Jean Hodges

Writing Center Instructor

Contact

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Specialization

Writing (in English)

Education

  • MS Technical Communication, North Carolina State University, 1990
  • BA in Business Administration, Queens College, 1987

Biography

Writing Center Instructor N. Jean Hodges earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Queens College (now Queens University of Charlotte) and her Master’s at North Carolina State University. She began her career as a secretary in legal, medical, and executive offices and became a lifetime Certified Professional Secretary in 1979. She has taught writing and business courses at Catawba Valley Technical College in Hickory, NC; Wake Community College in Raleigh, NC; and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA. She joined VCUQatar in 2004 as an Assistant Professor of Writing and the first full-time Writing Center Instructor.

Ms. Hodges has published articles and presented workshops and papers at professional conferences locally, regionally, and internationally. From 2005-2010 she collaborated with Dr. John Schmeelk, Professor of Mathematics at VCUQatar, in conducting research on using writing in math based on studies of MATH 131, Contemporary Mathematics, courses at VCUQatar. They published and co-presented at meetings of the Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing (METSMac) in Abu Dhabi in 2006 and 2007. They also presented at annual conferences of the American Society for Engineering Educators (ASEE), Math Division, where their peer-reviewed papers were published in the conference proceedings each year from 2007 through 2010. In 2011 and 2012 Ms. Hodges presented and published her work on critical thinking at ASEE annual meetings. She also has presented on writing and writing center work at annual conferences of the International Writing Centers Association.

Research Interests

How we learn—the cognitive science of writing and creating—and whether what we now know about new discoveries in neurological processes of the brain, invention, creativity, and design thinking can inform and improve invention in writing.

Teaching Experience

  • 2004-present  VCUQatar, Doha, Qatar, Writing Center Instructor: one-on-one and group instruction in writing; in-class workshops and presentations; occasional substitute teaching for English faculty.
  • 1991-1996 J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, VA: Adjunct Business Instructor and English Instructor.
  • 1994-1996 The Whitlock Group Learning Center, Richmond, VA: Contract Trainer, half-day and one-day software courses for Macintosh and Windows platforms.
  • 1990-1991 Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC: Adjunct English Instructor.
  • 1983-1984 Catawba Valley Technical Institute (now Catawba Valley Community College), Hickory, NC:  Adjunct Instructor, typing courses.

Previous Professional Experience

University of Richmond, Richmond, VA 

Administrative Assistant, Rhetoric & Communication Studies Department, 2001-2004 ​

Public Relations Coordinator, 1996-2001

Floater, 1995-1996

 

Chesterfield Technical Center, Chesterfield, VA 

Technical Writing Consultant, 1993 

 

Northern Telecom, Research Triangle Park, NC 

Technical Writer Intern, 1989

 

Queens College (now Queens University of Charlotte), Charlotte, NC 

Administrative Assistant to the Business Manager, 1985-1988

Computer Lab Assistant, 1985

Faculty Secretary, 1984-1985

Presentations

  • N. Jean Hodges and Neihan Yaqoob. “Connecting the Dots: How Multilingual Design Students Reflectively Think and Write to Innovate.” Poster session co-presented at IWCA 2015, Pittsburgh, PA, October 8-10, 2015. 
  • “What happens on the other side of the tutorial report: The ongoing importance of tutorial information.” Individual paper presented at IWCA/NCPTW 2014, Orlando, FL, October 30- November 1, 2014.
  • “Integrating Writing with Contemporary Mathematics to Develop Critical Thinking Skills.” Research paper presented at the 119th ASEE Conference, San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012.
  • “Science Speaks: Improving Readability of Texts.” Research paper presented at the 8th International Conference on the Book, St. Galen, Switzerland, November 6-8, 2010.
  • Schmeelk, John and N. Jean Hodges. “The Transformation of a Mathematics Course: Discoveries Along a Five-Year Journey.” Research paper co-presented at the 117th ASEE Conference, Louisville, KY, June 20-23, 2010.
  • Schmeelk, John and N. Jean Hodges. “The Transformation of a Mathematics Course Through Educational Research: Discoveries Along a Five-Year Journey.” Research paper co-presented at The Second International Congress of Educational Research in Antalya, Turkey, April 29-May 2, 2010.
  • Roue, B.; Anita Nouraddin J. Ghajar-Selim; Suhair Al-Alami; Jodi Lefort; Martin Holock; and Jean Hodges. “Writing Centers: Who, What, and Why.” Panel presentation at the 16th International TESOL Arabia Conference in Dubai, UAE, March 13, 2010.
  • Fawley, Nancy and Jean Hodges. “Academic Integrity: Moral and Ethical Implications. Co-presented at Broadening Horizons Professional Development for Instructors and Educators, Doha, Qatar, March 9, 2010.
  • Burroughs, Pamela and Jean Hodges. “Applying Academic Integrity to Research.” Multimedia presentation co-developed and co-presented to VCUQatar MFA Program, Doha, Qatar, February 1, 2010.
  • Fawley, Nancy and Jean Hodges. “Using Quotations.” Workshop co-developed and co-presented to UNIV 111 freshmen at VCUQatar, Doha, Qatar, November 3, 2009.
  • Fawley, Nancy and Jean Hodges. “What is Plagiarism?” Workshop co-developed and co-presented to UNIV 111 freshmen at VCUQatar, Doha, Qatar, October 6, 2009.
  • Schmeelk, Dr. John and N. Jean Hodges. “Writing Techniques for Implementing Project-Directed Mathematics.” Research paper co-presented at the 116th ASEE Conference, Austin, TX, June 14-17, 2009.
  • “Keeping Track of Data: Why? How? What next?” Presentation to MENAWCA, Al Ain, UAE, February 2009.
  • Schmeelk, John and N. Jean Hodges. “Techniques Motivating Project-Directed Mathematics.” Research paper co-presented at the 115th ASEE Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June 22-25, 2008.
  • “Timesaving Tips and Table Tricks [Microsoft Word].” Presented at Qatar Reading Association’s 
  • “Teachers Teaching Teachers” program, American School of Doha, Qatar, February 27, 2008.
  • “Accommodating Students’ Preferred Learning Methods.” Presentation based on work with Dr. John Schmeelk, “Techniques Motivating Project-Directed Mathematics,” at the Third Symposium on Science Teaching and Learning, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, February 21, 2008.
  • Schmeelk, Dr. John and N. Jean Hodges. “Project-Directed Mathematics.” Research paper co-presented at the 114th ASEE Conference in Honolulu, HI, June 24-27, 2007. 
  • Fawley, Nancy and Jean Hodges. “Plagiarism Pitfalls—Guiding Students to Successful Use of Sources.” Co-presented at VCUQatar in Doha, Qatar, April 4, 11, 2007.

Publications

  • “Integrating Writing with Contemporary Mathematics to Develop Critical Thinking Skills.” Published in Conference Proceedings of the 119th Annual ASEE Conference & Exposition, June 10-13, 2012, as Document No. AC2012-3246 (peer reviewed).
  • Hodges, N. Jean. “For Skittles.” Mosaic 4: A Collection of Stories, Poems and Essays By  Participants in the Community Writing Program at CNA-Q. Vol. 4 (Spring 2012). Print. 27.
  • Hodges, N. Jean. “Alone.” Mosaic 3: A Collection of Stories, Poems and Essays By Students of the Community Writing Program at CNAQ. Vol. 3 (Fall 2011). Print. 25-26.
  • Hodges, N. Jean. “A Preliminary Investigation of Using Writing as a Critical Thinking Tool in Contemporary Mathematics.” Published in Conference Proceedings of the 118th Annual ASEE Conference & Exposition, June 16-29, 2011 (peer-reviewed).
  • Hodges, N. Jean. “Science Speaks: Improving Readability of Texts.” Published in the online journal, The International Journal of the Book, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp. 55-70 (peer-reviewed).
  • Schmeelk, John and N. Jean Hodges. “The Transformation of a Mathematics Course: Discoveries Along a Five-Year Journey.” Published in Conference Proceedings of the 117th Annual ASEE Conference & Exposition, June 20-23, 2010, as Document No. AC 2010-522 (peer-reviewed).
  • Schmeelk, John and N. Jean Hodges. “Writing Techniques for Implementing Project-Directed Mathematics.” Published in Conference Proceedings of the 116th Annual ASEE Conference & Exposition, June 14-17, 2009, as Document No. AC 2009-115 (peer-reviewed).
  • “An Introduction to the VCUQatar Writing Center—Where Clear Writing Means Clear Thinking.”  Online posting October 2008. Middle East-North Africa Writing Centers Alliance Newsletter: News From the Centers. 1.1 (October 2008): 4-5.
  • Schmeelk, John and N. Jean Hodges. “Techniques Motivating Project-Directed Mathematics.” Published in Proceedings of the 115th Annual ASEE Conference & Exposition, June 22-25, 2008, as Document No. AC 2008-274 (peer reviewed).
  • “Keeping Track of Data: Why? How? What Next?” Published in MENAWCA Conference Session Resources Archive. March 2008 <http://tcc.qatar.tamu.edu/1865.aspx>.
  • Schmeelk, John and N. Jean Hodges. “Project-Directed Mathematics.” Published in Riding the Wave to Excellence in Engineering Education:  Proceedings of the 114th Annual American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference & Exposition. June 24-27, 2007, as Document No. AC 2007-274 (peer-reviewed). 
  • Hodges, N. Jean and Aida Hashim. Grains of Sand Upon the Desert Floor. Exhibition (poetry booklet). VCUQatar Gallery. VCUQatar Seventh Annual Faculty Exhibition, December 14, 2005, through February 1, 2006.
  • “Two Separate Cultures and Freedoms.” University of Richmond International Education Newsletter. Richmond, VA: University of Richmond, Spring 2005.
  • “Young Speaks on Cities.” University of Richmond Magazine. Richmond, VA: University of Richmond, 2001.

Professional Service

  • Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA)
  • International Writing Centers Association (IWCA)
  • Middle East-North Africa Writing Center Alliance (MENAWCA)
  • Qatar Writing Centers Network (QWCN,)