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SUMMARY

Professional writer and editor for more than 23 years. More than 20 years experience working in higher education; 14 years in university communications. Skilled in relationship building and collaborative leadership. Experienced in managing projects, working with creative production teams, developing marketing strategies and materials, and coordinating events. 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Independent Editor and Writer (2009 – present)

  • Write feature articles, profiles, and interviews for publications including Roanoke Business, a monthly magazine affiliated with Virginia Business, and Bridgewater Magazine, a publication of Bridgewater College
  • Write/edit online content for companies including NewCity, a web design and marketing firm, and Smart College Visit
  • Write/edit print and broadcast marketing materials for organizations including Historic Smithfield and Pulaski Adult Day Service & Fall Prevention Center

Coordinator, Project MERGE, School of Teacher Education and Leadership, Radford University College of Education and Human Development (January 2009 – January 2015)

  • Coordinated day-to-day operations of curriculum transformation project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
  • Developed recruitment strategies, wrote and edited materials, and coordinated efforts to recruit students to RU’s five-year special education program, with enrollment more than doubling over six years of project
  • Facilitated collaborative work among project staff, faculty from other departments and colleges, and external advisory council
  • Coordinated events, meetings, and workshops
  • Managed project budget (approximately $500,000 over six years)
  • Worked with project directors on program evaluation: created and administered surveys; maintained program data; wrote annual and final reports
  • Assisted with research
  • Co-authored academic journal articles based on project outcomes and research

Public Relations Coordinator, Radford University Office of University Relations (August 1994 – January 2009)

  • Responsible for researching, writing, editing, and coordinating a wide range of university projects: wrote and/or edited publications copy, ad copy, website content, speeches, and scripts; researched target audiences; consulted with clients, writers, designers, and photography/videography staff to develop objectives, brainstorm ideas, and create budgets for campaigns and projects; collaborated with creative team to organize and present concepts to clients; guided projects to completion
  • Assistant editor, then managing editor, RU Magazine, the university’s flagship publication: planned content in collaboration with executive editor and editorial board, including university advancement and alumni relations staff; consulted with writers and edited copy; collaborated with creative services staff on production
  • Senior writer, news bureau: mentored new writers; collaborated with faculty, deans, directors, and department heads in beat areas to identify story ideas and promote teaching, research, and special events; hired and supervised freelance writers, production staff, and student workers

Editor, Copywriter, and Researcher, The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, Blacksburg, Virginia (March 1992 – March 1994)

  • Copy editor and publisher’s liaison for magazine and book projects

Sample of works edited: geoGraffity, an interdisciplinary journal produced by Quantum Bureau, Russian Academy of Sciences: edited translated manuscripts, Volume 1, Number 1 (January 1993) and Volume 1, Number 2 (April 1993) Bright Beat the Water: Memories of a Wilderness Artist, by John Peyton (1993) Homes and Libraries of the Presidents, by William Clotworthy (1994)

  • Writer and editor for company newsletter and other marketing products

Work prior to 1992 includes freelance writing and teaching at the secondary and college levels. Volunteer experience includes event planning and oversight of other volunteers.

EDUCATION

  • M.A. English, Virginia Tech
  • B.A. English, Virginia Tech
  • Additional coursework in creative writing and in I/O psychology

Contact me about your project: kathie@kathiedickenson.com

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