curriculum vitae

November 2006


Traci HalesVass                                                             

Relevant Professional Experience

San Juan College

Farmington, New Mexico

    Assistant Professor of English, 1998-2002 

Courses taught:

Basic Writing Workshop

Freshman Composition

Technical Composition

Advanced Professional Writing

Pioneered use of WebCT in mixed mode classes

Developed and implemented online classes

Developed Basic Writing Workshop for Technicians

Lead Instructor and Program Coordinator- Technical Communications

Program Coordinator- CAAT, (Creative Arts and Technologies)


1999 NISOD: excellence in teaching

2001 Associated Students of San Juan College: Outstanding Faculty


Naropa University

Master of Fine Arts,  July, 2005

            Writing and Poetics, Prose concentration

Thesis: A Collection of Analytical Essays on Moderism

Manuscript title: Rebuilding, a novel

University of Colorado, Denver

            Master of Arts, July 1998

                Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing

Thesis: Computer Mediated Communication in the Composition Classroom

            Bachelor of Arts, July 1996

                Creative Writing

Palomar Community College, San Marcos, California

            Associate of Arts, May 1992

Professional Experience

Mountain Resource Center
Conifer, Colorado

Coordinator of Volunteers, June 2006 - present

    Recruiting, training, retaining volunteers

    Managing Thrift Store

    Event planning, fundraising, program development

Metropolitan State University of Denver

    Instructor of English, Fall 2004-present

        Courses taught:

 Freshman Composition

Research, Analysis, and Documentation

University of Colorado-Denver

    Instructor of English, Fall 2002-Fall 2005

        Courses taught:

            Basic Writing Workshop

            Technical Composition

            Advanced Professional Writing  


Community Volunteer, Conifer, Colorado

Chair: Technical Communications Curriculum Development Committee, SJC

Keynote Speaker: GED graduation, 2002

Advisory Committee for Distance Education, SJC

Student Affairs Committee, SJC

Technology Planning Team, SJC

Website Manager for the Humanities Division , SJC, 1998-2000

Website Manager, The English Café, UCD English Graduate Students’ Intranet Community, 1997-1998


 Academic Works

--with Addison, J., “Participatory Research in the Mixed Mode Classroom.” Readerly/Writerly Texts. Fall, 1999.

Creative Non-fiction

The Mountain Connection, Monthly column, July 2006 - present

“Denver—A City Restored.” Voice Braid. vi, 35. Denver, 1995.

--with Dr. Murray Galbraith. “Your Health.” Temecula Times Journal.” monthly column, March through June 1991

“Jack Kerouac in Denver.” pending


"Love Blood." Naropa Summer Writing Program Magazine, July 2005.

Rebuilding, a novel. Completion pending.

 “The Kaleidoscope of Grandmotherhood.” self published, 1996.


“Dreamflight.”  Magazine of the Raptor Education Foundation. 1987.

“Missing You.” Bravura: Literary Zine of San Juan College. 1991.