I have experience working as a technical and professional writer, social and media researcher, translator (bilingual in English and Turkish), and transcriber. I am available to offer consultations or professional development workshops on
application/caree development materials
resumes, CVs, cover letters, and alike for job, school, or other applications
effective workplace communication
writing strategies for various professionals
integrating career/professional development into academic writing instruction
and integrating intercultural pedagogy into the college curriculum.
I can also provide editing services for various purposes and projects (copy-editing, line editing, editing articles, scripts, and various professional texts for rhetorical awareness and/or professional writing principles).
For more information, please email me (elifguler at gmail.com).
Various Professional Communication Workshops (e.g., professional correspondence, persuasive writing, promotional materials, bad-news giving, application materials (job, internship, grant, or school applications), press releases, professional reports, etc), Longwood U, since 2017.
Intercultural Rhetoric: “(Un)veiling Mediated Texts for an Intercultural/International Performance of Rhetoric.” Conference on College Composition & Communication, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2019.
“Cultivating a Transnational Praxis of Rhetoric." CCCC, Kansas City, MO, March 2018.
“Helping Students Practice International Public Rhetorics within the U.S. National Context.” Longwood Univesity Teaching and Learning Institute, Farmville, VA, May 2015.
“Deep Rewards, Serious Risks: International Higher Education Writing Research Exchanges.” The Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, March 2015.
"Career Development in the Writing Classroom." Center for Learning & Teaching, Old Dominion University, October 2013.
“Integrating Career Development into General Education Writing Courses” (with Alice Jones, ODU Career Center Director).The 34th ODU Annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, March 29, 2013.
Other Consulting & Professional Experience:
Academic Coach, The Office of Student Success, Longwood University, Fall 2021-present
Textbook Usability Reviewer, The Changing Story: Digital Stories that Participate in Transforming Teaching & Learning, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium, August 2021
Peer Reviewer for major journals in Rhetoric & Technical/Professional Communication, since 2020
Textbook Usability Reviewer, Rhetoric in Civic Life 3rd ed by Palczewski et al, Strata, Spr 2020
Textbook Usability Reviewer, Writing for Strategic Communication Industries, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium, March 2019
Senior Proposal Reviewer, The International Conf. on Global Studies, Barcelona, Spain, 2018
Textbook Usability Reviewer, Writing About Writing by E. Wardle, Bedford/St. Martin's, April 2018
Grant Proposal Reviewer (Technical Communication), The University of Missouri Research Board, December 2017
Education/Career Consultant, Evisors.com (The Career Advisor Network), since 2015
Essay Contest Judge for The Second Higher Education English (adults aged 25-50), Department of Philology, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 2014
Faculty Co-Host, “Connecting Students with Research: Undergraduate Digital Poster Presentations,” Open House sponsored by Old Dominion University – Honors College, December 2013
Essay Contest Judge for English Undergraduate Literature, Old Dominion University Department of English & Sigma Tau Delta – International English Honor Society, Spring 2013
Evaluator/Rater for The General Education Assessment Committee, Old Dominion University – Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, January 8-10, 2013
Alumni Career Coaching Program Mentor - Koç University, Istanbul/Turkey, since 2012
Online Communication Consultant, NUR-AL Machinery Ltd. Co., Izmir, Turkey, 2008-2012
Social and Media Researcher, Taylor Nelson Sofres Research Co. - Istanbul/Turkey, 2001
Technical Writer/Assistant to Import Director, Mercedes-Benz Turk Co - Istanbul, 2000
Mentoring (Student Projects/Publications):
Publications inIncite: Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship
Keane, Karyn. “Care, No Matter What: Planned Parenthood’s Rhetorical Strategies to Expand its Organizational Reputation” (2020). *Awarded the 2nd Place in the Humanities Category
Potts, Charlotte, “The Rhetorical Construction of eSports’ Legitimacy” (2019).
Gargiulo, Abby. “A Petition for the Revival of Community and Common Values: A Rhetorical Analysis of Pope Francis’s 2015 Address to U.S. Congress” (2018).
Badgley, Garrett. “The Rhetoric of Distrust: A Dangerous Game during the 2016 Presidential Campaign” (2017). *Awarded the 1st Place in the Humanities Category
Hughes, Taylor. “Sue Klebold’s a Mother’s Reckoning: A Call to Action for Mental Health Advocacy” (2017).
Klepatzki, Haley. “Hillary Clinton’s Rhetoric of Gender Inequality: The Past, The Present, and the (Hypothetical) Future” (2017).
Gailey, Casey. “Who Says: How Selena Gomez and the Scene Attempt to Subvert Popular Standards of Beauty” (2016).
Morton, Alexander. “Worth More Than a Thousand Words: A Visual Rhetorical Discussion of Virtual Reality in Clouds Over Sidra” (2016). *Also mentored Morton for delivering a guest lecture,“Visual Rhetoric of Virtual Reality,” in ENGL 303-Rhetorical Criticism (Spring 2016).
The 2020 Longwood University Spring Showcase of Undergrad Research
A total of 27 Honors freshman writing students were individually mentored to submit abstracts and presenttheir rhetorical analysis papers in a virtual format.
The 2019 Longwood University Spring Showcase of Undergrad Research
Karyn Keane: “Care, No Matter What: Planned Parenthood’s Rhetorical Strategies to Expand its Organizational Reputation”
Savannah Dyer: “Women Police Officers’ Rhetorical Strategies to Establish Authority in Law Enforcement”
Charla Faulkner, Abbie Preston, Tracy Davis: “Project Flashlight: Providing College Students with Mental Health Resources”
Sarine Thomas: Pollution Patrol: Providing College Students with Resources to Reduce Pollution – Air, Land, and Sea”
The 2018 Longwood University Spring Showcase of Undergraduate Research
Breanne Henshaw: A Neo-Aristotelian Criticism of Ashley Judd’s Speech at the 2017 Women’s March on Washington D.C.
Savannah Dyer: ‘Don’t Ever Give Up’: A Rhetorical Perspective to How Jim Valvano Refused to ‘Shut Up and Dribble’
Karyn Keane: The Rhetoric of the Spare: Dumbledore’s Eulogy for Cedric Diggory
Kimberly Daucher: A Different Use of Rhetoric in the Criminal Justice System: An Aristotelian Critique of Barack Obama’s Address to the NAACP
Juwairyah Gunter and Alan Creager: Seeing Climate Change as a National Security Issue
Lindsay Hively, Megan Mansfield, and Abby Gargiulo: The Happiness Effect – Mental Health Advocacy
The 2017 LU Spring Presentation of Undergrad Research - Office of Student Research
Crider, Chris. “The Raven’s Demons: The Psychoanalytic Relationship Between Edgar Allan Poe’s Life and His Selected Literary Works.” (Spring 2017) *Awarded a CURIO grant and listed as the most viewed digital presentation.
The 2015 Longwood Honors College Poster Session
Stover, Kayla. “Using Design Principles to Address the Theory of Planned Behavior” (ENGL 319 Technical Writing), Spring 2015.
Other Individual Mentoring
Dash, Charlotte L. “An Intercultural Guidebook on Rhetoric: A Synthesis of Greek and Turkish Traditions.” (Spring 2018) *Awarded aCURIOgrant.
Daucher, Kimberly. “An Introductory Guide on Professional Writing Practices in the Field of Criminal Justice.” (ENGL 490, Spring 2018)
Vasquez, Haley. “The Rhetorical Situation Surrounding Bernie Sanders’ Address to The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials” (Application Essay, Fall 2018). *Awarded a fully funded M.A. position atThe University of Washington.
Carmon, Zachary. Rhetoric/Professional Writing Program Intern created a report on “Applying Classical Rhetorical Principles to Contemporary Technical Writing” and redesigned Longwood’s Rhetoric & Professional Writing Program Blog (Spring 2017).
Glass, Daniel. “Communication Duties of the MSIII Cadet at Longwood University” (Instructional Manual). Accepted by student’sROTC Unit (2016).
Publicized Classroom Projects
ENGL 305 – Rhetoric and Public Culture (Fall 2016) students co-authored and presented the Vice-Presidential Debate-Week Panel, “An Effective Rhetoric for Global Peace and Understanding.” Sponsored by Longwood’s Office of International Affairs. Oct 6, 2016.
ENGL 303 - Visual Rhetoric (Fall 2015) students’ Client Projects, were considered by real clients, including Susan Cain (Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts), Toby Fox (Video Game Maker), Caleb Briggs (Photographer), and Longwood University Career Center.
ENGL 302 – History of Rhetoric (Fall 2014) students co-organized with me the campus event, “Eat, Travel, Practice Rhetoric,” where they presented their Performance Projects and promoted rhetorical studies. (April 24, 2015)
ENGL 400 – Active Citizenship (since Spring 2016) students regularly collaborate with Farmville businesses/initiatives (such as FACES, Moton Museum, and so on) for their Common Good Projects (professional documents such as videos, brochures, and websites).
Collaboration with Longwood’s Office of Student Research
CURIO Grants (The Collegiate Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Opportunities) to mentor the Professional Writing projects of students, Chris Crider (2017), Charlotte Dash (2018), and Savannah Dyer (2019).
SPUR 2017 winner (faculty with the highest social media activity).
QEP Grant to Redesign ENGL 350: Advanced Topics in Rhetoric/Professional Writing as a Disciplinary Research Course, Fall 2016.
Sponsor of Research Apprenticeship, Professional Writing student Sarah Jones, Longwood University – Office of Student Research, Spring 2016.
Other Classroom-Related Service and Activities
Arranged for The Office of Citizen Leadership Social Justice Education to conduct a training on “The Dangers of Othering” in ENGL 400/Active Citizenship, Spring 2018.
Organized a guided tour of Longwood Center for the Visual Arts for ENGL 303/Visual Rhetoric (students considered “to what extent is visual art rhetorical?”), Sep. 10, 2015.
Organized the campus event, Eat, Travel, Practice Rhetoric with ENGL 302/History of Rhetoric (students presented final projects/promoted rhetorical studies), April 24, 2015.
Participated – with my ENGL 305/Rhetoric and Social Change students – in The Hunger Banquet (an interactive dinner designed to teach activism/change in the way that we view world hunger and how it affects us at the local and global level), Longwood University’s Office of Citizen Leadership and Social Justice Education, October 2, 2014.