Resume and CV

Nicole M. Cox
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Email: Niki.Cox1983@gmail.com
Portfolio and Online Résumé: http://www.DesignedbyNiki.com

Professional Summary

Lifelong writer and artist seeking a position outside of the teaching side of academia using well-developed writing, proofreading, editing, and design skills.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Expertise in proofreading, editing, and writing
  • Two years’ professional experience as a writer and proofreader for Great Educators, LLC.
  • Currently writing and collecting data for a creative non-fiction book about living with a craniofacial syndrome based on research and personal experience
  • Founder and administrator of the Nager Syndrome support group on Facebook, a group which connects people living with the rare syndrome and their family members from around the world
  • Highly skilled with Microsoft Office programs, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Strong facility with graphic and textual aspects of formatting, editing and proofreading
  • Strong mastery of MLA Style Guide
  • Comfortable using other style guides, including AP Style, APA Style, and Chicago Manual Styles
  • Well-versed in using multiple social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, blogging engines such as WordPress and Blogger, and LinkedIn, for both personal and professional purposes
  • Highly experienced in using all versions of Windows and comfortable using Apple computer platforms
  • Over fifteen years of experience using various blogging platforms, with over seven years of experience using blogging for specifically professional purposes

Relevant Work Experience

2013 – Present              Per-Project Content Writer, Editor, and Consultant
Great Educators, LLC                                      St. Robert, Missouri
Supervisor: Emily Self

  • Writing test bank questions for ELA education standards (K-12th grades) and editing others’ projects (for grades K-12) for grammar, content, and formatting
  • Collecting readings for and writing practice questions for 36 weeks per grade level of ELA preparatory materials for junior high to high school-level students
  • Within a year, became established as a primary writer for English and Language Arts materials,
  • Within a year, became a key consultant for adapting ELA materials for common core standards in states that do not use the federal version
  • Credited for creating consistently strong material, gaining the honor of frequently being given first choice of extensive, long-term projects

2011 – Present              Freelance Pet Portrait Painter and Artist
Brushstrokes by Niki                                         Brushstrokes-by-Niki.com
Sole Proprietor and Artist

  • Painting acrylic pet portraits, castle landscapes, abstract design
  • Photographing events, including one wedding
  • Creating and selling steampunk clay creations, costume pieces, up-cycled “trash” artwork and crafts, and door wreaths
  • Managing and promoting the business using grassroots marketing and vendor booths at popular local pet festivals

2010 – Present              Adjunct English Instructor
Ozarks Technical Community College             Springfield, Missouri

  • Teaching three-to-four various sections of composition and developmental writing per semester
  • Constructing unique assignments implementing the course objectives while calling for critical and creative thought
  • Consulting with students in one-on-one writing and revision conferences for each major assignment
  • Utilizing email submissions, Blackboard, social media, and blogging in assignments, encouraging students to learn to navigate various forms of technology and related forms of communication
  • In 2013, earned license for online teaching, and in 2014, transitioned to exclusively teaching online classes

2007, 2009                    Substitute Teacher
Reeds Spring School District                            Reeds Spring, Missouri
Nixa Public Schools (2009)                               Nixa, Missouri
Branson Public Schools (2007)                         Reeds Spring, Missouri

  • Maintained order in the classroom
  • Instructed students in subjects that included English, art, music, history, geography, math,science, Spanish, and French;
  • Assisted students with various difficult assignments

2007-2009                     Graduate Teaching Assistant (Independent Teaching Role)
Missouri State University                                   Springfield, Missouri
Supervisors: Dr. Lanette Cadle and Dr. Ken Gillam

  • Taught two sections of composition per semester for four semesters while attending graduate school full time
  • Constructed unique assignments implementing the course objectives while calling for critical and creative thought
  • Consulted with students in one-on-one conferences for each major assignment and final evaluations
  • Utilized email submissions, Blackboard, and blogging in assignments, encouraging students to learn to navigate various forms of technology

2005                             Student Archivist
Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State           Kirksville, Missouri
Supervisor: Elaine Doak

  • Assisted patrons in accessing rare and delicate documents and shelved and filed rare materials
  • Collected and filed newspaper clippings pertaining to the university and its alumni
  • Created Excel spreadsheets of data from 19th-century university rosters and county records

Education

2007 – 2009                  Master of Arts English: Creative Writing           Creative Nonfiction focus
Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

2002 – 2006                  Bachelor of Arts English: British Literature and Composition
Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri

2012 – 2013                  Courses in Graphic Design and Illustration toward a BFA degree
Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

Additional Skills and Achievements

  • Former county and regional spelling bee champion and/or runner-up four years running from fifth through eighth grades
  • Recipient multiple merit-based and skills-based scholarships, including the Bright Flight Scholarship
  • Scored a 34 on the English portion of the ACT exam
  • Recipient of graduate teaching assistantship from 2007-2009
  • Memberships: Sigma Tau Delta – Delta Nu chapter, Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Conference on College Composition and Communication, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Scholars Honor Society, Unique Ensemble Gospel Choir (elected historian in 2003)
  • “Black Magic More: A Caffeinated Memoir,” presented at Truman State University’s Graduate English Organization Conference on April 4, 2009
  • Basic-to-intermediate self-taught foundation in using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Adobe InDesign, and other related programs; also comfortable using a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet
  • Basic foundation in html coding
  • Average typing speed: 65-75 wpm
  • Foundations Exhibition 2013 at the Missouri State University Student Exhibition Center: Four pieces chosen for exhibition from fall 2012 foundational drawing and design classes
  • From Truman State University, a strong liberal arts background, particularly in the arts and humanities, including history (art and world), religion, psychology, vocal music, communications, and, via extensive personal research, classic cinema

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