materials and other dynamic learning opportunities to students

Instructor, Black Literature and the Urban Environment                                                                   Fall 2003

  • Designed new interdisciplinary course for African American Studies Department based on my research interests and dissertation materials
  • Met weekly with students to present and discuss course materials
  • Facilitated and led students on historical walking tour of Harlem

Teaching Fellow, Modern African American Literature                                             Spring 2003, Fall 2002

  • Worked with Professor and co-fellow to draft syllabus and invite guest lecturers
  • Led weekly discussion sections exploring new voices in African American literature
  • Graded close reading exercises and research papers

 

 

 

Senior Essay Advisor, Department of American Studies                                        Fall 2004–Spring 2005

  • Nominated for position by American Studies department faculty
  • Met individually with students to help select and refine senior essay topics; devise research strategies; and draft and edit essays
  • Led group tutorials exploring topics like brainstorming, information literacy strategies, writing and revision process, and bibliographic instruction

Wesleyan University                                                                                          Fall 2002–Fall 2003 Afro-American Studies Teaching Assistant and Writing Advisor                                Middletown, CT

  • Met individually with 60 students to discuss course materials, devise paper topics, and refine drafts

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

  • Finalist, May 2019: National Parks Arts Residency, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Alameda County Library Library Lit Contest February 2019: Winner, “Souls of My Feet”
  • John F. Enders Fund Summer Fellowship for Dissertation Writing and Research, 2005
  • University Dissertation Fellowship, Susan Rhoda Cutler Fellowship Fund, 2004-2005
  • John Perry Miller Fellowship, Summer 2003
  • Mellon Fellowship in Gender History, Harvard University, Summer 2002

 

PUBLICATIONS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • “Making Our Words Matter: Reawakening the Radical Imagination, unpublished. 2019.
  • A History of African Americans in Oakland, California: an Annotated Bibliography, prepared for the African American Museum and Library at Oakland, AY 2016-2017
  • “Data Retrieval, Information Literacy, and Knowledge Synthesis in the Age of Wikipedia: a Framework for Partnership and Progression.” Wiki site: Summer 2016
  • “Using a Compass without a Map: the Journey of a Mother-Educator.” Hybrid Pedagogy, 10 May 2016, http://www.digitalpedagogylab.com/hybridped/

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  • Nourishing our Children and our World through Stories: a Book List that Promotes Awareness and Affirmation of Self, Others, and the Natural World, January 2016
  • Review of Selling the Race: Culture, Community, and Black Chicago, 1940-1955, by Adam Green, Economic History Review, 60 (November 2007): 862-864.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

Collage Poetry Mashup for Families. 4/24/2020. Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, California

Canceled due to Coronavirus.

Collage Poetry Mashup for Families. 4/22/2020. Hercules Public Library, California

Canceled due to Coronavirus.

Tweens & Teens Creative Writing Meet-Up: Poetry. 4/14/20. El Cerrito Public Library, California. Canceled due to Coronavirus.

Picture Poems: a Workshop for the “Insiders Group.” 2/27/20. Hercules Public Library, California

Tweens & Teens Creative Writing Meet-Up: What is Love?. 2/11/2020. El Cerrito Public Library, California

“Writing Strategies and Success for Homeschooled Families.” 2/1/2020. Invited Talk, Bay Area Homeschool Moms Group.

Family Learning Sundays. 1/5/2020. Providence Public Library, Rhode Island

Flash! Fiction Workshop: a NaNoWriMo Event. 11/16/2019. Berkeley Public Library, North Branch, California

Spooky Stories Writing Workshop. 10/23/2019. El Cerrito Public Library, California

Write Your Way to Outer Space!: a Pre-Summer Reading Workshop. 5/21/2019. El Cerrito Public Library, California

Write Your Way to Outer Space!: a Pre-Summer Reading Workshop. 5/9/2019. Hercules Public Library, California

National Poetry Month: Collage Poetry Mashup. 4/27/2019. Berkeley Public Library, West Branch, California

Try Your Hand at Creative Writing: a Workshop for All Ages. 2/27/2019. Albany Public Library, California

Creative Writing for Young People. 12/9/2018. Albany Public Library, California

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS

  • Fierce Illumination: Elemental Revelations and Unravelings
  • “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Way She Moves”: The Experience and Influence of Women in the Grateful Dead
  • Flight of the Beautiful Days: A Chronicle of the Radical Women Who Ignited Bay Area Social and Cultural Movements
  • An Apprentice to Words: Why I Write, Why I Teach
  • Ivy Grows in the Garden of Eden: Letters to my Older Young Daughters

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Copyediting Society
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs
  • Bay Area Editors Forum
  • Editorial Freelancers Association