Dalel Serda

Dalel Serda grew up on the Texas-Mexico borderlands and spent her childhood summers in metropolitan Mexico City. At heart, she is a backpack-toting ruminator turned English professor. She teaches at College of the Mainland because of the rich diversity in the cross-sections of our classrooms. She has long dedicated herself to better understanding our human condition by traveling, researching, and writing. Her focus is always the marginalized. Her aim is always to empower. As a new(ish) mother of two girls, she is learning about strategically managing time and about the experiment that is parenthood.  

Education

M.F.A. in Creative Writing and English, University of Texas Pan American

B.S. in Advertising, Copy Writing, University of Texas at Austin
Concentrations in English, Psychology, and Photography

COM Courses

  • Composition I – English 1301
  • Composition II – English 1302
  • British Literature I – English 2322
  • Creative Writing – English 2307
  • Mexican-American Literature – English 2351

Teaching Experience

College of the Mainland
Assistant Professor, Spring 2010, Fall 2011-present

English Language Arts Teacher, Tenth Grade SIOP, Fall 2010-Spring 2011
New Teacher of the Year, Sam Rayburn High School and Pasadena ISD

Teaching Assistant and Instructor of Record, Fall 2007 - Spring 2009
The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas

ESL Head Instructor, 2006-2007
Little America English Language School • Jangyu-Myeon • South Korea

TOEIC Writer and Editor, 2006-2007
Newton, Inc. • Tokyo • Japan

ESL Teacher and Children’s Program Coordinator, 2004-2006
NOVA Group • Tokyo • Japan

Professional Highlights

Publications

“Voyeurism, or The Third Party Politician” NewBorder Anthology, A&M U. Press, March 2014
Prime Number Magazine Book Review: Until the Eye Opens: Writings from Blind Faith
(RAW ArT Press, 2012) by Patricia Hughes, www.primenumbermagazine.com/Issue41_Review_PatriciaHughes.html, July 2013
 “The Nature of Pimps” Amarillo Bay, May 2013
Kenyan Chronicles - a collection of six travel essays http://newborder.org, June/July 2012
“Hot Dust and the Yellow Bus” The Monitor, October 2010
“Vente, vamos patras” Hinchas de Poesia, October 2010
“Turkey” The Monitor, June 2010
“Cambodia: How I Failed to be Good” The Literary Bohemian, November 2009
“Vente, vamos patras” The Monitor, September 2009
“Love Number 7” Gallery, Spring 2009
“Animal. (Or: Dawn’s Tokyo Train)” The Pan-American, Spring 2009
“Geishas, Mariachis and My Search for the Exotic” The Monitor, December 2008
“Me, Covered in Skin” The King’s English, Fall 2008-Spring 2009
“Fruit to Go and a Jagged Stone” Gallery, Spring 2008
“Hot Dust and the Yellow Bus” Panorama, Spring 2008
“Gamblin’ Ferry” Panorama, Spring 2008

Scholarly and Creative: Conferences/Presentations/Readings

Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Tampa, FL, March 2015: “External Cognitive Offloading: The Taxonomy of Marginal Annotation”: Presenter

Conference of College Teachers of English, League City, TX, March 2015: Councilor and Rhetoric Area Chair

College of the Mainland’s Second Creative and Academic Symposium: “Controversy in Our Nation: Past, Present, and Future,” Texas City, Texas, April 2014: Organizer/Chair/Facilitator/ Speaker

Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Indianapolis, IN, March 2014: “Annotating Marginal Discourse: Fostering Metacognitive Habits of Mind
in Community College Hispanic Females”: Presenter

Conference of College Teachers of English, Lubbock, TX, February 2014: Councilor and Creative Writing Committee Member

College of the Mainland’s First Creative and Academic Symposium: “Our Gulf Coast: Past, Present and Future,” Texas City, Texas, May 2013: Organizer/Chair/Facilitator/Speaker

The Association of Writers & Writing Program Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2013: NewBorder: Contemporary Voices from the U.S. Mexico Border: “Voyeurism, or The Third Party Politician,” literary non-fiction: Presenter

Conference of College Teachers of English, Abilene, Texas, February 2013: Councilor and Literature Committee Member

Sixth Annual Hispanic Student Leadership Conference, College of the Mainland, Texas City May 2012: Host/Student Sponsor/Presenter

Student Conference for Research at University of Houston Clear Lake, April 2012: Evaluator and Faculty Sponsor for Marisa Martinez: “Rhetoric, Social Skills, and the Engineer” and Lizz Thompson: “Interaction Increases Retention: Our Need for a Community-Based Classroom”

Women’s History Month: Graduate Symposium, University of Texas-San Antonio, March 2012: NewBorder Anthology: “Voyeurism, or The Third Party Politician”: Presenter

Conference of College Teachers of English, Ft. Worth, Texas, March 2012: “The Nature of Pimps,” Presentation/Panel Moderator

The I: Presentation of Unknown Factors, Labotanica, Houston, Texas, April 2010: Presentation of ekphrastic poem, “Brother John,” with visual artist, John Painter

University of Newcastle World Politics and Popular Culture Conference, November 2009: “Comic Journalism as New Journalism: Emotional Authenticity through ‘Collaborative Concreteness’ in Sacco’s Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde and ‘Chechen War, Chechen Women’”

Dragon*Con Comics and Popular Arts Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, September 2009: “Comic Journalism as New Journalism: Emotional Authenticity through ‘Collaborative Concreteness’ in Sacco’s Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde and ‘Chechen War, Chechen Women’”

Thesis Reading, McAllen Creative Incubator, April 2009:
“Voyeurism, or The Third Party Politician,” creative nonfiction excerpt

2009 Sex Trafficking Conference, South Texas College, April 2009: “Voyeurism, or The Third Party Politician,” creative nonfiction excerpt

FESTIBA Book Festival, University of Texas-Pan American, March 2009: “Superheroes, Aliens and Bloodbaths: Finding the Literary in Genre”

“The Edinburgo’s Poet’s Café” Reading: “Hawk”

MFA Creative Writers’ Panel” Reading: “Los rincones del jardín de hielo.”

Southwest Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference, February 2009: “Comic Journalism as New Journalism: Emotional Authenticity through ‘Collaborative Concreteness’ in Sacco’s Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde and ‘Chechen War, Chechen Women’”

FESTIBA Book Festival Reading Series, University of Texas-Pan American, Spring 2008: “MFA Creative Writers’ Panel” Reading: “Villa y el Norte”

Guest speaker for Dr. Shawn Thomson, University of Texas-Pan American, Spring 2007: “On Writing a Home Narrative”

University of Texas-Pan American, MFA Creative Writing Reading Series, Fall 2007: “Metaphysics,” creative nonfiction essay

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