About the Author

NOTE: The author has been away from Feast of Languages for about two years. She is hoping to begin writing regular posts in the Spring of 2015.

Catherine Jo Dixon grew up in Midland, Michigan and spent her formative years reading, riding a bike, avoiding yard work, and struggling with algebra. Currently, she lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with her husband Jeff and two adopted cats, Fritz and Andy.

Currently, Catherine Jo works as an Adjunct Professor of English at Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, Michigan teaching English Composition; she also works as an editor and proofreader on a contract basis. In addition, Catherine Jo works as a Faculty Advisor for Pearson Education training instructors how to use the MyLab online learning environment.

In the classroom, Catherine Jo is a college-level professional educator with advanced research and writing skills, who is adept in maintaining flexibility in a high-paced work environment, by studying objectives, policies, and needs to develop strategies. She is focused on Critical Thinking, Critical Reading, and Information Literacy to meet established Student Learning Outcomes (SLO.) She demonstrates advanced technology skills with online learning environments and teaches a 100% paperless class in a diverse student body. Catherine Jo maintains currency in her field through the Modern Language Assn. (MLA) and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE.)

Catherine Jo also volunteers in her community. She enjoys organic flower gardening, growing organic herbs, cooking and baking; traveling to famous literature sites, and collects, of course, cookbooks. At any given time, one may find her reading and researching her next project.

In 2003, after many years of working in accounting, Catherine Jo returned to college and enrolled in Oakland Community College. With the inspiration of several remarkable teachers she graduated summa cum laude including being chosen as the keynote speaker for the Honors Convocation when she graduated in December 2005, earning an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management. In December 2006, at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, Catherine Jo graduated magna cum laude earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in history. She earned a Masters of English literature degree from Oakland University in April 2011. Catherine Jo also attends various writing workshops and conferences throughout the year.

Research and teaching interests include Early Modern Irish and English drama and prose, including William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and the Elizabethan court poets; Bardic poetry, historiography and the early modern chronicle, and print culture and history of the book, especially the Bible.

Catherine Jo is compelled to be investigative, to be curious, is a solid communicator, and works well autonomously. She has a strong ability to analyze, to solve problems, to find new patterns, and to inquire with non-conformal, creative resources. These are all characteristics that English degree candidates must have to earn an English degree successfully. This has culminated in a nomination for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty of the year (2014-2015.)

Digital technologies require new literacy strategies because the print-based concepts of text and of the reader have changed. These newer technologies have altered the space in which the study of meaning-making and meaning-makers occur, and these changes have important implications for teachers, learners, and communities.

Composing in multimodal and multimedia technologies includes important considerations of visual, design, and performance aspects, and is not limited to print text to convey meaning. This creates opportunities to reinvent and enhance notions of audience, purpose, genre, form, and context. It also has important implications for mechanics, usage, grammar, style, and evaluation.

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