Dr. K’s Vita

Michelle Kassorla, Ph.D.

1971 Tall Tree Drive • Atlanta, GA 30324 • (404) 955-3618 • mkassorla@gmail.com



May, 1995   Bowling Green State University   Bowling   Green, OH

Doctor of Philosophy: American Ethnic Literatures/20 Century American Literatures      Specialization in African American, Asian American, Jewish American, Native American Literatures and 20th Century Novel.


May 1989   Humboldt State University   Arcata, CA

Master of Arts: English Literature.   I also studied toward secondary emphasis in Teaching Writing.


May 1986   Bowling Green State University   Bowling   Green, OH

Bachelor of Arts: English/Journalism (Double Major)



8/13-5/2014 Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Atlanta, GA

Asst. Professor of English taught composition and literature using Desire2Learn and other digital tools. Wrote a start-up grant for the National Endowment for the Humanities to support HBCU/PBI Commons using Commons in a Box. Assisted in establishment of Digital Media and Entertainment Management bachelorette degree program. Served on the Distance Education Committee, established WIKI for SmartTeaching seminar, attended Project Kalidescope conference at Georgia Tech and established WIKI for PKAL group.


1/13-6/13 Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA

Special Projects Worked with Office of Instructional Technology and Communication (OITC), Computer Sciences, and Research and Sponsored Programs on Technology Related Projects at Clark Atlanta University. Headed Task force to establish new Learning Management System, Attended National Science Foundation Data Management Implementation Workshop and wrote Data Management Plan for Clark Atlanta University, Wrote Grants, and provided consultancy services regarding classroom technology solutions.


8/09-1/13   Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA

Lecturer, Writing for Improvement, Success, and Empowerment (WISE) Taught four courses in cross-curricular (English/History) High Tech Writing using Second Life , Civilization IV, WebCT, Microsoft Live, WordPress blogging, dashboards, WIKIs, Diigo, InSite (Turnitin), Engrade, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Smart Board (Notebook), and Second Life in a computer-rich environment. Emphasis was upon academic and business writing skills in order to provide students basis for future success in academic and corporate communication skills. Provided consultant services to college regarding development of high-tech courses.

Website:        https://drkblog.wordpress.com

Dashboard:                    http://www.netvibes.com/drkassorla

8/08-5/09   Georgia Gwinnett College           Lawrenceville, GA

Instructor of English, Limited One-Year Contract   Taught full time, four sections of English Composition per semester, attended departmental meetings. Used WebCT, Banner, and JOVO systems in high-tech classroom with smart board technology.


1/07 – 5/07   Emory University         Atlanta, GA

Instructor of English, Part Time   Taught one section of English 101, “Personal Writing,” and one section of English 181, “Writing and Literature: Mexican American Immigration and the Border” on the main campus.


8/04 – 12/04 Georgia Perimeter College        Dunwoody, GA

Instructor of English, Part Time Taught one section of English 1101, “Composition I,” at the Dunwoody campus of Georgia Perimeter College.


8/95 – 12/03    Western Nevada Community College     Minden, NV   Community College Professor of English/Developmental English, Tenured   Responsible for teaching 15-17 semester units of   composition and literature courses. Fifty percent of   my assignment included teaching via interactive video to remote locations across 18,000 mile service area in rural Nevada. Established working relationship with Washoe Tribe. Awards include “an Outstanding   Professor” (1999-2000), “Teacher of the Year”   (1998-99), and “Finalist, Teacher of the Year”   (1997-98). Committee assignments included Faculty Senate Representative, Presidential Search Committee, Chair of Professional Standards, and Chair of the Status of Women Committee.


1/00 – 5/00             University of Nevada, Reno       Reno, NV

Adjunct Professor.   Taught one course in Graduate/Upper Division Capstone English entitled “American Dream” focused on Ethnic American Literatures.


8/92 – 5/95     Bowling Green State University     Bowling Green, OH

Graduate Fellow   Served in two capacities: Thesis and Dissertation Editor for the   Graduate College   Responsible for insuring all theses and dissertations met requirements for presentation and publication established by the BGSU Graduate College. Insured that all theses and dissertations were written to proper academic style, utilizing various style manuals toward this purpose (e.g. MLA, APA, CBES, AP, Chicago, etc.).   Teaching Fellow I taught one upper-division literature course per year. These included African American   Literature, Literature of Romantic Love, and Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States.


1/92 – 5/92     Western Nevada Community College     Minden, NV

Adjunct Instructor, English   Taught English and Developmental English at WNCC.


1/88 – 5/89     Humboldt State University   Arcata,  CA

Teaching Assistant   Taught composition courses, attended classes in   teaching composition, and provided tutorial   assistance for students.


8/86 – 5/87     California State University, Fresno     Fresno, CA

Tutor    Tutored students in the academic skills center in   composition and literature.


10/11- 12/13   To the Maximus Foundation            Online

Social Media Coordinator Volunteer 10-20 hours per week for fledgling foundation that fights synthetic marijuana. Established WordPress blog, managed Twitter and Facebook. Used Vertical Response to write newsletters, press releases, and pamphlets for outreach. Made Board presentations, secured financing to revamp website. Migrated website and blog to hosted WordPress site for ease of update and better analytics.


5/91 – 1/92     Boulder Daily Camera   Boulder, CO

Layout Assistant Responsible for advertising layout for a 40,000   circulation daily. Ran ads, proof and did lay-out for ads, completed pagination.


5/89 – 5/91   Redwoods United Projects With   Industry   Arcata, CA   Employment Specialist   Provided placement, workplace accommodations, and   networking assistance for disabled job seekers.




Michelle Kassorla




The Generative Literature Project: Fiction project to create a Generative, Crowdsourced, Digital, Gamified Novel by employing 10 creative writing classes from the US, Puerto Rico, and The Marshall Islands. Project is developed with Hybrid Pedagogy, an online academic publisher, and is underway. I developed characters, artifacts, organized project, pitched project to publisher, created social media for project, and authored websites. Anticipated Publication Date: Fall 2015


Project Blog

Theopolis College Website

Project Update #1



Written Publications


“A Primer for EdTech: Tools for K-12 and Higher Ed Teachers.” Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Technology. Nov. 26, 2013

http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/Journal/files/a-primer-for-edtech.html – unique-entry-id-185

“How Shadowing my Second Grader Led to an Understanding of Technology in the Classroom.” Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Technology. Nov. 20, 2013

http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/Journal/files/shadowing-my-2nd-grader.html – unique-entry-id-183

Establishment of a Data Management Plan for Clark Atlanta University

Dr. Michelle Kassorla and Dr. Peter Molnar, Clark Atlanta University

National Science Foundation, Research Data Management Implementation Workshop, Washington, D.C. March 2013.


Co-Contributor, Chronicle of Higher Education

ProfHacker, “A Day of Rest”

Co-wrote article about taking the Sabbath off to balance tech work and personal life. July 24, 2012


Editor, Proceedings at THATCamp

June 2012-Present


Publication: “A Chair” (Essay)

Humanities Plain and Simple, November 2012


Interactive Syllabi/Lessons

Interactive Syllabus, Composition II



Interactive Syllabus, World Literature I http://drkassorla.populr.me/world-literature-1


Flipped Lesson: The Slave Narrative



Flipped Lesson: What is a Pecha Kucha?


Video Presentations/Training

How to Use Zotero with Firefox 29.0.1

June 1, 2014



How to Hack a Hotel Stay (When you are staying more than a week!)

May 26, 2014



How to Use Desire2Learn (AMSC)

December 29, 2013


Making an Annotated Bibliography with Zotero!

January 26, 2014



CAU LMS Presentation (MashUp)

July 2, 2013



Grant Writing


HBCU Commons

NEH HBCU Grant, Sloan Foundation, Mellon Foundation

In progress, June 2013


The Common Core Commons, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, May 2013

Michelle Kassorla, PI/Dr. Peter Molnar, Director of Research.



Stem Teacher Training Using NetLogo, Department of Education, May 2013

Wrote with Peter Molnar for Education Department, Clark Atlanta University.


Blogs, Dashboards & Social Media


Owner, Dr. K’s Blog (143 Posts, 63 Pages)

Class Blog, Clark Atlanta University

WordPress Blog

Established: August 2009


Owner, Dr. Kassorla’s Dashboard

Class Dashboard, Clark Atlanta University

Netvibes Dashboard

Established: August 2011


Admin & Writing, To The Maximus blog (132 posts, 10 Pages)

Non-Profit Organization, Aurora, Il

Responsible for administration, layout, design, writing, graphics, posting

Established January 2012



Admin & Writing, To the Maximus Foundation Website (2 posts, 9 pages)

Non-Profit Organization, Aurora, Il

Responsible for administration, layout, design, writing, graphics, posting

Established January 2012


Owner, THATCamp HBCU (2 Posts, 15 Pages)

(un)Conference Site

Established January 2012


Owner, THATCamp HBCU Dashboard

(un)Conference Dashboard

Established January 2012


Conferences, Presentations, & Professional Editing


International Society of Technology in Education

2014 Meeting: Connected Learning/Connected World

Atlanta, GA



Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) — Advancing what works in STEM education PKAL Atlanta Regional Network

PKAL Atlanta Regional Network, 2013 Fall Meeting

Tech in Teaching

October 14, 2013

Georgia Institute of Technology



Research Data Management Implementation Workshop (RMDI)

National Science Foundation, Washington DC.

Contributor, Participant, March 2013


Coordinator, THATCamp HBCU

June 14-15 Atlanta University Center


Editing, Recalling the Covenant

A Contemporary Commentary on the Five Books of the Torah

by Rabbi Moshe Shamah

Summer, 2010




March 10-11, 2012



June 4-5, 2011


Member, Editorial Board,

The International Sephardic Journal. New York, NY. 2004-2006.


Presenter, 2001 National MELUS (MultiEthic Literature of the United States) Conference   Presented: MELUS Women of Color Caucus: Teaching   Ethnic American Women’s   Literature. Knoxville, TN


Keynote, Nevada Library Institute  “Ethnic American Literatures and the Diversity of   Libraries” Incline Village, NV July, 2000


2000 National MELUS Conference   Presented: “ACADEMIC AMBUSH!: Why It is Important to Teach Multiethnic Literature in the Core Curriculum.”   New Orleans, LA


1996 American Literature Association Conference   Presented: “Word-View: A Model for Ethnic American   Literatures.” San Diego, California


1994 National MELUS Conference Presented: “Hitting the Wall: A Critical   Model for Oral Based Literatures.” College Station, Texas.


1993 National MELUS Conference Presented: “The Affirmation of Asian American   Language in Literature by Asian Americans.”    Berkeley, California


Michelle Kassorla

(Pseudonym for Israel National News Column)


Israel Jewish News (1,900+ Posts)

Political Commentary, Israel

Blogspot Blog

Established: July 2007 (currently on hold)


Arutz Sheva (34 Columns)

Online Newspaper, Israel


When Aliyah Bullies Attack

They attacked me for having an opinion.

82 comments       7/1/2009

The Mitzvah of Military Service

Shall your brothers go to war while you stay here?

26 comments       6/8/2009

Justice, Justice You Will Pursue

The choice of the Israeli government.

10 comments       12/5/2008

A New Land-for-Peace Proposal

It is time to suggest a new way to do things.

37 comments       11/24/2008

Should I Pray Today?

I cannot stay silent when converts are under fire

35 comments       6/1/2008

My Obsession

I do it again and again, but I’m never satisfied.

33 comments       1/15/2008

Lost With a Map

A road to peace became a highway to Hell.

16 comments       11/29/2007

The War Has Already Been Won

We are not ready to boast… yet.

21 comments       9/3/2007

A New Definition of ‘Peace’

Frankly, I’m a bit tired of the word.

15 comments       7/18/2007

The Act of Winning

Justice system refuses to call the “victim” a fake

2 comments       6/6/2007

Competitive Spirit

Pesach cleaning as a sign of a dangerous drift.

10 comments       3/12/2007

Good Cop / Bad Cop

Weren’t the Fatah terrorists our enemies just a few months ago? What happened since then? Am I missing something?

15 comments       1/3/2007


There is a moment at the end of Shabbat every week when the last rays of the sun have died and the silence of darkness

0 comments       8/6/2006

Smoke and Mirrors

Who in their right mind would pay attention to the plight of Jewish settlers in small outposts when a young solder

0 comments       6/28/2006

Some Ideas for the Pro-Pullout Camp

I thought I could share some ideas with you about how to make this movement even more successful and exciting than

Nobody’s Fool

“A pacifist after the Holocaust is a fool.”

0 comments       9/13/2004

Destroying the Master’s Tools

“Why did you come here if you want to recreate what you left?” we ask them.

0 comments       1/8/2004

Loving the Other

I was more than noticeably angry at this point. Now, I was furious – and it was building. We went to two other

0 comments       8/1/2003

With a Prayer

I have two small newsgroups with close friends, and I send out as much as I can about what is happening in Israel.

0 comments       6/25/2003

Torah to Life, Life to Torah

Women are also required to write a Torah, but we do not write with a pen on parchment we write Torah in our children.

0 comments       6/9/2003

Spies Like Us

Actually, Aqaba is the perfect thing. Aqaba is the reputed locale of two important incidents in Torah: the giving

0 comments       6/3/2003


I just finished reading the most gut-wrenching quote I have ever read, supposedly from the mouth of Sharon, in

0 comments       5/26/2003

Wolf and Crow

?Wolf and Crow are together for a reason. They hate each other,? he said, ?but they need each other to survive.

0 comments       5/20/2003

Harmony for No One

Have you ever been given a gift you didn?t want? You know, like concert tickets to a concert you don?t want to

0 comments       5/12/2003

My Arab Student

I wanted to make sure Hagar didn’t feel isolated in my class, and that she knew that I didn’t allow my political

0 comments       4/18/2003

Hilltop Stand

A hilltop is a dangerous place, an exposed place, a windy place, a rocky and almost inhabitable place. And we were

0 comments       4/8/2003

Begging for a Place to Be

It isn?t just Lapid, though. I think all of us feel this way at one time and another. At those times, we reach

0 comments       3/6/2003


Suddenly, as if there had been a prearranged moment of attack, the coyotes came from all directions into my yard.

1 comments       2/25/2003

Wandering in the Desert

Last week was very difficult for me. I thought maybe it was the fact that the space shuttle blew up and that whole

0 comments       2/14/2003

Made More Precious by the Loss

?Ilan. Ilan. Ilan,? I repeated the words softly. I didn?t know the man, but I felt like I did. I took his death

Bread for Thought

Just recently, my friend in Florida told me about a picnic for Sephardic Jews, but the picnic wasn?t kosher. I

0 comments       1/31/2003

Domestic Violence

I was in Israel this month, and there was one image that I cannot erase from my mind or forgive. It was not the

0 comments       1/15/2003

You First, France & Spain

I will buy myself a “Euskadi!” bumper sticker to place next to my existing sticker that reads: “Wherever I stand,

2 comments       12/9/2002

Tumbleweeds & Terrorists

Look, I don’t know what to do about terrorists called “Palestinian Militants” any more than a distant “expert”


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