Ph.D.—University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2013

Curriculum and Instruction—Literacy Studies

Minors: Rhetoric and Composition and Educational Psychology

Dissertation Title: Safety in Spaces: A School’s Story of Identity and Community

Advisor: Dr. Mary Louise Gomez


M.A.—Illinois State University, 2005

English – Professional Writing

Concentration: Women’s Studies

Thesis: The Unknown Spaces: Women’s Stories Reshaping Life Writing

Advisor: Dr. Kass Fleisher


B.A. —Augsburg College, 2002


Minor: Women’s Studies        




Instructor, 2009-present

Research Assistant, 2009-present

Practicum Supervisor, 2009-2011

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Madison, WI

Part-time Faculty, 2011-present

Madison College

English Department

Madison, WI


High School Writing Instructor, Summer 2012-present

PEOPLE (Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) Program

Madison, WI


Part-time Faculty, 2006-2012

Community College of Baltimore County

English, Sociology, and Women’s Studies Departments

Dundalk, MD and Essex, MD


Part-time Faculty, 2006-2009

University of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD






Graduate & Undergraduate Courses Taught at UW – Madison


Introduction to Education: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Social Class (Fall 2012-Spring 2013)

Teaching Diverse Learners (graduate/undergraduate) (Summer 2010/Spring 2010)

Culturally Relevant Mentoring (Summer 2010)

Integrating the Teaching of Literacy (Fall 2009-Fall 2010)

Literacy Across the Disciplines (Spring 2011)

Reading Methods for Elementary Education (Spring 2011)


English Undergraduate Courses Taught at Madison College, Community College of Baltimore County, University of Baltimore and Kaplan University


English 1 / Composition 1 (web and traditional) (Spring 2006-present)

English 2 / Composition 2 (web and traditional) (Fall 2006-present)

Academic Writing 1 and 2 (Spring 2012)

Composition for the IT Major, Criminal Justice, and Arts/Sciences majors (web) (Fall 2007-Fall 2009)

Developmental Reading (Spring 2007)

Honors Writing (Spring 2007-Spring 2009)

Ideas in Writing (Fall 2006-Spring 2007)


Other Undergraduate Courses Taught at University of Baltimore and Community College of Baltimore County


Women’s/Gender Studies (Fall 2007-Summer 2011)

Introduction to Sociology (Spring 2007-Spring 2012)

First Year Seminar Learning Community (hybrid) (Fall 2007-Spring 2009)

American Culture for the ESL Student (Summer 2007)

ELL Intermediate Grammar (Spring 2007)




Freitag, M. (under review) Queering Educational Landscapes. Confero: Essays on Education, Philosophy, and Politics, Queering Schools, Queer in School Special Issue. Linköping, Sweden.

Freitag, M. (forthcoming 2013) Safety in Unity: One School’s Story of Identity and Community. The Handbook of Gender and Sexualities in Education. Peter Lang: New York.

Freitag, M. (2012) Two Year Tales: Preparation. Wisconsin English Journal, 54 (2).


Freitag, M.  (2011) Two Year Tales: An Introduction. Wisconsin English Journal, 54 (1).

Gomez, L. M., Khurshid, A., Freitag, M., & Johnson, L.A. (2011)  Everyday racial microaggressions in graduate students’ lives: How they operate and their consequences. Teaching and Teacher Education, 27(8), 1189-1199.


Freitag, M. (2010) Review of Scott Warnock’s Teaching Writing Online: How and Why. Wisconsin English Journal, 52 (1), 27-29.




Freitag, M., Glaus, M., & Herrmann, B. (October 2012) The Hunger Games: Teaching Critical Literacy in a Pre-College Opportunity Summer Reading/Writing Program. Presented at the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English conference, Madison, Wisconsin.

Gomez, M.L., Johnson Lachuk, A., Khurshid, A., and Freitag, M. (April 2012) How Race Operates in Graduate Assistants’ Lives: Lessons from Teacher Education. Presented at American Education Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Freitag, M. (April 2011) LGBTQA Identities in Safe Schools and Spaces. Presented for Curriculum and Instruction: Introduction to Education course, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.

Gomez, M.L., Khurshid, A., and Freitag, M. (April 2011) The Experiences of Teaching Assistants of Color and Those from International Contexts in Teaching and Supervising in an Elementary Education Program. Presented at the American Educational Research Association conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Freitag, M. (April 2011) LGBT Children’s Literature for Curriculum and Instruction: Children’s Literature course,   University of Wisconsin—Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.


Freitag, M. (July 2010) You can’t do THAT in the classroom! How Facebook and other Web 2.0 technologies can enhance classroom community. Presented at United Kingdom Literacy Association Conference, Winchester, United Kingdom.


Freitag, M. (April 2008) Getting Connected: Technology & Developmental Education, Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville, Catonsville, Maryland.


Freitag, M. (April 2004). Not the D word!:  Incorporating Diversity into our Programs. Presented at Leadership Revolution Conference at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.




Assistant Coordinator of the First and Second Year Program, 2007-2009

University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD


-Developed curriculum for IDIS 101: First Year Seminar hybrid course, including the Academic Tool Kit and course modules, including the e-Portfolio materials.

-Trained and supervised faculty for professional development, teaching strategies, and student development.

-Trained and observed all new instructors or IDIS 101: First Year Seminar and WebTycho, the online course management system.

-Created, coordinated, and administered the Pre- and Post-College Learning Assessment-based “Make an Argument; Break an Argument” to all first and second year students.

-Conducted a pre- and post-assessment on all Writing 300 students based on a 5 point, holistic rubric

-Coordinated the administration of the “Self-Directed Search” Career Assessment in collaboration with the Department of Psychology to all first year students during their Fall semester

-Participated in the Learning Community with two additional UB faculty to provide collaborative assignments, readings, and field trips conducive to a learning community


Writing Consultant, Academic Resource Center, 2006-2009

University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland


Coordinator, Center for American Politics and Citizenship, 2005

University of Maryland-College Park, College Park, Maryland


-Coordinated all day to day operations of the Center

-Managed budget of $300,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the University of Maryland-College Park Foundation. Grant administration included writing monthly reports, managing payroll and timesheets, using the purchasing card regularly, and distributing reimbursements.

-Hired and supervised five undergraduate research assistants, a graduate assistant, and faculty member

-Fundraised for executive board donors and other potential donors

-Planned events such as the career seminar, Distinguished Scholar-Teacher lecture and reception, and the Executive Board Meeting luncheon

-Wrote grants for Help America Vote Act ($300,000) and the Maryland State Board of Elections ($92,000)

-Wrote and edited articles for and distributed CAPC newsletter to over 1200 recipients, updated CAPC website and CAPC brochure


Program Assistant, Office of Intercultural Programs and Services, 2003-2005

Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois


-Coordinated one of the largest diversity initiatives in Illinois State’s University’s history. “The Tunnel of Oppression” had an attendance of 500 in 2002, and increased to over 2200 students, faculty, staff, high school students, and community members in 2004 under my supervision and direction

-Communicated with over 50 faculty members about integrating “The Tunnel of Oppression” into their curriculum and bringing their classes to the event

-Coordinated the Minority Recognition Ceremony and reception, an annual event to honor all underrepresented students, faculty, and staff

-Co-Chair of the Multi-Ethnic Cultural and Co-Curricular Planning Advisory Committee (MECCPAC) with a $20,000 budget

-Planned programs such as the Minority Recognition Ceremony, monthly cultural kickoffs, “An Evening with Rebecca Lobo: former WNBA star,” women in art exhibition, and Chastity Bono

-Designed and distributed campus-wide monthly diversity calendars, including: Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Native American Heritage Month, Asian American Heritage Month, LGBT weeks, and Latin American Heritage Month


Assistant Hall Director, Department of Residence Life, 2000-2002

Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota




Portfolio Evaluator, 2009-present, Office of Assessment, Kaplan University

Sprinkle Journal Co-Editor, 2010-2011

National Council for Teachers of English Research Conference planning, April 2011

UW-Madison Literacy website development committee member, 2010-2011

Pearson-Longman Reviewer, 2009-2011, Expanding Literacies: Generation 1.5 Learner

Reviewer, 2011, Issues in Teacher Education, LGBT Special Edition

Quality Matters Online Evaluation Course, 2010, Quality Matters

University of Baltimore Service Learning Award Selection Committee, 2009

New Wave Singers Mixed Chorus member, 2008-2009

University of Baltimore Community Service Day participant, 2008-2009

Redesign committee member for the pilot WRIT 300 hybrid course, 2008

Food for Thought major sessions, Advising and University Relations, University of Baltimore, 2008

Virtual Academy Graduate, 2008, Community College of Baltimore County

Southern Poverty Law Center Name on Wall of Tolerance, 2005

Distinction for the Master of Arts in English Comprehensive Examination, 2005

Dean’s List, 2005, Illinois State University

Public Relations Coordinator, 2003-2005, GLBTQA student group

Co-facilitated Intercultural Retreat, 2003-2005, Aurora University, Lake Geneva, WI

Person to Person Tutor, 2001-2002

Minneapolis Public Library Tutor, 2001-2002

Member, 2001, Augsburg College Diversity and Leadership Committees

Features Editor, 2001-2002, Augsburgian Yearbook staff, 2001-2002

Community Values Writer, 2000-2002, The Augsburg College Echo

Augsburg College Performing Arts Scholarship: Clarinet, 1998-2002

Augsburg College Regents Scholarship, 1998-2002

Dean’s List Augsburg College, 1998-2002




American Educational Research Association (AERA)


AERA Queer Working Group, Connie North facilitator (2010 Denver conference)

National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)

American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

Developmental Education Association of Maryland (DEAM)

ESchool News Online Journal