Rochelle (Shelley) Rodrigo

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A lot of service work can be dirty; however, the results are usually worth it!

Statement on Service
Pre-Tenure Portfolio (February 2014)

Since reading Ernest Boyer’s Scholarship Reconsidered as a graduate student in the Preparing Future Faculty Program at Arizona State University, I have been committed to the idea of my service to my institution and discipline being a form of scholarly engagement. I am lucky that much of the service work required in my department, at the institution, and within the discipline aligns with goals of my more traditional research/scholarly agenda: communications technologies and improving teaching and learning.

Prior to coming to ODU, I was already very active in regional and national organizations. My first year at ODU was my last year serving on both the Executive Committee for the Conference on College Composition and Communication (elected position) as well as co-chairing the Committee on Evolving Technologies for EDUCAUSE. I have remained active with CCCC as an elected member of the nominating committee for 2013 as well as co-chair of the Connected Community Task Force. I have served on award committees and a reader for conference proposals for various organizations over the past three years. Besides serving my professional organizations, I have also served as an Editorial Board Member (Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and the newly reformed Technology, Knowledge and Learning) and manuscript reader for a number of journals in rhetoric, composition, technology, and education.

I also work to be active in regional organizations; if you look at my complete CV, I was very active in the southwest region prior to coming to ODU. I am currently a member of the Teaching English in the Two-Year College Southeast (TYCA-SE) and Virginia Association of Teachers of English (VATE) regional organizations. Attending and presenting at the regional conferences, and eventually becoming active in the organizations, allows me build a professional network where I can find collaborators for research, grant writing as well as make connections with individuals who might admit undergraduate or Masters students to their programs and or hire our graduating PhD students. By being active in ODU’s SACS reaccreditation process, I have served on an On-Site Reaffirmation Committee as the Lead QEP Evaluator and will be again serving as a committee member for another On-Site visit in February 2014. Serving SACS not only allows me to contribute to our region but will also prepare me to work with ODU’s faculty, staff, and administrators when we next go through the reaccreditation process.

Similarly, I have a long history of being active in serving the institutions where I work. At ODU I currently serve on the Preparing Future Faculty steering committee as well as the Department of English’s Technology Committee. Besides providing consistent service on committees, I have presented at a variety of events on the University, College, and Department levels, including guest lecturing in colleagues’ classes. Most of the topics associated with these events are related to teaching with technology or professional development activities (like CV or Cover Letter workshops). Finally, I co-direct the Media Park Technology Lab, a multimedia production space for graduate students in English, Communications, and the Humanities, while also overseeing the Department’s website and external server space maintenance.