Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Ph.D.: Literacy Education, expected 2021
Studying the intersections of writing pedagogies, writer identity for students and teachers, affect theory, and social justice practices and pedagogies

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
Ed.M.: Arts in Education, 2010
Coursework in arts integration, youth and technology, organizational leadership, and adolescent ethical development

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
A.B.: Anthropology, 2004
Honors thesis in theater anthropology • Coursework in history, cultural development, and writing • General and special honors

TEACHING
Honors, Awards, and Certifications
Teaching Mentor, The Graduate School (2018-2019)
Certificate in University Teaching, Future Professoriate Program (expected 2019)

Courses Taught at Syracuse University
EED 443 – Literacy Methods for Grades 4-6 (Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2019)
Teaching Assistant to Dr. Bong Gee Jang and Dr. Zaline Roy-Campbell
Prepare PSTs for Mediated Field Experience, observing PSTs preparing and conducting English Language Arts lessons in fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms • Supported PSTs’ creation of writing curricula for “advisory” period • Responded to lesson plans and lessons

RED 614 – Teaching 21st Century Writers In and Out of School (Fall 2016, Fall 2018)
Teaching Assistant to Dr. Marcelle Haddix
Developed presentations on different writing genres that offered the master’s students different methods of developing lessons • Supported students in creating and revising lesson plans, developing their own writing, and engaging with a new educational space

RED 615 – Teaching Academic Writing (Spring 2018)
Teaching Assistant to Dr. Rachel Brown
Developed lectures and handouts on writing pedagogy and the writing process • Developed discussion questions and assignments for master’s-level students

RED 326/625 – Literacy Across the Curriculum (Spring 2018)
Supervisor
Communicated with teachers, students, school administrators, and PSTs • Reviewed PSTs’ portfolios and lesson plans • Conducted breakout sessions on specialized subjects for PSTs

 

Other Teaching Experience
Writing Coach, Various Organizations, Boston, MA & Syracuse, NY (2009-present)
GemmaCooperNovack.com, Boston, MA and Syracuse, NY (2011–Present)
Harvard Graduate School of Education Access & Disabilities Services, Cambridge, MA (2009–2014)
Boston Teacher Residency, Boston, MA (2013–2014)
Coach students (including those served by institutional Disabilities Services offices) and other writers in academic writing and systems for working, creating and managing work plans • Pilot and document new model for disability accommodation • Provide developmental editing for academic and professional written work

Writing Instructor, Downtown Writer’s Center at the YMCA, Syracuse, NY (2017–present)
Create, develop, and implement writing curricula for both teenage and adult students 

Writing Instructor, Brookline Adult and Community Education, Brookline, MA (2014–2016)
Taught courses to wide-ranging adult learners in the writing process, developing long work, revision, job applications, and building fictional worlds • Engaged with students and administrators to develop courses 

Writing Rights Instructor, Dudley Promise Corps, Boston Plan for Excellence, Boston, MA (2013–2014)
Co-created, developed, and implemented curriculum and lesson plans in writing and social justice for members of AmeriCorps program in its pilot year • Supported individual students in writing development 

Theater and Writing Teaching Artist, Various Organizations, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, & Boston, MA (2000–Present)
Gardner Pilot Academy, Allston, MA (2011–2015)
Gan Israel Shaloh House Summer Camp (culinary arts; 2012–2016)
The Theater Offensive (2013)
Chelsea Community Schools, Chelsea, MA (2012–2013)
Saint Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY (2008)
Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, IL (2005–2008)
Barrel of Monkeys, Chicago, IL (2004–2007)
After School Matters at Michele Clark High School, Chicago, IL (2004–2006)
Neighborhood Schools Program at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2003–2004)
University Theater School Partnership Program at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2000–2004)
Create and teach theater curricula for elementary, middle, and high school students • Produce student showcase performances and arrange out-of-school tours and trips • Created original children’s script • Coordinated final performances with students and theater professionals

Founding Program Director, Theater and Performance Club, Ghana Literacy Project, Pokuase, Ghana (2008–2009)
Created and developed theater curriculum for Ghanaian elementary & junior high students • Taught drama classes, focusing on ensemble creation & critical thinking • Produced final student-generated performance for local audience • Trained local teachers in theatre education and program management

Adult Education Instructor,
Truman College/Association House of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2007–2008)
Instructed adult learners in reading, writing, mathematics, and test-taking skills • Created and developed syllabi and lesson plans for the Vocational Bridge Academy • Coordinated presentation of student research projects at the end of the session

Jeff Metcalf Fellow, Arts Initiatives,
United Neighborhood Houses of New York, New York, NY (2003)
Produced Bridging the Hoods, a celebration of international diversity, with young performers • Wrote and coordinated arts correspondence for UNH

SCHOLARSHIP & WRITING
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships: Academic
Public Humanities Fellow, Humanities New York (2018-2019)
Spector-Warren Fellow in Holocaust Education (2018)
Merit Scholarship, Harvard Graduate School of Education (2009)

Publications: Academic Articles
Vaughn, M., Jang, B.G., Sotirovska, V., & Cooper-Novack, G. (under review). A systematic review of student agency during literacy instruction. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Berger, E. & Cooper-Novack, G. (2013). Inclusive practices for graduate students with disabilities: A writing coach model. NASPA Knowledge Communities.

Conference Presentations and Workshops
Cooper-Novack, G. (2019). Why fiction? A systematic literature review of fiction writing pedagogy in secondary school curricula. Forthcoming, American Educational Research Association.
Jang, B.G. & Cooper-Novack, G. (2019). How Preservice Teachers Exercise Agency in Planning and Executing Two Distinct ELA Lessons in a Mediated Field Experience. Forthcoming, American Educational Research Association.
Cooper-Novack, G. (2019). How critical audience shapes authorship of the American AIDS crisis: Tony Kushner, Larry Kramer, and the resuscitation of the author. Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Jang, B.G., Roy-Campbell, Z., & Cooper-Novack, G. (2018). Bridging the gap between preservice teachers’ coursework and fieldwork: Mediated field experience (MFE) in an elementary ELA methods course. Literacy Research Association.
Berger, E.C., Cooper-Novack, G., & Hussein, Y. (2014). More time is not enough: Supporting graduate students with learning disabilities using a writing coach model, a case study. Conference on Equity and Social Justice, Syracuse University.
“The Brighton Word Factory: Fun Collaborative Writing Exercises” (with Khaled Abdel Ghani, Michael F. Gill, and Susanna Kittredge), Massachusetts Poetry Festival (2014)

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships: Other Writing
Finalist, Central New York Book Award (2017)
Artist’s Residency, Millay Colony for the Arts (2017)
Best of the Net Nominations (2017, 2018)
Runner-Up, James Jones First Novel Fellowship (2016)
Grantee, Barbara Deming Fund for Women Writers (2016)
Artist’s Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2016)
Artist’s Residency (with Rasha Abdulhadi), Sundress Academy for the Arts, Knoxville, TN (2015)
Artists’ Residency (with Rasha Abdulhadi), Wildacres, Little Switzerland, NC (2015)
Artist’s Residency, betterArts, Redwood, NY (2015)
OUTSpoken Poetry Contest Winner, Sundress Publications (2014)
Writer’s Residency, Writers’ Room at the Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach, FL (2014)
Artist’s Residency, Can Serrat Centro de Actividades Artísticas, El Bruc, Catalonia, Spain (2014)
Pushcart Prize Nominations (2013, 2015, 2017)

 

Publications: Books
We Might as Well Be Underwater (Unsolicited Press, 2017)
Too Much Like a Landscape (chapbook), with Warren Tales (2014)

Journal Publications: Poetry
“Oceanpurian” (solicited submission), Glass Poetry’s “Poets Resist 2018 Midterm Elections Special Feature” (2018)
“Once on a Ghost Ship [6],” Lavender Review (2018)
“Patterns of Attraction,” I Can Count to 10 (2018)
“The Marriages: The tumors,” “The Marriages: The deer,” and “Lycanopterror,” Curious Specimens (anthology), Sundress Publications (2017)
“Vertex,” Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight (2017)
“The Marriages: The selkie,” “The Marriages: The bear,” and “The Marriages: The marionette,” (Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net nominations), Midway Journal (2017)
“Endings,” Glass Poetry’s “Pulsamos: LGBTQ Poets Respond to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting” (2016)
“Dislodged,” Amethyst Arsenic (2016)
“Cicadas,” Cider Press Review (2016)
“Protocol,” The Saint Ann’s Review (2016)
“Ghost Stories” and “Barbara,” Iron Horse Literary Review (2016)
“Searchlight,” Maps for Teeth (2015)
“After coffee,” Incessant Pipe (2015)
“Bruised,” Sharkpack Poetry Review Annual (2015)
“Privacy,” Bellevue Literary Review (2015)
“All Creatures,” “My Cabin Never Leaks When It Doesn’t Rain,” and “Wanderings,” Maps for Teeth (2015)
“Stand Up Eight,” Jabberwock Review (2014)
“Tulsa,” Cider Press Review (2014)
“Straight Girls,” Stirring (2014)
“Thaw” and “Heat,” Hanging Loose 103 (2014)
“Make No Bones,” Belleville Park Pages 9 (2013)
“Landscaping,” Belleville Park Pages 4 (2013)
“I Don’t Belong Here,” “It Isn’t Stillness,” “Luxury,” Tampa Review Online (2013)
“Mulberries” and “Round,” Construction (2013)
“Thresh” (Pushcart Prize nomination), “Float,” Ballard Street Poetry Journal (2013)
“Like His Hand,” “Three Sheets to the Wind,” “Later,” “In the Bedroom,” PressBoardPress (2013)
“All This,” Spry Literary Journal (2013)
“That’s Not Why,” Amethyst Arsenic (2013)
“Considerations,” “Migration,” Lyre Lyre (2013)
“Ben and Andrew, 1992,” Blast Furnace Review (2012)
“Anaconda Sunrise,” Rufous City Review (2012)
“Aubade,” “Yesterday and Australia,” Hanging Loose (2011)
“Asbestosis,” The Saint Ann’s Review (2009)
“The Ventriloquist Poems,” The Saint Ann’s Review (2006)
“Not Going to Khayelitsha,” The Saint Ann’s Review (2004)
“Shooting the Rat,” “Porn,” “As the Child Prodigy Grows Up,” Shooting the Rat (anthology), Hanging Loose Press (2002)
“Sometimes She Dissolves,” Euphony (2002) 

Publications: Fiction
 “Skin in the Game,” Breakwater Review (fiction contest finalist, Best of the Net nomination) (2018)
“Devil’s Thumb,” Santa Fe Writers Project (2014)
“Mars” (from Go Home Faster), Elsewhere (2014)
“Home Repair” (from Go Home Faster), Printer’s Devil Review (2013)

Produced Plays
Break, workshopped at About Face Theatre, Chicago, IL (2018)
Through the Glory Hole and What We Found There, commission for The Theater Offensive’s Creative Action Crew (True Colors Out Youth Theater) (2016)
Reporting Live from Under the Rainbow, commission for The Theater Offensive’s Creative Action Crew (True Colors Out Youth Theater) (2015)
The Dating Game, SLAM Boston, Open Theater Project, Boston, MA (2015)
Watch, One Acts and Snacks, read at Casa de Beverley, New York, NY (2015)
Sense and Sensibility: A Comic Opera (librettist/lyricist, with composer/lyricist Joshua Tyra), workshopped at Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL (2012)
Sense and Sensibility: A Comic Opera (librettist/lyricist), excerpts workshopped at “Inspired by Austen” Conference, Manhattanville College, White Plains, NY (2010)
Blindside, produced by Stockyards Theatre Project, Chicago, IL (2008)
Chicago Chronicle #1 (co-author), American Theatre Company, Chicago, IL (2008)
The Book of Esther, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, IL (2007–08)
Set (co-author), workshopped in Stockyards Theatre Project’s Play for Keeps (2006)
Blindside, workshopped at Stage Left Theatre, Chicago, IL (2005)
I’m Coming In Soon, produced by Young Playwrights, Inc., New York, NY (2000)

 

Professional Writing Employment
Curriculum Writer and Editor, GradeSaver (2013–Present)
Create lesson plans on great literary works for high school teachers • Edit lesson plans for publication • Work with authors to generate stronger educational material 

Editorial Assistant, McDougal Littell Educational Publishing Company, Evanston, IL (2005–2006)
Assisted the Language Arts department  • Wrote and edited copy for middle and high school literature textbooks • Conducted research for textbook background and content • Organized departmental Permissions for use of copyrighted works

 

SERVICE

University Service

President, Open Doors LGBTQ+ Grad Students Organization (2017–present)
Organize education and community development for LGBTQ+ students in SU graduate schools • Founded the Early Queer Scholarship Series, which showcases the early research of LGBTQ+ scholars

Student Representative, School of Education Assembly, Syracuse University (2018–present)
Collaborate with faculty and staff on governance of School of Education

Volunteer Experience
Theater and Writing Teacher, North Side Learning Center, Syracuse, NY (2017–Present)
Create, develop, and implement theater programming for teenagers who are refugees and/or recent immigrants to the United States 

Teacher Coordinator, Syracuse University Partnership for Refugee Assistance (2017)
Coordinate volunteer educators who support English instruction for refugees, primarily from Somalia, Syria, and Burma, living in the United States; teach the same students

CityLinks Mentor, Cambridge Community Services, Cambridge, MA (2014–2016)
Supported high school student, a recent immigrant, with schoolwork, social engagement, and planning for the future

Mentor (“DramaMama”), Dramagirls, Chicago, IL (2007–2008)
Worked with middle-school “little sister” on performance and community development

ESL Tutor, Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Chicago, IL (2004–2005)
Tutored children ages 5–12, refugees from Somalia, in English language

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Literacy Research Association (LRA)
Dramatists Guild of America

 

LANGUAGES
Proficient in French: writing, speaking, reading
Familiar with Italian, Ancient Greek, Latin, Xhosa, Twi