Jean Hodges

Assistant Professor, Writing Center Instructor

Contact

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Specialization

Technical Communication/Writing (in English)

Education

  • MS Technical Communication, North Carolina State University
  • BA in Business Administration, Queens College (now Queens University of Charlotte)
  • AASc in Executive Secretarial Science, Catawba Valley Technical Institute (now Catawba Valley Community College)

Biography

Writing Center Instructor Jean Hodges began her career as a secretary in legal, medical, and executive offices. She earned from the National Secretaries Association (now International Association of Administrative Professionals) a lifetime Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) rating in 1979.

While completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Ms. Hodges taught writing and business courses at several two-year colleges in North Carolina and Virginia. She joined VCUarts Qatar in 2004 as the first full-time Writing Center Instructor, who laid the groundwork for the current VCUarts Qatar Writing Center.

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, a former Professor of Mathematics at VCUarts Qatar, in conducting research on using writing in math based on studies of MATH 131 (Contemporary Mathematics) courses at VCUarts Qatar. 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 papers on writing and writing center work at annual conferences of the International Writing Centers Association and on text readability in the International Conference on the Book, which was peer-reviewed and published in the International Journal of the Book 2011, Volume 8, Issue 3, Page 55.

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

  • VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar, Writing Center Instructor, 2004-present
  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, VA: Adjunct Business Instructor and English Instructor
  • The Whitlock Group Learning Center, Richmond, VA: Contract Trainer, Macintosh and Windows software courses
  • Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC: Adjunct English Instructor
  • Catawba Valley Technical Institute, Hickory, NC:  Adjunct Instructor, typing courses

Previous Professional Experience

University of Richmond, Richmond, VA 
    
Administrative Assistant, Rhetoric & Communication Studies Department​
    Public Relations Coordinator
    Floater

Chesterfield Technical Center, Chesterfield, VA 
    Technical Writing Consultant

Northern Telecom, Research Triangle Park, NC 
    Technical Writer Intern

Queens College, Charlotte, NC 
    Administrative Assistant to the Business Manager
    Computer Lab Assistant
    Faculty Secretary

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 VCUarts Qatar 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). VCUarts Qatar Gallery. VCUarts Qatar 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)