Valerie Jeremijenko

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Contact

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Education

  • PhD in Creative Arts and Communictions, Deakin University, 2015.
  • MFA in Creative Writing, Arizona State University, 1996.
  • BA in Drama and Religion, (Honors) Queensland University, 1988.

Biography

Valerie Jeremijenko holds a PhD from Deakin University’s Creative Arts and Communications Department, an MFA from Arizona State University in Creative Writing, and a BA (Hons) from Queensland University in English, Drama and Religion. She has worked in Student Affairs for close to 15 years and as a start-up member of VCUQatar established many of the student services and enrichment programs that are now fundamental to our student’s everyday life. Her current focus in student development is in fostering a student centered and culturally nimble learning environment and the development of citizen-students. Of particular interest is intercultural models of student leadership and engagement, and bi-cultural development models, and to that end, she has spearheaded a number of Intercultural Communication programs including the Qatar Institute of Intercultural Communication (QIIC), a summer institute open to all Education City members. Prior to coming to VCUQatar Valerie served in the Dance Departments of VCU, and Arizona State University and in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance program at Arizona State University West. 
In addition to her work in Student Affairs Valerie continues to pursue her creative, academic and kinesthetic research. Her current research draws her disparate interests together by exploring embodied approaches to writing, the link between creative arts practices and affect theory, and the role of the body in cultural production. She has had numerous short stories and scholarly articles published, and is the editor of How We live our Yoga (Beacon 2002.) She is also the owner, director and founder of Yama Yoga Studios, a highly successful Doha-based center for yoga, dance and well being.

Presentations

  • “Building community through international leadership exchange experiences.” Association of College Unions International annual conference. San Antonia, Texas. Pending for April 2015. Will present with Jeremy Schenk, Director of University Commons and Student Activities, VCU.
  • “Working together across cultures: The good, the bad and the ugly.” How Women Work Conference, Doha Qatar. May, 2014. Presented with Hissa Al Garni, Director of Student Leadership, VCUQatar.
  • “Souvenirs of the Senses:  Collaborative and Cross-Artform Makings. The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being.Canberra: The Australasian Association of Writing Programs. (2013) Paper presented with Drs. Patrick West, Jonid Keane, & Byrad Yyelland. 
  • “Material Writing: Towards Hybrid-Making.” The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being. Canberra: The Australasian Association of Writing Programs. (2013). Paper presented with Drs. Patrick West & Jondi Keane.  
  • “Words and Things: Souvenirs of Over-Site/Over-Sight for Place-Making.” The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being. Canberra: The Australasian Association of Writing Programs. (2013). Paper presented with Drs. Patrick West & Jondi Keane.
  • “Working together across cultures: The good, the bad and the ugly.” MENSA NASFA. Association of International Educators. Middle East Dubai, UAE. May 2014. Presented with Hissa Al Garni, Director of Student Leadership, VCUQatar. 

Publications

Book

Jeremijenko, V. (ed.), (2001). How We Live our Yoga. Boston: Beacon Press.
Starred review by Publisher’s Weekly. Featured review in New York Times Magazine by Elizabeth Zimmer. Five stars on Amazon. 

 

Short Stories/ Excerpts
Jeremijenko, V. (Nov 2017.) San Francisco. Excerpt from A Siblings Story. Hinchas de Poesia: A Digital Codes of Contemporary Pan-American Writing. http://www.hinchasdepoesia.com/
Jeremijenko, V. (Mar 2017). The Threeways. Excerpt from A Sibling’s Story. Hinchas de Poesia: A Digital Codex of Contemporary Pan-American Writing. http://www.hinchasdepoesia.com/
Jeremijenko, V. (Dec 2016). Doha, 2007. Excerpt from A Sibling’s Story. Diode Poetry Journal. Volume 9, Number 3. http://diodepoetry.com/
Jeremijenko,V. (2016). Prologue to A Sibling’s Story. Hinchas de Poesia: A Digital Codex of Contemporary Pan-American Writing. http://www.hinchasdepoesia.com/
Jeremijenko, V. (2001). Introduction. In Jeremijenko, How We Live our Yoga (pp. 1-7). Boston: Beacon Press.
Jeremijenko, V. (1996) Excerpt from “A Sibling Romance.”  Novel in progress.  Sound Culture Festival Booklet.
Jeremijenko, V. (1996). Unnatural Twins. Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature, 25-27.
Jeremijenko, V. (1995). Diamonds and Violins. Grasslands Review, 47-48. (Voted best sotry)
Jeremijenko, V. (1994). The Ritual of Return. Hayden's Ferry Review, 26-31.

Published Conference Proceedings
West, P., Jeremijenko, V., Keane, J., & Yyelland, B. (2013). Souvenirs of the Senses:
Collaborative and Cross-Artform Makings. The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being. Canberra: The Australasian Association of Writing Programs.
West, P., Keane, J., & Jeremijenko, V. (2013). Material Writing: Towards Hybrid-Making.
The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being. Canberra: The Australasian Association of Writing Programs.
West, P., Keane, J., & Jeremijenko, V. (2013). Words and Things: Souvenirs of Over-
Site/Over-Sight for Place-Making. The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being. Canberra: The Australasian Association of Writing Programs.
Jeremijenko, Valerie. (1996). Excerpt from Unnatural Twins. Sound Culture Festival
Booklet, Sound Culture Festival, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, California. 

Refereed Journal Contribution
Jeremijenko, Valerie. (2007). Review of “The Australian Writer’s Marketplace: 2007/08 edition. Compiled and edited by Queensland Writer’s Center.”  TEXT:  The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs. 

Invited Contributor
Jeremijenko, Valerie. (2017) “Intercultural and International: Student Leadership Programs at VCUQatar.” American Council on Education Network News and American Council on Education Blog Higher Education Today. (http://www.higheredtoday.org/)