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Department of English
Concordia University
680.30 LB Building
Montreal QC H3G 1M8


• Digital scholarship, including website design, blogging, video and digital imaging
skills and elementary html coding
• Development of online course websites and tutorials
• Strong interpersonal teaching skills
• Software: Microsoft products, Adobe Master Suite


English Department Assistant Professor 2010 current

Concordia University, Montreal QC

Courses taught:
• Technical Writing: ENGL 395
• Writing for the Public: ENGL 216
• Composition Stage I: ENGL 212
• Composition Stage II: ENGL 213
• Business Writing: ENGL 396

English Department Lecturer 2003-2010

Penn State University, University Park, PA

Courses taught:
• Business Writing: ENGL 202D
• Technical Writing: ENGL 202C
• Freshman Rhetoric and Composition: ENGL 015

Professional Development:
• Completed Teaching with Technology Certification, 2010
• Completed Online Teaching Certification, 2010
• Completed Supervised Experience for Teaching for Business Writing, 2009
• Completed Supervised Experience for Teaching for Rhetoric and Civic Life
Honors Course, 2009
• Received Departmental Professional Development Certificate, 2009
• Completed pilot course for redesign of Technical Writing, 2009
• Completed Supervised Experience for Teaching for Technical Writing, 2008
Novakovich    [2]  

Professional Training Seminars Completed through ITS Training Services:

• Digital Storytelling, 2010
• Dreamweaver: The Basics, 2010
• XHTML: Overview, 2010
• Fireworks: The Basics, 2010
• Cascading Style Sheets: Layout & Design, 2010
• Flash: The Basics, 2010
• Photoshop: Retouching & Color Correction, 2010
• Dreamweaver: Navigation, Templates & Media Integration, 2010

• Conducted undergraduate lectures
• Engaged students with multimedia-designed assignments and presentations
• Arranged special skills guest lecturers, including Digital Commons, learning
technology specialists, research specialists, editors and professional writers
• Created digital teaching aids: video mashups, online tutorials, blogs and PPTs
• Designed student team projects to facilitate collaboration
• Informed students about trends and manage class through course blogs
• Provided revision conferences to strengthen student writing skills individually
• Served on panels and present designs of innovative teaching materials to peers

Free-Lance Editor 1982-2002

Editor: Complete Encyclopedia of Dirks for Private Collectors (private publisher),


Editor: From the Adriatic to Lake Erie: A History of Croatians in Greater

Cleveland, Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia, 2002

Assistant Editor, Stepmother Tongue, White Pine Press, 2000

Guest co-edited, New Letters Magazine, War Stories, 1994

Co-Editor, Manoa Magazine, Stories in English as a Second Language, 1992

Co-Editor, Pro Magazine, 1982

English Department Teaching Assistant 1994-1997

University of Cincinnati; Cincinnati, OH
Course taught: Yearlong English Composition Course (ENGL 101, 102, 103)
Novakovich    [3]  
Academic Counselor 1990-1991
Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC); Santee, NE
• Provided academic advising
• Compiled retention and matriculation research for three NICC campuses
• Participated in 1991 American Indian Higher Education Conference
• Improved student retention statistics
• Provided personal counseling
• Taught several courses
• Resolved conflicts

English Department Teaching Assistant 1990-1991

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Course taught: Freshman English

Design Manager 1986-1989

Levitz Furniture Corporation, Austin, TX
• Received Corporate Management Honors for Excellence
• Won First Place in several national Design Competitions
• Ordered and maintained inventory
• Designed Store Layout


Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology March 2010

Penn State University, State College,
Presenter: Business Writing Remix

Learning Design Summer Camp July 2009

Penn State University, State College, PA
Panelist: Learning Design in an Era of Resource
Constraints and Free Information

Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology March 2009

Penn State University, State College, PA
Presenter: Reimagine Literacy for Technical Writing
Novakovich    [4]  

The University of Cincinnati; Cincinnati, OH 1997

PhD Candidate American Literature
Completed Coursework for PhD

The University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD 1991

M.A. English Language and Literature
Minor: Native American Education
Oral Examination: Novels of Thomas Hardy

The Texas A&M University; College Station, TX 1986

M.S. Marketing
Minor: Agricultural Education
Oral Examination: International Marketing

Briar Cliff University; Sioux City, IA 1981 &1983

B.A. Psychology and Business Administration, magna cum laude
Minor: Political Science


"Business Writing Remix" Guffey Newsletter, Cengage Publishers, Spring 2010

“Misery”, Nexus 1992
“Auschwitz,” Four Quarters, 1992
Photo credits: The New York Times Book Review, May 2004; Poetry Flash, no 221
(August 1991); Prologues Magazine and various other publications