Reading Faulkner: A Collection of Literary Criticism on “A Rose for Emily”

This case study completed for an English capstone course required extensive research of one literary artifact, selection of representative critical articles exemplifying various theoretical approaches, and application of each article to literary theory passages. This essay also provides examination of what literary scholars are contributing to the field and where the future of theory is headed in terms of new directional approaches.

Student Involvement and Motivation to Participate in Undergraduate Organizations

This collaborative research essay completed for a communication capstone course was selected by the Eastern Communication Association for a poster presentation at their 2015 convention. To complete this case study examining undergraduate participation in extracurricular activities, we conducted survey research and focus groups to gather data and analyzed the data to form conclusions that provided formative information to undergraduate organizations in promoting their organizations to a targeted audience.

Grant Proposal for The Art League After-School Program

I created this grant proposal to meet the requirements for an Advanced Professional Writing course, and although it was not submitted, it is based on a real request for proposals and was created to meet the specific guidelines that were laid out. I took care to consider the granting organization’s values, researching other programs that had been funded, and presented my vision for arts education within these constructs, researching local schools to see where art education was lacking and suggesting the ways in which I would improve it with the grant. I used similar strategies demonstrated in the grant analysis (included separately in this portfolio) to ensure the proposal met the guidelines of the RFP and used persuasive strategies to argue for the funding of my proposed project.

Grant Analysis

This memo, created in collaboration with two other students, demonstrates analytical skills to create a professional correspondence. In critically evaluating a grant compared to the request for proposal it is responding to, we were able to articulate the specific demands of the genre and apply organizational and argumentative strategies to the text. I focused my analysis on comparing the RFP guidelines to the grant to show how the grant writer was able to synthesize their needs and the grantor’s needs into one concise document, and I analyzed the persuasive strategies by breaking it down into ethos, pathos, and logos. We worked as a group to combine our findings into a memo to present to our professor to satisfy requirements for an Advanced Professional Writing course.

Separation of Social Spaces in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Written for an English literature course, this essay exemplifies a close-text reading and critical analysis of Ransom Riggs' novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, integrating theory concepts but no outside sources beyond theory applications. Riggs' novel attracts young audiences but also provides a wealth of imagery as an illuminated text. In my analysis, I focus on social spaces created through separate universes, characters' varying knowledge of what is real, and the systematic isolation these children with unique abilities (or "freakish" qualities) have faced prior to retreating to Miss Peregrine's home.