Dr. Melissa Vosen Callens
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Office: Minard 338-D10
Phone: (701) 231-7815
I joined the Communication Department in 2015 and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) in 2014. I am the instructional designer for the College of AHSS. In this role, I help faculty across AHSS create active, meaningful learning experiences for their students. Prior to joining AHSS and the Department of Communication, I worked as an academic advisor in the College of University Studies for over eight years.
In the past, I taught upper-division writing courses (English 320, English 325, and English 357). Last year, I developed AHSS 796: Emerging Trends in Teaching and Learning Online. In this graduate level course, students study different learning theories and instructional design theories, in relation to online learning. As a final project, students create online instructional modules that select appropriate instructional strategies and technologies, demonstrating their understanding of how students learn and how students learn online. For faculty interested in online education, I facilitate a faculty learning community that focuses on creating online courses that encourage active learning and interaction.
I also teach COMM 435: Critical Approaches to Pop Culture, and in the spring of 2016, I will be teaching COMM 442: Digital Media and Society.
I earned my BS in English education, my MA in English, and my PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture at North Dakota State University. If you have a question about NDSU, ask me!
My areas of research and teaching interest include collaborative writing, digital media, popular culture, and online education. My writing can be found in Rhetoric Matters: Language and Argument in Context, English Journal, 100 Entertainers Who Changed America: An Encyclopedia of Pop Culture, A Sense of Community: Essays on the Television Series and Its Fandom, The Ultimate Walking Dead and Philosophy, among other publications. My first short story, included in a feminist theory collection published by Kendall Hunt, was published spring 2014.