Maureen Cooke-Vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE-Maureen Cooke

Education

B.A., University of California, Riverside: 1992, Political Science (cum laude)

M.A., University of New Mexico: 1996, English. Thesis: My Life as a Movie.

Post-Graduate Work: University of New Mexico: Education, Instructional Technology

Professional Experience

Freelance Writer. 2005–present

Projects include: Web content, technical writing, grant writing, personal essays, fiction, and screenwriting. Portfolio available on request.

Freelance Editor. 2005-2012

Clients included WordsRU and Cactus Communications. Edited dissertations, submissions to peer-reviewed journals (including those written by EFL speakers), other academic papers, and creative projects, such as novels and screenplays.

Owner/Managing Member, Fat Man Media, LLC. 2008-2010

Wrote business plan. Established budget. Oversaw publicity. Key person on all productions. Writer & Executive Producer: Wax and award-winning On the Bus. Executive Producer: Award winning The Sitter.

Director, Title V Grant, New Mexico State University-Grants, 2002-2005

Responsibilities included: Assessing instructional technology needs such as the advisability of upgrading hardware, software, or operating systems. Overseeing set-up of multimedia classroom, new computer labs, and new authentication protocol. Coordinating integration of Mac OS/X into Windows Network. Facilitating appropriate training so that faculty can incorporate technology into their teaching. Administering all aspects of the grant such as overseeing budgets, developing and submitting reports.

English Instructor/Learning Center Coordinator, New Mexico State University-Grants, 2001-2002

Courses taught included: Freshman Composition; Creative Writing; Computer Science; Journalism.

English Instructor, Central New Mexico Community College, Arts & Sciences, 1999-2001

Courses taught included: Freshman Composition; Creative Writing; Film as Literature. Primarily taught in the lab.

Developmental Instructor, Central New Mexico Community College, DADE, 1999-2001

Courses taught included: Developmental Writing and Reading. Primarily taught in the lab.

Graduate Assistant, University of New Mexico, College of Education, 2000

Responsibilities included: Assisting with ethnographical research of first-year teachers.

Developmental English and Study Skills Instructor, UNM Valencia, 1997-2000.

Courses taught included: English 010 and 100, Academic Studies 010 and 100. Taught in the Developmental Computer Lab using Langan and Houghton Mifflin software.

English Instructor, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1996-1997.

Courses taught included: Research Writing, Composition, and Beginning Creative Writing.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of New Mexico, 1994-1996.

Courses taught included: Freshman Composition, ESL Composition, and Beginning Creative Writing.

Layout and Design Technician. KUNM. 1993-1994.

Duties included: Design and input of data for Zounds.

Office Associate. New Mexico Public Interest Research Group. 1992-1993.

Duties included: Researching public policy in areas affecting students, such as landlord-tenant disputes, bank charges, and the gentrification of Santa Fe.

General Reporter. Chino Champion. 1989-1990.

Government and education beats. Feature stories.

General Reporter. Community Adviser. 1988-1989.

Government and education beats. Feature stories. Headlining. Layout.

Representative Grants

Carl Perkins Career Technical Education Grant. Grant awarded July 2005. Will benefit Automotive Technology Program. $32,000 one-year grant.

Title V Individual Grant: Preparing NMSU Grants Students for the TwentyFirst Century. Grant awarded October 2005. $2.2 million five-year grant.

Presentations

Bit by Bit: Narrowing the Digital Divide in Northwestern New Mexico, College of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. 2004

Rural Colleges: 21st Technology, Title V Project Directors’ Meeting, Washington D.C., 2003.

Encouraging Student Responsibility in Learning Communities by Using Grading Contracts, NMACC Conference, Taos, 2002.

In Search of Wisdom: An Ethnographic Examination of a Developmental Community College Student in Rural New Mexico. University of New Mexico College of Education Symposium, Albuquerque, 2001.

Publications and Productions

Followed.

Dir. James Kicklighter. Writers: Maureen Cooke & Mark Ezra Stokes, based on the short story by Will McIntosh. Executive Producers: Maureen Cooke, James Kicklighter, Mark Ezra Stokes & Kasey Stokes. (2011)

The Sitter.

Dir. Adam Durant. Writer: Kimberly Liphardt. Executive Producer: Maureen Cooke (2009)

The Big Flush.

Dir. Adam Durant. Writers: Maureen Cooke & Jonathan Harnisch. (2009)

Wax.

Dir. Gino Cabanas. Writers & Executive Producers: Maureen Cooke & Jonathan Harnisch. (2008) 

On the Bus.

Dir. Willie Ford. Producer: Rebecca Elise. Writers & Executive Producers: Maureen Cooke & Jonathan Harnisch (2008)

“Rats.”

Performed at Dionysus in the Round, University of New Mexico, 1997.

“Saturday at the Bijou.”

Performed at Dionysus in the Round, University of New Mexico, 1997.

“The Visit.”

Performed at Dionysus in the Round, University of New Mexico, 1996.

“Moshe’s Rock.

Published in Mosaic, the UCR Literary Magazine. 1989.

“Cruisin’ for Chuck Berry.

Published in Opus, the Cal Poly Pomona Literary Magazine. 1988.

Numerous newspaper articles published in Community Adviser and Chino Champion. 1988-1989.

“Nine Hours, July 11th.”

Published in Baby Talk. 1983.

Honors and Awards

Jane N. Ryland Educause Fellowship. 2005.
Chesterfield Screenplay Competition. Quarter Finalist. 2002.  

Excellence in Teaching. Honorable Mention. University of New Mexico Valencia. 2000.

Graduate Assistantship. University of New Mexico, College of Education. 2000.

Writers of the Purple Stage Award in Dramatic Writing. University of New Mexico, 1997.
Heekin Competition in Fiction. Sisters, Oregon. Finalist. 1997.
Fellowship in Fiction. University of New Mexico. 1993.

Teaching Assistantship. University of New Mexico. 1994-1996.

Outstanding Overall Achievement in Fiction. University of California, Riverside. 1992.
First Place Chancellor’s Performance Award in Fiction. University of California, Riverside. 1992.
Watkins Scholarship for Academic Excellence. University of California, Riverside. 1991-1992.
Chancellor’s Performance for Academic Excellence. University of California, Riverside. 1991-1992.
Databrant Scholarship for Creative Writing. University of California, Riverside. 1990-1991.