Curriculum vitae of Layli Maria Miron



Pennsylvania State University  |  MA, English, May 2017

Specialization: Rhetoric and Composition

Mount Holyoke College  |  BA, English, summa cum laude, ΦBK, May 2013

Honors Thesis: Stepping into Academia: First-Year Students’ Experiences of Writing at Mount Holyoke College, supervised by Dr. Mark Shea


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Martha Root’s Interwar Lectures: Cosmic Education and the Rhetoric of Unity

Peitho, vol. 21, no. 1  | Fall/Winter 2018 (forthcoming)

Laura Barney’s Discipleship to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Tracing a Theological Flow from the Middle East to the United States, 1900–1916

Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 28, no. 1-2  |  Spring/Summer 2018

Review of Constitutive Visions: Indigeneity and Commonplaces of National Identity in Republican Ecuador by Christa J. Olson  

Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. 103, no. 1–2, pp. 186–190  |  Jan 2017

Academic Employment

Consultant and Coordinator, Graduate Writing Center  |  May 2018–Present

  • Meet one-on-one with graduate students from all fields to assist with projects ranging from cover letters to dissertations
  • Design and present workshops to audiences of up to 100 graduate students, primarily from STEM fields
  • Coordinated writing center for one semester
    • Liaised with Writing Center’s sponsors (Graduate School and English Department), with faculty seeking support in writing instruction, and with team of consultants
    • Analyzed extensive data collected for each consultation and workshop, including efficiency, demographics, client satisfaction, and other statistics
    • Composed comprehensive report based on data analysis that offered recommendations for improving operations, presented to Associate Dean and other stakeholders

Program Assistant, Penn State Program in Writing and Rhetoric  |  Jul 2017–May 2018

  • Prepared and execute week-long orientation for thirty-three new instructors
  • Developed and manage weekly pedagogy training sessions for new instructors during spring semester
  • Drafted standard syllabus administered across fifty sections (1,200 students) of first-year rhetoric and composition
  • Organized annual Textbook Fair by coordinating with five publishing companies

Graduate Instructor, Penn State Program in Writing and Rhetoric  |  Aug 2016–Aug 2017

  • Taught composition and rhetoric course to 24 undergraduate students, primarily freshmen
  • Developed and deliver engaging lessons to instruct students on topics including rhetorical analysis, rhetorical methods of development, argumentation, multimedia, and style
  • Provided individual feedback to students throughout their composition process with emphasis on opportunities for growth
  • Accommodated a variety of learning needs, including students with learning disabilities
  • Employed course website and online tools to encourage digital collaboration

Research Assistant, Penn State Department of English  |  Aug 2016–May 2017

  • Assisted rhetoric faculty with web design and event planning

Peer Mentor, Mount Holyoke Speaking, Arguing, & Writing Program  |  Sep 2010–May 2013

  • Conducted collaborative sessions with students who came to the writing center
  • Empowered mentees to engage in recursive writing process from brainstorming to revising
  • Assisted with writing in the disciplines by tutoring students enrolled in writing-intensive Anthropology, English, and Environment courses
  • Planned and executed pilot workshop series targeting basic writing skills for first-year students as well as writing workshops tailored to specific courses

Residential Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University Center for Talent Development  |  Jun 2012–Aug 2012

  • Mentored high school students in intensive English and AP Art History classes
  • Assisted teachers with activities, graded student work, and provided study sessions
  • Fostered students’ social and emotional development by creating an accepting community

Instructor, Mount Holyoke Intersession Computer Art & Design  |  Jan 2012,  Jan 2013

  • Designed curriculum to introduce students to Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop
  • Taught class through demonstration and individual assistance

 English Teaching Intern, Universidad Alberto Hurtado English Pedagogy Department  |  May 2011–Jul 2011                                                                        

  • Won full funding from Mount Holyoke’s McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives
  • Created and presented lessons to future English teachers on writing and on US culture
  • Led conversation groups for students to practice speaking English

Academic Associations

Arnold-Ebbitt Interdisciplinary Rhetoricians, Pennsylvania State University  |  Sep 2015–Present

Phi Beta Kappa Society, Theta of Massachusetts Chapter  |  May 2013–Present

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Keeping the Faith in Grad School: (Religious) Grad Students Doing (Religious) Rhetoric

Presented at Rhetoric & Religion in the Twenty-First Century, University of Tennessee  |  Oct 2018

Inspiration Online: Rhetorical Moves of US Muslim Women

Presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication Annual Convention, Kansas City  |  Mar 2018

Ex Oriente Lux: Táhirih’s Circulation by Western Bahá’í Women as Global Feminist Symbol

Presented at Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, University of Dayton  |  Oct 2017

Global Conversations in Online Communities of Prospective Immigrants to the US

Presented at Computers and Writing Conference, St. John Fisher College  |  May 2016


Fellowships and Awards

Ted H. and Tracy Winfree McCourtney Distinguished Graduate Fellow  |  2015–Present

College of the Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University

Sparks Fellowship  |  2017–2018

College of the Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University

Milton B. Dolinger Graduate Fellowship in Writing  |  2016

Department of English, Pennsylvania State University

Award for Graduate Travel to Research Collections  |  2016

Center for American Literary Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Conference Travel Award  |  2016, 2017, 2018

Department of English, Pennsylvania State University

Twenty-First Century Scholar  |  2009–2013

Mount Holyoke College

Additional Undergraduate Awards and Honors  |  2010–2013

  • 2013: Mary Lyon Scholar, Virginia Lee Barnes Essay Prize, Elizabeth Anderson Cameron Writing Prize, Blanche Yeagley Shakespeare Prize, President’s Fund for Student Academic Support Grant (for attending CCCC Convention)
  • 2012: Ada Snell Poetry Prize, Mount Holyoke Rep at 89th Annual Glascock Poetry Contest
  • 2011: Alphonse and Elizabeth Williamson Prize, Gertrude Claytor Award of the Academy of American Poets, Anne Singer ’69 Memorial Writing Award, Hortense Parker Celebration Essay Winner, Mount Holyoke Rep at Five College Poetry Fest
  • 2010: Louise Sproule Writing Prize, Sibley Writing Prize


Universal Design for Learning Training Certificate, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence  |  2018

Teaching with Technology Certificate, College of the Liberal Arts  |  2018


President, Pennsylvania State University Bahá’í Campus Association  |  Nov 2015–Aug 2018

PresidentArnold-Ebbitt Interdisciplinary Rhetoricians  |  May 2017–May 2018

Technology Coordinator, Arnold-Ebbitt Interdisciplinary Rhetoricians  |  Jul 2016–May 2017

Spanish Translator, Office of Correspondence, Bahá’í World Centre  |   Jul 2013–Sep 2015

Department Liaison, Department of English, Mount Holyoke College  |  Sep 2011–May 2013

Co-Editor, Verbosity Literary Magazine, Mount Holyoke College  |  Oct 2010–May 2013

Co-Chair, Multifaith Council, Mount Holyoke College  |  Sep 2010–May 2013

Intern, Madison Ballet and Madison Children’s Museum  |  Jun 2010–Aug 2010

Afterschool Program Peer Tutor, Verona Area High School  |  Sep 2008–Jun 2009

Additional Experience

Writer, The Huffington Post and Baha’i Blog |  Mar 2016–Present

  • Write articles on spiritual topics for online newspaper

Archival Assistant, Bahá’í World Centre Department of Library and Archives  |  Jul 2013–Jul 2015

  • Assisted archivist with preservation and management of archival collection of papers and objects stored at headquarters of international Bahá’í community
  • Wrote letters in reply to external communications following correspondence standards
  • Responded to internal and external reference requests by searching the collection
  • Organized and updated records of accessions, item circulation, and reference requests
  • Helped conservators and curators with item identification, retrieval, and documentation

Updated November 2018