Dr. Sarah Felber
As a collegiate professor in UMUC’s writing program, I teach eight classes per year and assist in the administration of the program. Administrative duties include responding to faculty and student questions and concerns, developing and revising courses, updating online model classes, interviewing potential adjunct faculty members, checking classes for readiness, observing new faculty members, and observing and providing feedback on classes in progress.
I am currently enrolled in UMUC’s Master of Distance Education program, with a specialization in policy and management.
2014-present Collegiate Professor, 12-month. University of Maryland University College.
2009-2014 Collegiate Professor, 9-month. University of Maryland University College.
2008-2009 Adjunct Associate Professor. University of Maryland University College.
2005-2008 Adjunct Assistant Professor. University of Maryland University College.
Courses taught at UMUC:
Language in Society (COMM 380); Fundamentals of Writing and Grammar (EDCP 103); Advanced Grammar and Style (ENGL 384); Standard English Grammar (ENGL 281); Introduction to Writing (WRTG 101); Introduction to Writing with Supplementary Grammar Support (WRTG 101S); Introduction to Professional Writing (WRTG 293); Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics (ANTH 344); Academic Writing for Graduate Students (COMM 600); Graduate Writing Basics (UCSP 611)
Other roles at UMUC:
Faculty Coach for Student Success Pilot Program (Fall 2013), Prior Learning Evaluator (2012-present), Special Assessment Chair, EDCP 103 (2011), Course chair (EDCP 103, WRTG 101S, WRTG 288, WRTG 291, WRTG 388), Course Outcomes Guide contributor, WRTG 101, EDCP 103 (2010), Special Exam Chair, EDCP 103 (2009), Peer mentor, Effective Writing Center – writing advisor (2006-2008)
Fall 2006 Special lecturer. University of Connecticut. Course taught: Language and Culture (online)
2004-2005 Adjunct Instructor: Prince George’s Community College; Montgomery College. Courses taught: Introduction to Composition; Expository Writing; Techniques of Reading and Writing
1999-2004 Graduate Assistant. Department of Linguistics, University of Connecticut
Courses taught as University of Connecticut graduate assistant:
Language and Mind; Basic Writing
Other roles as University of Connecticut graduate assistant:
Assistant Editor of The Linguistic Review; Research Assistant for the Cross-Linguistic Early Syntax Study.
2016-present University of Maryland University College and University of Oldenburg, Candidate for Masters of Distance Education and E-Learning, specialization in Distance Education Policy and Management (expected degree completion 2018)
1999-2004 University of Connecticut. M.A., Ph.D. Linguistics.
1995-1999 University of Maryland, College Park. B.A. Linguistics, B.S. Mathematics, Magna cum Laude.
Awards and Honors
2016 Mace bearer in UMUC commencement ceremony
2010 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award, University of Maryland University College School of Undergraduate Studies
2009 Teaching Recognition Award, University of Maryland University College School of Undergraduate Studies
2004 David Michaels Teaching Award for outstanding teaching by a graduate student, University of Connecticut Department of Linguistics
2003 Doctoral dissertation fellowship, University of Connecticut
2002-2004 Departmental fellowship for graduate study, University of Connecticut
1999-2002 Outstanding Scholar Program fellowship for graduate study, University of Connecticut
Presentations and Publications
2018 (accepted). “Navigating the Non-Traditional College Experience: Facing Fear Through Storytelling,” to be presented at the 2018 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention, Houston, Texas.
2018 (accepted). “Preventing Plagiarism in Diverse Student Populations: Lessons from Universal Design for Learning,” to be presented at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.
2018 “Fantastic Feedback, Less Stress,” presented at Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA) Spring Conference, Linthicum, Maryland.
2018 “Redesigning an Online Course for Scalable Personalized Learning,” presented with Jeanine Williams at Lilly Austin Conference.
2017 “100-Level Writing, Academic Literacies, and the Majors at UMUC,” presented with Jeanine Williams and Deena Vaughn for UMUC Lunch and Learn Webinar series (faculty development session).
2017 “CBE Online? The View from Transactional Distance Theory,” presented at Explore. Collaborate. Innovate. UMUC’s Faculty Development Conference 2017.
2016 “Using Feedly to Get RSS Updates on Library Search Results,” presented for UMUC 30-minute targeted webinar (faculty development session).
2015 “Screencast Feedback in Action in Fully Online Writing Courses,” presented at Maryland Statewide Standards for College English Committee’s (MSSCEC) Composition Conversations X conference.
2015 “Using Screencast-O-Matic in your Classroom,” presented for UMUC Lunch and Learn Webinar series (faculty development session).
2011 “Active Learning and Student Collaboration,” with Cynthia Whitesel, presented at UMUC’s 2011 Faculty Summer Leadership Institute, Largo, MD.
2010 “Using Wimba Voice Presentation to Enhance Your Webliography,” presented at the WRTG faculty meeting, Largo, MD.
2007 “Student Interaction in the Asynchronous Classroom: Focus on Peer Review,” presented at the Fourth Annual UMUC Writing Conference, Adelphi, MD.
2004 “Are There Children Whom Prescriptive Grammar Affects?” Poster presentation at Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition, North America (GALANA) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
2004“ * So Weird a Baffling Construction,” with Dorian Roehrs, published in Snippets.
2004 “The Distribution of English Post-Adjectival Determiners,” Presented at the ECO5 Syntax Workshop, University of Maryland.
2003 “Evidence for the Standard/Integral Distinction in Expletive Constructions.” Presented at the First Joint UMass, UConn, MIT, UMD Syntax Workshop, University of Connecticut, Storrs.
2002 “Acquisition of a Positive Polarity Item.” In Proceedings of the GALA’ 2001 Conference on Language Acquisition. João Costa and Maria João Freitas, eds. Associacão Portuguesa de Linguística, Lisbao.
2001 “Path Phrases and Compounds in the Acquisition of English.” Presented with William Snyder on behalf of William Snyder, Sarah Felber, Bosook Kang, and Diane Lillo-Martin, at the Boston University Conference on Language Development.
2001 “Acquisition of a Positive Polarity Item,” Presented on my behalf at Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA), Palmela, Portugal.
2001 “Some Things Children Can Handle.” Presented at the UConn, UMass, Smith Language Acquisition Workshop, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
1998 “A Minimalist Approach to ECP Effects.” Presented at the Senior Summer Scholars Forum, University of Maryland, College Park.
2017-pres. Co-editor, Journal of College Reading and Learning
2017-pres. Publications Committee, College Reading and Learning Association
2017-pres. Faculty Development Advisory Board, University of Maryland University College
2015-pres. Name reader for UMUC commencement ceremony
2015 Futures thought-stream for Enhanced Learning Model, University of Maryland University College
2009 Common exam committee, EDCP 103, University of Maryland University College
2009 Book selection committee, EDCP 103, University of Maryland University College
2004 Reviewer, Language Acquisition
2003 Co-organizer of the UConn, UMass, Smith Language Acquisition Workshop
1999-2003 Service to University of Connecticut Linguistics Department: Syntax search committee; Student liaison to department faculty; Linguistics Club Chairperson
1998 Linguistics department internal review board, University of Maryland, College Park
Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA)
College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)