Sarah J. Purdy, M.A.

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In addition to writing and editing professionally at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), I teach English, Humanities, and Social Sciences courses at UNR and at Truckee Meadows Community College. Since 2004, I have been a marketing writer and editor for the university’s Extended Studies Marketing Department, for which I worked full-time until moving to Chile in 2011. In addition to telecommuting part-time as a writer and editor for UNR from South America, I also taught English for two semesters at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaíso, Chile. Prior to joining UNR, I worked as a journalist, writing and editing news stories and features for the Reno Gazette-Journal. I earned a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in English from UNR, where I was chosen for a graduate research assistantship in Victorian literature and graduated with a 4.0/4.0 cumulative GPA. I have also completed two 50-hour TEFL Certificates from the University of Arizona and a 30-hour Social Media Marketing Certificate from UNR, in addition to 100 hours of Spanish courses in Chile and a graduate TESOL course through UNLV.


M.A., English Literature, University of Nevada, Reno, 2009

  • 4.0/4.0 GPA
  • Areas of emphasis: Victorian literature and history, the novel, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, gender studies, historical materialism
  • Professional Paper: “Immaculate Consumption: Economies of Spoilage in Great Expectations

B.A., English Literature, French minor, University of Nevada, Reno, 2002

  • 4.0/4.0 GPA
  • Areas of emphasis: English literature, linguistics, language, history of English language and literature, French language and literature
  • Completed four semesters of Spanish language courses

Advanced (2012) and Beginning (2010) TEFL Certificates, University of Arizona

  • Two 50-hour noncredit online certificates in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Social Media Marketing Certificate, University of Nevada, Reno, 2010

  • 30-hour noncredit certificate

Theories of Second Language Acquisition Course, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2010

  • Three-credit online graduate TESOL course, CIL 651R
  • 4.0/4.0 GPA

Academic Honors and Awards

  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2009
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, 2009-2010
  • A.E. Cheney Outstanding Senior in the English Department Award, 2001-2002
  • John and Marie Noble Scholarship, 2001-2002
  • Esther Early Scholarship in English, 2000-2002
  • Outstanding French Student Award, 2000-2002
  • Damon Michael Hubbard Scholarship, 2000-2002
  • Fleischmann Upper Division Scholarship, 2000-2002
  • UNR Arts and Sciences Dean’s List, 1999-2002

Professional Academic Experience

Humanities and Social Sciences Instructor, University of Nevada, Reno, August 2012-present

  • Part-time Humanities and Social Sciences instruction for undergraduate college students
  • HGPS 201: Concepts in Holocaust, Genocide and Peace Studies
  • CH 201: Ancient and Medieval Cultures (discussion leader)

English Instructor, Truckee Meadows Community College, August 2012-present

  • Part-time English instruction for undergraduate college students
  • English 102: Composition II

English Instructor, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, November 2011-August 2012

  • Part-time English instruction for undergraduate college students

ESL Instructor, ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada, July 2010-February 2011

  • Part-time English instruction for undergraduate college students

Adjunct Faculty, University of Nevada, Reno, August 2009-May 2010; August-December 2008

  • Core Humanities discussion leader responsible for developing and leading discussions and designing and grading writing assignments, in-class exercises, projects, and quizzes for two sections of 24 sophomore students each semester examining Western literature, history, and culture from Mesopotamia and Ancient Greece through the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution to World War II, the postcolonial era, and postmodernity

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Nevada, Reno, May-August 2009

  • Selected to assist Associate Professor Jen Hill, Ph.D., recipient of the ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently-Tenured Professors on her ACLS fellowship project: “Climate, Nature, and Global Geographies in Victorian Britain”

Professional Academic Presentations

  • RMMLA 2008 Convention: Purdy, Sarah. “Immaculate Consumption: Economies of Spoilage in Great Expectations
  • RMMLA 2009 Convention: Purdy, Sarah. “The River’s Edge: Transgressing Gender and Class Boundaries in Our Mutual Friend” (accepted but not presented)

Professional Writing and Editing Experience

Publications Writer and Editor, Extended Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, 2004-present

  • Copywriting, editing and some graphic design for print publications, websites, press releases, email and social media promoting diverse higher education and statewide outreach programs including university academic credit programs, professional development and distance education, arts events, science education for children and older-adult learning programs

Reporter, Reno Gazette-Journal, 2002-2004

  • Writing and editing news stories and features for a daily newspaper

Additional Skills

  • Proficient in Adobe InDesign CS4
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Contribute CS4
  • Intermediate Spanish and French language skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Experience developing website design/layout and content

Recommendation letters are available upon request.


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