Dianna J Blake


M.A. English, California State University, Fullerton, May 2018

B.A. English, California State University, Fullerton, May 2015

Honors: Summa Cum Laude, University Honors Scholar

A.A. Liberal Arts Language Arts, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, June 2013

Honors: Cum Laude


Graduate Commencement Speaker, Dept. of English, Comp. Lit, Ling. CSUF 2018

English Professional Certificate, CSUF 2018

Inspirational Peer award, The Acacia Group, CSUF 2018

Inspirational Peer award, The Acacia Group, CSUF, 2015

Certificate of Excellence in Student Support, Mt. SAC, May 2013

Mt. SAC Writers Day 3rd Place in Poetry, “Framed Heart, Fighting Beauty,” April 2013

Phi Theta Kappa All-California Academic Team (Mt. SAC representative), March 2013


College Success for Moms: A Guide to Succeeding in College While Raising a Family. NorLights Press, Nov. 2016

“Why You Shouldn’t Use an Essay Writing Service.” Pearson Students Blog, September 2015

“Real Talk: To the Educator Who has Lost Hope.” Pearson Teaching and Learning Blog, May 2014

“7 Tips for Surviving an English Class.” College Success for Moms Blog, October 2014

“Real Talk: I am the New Normal.” Pearson Teaching and Learning Blog, November 2013

“Framed Heart, Fighting Beauty” Mt San Antonio College Writers Day Anthology, Walnut, April 2013

Conference Presentations

“In Defense of Severus Snape: The Effects of Bullying and the Power of Friendship in Harry Potter.” Sigma Tau Delta Far Western Regional Conference, Fullerton CA November 2015

“College Success for Moms.” California State University Honors Project Presentation, Fullerton, May 2015

“An Examination of Obvious versus Internalized Emotions in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.” California State University Honors Symposium, Fullerton, Spring 2014

“The Marriage of Manners in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.” Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research, Whittier College, Whittier, November 2013

Professional Experience

Academic Advisor, Academic Advisement Center, CSUF Nov. 2016-Present

Teaching Associate, California State University, Fullerton Fall 2016-Spring 2017

Instructing a section of English 101 — Beginning College Writing. Plan, implement, review, and grade a class of 25 students during both semesters.

Graduate Assistant, Health Professions Office, California State University, Fullerton April-July 2016

Instructional Student Assistant, California State University, Fullerton, Spring 2016

Assisted in a section of English 99 – Developmental English. Graded journal entries, tutored students, planned and implemented a lesson on topic sentences, assisted the instructor with various duties.

Writing Center Tutor, California State University, Fullerton, Fall 2015-Spring 2016

I conduct individual conferences with students using collaborative strategies to improve their writing focusing on structure, organization, and thesis statements, and above all, striving to preserve their individual student voice.

Editor-in-Chief and Content Strategist, Pearson Students Blog, Pearson Higher Education. May 2013-Present.

My duties include reviewing, selecting, and editing blog submissions, writing content, coaching students in writing, and creating content for digital marketing.

Private Tutor, March 2012-June 2015

My duties included reviewing essays and research papers across disciplines including English, literature, history, sociology, and philosophy. Age and education level ranged from sixth grade through college, ages twelve to forty-plus.

Student Assistant Level III, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, March 2012-July 2013

As an administrative assistant in the Humanities and Social Sciences division office, I transcribed student evaluations for professors as well as handled various duties requested by faculty. Additionally, I provided assistance with registration, document creation, and website management.

Academic Service

President, Alpha Sigma Lambda Nontraditional Honor Society, CSUF, summer 2014-Spring 2015

As the inaugural president I promoted membership, planned activities, and served as liaison to the national committee. Specifically, I helped organize the induction ceremonies, meetings, and events such as “Days of Discovery” on campus.

Member, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Mt. SAC, fall 2011-Spring 2013

I organized my own service event, gathering donations and participants for the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk. I also spoke as an alumna for the spring induction ceremony and as a CSU transfer expert at the Mt. SAC honors program boot camp.

Professional Memberships

California State University Fullerton Alumni Association, 2015-Present

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 2015-Present

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2015-Present

American Association of University Women, 2014-Present

Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, 2014-Present

Alpha Sigma Lambda Nontraditional Honor Society, 2014-2015

Renaissance Society of America, 2014-Present

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, 2011-2013

Research/Teaching Interests

Student success

Nontraditional learners

Rhetoric and Composition

Disability Studies/theory

Feminist, postcolonial, and marxist theory

Genre Studies (The novel, the Bildungsroman, poetry)

References available upon request.

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