Full Time English Instructor

Campus/Location: Brooklyn Park Campus, H-Pod (H240-249)

Contact Information


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2001
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies: Metropolitan State University, 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts: English Writing, and Directed Studies. Northland College, 1998

Spring 2015 Courses

  • Writing and Research 2121-31
  • Technical Writing 2125-01
  • Introduction to Creative Writing 2130-31
  • Writing for Health Care 1050-07

Spring 2015 Office Hours

  • M & Tu 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM online (email); Skype by appointment
  • W: 12-1 PM
  • Th: 12:20-1:20 PM
  • Other days/times potentially by appointment. Please email me. I will do "phone conferences" if you email me your telephone number, and I have a Skype account we can communicate with as well.


Essentially, I view teaching as a give and take: students and faculty learn and grow from one another. Teaching is a lot about facilitating a person's growth--on both an educational and personal level. This may not be apparent to a student immediately, but I believe people come to recognize the value of anything they have been taught eventually; at some point, it is incorporated into their lives. On the receiving end, I am lucky enough to learn new things every day about different cultures,and how to modify my instruction to best reach students; sometimes, I even learn a little bit more about myself.


I am an athletic-a-holic. My main pursuits are Bicycling and Cross Country Skiing, but I also do Triathlons, Inline/Speed Skating, Swimming, Snowshoeing, and Hiking. If it can be done outdoors, if I haven't already done it, I guarantee I will give it a try at some point or another.

When I am not movin' & groovin', I read (of course); write poetry, short fiction, & creative non-fiction; watch movies; travel; do photography; draw, paint, or otherwise be creative; spend time with friends and family; and playfully torture (with the help of my husband) my two furry, four-legged children: my cats Sherlock & Watson. 


Last updated by apotyondy-smith : 2015-01-09 16:58:56