Brief biography as of April 2016:
Richard Jewell is the
co-founder (with Donald Ross, Professor, University of Minnesota-Twin
Cities) and General Coordinator of the
Minnesota Colleges and Universities English and Writing annual conference,
with 150-200 attendees annually, and its listserv of over 2500 Minnesota,
Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and eastern Dakotas college and university
He has been a tenured member of the English
and Humanities departments at Inver Hills Community College in suburban
St. Paul since 2001, where he was the lead co-advisor of the honor society
2005-2015, the coordinator of the twice yearly "Student Success Day" for
six years, and, for a year, the college's undergraduate research
conference coordinator. He also has served on various committees on campus
including Academic Council and the Research Across Disciplines committee,
and as coordinator/chair of the English Department for a year. He appeared
on the finalist list three times for the student-elected "Faculty Member
of the Year" Award, and in 2014-15, he won it.
Before 2001, he
was a full-time “Education Specialist” in composition for the English
Department of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for five years. There, he
was coordinator of the composition web site and received three grants: for
planning a computer lab specialized for teaching writing, for updating the web site,
and for creating the
Online Grammar Handbook. He also won UM's "Adjunct English Faculty
of the Year" Award in 2000.
Richard has a master’s degree
in English from St. Cloud State University, one of the two largest state
universities in Minnesota; and two master’s degrees in religion from San
Francisco Theological Seminary. In earlier decades he has been a farm
boy, grocery-store carry out, hippie, food cooperative co-manager, social
worker, and free-lance magazine writer. Over the
years, he has presented at several dozen national, regional, and state
academic conferences and written a number of articles, stories, and
academic essays that have
been published in magazines and academic journals.
He also is
the author of three online publications: the composition textbook
WritingforCollege.org (130,000 hits as of 4/16), the online humanities handbook
Experiencing the Humanities at
OnlineHumanities.org, and the directory Online Grammar Handbook
(200,000 hits). In
2014, a link to the most popular of these, the Online Grammar Handbook,
was posted by Dr. Muriel Harris, author of two popular college English
handbooks—Writer’s FAQs and The Prentice Hall Reference Guide—on
the national Writing Lab Newsletter's Twitter and Facebook
accounts. She reported that both the national writing centers organization
and CCCC, the international college writing organization, retweeted the
After fifteen years of full-time work at his current college, in fall 2016
he is taking half-time retirement for three years, and then full-time
retirement starting summer 2019. In retirement, he plans to continue
helping with MnWE (the state college English Conference); tent camping and
traveling; spending more time with his children and grandchildren in
France and in Rochester, Minnesota; and pursuing new and old writing
of 11-05; updated 9-08 & 11-11)
For students: When academic workers such as college and university
teachers write a resume, it more often is very detailed and is called a C.V.
or "curriculum vita" ("life studies").
The curriculum vita
below is long, so you may want to skim it, or you can use the links here in the
left-hand column to go more quickly to parts of it.
Instructor, Full Time Unlimited (Equivalent
Department of English, Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights,
Teaching responsibilities: composition, literature, and humanities courses
- Founder and Coordinator, Writing-Intensive (WI) Program--WI
Transfer to UM-TC, 2005-present
- Coordinator, College-wide Student Success Day (twice/year stdnt. conf. 20% release
time), 2005-present (except sabbatical 2011-12)
- Lead Advisor, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (13% release time, except
during sabbatical), May 2005-present
- Founder and Coordinator, Research
across Disciplines (RAD) Program (improving student research),
- Founder and Co-coordinator,
MnCUEW (Minnesota Colleges & Universities English &
Writing annual conference and listserv--MnSCU and Univ. of Minn. systems, parts
of Wisconsin university and state university systems, and
Minnesota private colleges), 2008-present.
- Facilitator, Annual MnSCU
English Discipline meeting (at annual MnSCU Realizing Student Potential
- Member, Phi Theta Kappa Four State
Regional Advisory Council, 2008-12. Chair 2010-11
- Lead Advisor for the Chapter that is President of
the Four State Region of Phi Theta Kappa, 2010-12
- Chair, Writing across Curriculum Section, Midwest
Modern Language Association, 2011-12
- Chair, U.S. Education Committee, OneVillage Partners
($100,000/year nonprofit service organization for three villages in
Sierra Leone, West Africa), 2006-2008 and 2011-12
- Co-founder and Co-coordinator, Plymouth Film Club
(monthly film series at Plymouth Church near downtown Minneapolis),
Quick Summary of Vita
Education: Master's Degree in English
and two other subjects
Teaching Locations (most recent
first): Inver Hills Community College, Department of English at
University of Minnesota, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, North Hennepin
Community College, St. Cloud State University, et al.
Courses (most sections first):
Composition I, Composition II, Developmental Writing, Intro to
Humanities, Literature, Philosophy, Community Education courses in
Writing for Publication, Creative Writing, and Business Writing, et al.
Using online, enhanced/hybrid, and in-classroom computer technology,
groups, one-on-one assistance, critical thinking, writing across the
curriculum, et al. et al.
Other Work: Started two writing
centers (North Hennepin Community College and Minnesota School of
Business), part-time freelance magazine writer, food coop coordinator,
social worker, assistant minister, et al.
Publications on Paper: About 10
academic publications and 90 professional and creative publications
Publications Online: Two textbooks
("WritingForCollege.org" and "ExperiencingTheHumanities.org"), five web
directories; one article, and several websites
Academic and Professional Presentations:
24 national and regional; 14 state and local.
Misc. Awards and Memberships: a dozen
academic/professional organizations and their journals, various academic
awards as a student, various awards from students
M.A., English, St. Cloud State University, 1985: Emphasis in rhetoric, composition,
and creative writing. Training in the teaching of freshman composition, process writing,
holistic scoring, portfolio assessment, research writing, and theories of private and
public discourse. Course work from St. Cloud State's Director of Freshman Composition, who
was trained in the Amherst freshman writing experience (one of the first major U.S.
freshman writing programs) and in the University of Iowa WAC program--one of the first
major U.S. writing-across-the-curriculum programs. G.P.A.: 4.0.
M.Div., Ministry, San Francisco Theological Seminary, 1973: Emphasis
in traditional ministry, social service ministry, youth ministry, group
facilitation, and coffeehouse and related ministries with street youth.
Seminary part of the Graduate Theological Union, a doctorate-granting
"university" of nine faith groups such as Lutheran, Episcopal, American
Baptist, Franciscan, Dominican, et al.; students take courses at most of
the seminaries in rotation.
M.A. in Theology, San Francisco Theological Seminary, 1972: Emphasis
in existential theology/philosophy, spiritual autobiography, Eastern
religions, and writing. See above for more detail.
B.A., Philosophy, Monmouth College (Illinois), 1970: Minor--creative writing and
composition. Editor, student literary magazine. Student government: Communications Board.
Other Schools and Significant Training:
University of Iowa Summer Writers' Workshop, graduate credit (A)
University of Minnesota Split Rock Program in Novel Writing, grad. credit (A)
University of Minnesota Web design and Web writing workshops (noncredit).
Indiana University Writers' Conference (noncredit)
WAC (Writing Across the Curriculum) Training, St. Cloud State University
and MnSCU System
Thinking Training, MnSCU System
Knox College Undergraduate Creative Writing Program, Illinois
Two years of college
with Shimer College (University of
Chicago Great Books Program):
1 year at Mt. Carroll, Illinois
1 year at Oxford, England campus
College and University Teaching
Most Recent Previous Position:
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1997-2001. Assistant Education Specialist,
Full Time, Department of English. Teaching responsibilities: upper- and
lower-division undergraduate composition courses. Administrative duties: Webmaster,
English Department Composition Web Site; Coordinator, Composition Web Committee. Minnesota, 1997-2001
Other Previous Primary Assignments:
Anoka Ramsey Community College, 1992-1996.
North Hennepin Community College, 1989-1992.
St. Cloud State University, 1985-1989 (Instructor), 1983-1995 (Teaching Assistant)
Austin Community College, NEI College of Technology, College
of St. Scholastica, St. Cloud Business College, College of St. Francis, University of
Minn. (Ext. Program), Hamline University, Vermilion Community College, Minnesota School of
English Courses Taught
Basic Writing ("English Essentials" and "Refresher English")
College Composition I (writing based and essay based)
College Composition II (writing based and essay based)
Freshman English I (literature based)
Freshman English II ( "
University Writing & Critical Reading
Honors Writing Practice I
Intermediate Expository Writing
Introduction to Literature
Writing and Critical Reading
University Writing and Critical Reading
Writing for Publication
Writing Practice I
Writing Practice and Cultural Diversity I
Introduction to Literature
Literature of Mythology
Advanced Expository Writing
Selected World Literature
Technical Writing for Engineers
Writing about Science
Writing in the Health Sciences
Writing in the Social Sciences
Writing in the Elementary Classroom
Other College Courses Taught
College Success Seminar, Comparative World Religions, Pathways to Success, Philosophy and Modern Society, Introduction to the Humanities,
Humanities I--Ancient Civilizations through the Renaissance, Philosophy of Religion,
Creative Problem Solving, Religion in America.
Other Special Activities
New 1-credit, 1000-level Creative Writing course,
English Department, Austin Community College, 1985
New 1000-level Introduction to Humanities course, all branches
of Rasmussen Business College, 1989
Redevelopment of 1000-level Professional and Technical Writing course, English
Department, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 1991
New 3-credit course, "ENGC
3029W Professional Writing," English Department, University of
two required composition courses to fit University of Minnesota transfer
requirements, Inver Hills Community College, 2007-8.
Leadership Development course, Inver Hills
Community College, currently being presented at Academic Council
Regular instructor of hybrid physical-classroom and online-classroom courses
in composition, developmental composition, literature, and the humanities.
Author of the online college composition textbook CollegeWriting.info
with 43,000 hits (as of July 2010):
Author of the Online Grammar Handbook
with 100,000 hits (as of July 2010): http://umn.edu/home/jewel001/grammar
Personal Web Site: www.Richard.Jewell.net
Author of own multi-course Web site, UMN and Inver Hills CC: www.tc.umn.edu/~jewel001.
Taught writing in computer classrooms since 1985.
Author of a successful $130,000 grant proposal for a collaborative computer classroom
for first-year composition courses, English Dept. Composition Program, UM.
Author of a successful $9000 grant proposal for hiring an undergraduate Assistant
Webmaster to revise the EngC (Composition) Web site at University of Minnesota.
Webmaster of the English Department's EngC (Composition) Web site, UM (at http://composition.cla.umn.edu):
coordinated the revising and redesigning of an extensive Web site.
Author, English Department Web Site, Inver Hills Community College.
Writing Center Work
Director, Center for Writing,
NHCC: helped plan, implemented, and coordinated the first
year of the NHCC Center for Writing.
Director and Tutor, Twin Cities Tutoring Program,
Night Manager and Tutor, English Tutoring Center,
Volunteer Tutor, UM and ARCC Writing Centers.
The Point, Camden, New Jersey. Worked with
youth and in a church. Was trained in
community social work. Summer 1971.
the Drop-In Center, Berkeley, Cal., and related street social work. 1972-73.
Worker, NE Neighborhood Services, Minneapolis. 1974-1975.
"Additional Work" under "Present Position," above.
Academic Affairs Council (IHCC)
Advisor, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (IHCC)
Advisory Committee to the Center for Writing
Advisory Committee for Developmental Education
Committee to Create a Writing Center
Developmental Committee (IHCC &
Energy Pool (ARCC)
Graduation Planning Committee (ARCC)
Guidelines for Campus Computer Use Subcommittee
Student Travel Center Board, Faculty Advisor (UM)
Research across Disciplines (RAD)
Semester Conversion Committee (ARCC)
Student Success Day Committee Chair and Program Coordinator (IHCC)
Writing Across the Curriculum Work Group
Writing Intensive Committee, Chair (IHCC)
Academic Affairs Council (IHCC)
Academic Standards Committee (IHCC)
Executive Council (ARCC).
Faculty Development Committee (ARCC).
General Matters Committee, Alternate (ARCC).
Student Conduct Committee, MCCFA Rep. (ARCC).
Student Stipend Committee, MCCFA Rep. (ARCC).
Member, Creative Writing Section Committee (Midwest Modern Language
Proposer and Chair, special program section on computers and composition, Two-Year College Association
Conference, Minneapolis, 1998.
Session Organizer, 1999 Midwest Modern Language Association Conf.
Secretary, 2000 M/MLA WAC (Writing across the Curriculum) Writing Section.
and 2011 M/MLA WAC Writing Section.
Coordinator and Founder,
2008-present, MnCUEW (Minnesota Colleges & Universities English &
Writing) Annual Conference (100-140 attendees/year) and Listserv (1500
members in Minnesota and Wisconsin).
Seminars for Teachers:
Taught 84 seminar hours to elementary and secondary
teachers on "Writing Across the Curriculum" and/or "Teaching Creative
Writing" in nine seminars at seven Minnesota schools and educational cooperative
service units (when living near St. Cloud State University, 1983-1989):
Little Falls Public Schools, Central Minnesota ECSU (Educational Cooperative Service
Unit), North Central Minnesota ECSU, West Central Minnesota ECSU, St. Mary's School,
Little Falls, Sartell Middle School, Clearbrook Public Schools, Sartell Middle School.
Seminars in Community Education Programs:
Taught over six hundred hours of
seminars in over two dozen communities throughout Minnesota on "Writing for
Publication," "Writing for Magazines," "Creative Writing,"
"Writing Family History," et al.
(online), 500-page college composition textbook,
(online), 100-page introduction to the humanities by
Web Directories (extensive lists of
URLs grouped by subject):
through a grant for IHCC's "Student
Success Day" online), 2005-present
(written through a grant from the
University of Minn.), 2000-present
Other Websites: IHCC Student
Success Day, IHCC English Dept., IHCC Humanities Dept.,
the professional website RichardJewell.net, a
few defunct course websites, and four current course
websites available at RichardJewell.net.
Academic Articles--nine publications (oldest first):
"Using the Right
Brain to Teach Writing," Journal of the Society for Accelerative Learning and
Teaching 17.3-4 (1992);
"Creative Writing in Other Writing Classes,"
Minnesota English Journal, Winter/Spring 1992;
Design: Group Writing in Computer Classrooms," The Assembly on Computers in English
Journal--The Journal of the NCTE Assembly on Computers in English, 1.2, (Fall 1997);
"Case 7. Too Much Thinking," Dilemmas in Teaching--Cases for Collaborative
Faculty Reflection, Ed. Chris M. Anson, Lesley K. Cafarelli, Carol Rutz, & Michelle R.
Weis, Madison, Wisconsin: and The Collaboration for the Advancement of Learning and
Teaching, Mendota Press, 1998;
"Using Role Playing to Teach Critical
Thinking," Innovation Abstracts, Vol. XX, No. 9, 1998;
"The Heart of the Muses: Teaching Narrative Writing Using Mythic/Archetypal
Literary Criticism," Minnesota Council of Teachers of English Journal,
"The Nobel Prize: History and Canonicity," Midwest Modern Language Association
Journal (winter 2000);
Emails" (short excerpt from), PMLA (Dec. 2000); and
Anson, Chris, and Jewell,
"Shadows of the Mountain," (lead essay), Moving
a Mountain, National Council of Teachers of English (2001).
Literary Prose and Poetry--about eleven publications in seven literary
journals, one magazine, and one public radio station production: Lake Country Journal,
Loonfeather, The Northland Quarterly, Optimistic Times, Thin Coyote, Minnesota Public
Radio Station KCRB, et al.
Magazine Articles--about sixty-three publications in twenty-seven magazines.
Magazine Fiction (nonliterary short stories)--about seventeen publications
in twelve magazines.
(in each section, oldest
MLA (Modern Language Association Convention--largest international conference for college
English and foreign language teachers):
"Peer-group Writing Using Computers." San Francisco, December 1998.
Jewell and Chris Anson. "'Education Specialists': University of Minnesota."
San Francisco, December 1998.
Tale of Three Systems--Almost Adjunct Paradise."
Chicago, December 1999.
Action: Stories of What Works." Chicago, December 1999.
Writing: From Classroom to Workplace." San Diego, December 2003.
"Using Heuristics . . . for Exploratory Discourse." Conference on
College Composition and Communication (CCCC). San Diego, April 1993.
"Mythic Dimensions of Travel Writing--A Travel Writer Speaks." Conference on
American and British Travel Writers and Writing. Minneapolis, Nov. 1997.
"A Two-Year College Writing Intensive Program That Transfers to the
University of Minnesota." Writing Program Administrators (WPA)
Conference. Anchorage, July 2005.
Richard, Paul Oakes, and Margaret Sullivan. "Increasing Officer Numbers
and Participation." Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society
Convention. Philadelphia, April 2008.
Cocoon and the Butterfly." Conference on College
Composition and Communication (CCCC). St. Louis, March 2012.
MMLA (Midwest Modern Language Association Conventions--largest Midwest conference for college
English and foreign language teachers):
"Creative Writing in Other Writing Courses." Minneapolis, Nov. 1989.
"Differences in Male and Female Voice." Kansas City, November 1990.
"The Poetics and Politics of the Nobel Prize." St. Louis, November 1992.
"Thinking as the Text of Composition." Minneapolis, November 1996.
Organizer of Double Session, "Adjunct Issues: What Works." Mpls., Nov. 1999.
"Building a Composition Web Site,"
Cleveland, November 2001.
"A Phenomenological Critique of Process
and Post-Process Theories," Minneapolis, November 2002.
"Stages of a Writer's
Development," Minneapolis, November 2008.
"The Stages of Writing in Writing
across the Curriculum," St. Louis, November 2011.
MCTE (Midwest Council of Teachers of English) Conference:
TYCA-Midwest (Two-Year College Association-Midwest)
"Computer Labs and Peer Writing Groups." In "Connecting Writing on
Computers: a Panel Presentation on Computer-Aided Writing Instruction." (Organized by
Jewell: presentations by Jewell; Jon Cegielski, Anoka-Ramsey Community College; and Julie
Eckerle, UM-Twin Cities.) St. Paul, October 1998.
Narratives of Navigating Writing: Helping Students Place Themselves on a
Scale of Writing Development." Duluth, October 3, 2008.
The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching & Learning Conference:
Jewell, Richard, Renee
Mabey, and Michael Ahlen. "Using Role Playing to Connect
Critical Thinking to Authentic Experience." Minneapolis, February 1997.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Minn-Wi-Kota (four-state) Convention:
STATE OF MINNESOTA:
MCTE (Minnesota Council of Teachers of English) Conferences:
"Critical Thinking Games." Alexandria, April 1997.
"Starting a WAC Writing Center." Mankato, April 1991.
"Where We Stand with Computers in Writing Now." Brooklyn Park, April 1990.
MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities) and MCCS (Minnesota
Community College System)--Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Conferences, et al.:
"Hello & Goodbye Journals as Assessment." A GIFT Session. MnSCU
Bloomington, Minn., April 1996.
"Replace Lecturing with a Thinking Tool." MCCS CTL. Brainerd, August 1995.
"Using a Metacognitive Thinking Tool to Examine a Learning Experience." A
GIFT Session. MnSCU CTL Conference. Bloomington, Minn., January 1996.
"Building a Departmental Web Site." MnSCU
Conference, May 2001.
"Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing-Intensive Courses in the MNSCU
System." A Keynote Lunch Panel Presentation. Discussion Leader:
Richard Jewell, Inver Hills Community College. Panelists: Bill Dyer,
Bill Wagner, Anne O'Meara, Minnesota State University-Mankato; Kirsten Jamsen,
University of Minnesota. MnSCU English Discipline Workshop. Oct.
College Writing Landscape: Navigating Intersections Between Disciplines, Genres,
Pedagogies & Styles." Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2004.
Aftermath in Sierra Leone, Post-Civil War." Never Again, All Over Again:
Teaching Genocide: MnSCU Discipline Workshop. St. Paul, November 9-10, 2006.
and Other Web Bibliography Makers." Part of the Panel "Online
Tools for Writing across the Curriculum" organized by Richard Jewell.
Other presenters: Tim Boyer, Anthony Collins, and Keith Richter.
Realizing Student Potential/ITeach Conference Feb. 26, 2010.
MnSCU English Discipline Meeting, 2008-10.
Other State Conferences:
"From Personal to Academic Writing." Minnesota State University System
Teaching Conference. St. Louis Park, 1989.
"Writing for Publication." St. John's U. Writers' Conf., Collegeville, 1987.
Success Day: Sustaining Energy and Measuring Results." 2010 Student
Affairs/Diversity and Multiculturalism Conference, Feb. 2010.
Pakou Vang, Richard Jewell, Brent Glass,, and Heather Sklenicka.
Organized by Barbara Read and Richard Jewell.
Memberships and Awards
Memberships and Miscellaneous, Present and Past:
seven academic/professional organizations (CCCC, MLA, M/MLA, NCTE, MEA,
five writers' organizations (The Loft, et al.)
editor of college literary magazines
high school honor student and student council member; high school and junior high class
president; Eagle Scout; member of choir, band, Latin Club, et al.
graduated in three years from high school with higher grade point average than the
valedictorian of graduating class (was disqualified from receiving honors because of early
Academic Awards as a College Student:
National Merit Scholar Honor Award
Fellowship, Mellinger Foundation (four years)
National Semifinalist, Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, St. Cloud State University
State and Regional Awards for Creative Writing:
Two University of Indiana Writers' Conference Competitive Scholarship Award offers, 1988
(nonfiction) and 1986 (fiction)
KCRB-Minnesota Public Radio/Loonfeather Literary Magazine Contest,
Finalist, The Loft-Mentor Creative Nonfiction Program, 1995
Finalist, The Loft-Mentor Creative Fiction Program, 1995
Finalist, David Ross Memorial Poetry and Essay Competition, Wichita, 1995
Academic Awards as a Teacher--from Students:
Student-elected Teacher of the Year Award, Inver Hills Community College,
Tie for 2nd
Student-elected Teacher of the Year
Award, IHCC, 2014
Teacher of the Year Award, IHCC, 2014
Best Composition Instructor of the Year Award, Department of English,
University of Minnesota, 2001
Seven Quality Instructor
Citations from the Student Success Program, North Hennepin Community
Two Distinguished Teaching
Citations from the student body of St. Cloud State University,
1988 and 1989
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