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Dawn Boeck

An Outstanding Islander

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A Passion for Student Success

Alumna Dawn Boeck’s love for English and writing has led her down diverse avenues. From writing about the world of academia to writing about hip-hop royalty, and helping students to improve their writing, Boeck has done it all.

Boeck received both her Bachelor of Arts in English in 2009 and Master of Arts in English three years later from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in spring 2012.

Since graduation, she has worked as a First Year Seminar and Composition Instructor and a Writing Consultant at the University. In September 2013, she became the Coordinator of the Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA) Writing Center on campus. In just a few months, she was tasked to develop writing workshops for students of any discipline. Since Boeck has transitioned into her new position, she has doubled the number of workshops presented, spreading the writing center's exposure across every college on campus.

“Through my role as Writing Center Coordinator, I have learned to adapt my teaching and consulting experiences to help professionalize our writing consultant staff,” said Boeck, “The thing I enjoy most about my job is the opportunity to interact with dedicated colleagues and diverse students.”

Boeck was awarded two Hass Writing Awards: one as an undergraduate, for her paper, “The Quendi: A Eucatastrophic Tale,” and one as a graduate student, for her paper, “Why Academic Discourse? Purpose and Power in the 21st Century.” In her first semester teaching Composition as a graduate assistant, she was awarded the Texas A&M System Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence.

In February 2012, she met Dr. Julius Bailey, a leading scholar in the field of hip-hop studies. Upon reading her work, Bailey commissioned her to write a chapter for an edited collection on Kanye West. “The Cultural Impact of Kanye West” was released on March 6, 2014, and features her chapter, titled “Kanye Omari West: Visions of Modernity.”

“In the future, I hope to continue working in learning assistance programs because I have a passion for helping students reach their full potential,” said Boeck.