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Paulette Swartzfager

A104 Liberal Arts
(585) 475-5415
M.A. with thesis (English), Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 1973
B.A. with honors thesis (English, minors in Philosophy and French), Magna Cum Laude, St. Mary's Dominican College 1971

Writing -- of, by and for all people.

Any new tech gadget--hopelessly addicted to digital devices.


Conferences, Publications and Major Presentations (not including poetry readings or publications as a ghostwriter)

years of dust (poetry collection). FootHills Publishing, 2009

• Featured poet in anthology, Simpatico on the Road

• April 2008 – “The Myth of the Nutria” Le Mot Juste 2009

• October 24/26 2008 – “Contained in Denver: 2008” Poem in Counterpunch

• Writer in a collaboration for  PUSH Theatre performance at GEVA Theater (“Journeys”)

• Panel Participant and presenter: Mid Atlantic Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Working Class Studies Panel: Katrina's Adjuncts 2007

• Panel Chair and presenter New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYTESOL) Conference in White Plains, NY. When to Turn On Technology 2007

• October 2003 Session at LCTE/CCCC regional conference (New Orleans): "Technology in the English Classroom: Blogs, Journals, and Research." Statewide conference on Technology and Composition hosted by the Louisiana Association of College Composition and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

• July 2003-July 2004 – Political speechwriter and campaign consultant for State School Board Candidate, also panelist and consultant on high stakes testing and curricula in middle and high school reading and language arts.

• October 2002 Keynote Speaker at LCTE/CCCC regional conference (Lafayette LA): "Teaching Composition with Technology” Statewide conference on Technology and Composition hosted by the Louisiana Association of College Composition and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

• 2000,2001,2002, 2003 -- Served as a paid consultant and writer of the ESL section of the Easy Access Handbook (Michael Keene and Katherine Adams)

• 2002 Summer -- Loyola University Publications - substantial revision of freshman recruiting preview books and pamphlets (unders special contract with university news)

• 2000 October--LACC Keynote Address: "Teaching Composition with Technology” Statewide conference on Technology and Composition hosted by the Louisiana Association of College Composition and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

• 2000 November-- Orleans Parish Schools TV network series in faculty development program (two 2 hour sessions)

• 2000 August --Tulane/Loyola Law School "International Legal Drafting Seminar" on Writing via the web: Collaborating using shared Internet files and portals.

• 2000 May “2000: National Conference of Jesuit Business School Deans: Integrating Technology and Faculty Development”

• 1999 "Crossing the Digital Divide: Teaching with Technology" Coordinated the program and lead the workshop lab sessions for faculty of Loyola University.

• 1997 Forum on implementing technology into Writing Curriculum in LA higher education. (La College Comp. Assoc. Meeting).

• 1995 "Writing for Money" a grants workshop presented for local teachers

• 1991-92 Brochures and Advertising copy for businesses in the Greater New Orleans area.

• 1991 "Advising Women in the 90's: Different Directions" Chaired a panel for the Conference on Diversity, National Association of Academic Advisors, Regional Conference

• 1988-1991 Planned and conducted workshops, support programs, study skills sessions, and information seminars for various student and faculty groups on a number of topics related to the academic and personal adjust needs of the women at Tulane. As a member of faculty/staff coalitions on campus, participated in or conduct prejudice-reduction workshops and peer advisor-training orientation sessions on campus and for Metro organizations. I represented Tulane at a national conference on Diversity in Long Beach, CA in 1990.

• 1986 "English as a Second Language: Multi-Cultural Classes" Tulane University, Center for Latin American Studies Conference for teachers of bilingual/ESL classes in Metropolitan area

• 1985-1986 Ghostwriter for 3 Psychologists in the N.O. area (2 books published under the doctors' names, edited numerous papers and presentations for my clients, wrote scripts for syndicated talk show)

• 1978-79 Teaching English as a Second Dialect: 7-12" Jefferson Parish Jefferson Parish, teacher in-service training sessions

• 1978 Jefferson Parish Curriculum Guide for ESL: K-12 (Directed the summer program for the Curriculum Committee and edited the final version in order for Jefferson Parish to meet Louisiana requirements for Accountability and Evaluation.)

• 1976-1977 As a member of the Tulane University Educational Resource Center for the Office of Civil Rights, I presented numerous papers, workshops, and lectures throughout Louisiana and the Southeastern US. (Curriculum planning and development, alternative education, community involvement in program planning/implementation, and English Language and Literature.)

• 1976 Awarded grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities for community seminars among humanities scholars and community leaders from Philippine, Hispanic, and Vietnamese communities.

• 1976 "Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages" (Videotaped presentation, Louisiana State Conference on Bilingual Ed.)


Job Posting: Language Science

The Department of English invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position, beginning in January 2018, with specialization in computational linguistics. Possible areas include:

  • Deep learning for natural language understanding
  • Speech and speech technology
  • Multimodal and linguistic sensors
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Linguistic narrative analytics

Please visit for a full position description.

Review of applications will begin on November 25, 2017.

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