Dr. Carolyn N. Stevenson

Associate Professor of English and Communications

Dr. Stevenson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Master of Arts degree in Communications, and a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change. She has over 14 years teaching and administrative experience in higher education.   She is currently a full-time faculty member for the English & Communications Department. She also serves as the University Assessment Director, Director of Cooperative Education, and IBHE Grant Coordinator.

Specialization: Communication Studies, Online Learning, Adult Education, Social Media, New Technology and Qualitative Research

Office: Room 410

Email: carolyns@eastwest.edu
Phone 312-939-0111x 2410
 
Joined University: 2003 

Also served as The Higher Education Basics Director from 1997 - 1999.

Northern Illinois University
BA-English
Governors State University
MA-Communications
Roosevelt University
EdD-Educational Leadership and Organizational Change
Master of Business Administration, M.B.A. Kaplan University

Associate Professor of English and Communications, Assessment Director, IBHE Grant Coordinator, and Cooperative Education Director East-West University, Chicago, IL 2002 – Present

 

 

Courses taught include: Desktop Publishing, Business Communications, Basic English, Basic Reading, Research Writing, EWU Signature Course, Ethics, Teaching of Writing, Speech, Rhetoric & Public Issues, Intercultural Communication, Senior Seminar: Technology & Society, Postmodern Thought, Argumentation and Debate, Argumentation and Research, Cooperative Education, Group Dynamics and Teambuilding, Writing for Multi-Media, and Introduction to Computers.

 

 

Assisted  Program Chair in hiring, training, and scheduling adjunct English faculty. Served on various universities committee such as the Distance Learning Committee, Adjunct Salary Review Committee, and Education Committee. Also served as advisor for student literary magazine and a member of the Faculty Council. Assisted in the design of an Education Certificate Program and English Certificate Program.

 

Serve as coordinator for internship program for all University students. Responsibilities included designing an internship policies and procedures manual; conducting resume writing workshops; pre-screening interested students; developing partnerships with local businesses and not-for-profit organizations; and evaluating students’ progress and completion of the internship. Co-authored IBHE grant for 2007-211. Completed required interim, audit, and end-of-year reports. Completed grant renewal and received funding for 2008-2010.

 

 

Serve as University Assessment Director. Responsibilities included preparing and conducting pre-assessment workshops for sophomore and senior students; administering tests; and analyzing results. Assessment tolls included general education testing for all sophomore students and Major Fields Exams for Junior and Senior students.

 

Served as Higher Education Basics and Assessment Director from fall 1997 – summer 1999. Responsibilities included: developed course curriculum for developmental reading, writing, and math; implemented a university-wide assessment program; assisted in student job placement and internships; managed ESL and Summer Bridge programs; managed university-wide tutorial program; hired and trained adjunct faculty; and managed another full-time Higher Education Basics instructor. Also serve as University Internship Coordinator.

 

Consistently receive student evaluations above university and department average.   

        

ITT Technical Institute
Adjunct Online Faculty Member
October 2004 – Present

 

Serve as an adjunct online faculty member. Courses taught: Research Writing and Group Dynamics.

 

Marlboro Graduate Center, Brattleboro, VT
Adjunct Online Faculty Member
2006-present

 

Serve as an adjunct online faculty member. Courses taught: Business Writing, Persuasive Communications, and Negotiations.

 

Adjunct Faculty Member, Department of Educational Leadership and Organizational Change, Roosevelt University, Chicago, ILSummer 2003 – Fall 2003

 

Doctoral level courses taught: School Culture and Climate and Qualitative Research Methods.           

 

READ Chicago Coordinator, Robert Morris College,

Chicago, IL May 2001 – May 2003

 

Served as administrator for kindergarten family literacy program at Mollison Elementary School. Responsible for designing, planning, assessing, and implementing program. Developed and managed budget for the program. Additional responsibilities include assisting development officer with grant writing and solicitations of corporations and foundations for program funding. Grants written and received: $15,000 from the Polk Brothers Foundation. Gifts-in-kind received: 3 IBM computers, printers, 6 “Young Explorer Computers.”

 

Adjunct Faculty Member, Team Leader (1999 – 2000),

Robert Morris College, Chicago, IL     1995 – 2003

 

Courses taught include: Introduction to Communications, Field-Based Introduction to Communications, College Preparatory Reading, Writing, and Study Skills, and Business Communications. As a team leader, assisted Academic Advisors in the areas of Business and Graphic Design in student scheduling, probation lists, registration, and student attendance issues.

 

Distance Learning Coordinator,

City of Chicago Colleges, Chicago, IL1993 – present

 

Serve as Distance Learning Course Coordinator for the Center for Distance Learning at Harold Washington College. Courses taught and developed include: Poetry, Composition, Textual Analysis, Introduction to Literature, Speech, Humanities, Fine Arts, African-American History, Research Writing, English as a Second Language Speech and Composition and Introductions to Communications. Responsible for the design, revision, and  delivery of online courses through BlackBoard, the e-learning platform used by the college. 
Also designed and team-taught web-based Humanities course.

 

Graduate Assistant, Roosevelt University, Department of Educational Leadership and Organizational Change, Chicago, IL   August 2001 – May 2002

 

Served as graduate assistant to Department Chair for the Department of Educational Leadership and Organizational Change. Assisted in NCATE rejoinder, internship handbook, publications, research and other departmental tasks.

 

Student Services Assistant, GEAR-UP Program, Chicago Education Alliance, Chicago IL  August 2000 – August 2001
Served as liaison between Student Services Coordinators and Tutor Coordinators in activities involving the student services aspect of the GEAR-UP program, a $31 million dollar grant project involving local universities and elementary and high schools in the Chicago Public School System. Also assisted in data collection and analysis for quarterly Department of Education reports.

 

Publishing Experience

 

Technical Writer, Kraft General Food, Glenview, IL Writer, Spencer & Associates, Chicago, IL
Developmental Editor, accounting textbooks, Irwin-McGraw Hill, Burr Ridge, IL
Assistant Managing Editor, Mosby, Chicago, IL

 

EducationDoctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change with a concentration in Higher Education
Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, January 2003

 

Dissertation topic: “A Case Study on Educational Leader Perspectives on Technology Use in the Undergraduate General Education Curriculum”
Paper topics include: assessment, tutorial services for remedial higher education students, a comparison of distance learning and traditional learning, finance and higher education, integrating leaning styles and technology in the classroom, and implementing a writing across the curriculum program at an urban university.

 

Master of Arts

Governor’s State University, University Park, IL June 1992         Major: Communications

 

Bachelor of Arts

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, ILMay 1990         Major: English
            
Professional Development:
Completed “Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality,” and “Communicating Effectively On-line,” “Instructional Design for Web-Based Courses,” “Assessment for On-line courses”, the required “Practicum” and “Designing Web-based courses,” classes offered through Illinois Online Network (ION), University of Illinois, 2002 - 2004

 

.Completed Master’s Certification in On-line Teaching, Illinois Online Network, May 2004. 

 

 

Professional Presentations 

          

City Colleges of Chicago. Faculty Development Week presentation, July 2011

“Virtually Being There: Strategies for Designing and Facilitating Effective Online Group Projects and Virtual Teams”Publication: Conference Proceedings 

 

The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry  (QI2011), Urbana, IL May 2011 Panel presentation with Janesick (University of South Florida), Stevenson, Slotnick (Harvard University), and McHatton (University of South Florida “Multiple approaches to data representation and analysis:  Understanding the where, the why and the how”

 

International Online Conference, sponsored by Learning Times, March 2010“Ten-Minute Take-Aways: Tone, Temperament and Technology,” presented by Stevenson. Baysinger, Jordan, Marshall, and Bauer 

 

American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting, May 2, 2010, Denver, COProfessional Development Course: Workshop with Valerie Janesick, University of South Florida: “Making Sense of Oral History in the Digital Era: Integrating
Internet Resources, Blogs, Videos, and Photography to Tell a Story” 
 
International Association for technology, Education, and Development, EDULearn 2010 (International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies), July 5th – July 7th, 2010 Barcelona, Spain 

 

Online presentation: “STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY IN VIRTUAL TEAMS” 

 

School of Health Sciences, Kaplan University, faculty presentation, June 2010
“Healthy Communication in the Virtual Environment,” presented by Stevenson, Bauer, Baysinger, and Marshall 

 

 Instructional Technology Council, eLearning 2010, Fort Worth, Texas, February 20-23, 2010

 

Presentation and published conference proceedings:  “Virtually Being There: Strategies for Designing and Facilitating Effective Online Group Projects.” 

 

Presentation: SLOAN-C, October 29, 2009, Orlando, Florida“Promoting Collaboration through Student Activities.”

 

KU Village Presentation with Joanna Bauer and Ina Marshall, October 2009, Online Conference, “We’re All in This Together: Collaborative Faculty Workgroup Efforts for Enhancing Teaching and Learning”

 

Kaplan University WAC Newsletter article, “Can Social Networking Tools Improve Writing?” August 2009

 

Presentation: Educational Policy Institute Conference, Retention 2009, May 27th – May 29th, 2009, New Orleans, LACo-presentation with Ginger Cameron: “Reading, Writing and Resource Centers:  Strategies for Motivating and Retaining Online Students”

 

Co-Presented with Ginger Cameron for Instructional Technology Council professional development audio conference, “Enhancing Student Success through Resources and Activities,” April 21, 2009 

 

American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting, April 12th – April 17th, 2009 San Diego, CA

 

Professional Development Course: Workshop with Valerie Janesick, University of South Florida: “Continuing Poetic Devices for the Qualitative Researcher: Found Data Poems, Photography, and Narrative Data Representation”  

 

Presentation: TCC Online Conference, April 14-April 16, 2009Co-presentation with Ginger Cameron: “Strength in Numbers: Strategies for Motivating and Retaining Online Students”

 

Presentation: Instructional Technology Council, e-Learning 2009, Portland, Oregon“Enhancing Student Success through Resources and Activities,” Carolyn Stevenson  

 

Presentation: Distance Learning Administration Annual Conference, Jekyll Island GA, June  2008  “A Web of Possibilities: Strategies for Designing and Facilitating Effective Online Group Projects and Virtual Teams

 

Presentation: e-Learning 2008, St. Petersburg, Florida Feb. 16-19, 2008           Presentation: “Strategies for Motivating and Retaining First-Term Online   Students”

 

TCC 2007 Worldwide Online Conference, "Blending Reality and Multimedia in Ubiquitous Learning," April 19-21, 2007
 
Presentation: “Virtually Being There: Strategies for Designing and Facilitating Effective Online Group Projects and Virtual Teams”

 

Presentation at Kaplan University Mini Conference on Distance Education
June 30th, 2006“What Face Do You See in the Mirror? Application of Leadership Styles to Enhancing Course Instruction?” 

 

Invited symposium presenter at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, April, 2006
 
“Creating Metaphor and Meaning in Teaching Qualitative Research Methods”Organized by:  Valerie J. Janesick, University of South Florida, TampaUsing Technology as Critical Process in Teaching Qualitative Methods, Presented by Carolyn N. Stevenson

 

Paper presentation:   American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, April, 2006“Breaking Boundaries: The Role of Internships in Promoting Service-Learning in College”
 
Professional Development Training Mini CoursePresented at American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, April, 2006“Oral History Methods for the Qualitative Researcher:  Interviews and Digital Photography, and Video to Understand Social Settings” Valerie J. Janesick, University of South Florida
Carolyn N. Stevenson

 

Manuscript Review for Sociology of Education
Date of review: March 12, 2005
REVIEW: MS 05-018, “Lifetime Educators and Self-Advocates’: Deaf Women’s Educational Experiences.”

 

Mini Training Session: Using Photographs and Documents to Analyze Qualitative ResearchPresented with Valerie Janesick at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
Montreal, Canada, April 2005

 

Conference on Civic Education Research
Reno, Nevada, September 26-28, 2004Roundtable discussant co-chair: Moral Education
Paper presented: “Breaking Boundaries: The Role of Internship in  Promoting Service Learning in College” Paper Presented at AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA April 12, 2004
“A Web of Possibilities: Educational Leader Perspectives on Technology Use in the Undergraduate General Education Curriculum.”Technology and Transcription: Use of Voice Recognition Software in Qualitative Research, article published in the Qualitative Research Special Interest Group newsletter, spring 2004.

 

Comments from the Crowd: Reflections and Reactions from San Diego,article published in the Qualitative Research Special Interest Group newsletter, summer, 2004.

 

Paper presented at the International Conference on Civic Education, New Orleans, LA, November 18, 2003 “Beyond Sticks and Stones: Undergraduate Student Perspectives on Ethical Issues and the Impact on General Education Curriculum”Roundtable discussion chair: “Ethical Issues and the Impact on General Education Curriculum”

 

Mini-Training Session: “Making Sense Out of Qualitative Research.” Presented at AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL April 2003.Presented by: Valerie Janesick and Carolyn N. Stevenson

 

Paper presented at the American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, WA, April 12, 2001
Presented by: Gregory M. Hauser and Carolyn Stevenson
“Teachers as Leaders of School Change: Results After One Year of GEAR-UP; Teacher Leaders as Providers of Supplemental Services for Students’ Success.”

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Textbook publication: Martinez, Hannigan, Wells, Peterson and Stevenson (2010) Technical Writing: A Comprehensive Resource for Technical Writers at all Levels,  Revised and Updated Edition, Kaplan Publishing, New York: NY. 

 

Chapter 14 on research: Published in The Kaplan Guide to Successful Writing, Martinez, D., Carlson S., and Vandam K. (2010). The Kaplan Guide to Successful Writing. Kaplan Publishing, New York: NY.

 

Case study published in "Cases on Interactive Technology Environments and Transnational Collaboration: Concerns and Perspectives,” published by IGI-Global (2010). The link to the site is http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=37310&DetailsType=Chapters

 

 Textbook publication: Martinez, Hannigan, Wells, Peterson and Stevenson (2008) Technical Writing, Kaplan Publishing, New York: NY.                 

 

Article publication: "It Takes a Virtual Community:  Promoting Collaboration through Student Activities," Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, June 2008.http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/

 

Comments from the Crowd: Reflections and Reactions from San Diego,article published in the Qualitative Research Special Interest Group newsletter, summer, 2004.

 

American Journal of Evaluation, 23 (1), 2002            Valerie J. Janesick and Carolyn Stevenson
“Commentary: Developmentalist and Constructivist Perspectives on The Potpourri”

 

Employee Benefit Plan Review (7), pp. 32- 36, January 1996
“Dental Vendors Develop Programs Focusing on Cost and Quality.”

 

Employee Benefit Plan Review (3), pp. 44-45, September 1995
“Employee Pay-All-Benefits Gain Favor”

 

Employee Benefit Plan Review (2), p.28, August 1995 
“Employers Ease Technology into Communications”

 

 

Awards            
           

 

Best Paper Award
"It Takes a Virtual Community:  Promoting Collaboration through Student Activities”Distance Learning Administration Annual Conference, Jekyll Island GA, June 2008.

 

Publicity Club of Chicago
Silver Trumpet Award for Web Sites (Business web site for East-West University)
Title of entry:  “Not Your Father’s Website”            
           

Publicity Club of Chicago
Golden Trumpet Award for Web Sites (English and Communications web site for East-West University)
            Title of entry: “Elements of Style--Teaching and Technology”

 

 

Other: Technology, Professional Organizations and Service, Dissertation Committee Member

  • Proficient in both IBM and Macintosh applications such as Microsoft Office,  PageMaker, Adobe Illustrator, Quicken, and MS Publisher.
  • Internet-based course management systems: BlackBoard, WebCT, Angel, and eCollege.
  • Member: American Education Research Association (AERA); Newsletter Editor, 2003 –2005; Reviewer for Proposals for Annual Meeting 2002-2005; 2010-2011. (Postsecondary Education, Design & Technology, Educational Change, Moral Development and Education, and Qualitative Research Divisions).
  • Co-program chair (2010 – present): Qualitative Research Special Interest Group for the American Education Research Association. Responsibilities for working with another co-chair on establishing proposal reviewer panels, proposal assignment and selection, and program development for Annual Meeting.
  • Member: NAGC (National Association of Gifted Children), 2003-2005.
  • Member Associated for Women in Communications. (2007-present). Served as Clarion Awards Judge 2008 -2010. Member of the national marketing committee.
  • Brandon Hall 2004 – 2006 Judge for Web-Based initiatives.
  • Served as Committee Member for Doctoral Dissertation Committee for Nadine Heddan, Roosevelt University.
  • Regularly review textbooks and journals.
  • Curriculum Development: Assisted in the research, design, development and launch of a BS in Communication degree program for Kaplan University. Development several online courses including: Group Dynamics, Persuasive Communication, Speech 101, Negotiations, and Business Wiring for both graduate and undergraduate institutions.
  • Associate Editor (2011 – present), “International Journal of Technologies and Educational Marketing” (IJTEM) and is published by IGI-Global, USAhttp://www.igiglobal.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=37310&DetailsType=Chapters

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