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Education professional with 10 years experience working with adult students. Educator of online, blended, and face-to-face courses. Goal-oriented, motivated,  meticulous course developer and reviewer with proven success working both independently and collaboratively. Areas of interest and expertise include written and oral communication, information literacy, critical and creative thinking, persistence, professionalism, and transferable skills.  

Professional Experience

Aug 2013Aug 2015

Assistant Academic Program Manager of General Education

Mount Washington College (formerly Hesser College)

Manchester, NH

Assistant Professor of English and General Education, Liberal Studies Department

  • Instructed online and face-to-face liberal studies and general education (GNED) undergraduate courses to adult students: English Composition I & II, Oral Communication, Professional and Workplace Writing, Practical Applications of Research, Critical Thinking, First Semester Seminar, and College Writing.
  • Received consistently excellent reviews and student evaluations, resulting in merit-based raises, the first just four months after hire as a full-time faculty member.
  • Served as a liaison between members of the Liberal Studies Advisory Board and the Liberal Studies Department.

Course Content Developer and Subject Matter Expert

  • Collaborated with a diverse team of remote and face-to-face instructional designers, faculty members, and subject matter experts on course content within a disruptive learning model--MWC's national online program, comprised of completely self-paced, non-term-based courses that combined narrative, engaging learning content, no-stakes practice activities, both formative and summative assessments and deliverables, and portfolio work.
  • Developed, reviewed, and revised unique course content in online and face-to-face modalities, within regional and online programs; including course outcomes, learning objectives, course descriptions, required textbooks and packaged technology, syllabi, learning content, lesson plans, and course level assessments.
  • Adapted instructional materials from face-to-face to online formats.
  • Worked simultaneously on multiple course and curriculum development and review projects across departments and in adherence with timelines/tight deadlines.
  • Collaborated with publishers to identify solutions for learning content and assessment needs.
  • Wrote scripts for, worked with production on, and appeared in videos for online courses.
  • Was selected by the MWC executive team to attend the Distance Learning and Teaching Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

Chairperson of General Education Committee 

  • Formed, relaunched, and chaired the GNED Committee, which met bi-weekly and included directors from student support services departments and chairs from almost every academic department.
  • Reviewed and revised the GNED program to better align with the College’s mission and purposes with particular focus on communication skills, professionalism, and information literacy; including program outcomes, course prerequisites and sequencing, program level assessments, and course development.
  • Identified students' and employers' needs, and proposed GNED curriculum and assessment solutions to the College's executive team. This included the conceptualization, proposal, and development of a 300-level course, Practical Applications of Research, to complete the GNED program.
  • Assisted in the development of an online orientation course for new students, which incorporated GNED content on persistence, learning styles, study skills, time management, proactive thinking, and library resources.
  • Collaborated with the Director of Career Services to map a professional badging program to GNED course-level learning objectives.

Interdepartmental Leader

  • Lead the development and mapping of 2,000+ course-level learning objectives for a proposed online competency based education (CBE) program within a six-month period, facilitated blended workshops with faculty from every department and scrub sessions with department chairs, and wrote sample pre- and post-assessments. These materials were used for the College's approved application to the U.S. Department of Education to designate MWC as an experimental site for CBE.
  • Developed a model for teaching blended courses to be used across the curriculum.
  • Served as a peer-elected Faculty Council Representative and Council Secretary: Reviewed applications for faculty promotions, reviewed and revised the Faculty Handbook, and provided a liaison between the faculty body and Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Served on an ad-hoc committee to write the Standard 5 (Faculty) chapter for a NEASC self-study.
  • Was selected by the College’s Board of Trustees and Faculty Council to receive the Academic Leadership Award in August 2014, after just one year of working as a full-time faculty member at MWC.

Faculty Mentor

  • Mentored and trained faculty members in teaching GNED courses, using online learning platforms, administering assessments of program and course outcomes, and following policies and procedures to remain in compliance with the Office of Academic Affairs and Registrar’s Office.
  • Developed an online orientation course for new faculty members, including outcomes, learning objectives, instructional videos, tutorials, resources, and knowledge checks.
  • Facilitated quarterly blended trainings, met one-on-one with assigned faculty, performed regular faculty observations, reviewed end-of-term course evaluations, fielded faculty inquiries, and closed the loop by providing feedback, resources, and support.
  • Presented on the following topics at faculty professional development in-services: Assessing Information Literacy at the Course Level with ALA Standards and the AACU’s LEAP Value Rubric; Assessing Information Literacy at the Program Level through Kent State University’s Project SAILS Test; and Self-Publishing a Comic Book

Advisory Board Member

  • Served on the Advisory Board as an online education consultant for Porter and Chester Institute’s Medical and Dental Assisting Programs.

Adjunct Professor

Mount Washington College (formerly Hesser College)

Manchester, Portsmouth, Nashua, and Salem, NH & Online

  • Instructed undergraduate courses face-to-face and online: English Composition I & II, Oral Communication, and College Writing.

Adjunct Professor

Southern New Hampshire University

Portsmouth, NH & Online

  • Instructed undergraduate courses face-to-face and online through the College of Online and Continuing Education: English Composition I & II and World Literature: Foundations of Culture.

Adjunct Professor

Franklin Pierce University

Manchester, NH & Online

  • Instructed undergraduate courses face-to-face and online through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies: College Composition I and II, American Poetry to 1900, and Western Art History.

Student Services Assistant

Southern New Hampshire University
  • Provided administrative support to the College of Online and Continuing Education at the Seacoast Center: Assisted students and faculty members by serving as an information resource and liaison to student support departments; facilitated faculty teaching agreements; implemented term schedules; created and updated student records through Datatel data processing software; supervised textbook orders for undergraduate and graduate terms; created and distributed electronic and hard copy materials for eight-week term cycles, including course schedules, student and faculty newsletters, and informational fliers; provided excellent customer service to current and potential students; and updated web page content.
  • Received a Staff Mini-Grant to attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Chicago.

Assistant Producer/Assistant Director/Floor Director

New Hampshire Public Television
  • Assistant produced segments for the nightly news magazine, New Hampshire Outlook, including “Making It in New Hampshire” series segments: initiated story ideas, researched topics, established contact/communicated with interview subjects and in-studio guests, conducted interviews in the field, and transcribed/edited footage.

Computer Skills

  • Blackboard, Moodle, and eCollege online learning platforms
  • SmartSheets Project Management Software
  • Microsoft Office Professional Suite
  • PC and Macintosh operating systems
  • Adobe Photoshop



M.F.A, Fiction Writing

Southern New Hampshire University
  • Composed literary novel for final thesis project.
  • Studied under authors Katherine Towler, Kim Ponders, and Dr. Gretchen Legler.

B.A, English

University of New Hampshire

Minors in Theatre and Art

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude.
  • Studied under author Charlotte Bacon.
  • Attended study abroad program, Regent’s College, London, UK.


  • Plourde, L., & Michaels, R. (2014). How i Made the World. Rollinsford, NH: Author.
    • Self published How i Made the World, Issue #1: sold over 2000 copies to national and international retail stores; received 25+ positive reviews and interviews on nationally recognized comics review websites; was selected for distribution through Diamond Comics Distributors; exhibited at comics conventions, including the Maine Comics Arts Festival, The Massachusetts Comics Expo, and Boston Comic Con; and was chosen for Bleeding Cool's "Spotlight on Indie Comics: The 15 Best of 2014 Edition."
    • Received Xeric Grant through national foundation for comic book self-publishers (2012).
    • Wrote story for four-page comic “Catman,” published in independent comics anthology Lies Grownups Told Me, winner of the 2012 Stumptown Comic Arts Award for Best Anthology.
    • Received an FY10 Artist Entrepreneurial Grant through the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts to develop the website, (2007).
  • Plourde, E. (2014, Winter). Sons and brothers. The Tower Journal, 6(2). Retrieved from