Shavawn Berry

Ross-Blakley Hall 202AC
PO Box 871401
TEMPE
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Lincoln Center Applied Ethics
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Biography

Shavawn M. Berry received her Master of Professional Writing degree (MPW) specializing in creative nonfiction and memoir at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1998. She started her teaching career in 2002 as an adjunct English composition instructor at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA. In the fall of 2004, she joined the full-time faculty at Arizona State University to teach Business Writing, Creative Writing, English Composition, and most recently, Technical Editing on Tempe campus. She was chosen as one of just eight Lincoln Ethics teaching fellows for the 2013 academic year by the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. For the 2014-2015 academic year, she co-taught English 484 - The Pen Project, with Corri Wells, assisting student interns in giving anonymous, written critiques to incarcerated writers in New Mexico and Arizona. She participated in PEAC (Prison Education Student Club) since the fall of 2014 and is currently a faculty advisor. Since the spring of 2016, she has been the creative nonfiction editor for Iron City, a literary magazine featuring writers from The Pen Project, created by students involved in the internship long term. She currently teaches editing, composition, creative writing, and business writing.

Education

  • Master of Professional Writing (MPW). Creative Nonfiction and Memoir, University of Southern California 1998
  • B.A. English, Music Composition and Voice, New York University, New York City 1987

Research Group

During the 2014  15 academic year, Ms. Berry was an active member of Dr. Amira de la Garzas Institute of Humanities Research Cluster titled Tricksters and Mindful Heresy: Disrupting the Taken-for-Granted in Creative Research. The group investigated creative research through reading several books including Art and Method by Patricia Leavey and Heroes and Heretics by Thomas Cahill. A colloquium and an author event/keynote (with Leavey) took place at the end of March and in early April. Ms. Berry presented several original poems at the colloquium including one she wrote for the event called, Off With Her Head: The Divine Feminine Responds. The poem has since been published by The Urban Howl.

Publications

Her writing and poetry has been published by Rebelle Society, Trickster, The Urban Howl, The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, The Anjana Network, Be You Media Group, Olentangy Review, Black Fox Literary Magazine, The Cancer Poetry Project 2, Kinema Poetics, Kalliope, Ebsco Publishers, Poet Lore, California Quarterly, Westview - A Journal of Western Oklahoma, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Concho River Review, North Atlantic Review, Synapse, Blue Mountain Arts/SPS, Living Buddhism, addictionsolutions.com, and buddhajones.com, among others. She is currently working on a spiritual memoir, a collection of poetry, and a number of personal essays.

Courses

Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 302 Business Writing
ENG 374 Technical Editing
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 302 Business Writing
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 302 Business Writing
ENG 374 Technical Editing
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 302 Business Writing
ENG 374 Technical Editing
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 302 Business Writing
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 302 Business Writing
ENG 374 Technical Editing
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 217 Writing Reflective Essays
ENG 302 Business Writing
ENG 374 Technical Editing
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 302 Business Writing
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 302 Business Writing
ENG 374 Technical Editing
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 217 Writing Reflective Essays
ENG 302 Business Writing
ENG 374 Technical Editing
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 302 Business Writing
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 302 Business Writing
ENG 374 Technical Editing
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 102 First-Year Composition
ENG 302 Business Writing
ENG 374 Technical Editing
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 217 Writing Reflective Essays
ENG 302 Business Writing
ENG 374 Technical Editing

Presentations

Volunteer Teaching and ASU Advocates Panel, Prison Education Conference, Arizona State University, March 27, 2015

Prison English  Teaching Writing to Incarcerated Writers, with Michelle Ribieros and Roberta Norales at TYCA West Conference, Mesa Community College, October 11, 2014.

Adding Ethics to English 302  Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics with Julianne White, Ph.D. at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, Tempe Campus, February 15, 2014

Living Literary Magazines, Expertise Archives, Facebook Groups, and Other Creative Ideas for Use in the Writing Classroom at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, Tempe Campus, March 23, 2013

Business Writing Discussion, Report, and Presentation Ideas: Helping Our Students Develop Their Abilities as Change Agents at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, Tempe Campus, March 23, 2013

Building Your Online Brand presented with Mark Hannah, Ph.D. and Julianne White, Ph.D. at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, Tempe Campus, March 3, 2012

Empathy and Civic Consciousness in the College Writing Class presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, Tempe Campus, March 3, 2012

Empathy and Civic Consciousness in the College Writing Class presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the TYCA-West 2011 Regional Conference, Mesa Community College, October 7, 2011

Three Strategies for Cultivating Civic Consciousness in the Writing Classroom presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, February 19, 2011

Teachers of Writing Should Write  What Were Working On Now, and How We Use That in Our Writing Classroom presented with Julianne White, Ph.D. & Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, February 19, 2011 

Three Strategies for Cultivating Civic Consciousness presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the Arizona English Teachers Association (AETA) Conference, ASU  Polytechnic Campus, September 28, 2010.

Creating Online Writing Platforms to Showcase Student Work presented at Arizona State University Composition Conference, February 27, 2010

Fearless Creating: Encouraging Students to Love and Embrace Their Own Stories presented at Arizona State University Composition Conference, February 27, 2010

Fractured Learning Repair Kit: Using Narrative to Help Students Make Connections Among Diverse Academic Subjects presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the Arizona English Teachers Association (AETA) Conference, ASU  Polytechnic Campus, October 16, 2009

Point/Counterpoint: Narrative Strategies that Help Students Integrate Not Only Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmethic, Science, and the Arts, But Also Their Life Experiences presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the TYCA-West 2009 Regional Conference, Salt Lake City Community College  Redwood Campus, Salt Lake City, UT, October 10, 2009

Creative License  Sparking Our Students Imagination, Innovation and Love for Language presented with Amisha Patel and Heather Hoyt, Arizona State University Composition Conference, February 21, 2009

Secret Agents No More: Strategies for Increasing Agency and Authority in Student Thinking and Writing presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the Arizona English Teachers Association (AETA) Conference, ASU  Polytechnic Campus, October 14, 2008

Online Teaching: The Plusses and Pitfalls presented at Arizona State University Composition Conference, March 22, 2008

Panel member for Online Portfolio Presentation with Tom Skeen and Heather Hoyt presented at Arizona State University Composition Conference, March 22, 2008

Returning Our Students to Their Senses: Helping Our Students Own and Love Their Writing, Arizona English Teachers Association (AETA) Conference, ASU  Polytechnic Campus, October 5, 2007

COMMUNITY WRITING WORKSHOPS AFFILIATED WITH ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Tell Yourself a Story, A Creative Writing Workshop affiliated with Arizona State Universitys Prison Education Program and The Pen Project. State Penitentiary of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM, April 18, 2015

Professional and Business Writing in the Workplace: Presentations  August 26, 2009, ING Financial Services, Scottsdale, AZ

Professional and Business Writing in the Workplace: Memos  September 14, 2009, ING Financial Services, Scottsdale, AZ

Professional and Business Writing in the Workplace: Presentations  September 29, 2009, ING Financial Services, Scottsdale, AZ

Writing as a Way to Heal  Piper Writers Studio March 29, 2008, ASU Tempe

Writing as a Spiritual Practice  Piper Writers Studio March 31, 2007, ASU Tempe

Visual Prayer WorkshopGuest Lecturer for Lynn Nelsons Writing and Being Graduate course  March 21, 2006, Arizona State University, Tempe

Honors/Awards

In addition to being the recipient of the Lincoln Applied Ethics Fellowship in 2012-2013, Ms. Berry's teaching pedagogy and curriculum have received several awards including:

Exemplary Professional E-Portfolio - Celebrating Writing in Digital Spaces, May 2015

Arizona State University, Department of English. One of six faculty members chosen to receive an award and small honorarium for a Digication e-Portfolio that exemplified excellence.

Exemplary Professional E-Portfolio - Celebrating Writing in Digital Spaces, May 2014

Arizona State University, Department of English. One of ten faculty members chosen to receive an award and small honorarium for a Digication e-Portfolio that exemplified excellence.

One of four recipients of the 2nd Annual Best Pedagogical Practices Writing Programs Teaching Award  2009. Award included a 5-6 minute presentation on Utilizing Wikis as Interactive Teaching Tools at the ASU Composition Conference, as well as an honorarium.

One of four recipients of the inaugural Best Pedagogical Practices Writing Programs Teaching Award  2008. Award included a 5-6 minute presentation on Creating Effective and Inspiring Online Writing Portfolios at the ASU Composition Conference, as well as an honorarium.