CRDM alumna pursues dream of teaching in higher education

Also studied English at NSU

It was not until Kamila Albert began serving as a Writing Fellow within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences that she decided she wanted to teach. Now, this Department of Writing and Communication alumna is making that dream a reality.

Kamila Albert

Upon graduating from NSU in 2014 with a B.A. in English, Albert continued her education with DWC and completed her M.A. in Writing in 2016.

While finishing her master’s, Albert was accepted into the rhetoric and composition doctoral program at Florida State University, where she now serves as a teaching assistant and as a Reading-Writing Center consultant. She is also gaining experience uploading, transcribing and archiving digital postcards with the FSU Card Archive as part of her Research Methods course.

Albert credits her professors and coursework during the master’s program with preparing her for doctoral studies and teaching responsibilities, she said.

“Thanks to courses like Writing for Technologies, Feature Writing, and Editing, Layout, and Design, I was approved to teach upper-level Writing and Editing in Print and Online at FSU,” Albert said. “I owe NSU's DWC so much. There are excellent, supportive professors and lots of opportunities for academic growth.”

Her best memories as an NSU student, she said, include serving as a Writing Fellow and working alongside DWC faculty members.

“The Writing Fellows program and my mentor Dr. Kevin Dvorak introduced me to the composition classroom and Writing Center studies,” Albert said. “Dr. Claire Lutkewitte saw potential in one of my projects and allowed me to co-write an article with her. Dr. Star Vanguri and Dr. Molly Scanlon guided me through a thesis grounded in multimodality and disciplinarity.”

Upon the completion of her Ph.D., Albert hopes to work as an assistant professor and teach courses in visual rhetoric, digital multimodality and writing center studies.

“Kamila is intelligent, diligent and curious,” said Associate Professor of Writing Star Vanguri, Ph.D. “But perhaps most importantly, she is a thoughtful listener. To me, the best professors are the ones who listen, not profess. Kamila takes great care to understand a writer, or piece of writing, before she offers feedback. She takes time with ideas before she adds her own. She is a wonderful student, and I know she'll contribute to this field.”

Albert also worked closely with Writing Center Coordinator Kevin Dvorak, Ph.D., while working in the Writing Fellows program.

“Kamila was an amazing Writing Fellow who worked with us for four years — two as an undergraduate and two as a graduate student,” Dvorak said. “Because of her commitment and leadership, the program was able to grow each year, and her work helped serve as a foundation for our upcoming university-wide Writing and Communication Center. We still recognize her impact on the center on a regular basis, as she truly had a hand in everything we do.”

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