LYDIA WELKER

Portfolio

The pieces in this portfolio are organized by writing, editing, design, speaking, and technology. If you have any questions about any of these pieces or want to hear more about my work, please contact me.

Writing | Editing | Speaking | Technology

Writing

Content Writing | October 2018 to present
As a content writer at Metric Marketing, I have researched, developed, and edited various 300–500 word articles for legal and digital marketing clients on a weekly basis. Two examples of content writing: Five Common In-Flight Aviation Injuries and Why Do Medical Malpractice Claims Go Unexplored?

West Virginia Humanities Council: Mini-Grant Application | November 2017
I assisted in writing a grant for West Virginia University Libraries. We secured $1,500 for the project.

Vega: An Academic Publishing System | May 2017
Vega is an open-source and customizable academic publishing platform that will be released in March 2018. The project is funded by the Mellon Foundation and is designed and developed by Bengler under the direction of West Virginia University and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. I traveled to Oslo, Norway to meet with the developers and create documentation for potential Vega users, which included an overview, a technical overview, and a technical FAQ.

Looking Back, Looking Forward | January 2016
For the twentieth anniversary of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, I collaborated with Jim Kalmbach, author of The Computer and the Page: Publishing, Technology, and the Classroom, to write a review of the first issue of Kairos, published in 1996. The resulting article, titled Looking Back, Looking Forward: Twenty Years of Kairos, is available in Kairos Issue 20.2.

The Bonfire | January 2016
The alumni of the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Computing publish The Bonfire, a monthly newsletter with guest writers and announcements. In December, the alumni association asked me to write an article for a spotlight issue, and it was published in January.

The Science of Science Writing | May 2014
As an undergraduate in the Professional and Technical Writing program at Missouri State University, I chose to pursue honors distinction in my major. The finale of that process is the completion of an undergraduate thesis. In the The Science of Science Writing, I explore the field of popular science writing. To apply the knowledge I gained from my research, I created popular science versions of two academic publications from Missouri State University professors.

NETwork Against Malaria Chapter Start-Up Guide | May 2013
NETwork Against Malaria is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against malaria in Uganda, Africa. I had the opportunity to create the NETwork Against Malaria Chapter Start-Up Guide, used by student and community groups interested in forming their own chapter of NETwork. To create this document, I organized and conducted usability tests with intended audience members and implemented audience-analysis techniques to ensure maximum reader usability. The document is currently used by NETwork founders as a grant proposal template.

Editing

Computers and Writing 2016–2017 Proceedings | April 2018
I served as the associate editor for the 2016–2017 proceedings for the Computers and Writing conference. These proceedings encompass nearly twenty-five academic articles concerning issues of digital humanities, online writing instruction, and technological issues in the modern classroom.

Network Sense: Methods for Visualizing a Discipline | May 2017
Derek Mueller's Network Sense: Methods for Visualizing a Discipline is an open access textbook that will be released in August 2017. I edited the textbook in whole at its final stage before publication.

Bad Ideas About Writing | February 2017
The Bad Ideas About Writing collection, published through the Digital Publishing Institute at West Virginia University and by Inside Higher Ed, includes short, thoroughly-researched pieces arguing against major myths about writing instruction. As a team of graduate editing students, we organized the pieces in Open Journal Systems (OJS) and edited them in four major stages (comprehensive review, grammar and style, proofing, and XML formatting) before turning the project over to the publishing team. As part of my work at the DPI outside of the classroom, I continued working on the collection as part of the publishing team.

La Table de Chef Parny: Recipes from Chef Roland's Culinary Journey | July 2016
In his retirement, Chef Roland Parny runs a local café in Fordland, MO where he combines his experience in French, South African, and New Orleans style foods to make unique and beautiful dishes. His life's dream was to publish his own cookbook, and along with my mentor Tracy Dalton and artistic friend Hanna Landgrebe, we made that dream a reality. Over the course of a year, our team worked with Chef Parny to produce the cookbook. A large portion of my responsibilities encompassed compiling a style guide to promote design and grammatical consistency and editing all recipes for content and correctness. La Table de Chef Parny is now available for purchase at the café.

Appalachian Prison Book Project | May 2016 to July 2016
As part of my work at the Appalachian Prison Book Project, I edited and updated organization documents, including the volunteer handbook and pen pal guidelines, to meet the requirements of the style guide I created.

LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research | May 2015
Throughout my time as an Honors College undergraduate at Missouri State University, I have worked with LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research as a peer reviewer, associate editor, copy editor, and finally the chief editor, filling every role as the semesters passed by. I gained experience in every aspect of editing and publication, from nitty gritty grammatical editing to project management. Since 2012, I have had the privilege of contributing to volumes 5, 6, 7, and, most recently, 8. All issues are EBSCO-host searchable and available for free online.

As chief editor, I was responsible for advertising the open submission period to undergraduate students. In this Missouri State University interview, I explained to the student body how the submission process works and why they should consider submitting their work to LOGOS.

 

Missouri Academy Student-Parent Handbook | May 2012
The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Computing was an early-entrance-to-college program where high school juniors and seniors simultaneously earn their high school diploma and Associate of Science degree. It is certainly where I gained an interest in technology and science writing, and as a way to give something back to the community, I chose to edit the Missouri Academy Student-Parent Handbook for my first editing class. I used comprehensive editing and copyediting techniques to improve the published document in addition to creating a style sheet, style guide, and index.

Speaking

APBP Podcast Presenter | November 2017
Several Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP) volunteers and interns came together to publish the first episode of the organization's new podcast, Contact Across the Divide. I spoke about my work with APBP and shared a poem written by an incarcerated woman I met while volunteering.

APBP Volunteer Trainer | January 2016 to July 2017
I volunteered several Saturdays every semester to train new Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP) volunteers at the nonprofit’s headquarters. This responsibility included instructing groups of up to 30 on how to volunteer for the organization.

APBP Book Club Facilitator | January 2016 to May 2017
As an volunteer at the Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP), I facilitated book clubs in two federal prisons, Hazelton's Secure Female Facility and Federal Correctional Institution. Alongside incarcerated attendees and other volunteers, I discussed books and collaborated on prison education initiatives.

Computers and Writing Conference Presentation | May 2016
At the annual Computers and Writing conference, I presented with Dr. Cheryl Ball on the topics of digital publishing, transdisciplinary research, and pedagogy. Our presentation was titled Digital Publishing Projects and a Pedagogy of Professionalization.

Eberly College APBP Representative | August 2016
In front of an audience of over 1,000 first-year students, I spoke about the Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP) to encourage incoming West Virginia University students to volunteer their time with the nonprofit organization.

Food Writing Panel | March 2015
As editor of La Table de Chef Parny: Recipes from Chef Roland’s Culinary Journey, I presented about the then in-progress book to a graduate-level food writing course at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

First-Year Composition | August 2015 to May 2016
As a graduate teaching associate at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, I taught one section of first-year composition each semester in the academic year, which included drafting lesson plans, developing coursework, conducting rhetorical lectures, and evaluating assignments.

Editing Panel | August 2013
After I completed an honors-length undergraduate editing project, I was invited to speak on a panel of three editors to a group of 20 editing students about the project and my work processes.

Technology

Appalachian Prison Book Project Social Media | January 2016 to present
Part of my responsibilities as Social Media Manager at the Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP) include managing the nonprofit's email, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Since I started implementing a social media strategy, APBP has gained 41.5% more Twitter followers and 40% more Instagram followers. I also maintain the APBP website, updating the content to meet search engine optimization (SEO) standards and creating new content.

Council of Editors of Learned Journals | September 2016 to January 2018
The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) is an organization for editors of scholarly journals in all disciplines, representing over 450 editors. When the Digital Publishing Institute became its new institutional home, I was responsible for building and maintaining the CELJ website through the membership management software Wild Apricot, a responsibility which included managing invoices, membership accounts, and editor forums.

Digital Publishing Institute | January 2016 to January 2018
As Associate Director of the Digital Publishing Institute (DPI) at West Virginia University (WVU), I worked with WVU Libraries to create a new DPI website through EngineCMS, a content management system built by a WVU librarian. Before constructing the website, I researched other academic digital publishing institutes, analyzed their information architecture, and presented what I found to be best practices for website organization to the Director and WVU librarians. I managed the website, updated its content, and fixed any coding issues through the system.

Vega: User Testing | June 2017
At the 2017 Computers and Writing conference, I conducted user testing for Vega, an open-source and customizable academic publishing platform that will be released in 2018. I wrote user scripts, observed users while they interacted with the system, and compiled my findings in a report for Bengler, the developers behind Vega.

Professional Writing and Editing | August 2016 to May 2017
The Professional Writing and Editing (PWE) program at West Virginia University hires an Assistant Technology Coordinator annually to manage the Professional Writing and Editing program portion of the English Department website. For this position, I used the university-wide content management system (CMS) CleanSlate to build slideshows, add intern and alumni interviews, and update content to match university regulations.

Eberly Research | May 2016 to May 2017
I worked as the Graduate Research Assistant for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences (Eberly) Research Office at West Virginia University. A small portion of my responsibilities focused on managing Eberly's Twitter account and updating the office website. Using the university-wide content management system (CMS) CleanSlate, I updated the content, fixed coding issues, and built graphics.

Humans of Springfield Missouri | April 2014 to July 2015
Inspired by the lovely Humans of New York, my friend Sara Williams and I decided to conduct a similar project in Springfield, MO. As co-founder, I interviewed strangers and compiled their stories on the Humans of Springfield Missouri Facebook page. At its height, we reached 4,000 followers.

If you are interested in hearing more about our project, view this short profile:

 

Kirby and Matt | May 2014
I designed the Kirby and Matt website for Missouri State University Student Body President and Vice President candidates. After working with the candidates to gather content and learn their design preferences, I built the website using HTML and CSS.

National Residence Hall Honorary: Boomer Chapter | August 2013 to May 2014
I created the Missouri State University chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary website using Adobe Dreamweaver.