Jessika J. Coltz

Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Master of Science, Learning Sciences | March 2006
Bachelor of Science, Political Science with an additional major in Industrial Management | May 1999

Student-centered educator with 10+ years experience in teaching, curriculum development, social justice, leadership and student development.
Track record of successful individualized instruction, addressing multiple learning styles, desired outcomes and unique abilities.
Proven education administrator with exceptional successes in zero-base budgeting and managing the allocation of dwindling resources.
Committed Social Justice advocate who reviews and revises institutional structures for inclusion, training on personal and institutional bias and analyzing current research for best practices when working with diverse students and staff.
Curricular innovator responsible for the creation of in and out of classroom experiences with high achievement of learning outcomes through project based learning and the use of metacognitive devices like prompted reflection.
Technologically savvy with experience in Blackboard, CampusVue, Moodle, Residential Management Systems, Schoology and expert-level proficiency with Microsoft Office.
Nationally recognized as a researcher in professional and gender socialization and as a presenter and facilitator on issues of leadership, diversity and social justice.

• Integrate technology throughout instructional and assessment activities
• Revise course materials to maintain relevance to current students; scale course for consistent delivery to multiple sections
• Evaluate student performance through class participation, oral presentations, and written assignments
• Specialize curriculum for second language learners
• Develop new curriculum: prepared course syllabus, lesson plans, teaching aids, exams and other instructional materials using traditional methods and LMS software
• Compile materials and received approval for university credit for course curriculum/syllabus, lesson plans, classroom activities and experiential out-of-class assignments
• Advise 10, 11, 12th grade girls through the school advisory program
Courses taught:
English II – American Literature (10th grade)
• Survey of American Literature developing student critical thinking, writing and speaking skills
• Facilitate student completion of research project, a 6-8pg research paper on the creation and influence of an American award winning work of fiction
• Texts: The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, O Pioneers!, The Red Badge of Courage, The Great Gatsby, The Bluest Eye, A Raisin in the Sun, Catcher in the Rye and other essays, short stories and poems

Gender and Popular Media
•summer enrichment course examining gender as a social construct and developing critical tools with which to examine those constructs
•introduces intersectionality of identities

Business Ethics (10, 11, 12th grade)
• Facilitate activities in 10,11,12 grade business class; students learn to recognize, analyze, and apply basic terminology, theories, and concepts common to the study of ethics

SDE138: Living and Leading in College (higher education)
• Topics: leadership, community development, power and privilege in leadership, higher education law and policy, community needs assessment, principles of grant writing

Self-Care in a Culture of Over-work (higher education)
• Project based research course exploring gender and academic socialization

Training and Facilitation
• Create one on one professional development plans and conducts evaluations
• Travel to campuses across the country to present customizable curriculum in Diversity, Leadership, High-Risk Alcohol Use, Anti-Hazing and Recruitment. Audiences range from 25-500+ students, faculty and administrators
• Train fraternity and sorority alumnae volunteers:  risk management, fiscal management, hazing prevention, communication and conflict resolution with with college-aged women
• Led mission/vision writing process at the department and division level
• Created semester-long pilot program for an interdisciplinary course offering a series of diversity and social justice sessions and activities based on the Multi-Cultural Competency Model• Coordinate multi-day training for 50+ staff specifically aligned with departmental mission and goals
• Develop residential curriculum based on service-learning principles and assessment objectives; conduct assessment

Social Justice/Diversity Advocacy and Education
• Reworked policy and handbook documents to audit gendered language
• Graduate of SJTI, an intensive developmental opportunity for educators to examine the complex dynamics of race and racism
• Wrote bathroom use policy for single and mixed gender bathrooms in residence halls
• Designs and conducts identity and power/privilege workshops for college and high school student leaders
• Serve as lead investigator in two separate campus hate crime/bias incidents
• Adviser to local chapters of national and regional multicultural fraternities and sororities
• Audited judicial procedure outcomes for gender and racial bias as a part of campus climate examination
• Teaches and models social justice as an ongoing process, that diversity is never a destination

“Technology Integration in the Humanities Classroom” – Pittsburgh-Area Independent Schools Teacher Association Annual Meeting, 2011
“Pedagogy innovation and web-based instruction in chemistry education” – Carnegie Mellon University, 2005 (graduate school work)
“Ideal Instructional Paradigm: technology’s role in learning by doing” – Carnegie Mellon University, 2004 (graduate school work)
“Emotional Intelligence: Learned or Gender Stereotyped?” – ACPA 2004 annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA
“Women’s Work?: Gender and Professional Socialization in Student Affairs”: – ACPA 2003 annual meeting, Minneapolis“
“One Piece at a Time” Perspectives Magazine (Association of Fraternity Advisers) fall 2003

Position History
The Linsly School, Wheeling, WV
Teacher | March 2010 – June 2012
Dormitory Master |August 2009 – June 2011

Campuspeak, Aurora, CO
National Interactive Workshops Facilitator |May 2001-present

Delta Delta Delta Fraternity, Arlington, TX
Collegiate District Officer | June 2011 – present
National Adviser Trainer | June 2003 – June 2009

Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
Director of Residence Life and Residential Spaces | July 2007-January 2009

Windsor, East Windsor, Suffield, Bloomfield Public Schools (Kelly Educational Services) CT
Substitute Teacher | October 2006 – June 2007

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Assistant Director, Office of Residential Life |October 2004 – October 2006

San José State University, San José, CA
Interim Conference Coordinator |July 2003 – December 2003
Resident Director, Educational Programs | June 2001 – July 2003

Linfield College, McMinnville, OR
Area Director, College Owned Apartments | August 2000 – June 2001
Fraternity/Sorority Adviser |August 2000 – June 2001