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Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Master of Arts in English with a Teaching Emphasis, April 2005

Areas of interest/research : audience awareness in the revision process,
business/technical writing, Shakespeare

Honors : Frederick J. and Katherine Rogers Memorial Shakespeare Award

Bachelor of Arts in English , cum laude, April 1997

Honors : Jean and Vincent Malmstrom Scholar, National Merit Scholar


Professional Experience

Battle Creek Central High School, Battle Creek, MI, 1999-Present

  • Taught a variety of English classes including Advanced Placement Literature and Composition.
  • Incorporated online resources including a class website, online literature archives, webquests, discussion boards, and weblogs.
  • Designed and led professional development sessions on rubric creation, peer revision, and other aspects of the writing process.
  • Led grade-level curriculum revision meetings and coordinated use of common assessments.
  • Served as advisor for the creative arts magazine Dreams & Works .
  • Co-chaired committee on handbook revision.
  • Coordinated day-long conference on business and technical careers for 150 students.

Climax-Scotts Junior/Senior High School , Climax, MI, 1997-1999

  • Designed and taught classes focused on business/technical writing, science fiction/fantasy genre literature, and junior high newspaper.
  • Served as faculty advisor for ARISE, a Kalamazoo County Diversity Leadership Program.
  • Served on the District School Improvement Committee.

Western Michigan University , Kalamazoo, MI, 1996

  • Taught English 100: Basic Writing.



Teacher-Consultant , Third Coast Writing Project, WMU, 2003-2008

  • Consulted with the math departments at Legg Middle School, Coldwater, MI, and Fennville Middle School, Fennville, MI, on how to use rubrics and student samples to improve student writing.
  • Co-presented with Dr. Holly Schaeffer to the science department at Allegan High School, Allegan, MI on how to use writing in the science classroom.
  • Presented on writing-to-learn strategies at Coldwater High School, Coldwater, MI and co-presented at Gull Lake High School, Gull Lake, MI.



Campbell, P., & Gilbert, C. (2007). Digital storytelling workshop. Presented at Baker College Education Summer Conference, Owosso, MI.

Gilbert, C. (2004, November). Business and technical writing. Presented as part of the session Wake up! Strategies for making language arts significant for high school students at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Gilbert, C., & Voskil-Rumor, G. (2004, October). Presented Teaching literature using online discussions at Michigan Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Lansing, MI.

Gilbert, C., Jaing, T., & Webb, A. (2004, March). Presented Teaching with online archives . Michigan Council of Teachers of English Bright Ideas Conference, Lansing, MI.



Clyde, J., Dannison, S., Gilbert, C., Levy, A., Rozema, R., Rumohr-Voskuil, G., Schnotala, J., et al . (Accepted for publication 2008). Weighing the options: Public school teaching to doctorate in English education. In A. Webb (Ed.), The doctoral degree in English education . Kennesaw, GA: Kennesaw State University Press.

Gilbert, C., & Rumohr-Voskuil, G. (2004). Turning students on to online discussions. Language Arts Journal of Michigan, 20 , 37-40.

Gilbert, C. (2002). Sunday Afternoons. Voices of Michigan: An anthology of Michigan authors (pp.291-293). Mackinac Island, MI: MackinacJane's Publishing.

Gilbert, C. (2000, Sept-Oct) Ink stains. The Voice, 5.4 , 24.

Professional Development

Digital Storytelling, 2007
Third Coast Writing Project, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Two weeks focusing on teaching and using the genre of digital storytelling in the classroom.

Annual Institute for Teaching of Advanced Placement, 2006
Leelanau School, Leelanau, MI
One week focusing on preparation for teaching AP Language and Composition.

Teacher as Writer, 2001
Third Coast Writing Project, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Two weeks focusing on writing and investigating how one's own writing then informs one's teaching.

Third Coast Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute, 2000
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Four weeks focusing on researching best practice in the teaching of writing and developing teaching demonstrations/presentations on those practices.

Conferences attended:
National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Conference 1996, 1997, 2004
Michigan Council of Teachers of English, Annual Conference 2004
Bright Ideas Conference, Michigan Council of Teachers of English 2003, 2004
Engfest, Western Michigan University 1996
National Collegiate Leadership Conference 1993


References available upon request