MEL B. FREITAG
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
Research Assistant, 2009-present
Practicum Supervisor, 2009-2011
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Part-time Faculty, 2011-present
High School Writing Instructor, Summer 2012-present
PEOPLE (Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) Program
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
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)
PUBLICATIONS (REFEREED ARTICLES)
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
SERVICE AND AWARDS
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 SIG
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