Dana Barnett

Freelance Writer & Editor

Location:Cullman, Alabama, United States
Phone: (205) 410-4335
2 Skills
6/06-7/06 Red Mountain Writers Project
The RWMP is an intensive 150-hour summer institute sponsored by the National Writing Project that allows teachers (elementary-college) the time to write, to read about writing, and to discuss writing and the teaching of writing.

6/97-present Graduate courses in Education and English
University of Alabama at Birmingham

1/93-12/97 M.A. English
Master’s Thesis: Tennessee Williams’s American Blues
University of Alabama

8/88-6/92 B.A. English/Creative Writing minor
University of Alabama

6/92-present Tutor and Freelance Writer, Editor, and Proofreader
Recent publications are listed below; reviews of tutoring may be found at

1/12-12/13 Adjunct English Instructor
Calhoun Community College
Duties: taught English 092, English 093, and Freshman Composition 101

8/08-5/11 Adjunct English Instructor
Snead State Community College
Duties: taught English 093, Freshman Composition 101 and 102, and
American Literature I and II (some courses involved instruction via Blackboard)

8/08-5/10 Adjunct English Instructor
Wallace State Community College
Duties: taught English 085 and Freshman Composition 101 and 102, served on
the Common Read Book Committee

8/07-8/08 Adjunct English Instructor/Temporary Full-Time English Instructor
3/98-5/03 Jefferson State Community College
Duties: taught Freshman Composition 101 and 102, American Literature I and
II, British Literature I and II, and fundamental reading and writing

8/99-7/07 English, Journalism, and Learning Support Services Teacher
John Carroll Catholic High School
Duties: taught college preparatory British and World Literature; taught
fundamental, college preparatory, and honors American Literature; taught
Journalism and sponsored the high school newspaper; taught Educational
Support classes; tutored individuals and groups in the Writing Center; worked
on committees to reestablish the Summer Reading Program, to create and
organize the Writing Center, and to rewrite the curriculum for the English
Department and Educational Support Services Program; served on John
Carroll’s Action Committee to improve the Basic Studies/Educational Support
Program for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and composed
the final report for this committee; taught ACT Prep classes (reading and
English); taught summer school courses; trained to score writing assessments
(standardized tests); scored writing assessments for schools in the North
Alabama Catholic Diocese

8/95-8/99 Communications Specialist
Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation
Duties: wrote and edited monthly employee newsletter, quarterly report for
physicians, quarterly newsletter for Medicare recipients in Alabama, and other
publications; composed educational slides and other visual aids for health care
presentations; managed company library

8/94-8/95 Education Associate
Professional Convention Management Association
Duties: researched, created, and helped implement the Learning Specialist
Program for Hyatt Hotels; designed and implemented curriculum for “Legal
Issues in Meeting Planning” seminar; conducted research in the field of adult
education; conducted review of current publications in the fields of adult
education and meeting planning

8/93-6/94 Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant
University of Alabama
Duties: taught Freshman Composition (101 and 102); researched and edited
The Plays of Ntozake Shange: A Critical Study for Professor Neal Lester;
conducted preliminary research for book about revisionist texts; supervised
mass mailing of book proposals to academic publishers; assisted Professor
Lester in search for African-American Literature assistant professor; served on
Freshman Composition Textbook Selection Committee

6/92-1/93 Office Assistant
University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Pediatrics
Duties: wrote and edited the Pediatric Department Quarterly and other
publications; assisted Pediatric Department with audio-visual

Activities, Affiliations, and Awards
International Reading Association
Alabama Reading Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Alabama Writers’ Forum
1992 Thomas Wolfe Award (University of Alabama undergraduate creative writing award)
1999 Senior Citizens’ Hall of Fame Honorary Recipients of the Golden Eagle Award (for advocacy work)

“Unlatched Doors”—Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven (February 2012)
“Just Purr”—Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can’t Believe My Cat Did That! (September 2012)
“The Angel and the Vandal”—Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among Us (January 2013)
“The Beginning of a Wonderful Life”—A Warm Place There Anthology (Spring 2014)

--Familiar with PC and Mac formats
--Adept at using Blackboard, SMARTBoard, and other educational technologies
--Proficient in Word, WordPerfect, Excel, PowerPoint, PageMaker (InDesign), Photoshop, Illustrator, AppleWorks, and Quark Express
--Experienced in using grade book programs for both secondary schools and colleges
--Excellent at conducting research using “old-fashioned methods” such as digging through the stacks at an academic library and using more modern methods such as navigating databases and the Internet
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