Research Interests: Memoir, personal essay, creative writing, online learning
Social Change Interests: women's rights; children's rights; LGBT rights; animal rights
Joined Walden: 2017
About Maurene: I’ve been teaching online and in the classroom since the mid-2000s, and in addition to teaching, I've developed writing coursework and have authored more than a dozen books, mostly for young readers. My education includes an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College, a B.A. from Montana State University, a post-graduate certification in writing pedagogy from Antioch University LA, and two professional resume writing certifications. When I'm not at the computer, I enjoy getting outside hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the beautiful scenery that Montana offers.
My Advice to Walden Students
Remember what brought you to your program.
You'll be challenged along the way, and knowing that your degree will help you make a positive difference in the world can help keep the momentum going.
Why I enjoy teaching at Walden:
I enjoy teaching because I'm passionate about helping students reach their academic and professional goals so they can use their talents to be agents of change.
What students can expect from me as a teacher:
As an instructor, students can expect that I will show them what they are doing well in addition to pinpointing areas for improvement. I look for ways to help students help themselves. Rather than simply stating that something isn’t clear, I explain why the writing is not as clear as it could be, and then show the student ways to create stronger, tighter writing. Students can then take this information and apply it to other writing and communication.