Jeff Fearnside


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Curriculum Vitae (coming soon)


I’ve taught in one form or another for many years, including seven years full-time at the college/university level. Most recently, I designed a new 300-level online course at Oregon State University titled “Writing About Places,” which I introduced in the Winter 2014 term, and a new online version of the 200-level “Literatures of the World: Asia” course, which I’m currently teaching this Summer 2015 term. In support of these, I completed with certification OSU’s “Developing an Online Course Workshop.”


Previously, I was a Learning Coach with the TreeHouse Learning Community, a unique cross-disciplinary organization that helps students recovering from addiction enter or return to higher education. I came to this position after two years at Prescott College, where I taught writing and was managing editor of its award-winning national literary journal Alligator Juniper.


For the two years prior to that, I taught a variety of upper- and lower-division courses at Western Kentucky University: Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, Introduction to Literature, Introduction to College Writing, and Writing in the Disciplines. As a Visiting Assistant Professor my second year, I was nominated for a Faculty Award for Teaching, one of that institution’s highest honors.


I taught for two full years (2002–2004) through the U.S. Peace Corps’ TEFL Program as a university instructor at the Academy of Languages in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, later returning at their request for the Fall 2005 semester.


In-between my two tenures there, from October 2004 to October 2005, I managed the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. This prestigious U.S. State Department–funded program sends professionals from former Soviet states in Eurasia to study at the graduate level in the United States.


Working with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the U.S. embassies in Almaty and Bishkek, I oversaw the recruiting, interviewing, and testing of applicants and the pre-departure orientation and training of Muskie Fellows in my two-country region.


After graduating with my MFA, I worked for two years (2000–2002) at Washington State University as a writer for the WSU Foundation, editor for the WSU Press, and instructor in the Department of English, where I taught upper- and lower-division writing and literature courses.


From 1998 to 2000, while in Eastern Washington University’s Creative Writing Graduate Program (now the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, a Center of Excellence at EWU), I worked first as assistant director and then director of Writers in the Community.


This innovative project oversees the training and placement of EWU master’s candidates in Creative Writing teaching positions throughout the Inland Northwest, either as volunteers or for classroom credit. Placements include corrections facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, shelters, and other community organizations.


My primary teaching assignment was at West Valley High School in Spokane, Wash., where I taught Creative Writing weekly to two honors humanities classes for two quarters (Fall 1998 and Winter 1999) in addition to designing and leading WITC’s largest workshops.

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With my students at Shymkent