Charmian is a Ph.D candidate in the Educational Leadership Policy Studies Department at IU with a focus in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She is also pursuing minors in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education and Learning Sciences. Charmian holds a BS in anthropology and an MS in sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has five years of instructional experience in higher education as the instructor of First-year Composition, Principles of Sociology, and courses for students on academic probation. Charmian also has experience as a Pre-health academic advisor for students seeking to pursue a career in health professions. These occupational experiences serve as the foundation for Charmian’s research interests in student sense of belonging and retention, the scholarship of teaching and learning for writing-intensive courses, writer identities, and writing pedagogy.

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