Michaella Thornton, MFA
Michaella Thornton, MFA
Assistant Director, Instructional Design
phone: (314) 977-1910
fax: (314) 977-1695
Role in the Center
Michaella leads the instructional design team in the Center, which creates, delivers, and assesses programming that assists faculty members and other instructors in the design, development, and modification of course content to take advantage of emerging learning technologies and global initiatives. In this role, she facilitates workshops and develops resources for instructors on designing accessible courses and teaching with technology.
Areas of Interest and Expertise
- Online writing instruction and writing across the curriculum initiatives
- Creative writing and writer's workshop methods
- Designing outcome-based online and blended (hybrid) courses
- Crafting web accessible and universally designed learning objects and resources
- Backwards planning and aligning course objectives with assessment
- Teaching and learning with technology
Michaella joined the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning in January, 2012. Prior to joining the CTTL, she spent almost three years working as a resource specialist in an exclusively online writing center at Kaplan University and two years as supervisor of a face-to-face writing center at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. Michaella has presented on online writing instruction, writing center pedagogy, and the incorporation of social media into the teaching of writing at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Computers and Writing Conference, the International Writing Centers Association, the Midwest Writing Centers Association, and the South Central Writing Centers Association.
In addition to writing center work, Michaella has also taught first-year composition, educational technology, and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Arizona, University of Missouri-Columbia, and St. Louis Community College. Michaella began her career in education in 2000, when she taught sixth grade language arts and social studies as part of the Teach For America program. Michaella has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her award-winning writing has appeared both locally and nationally, in Creative Nonfiction, National Public Radio's Intern Edition, Sauce Magazine, and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy (forthcoming Fall 2013).