Jennifer Kranz, 2013
- Associate Director of the Writing Center
- DSC employee since September 2010
Degrees and schools where awarded:
- BA in Advertising/Public Relations from UCF
- MA in English Language Arts Education with an ESOL Endorsement from UCF
- Serving on multiple college-wide committees, including ones for SACS and QEP.
- I'm excited about serving on the Entrepreneurial Speaker Series Advisory Committee as well; it’s a new and exciting opportunity for me.
- Presented at back-to-back writing center conferences on learning space design and accompanying assessment measures.
- Getting the chance to actually bring my love of learning space design to bldg. 210 has been a fantastic honor. I love nothing more than seeing students occupy and enjoy those areas!
Outside interests: Outside of my writing center academic life, I’m an avid foodie, organic gardener and food blogger. My blog, DeliciousDaydreams.com, and the accompanying social media are what I love to work on when I’m not at work. I also like to garden, crochet, play and snuggle with my Boston terrier, Squirt, and read about organic agriculture, food anthropology and the environment.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I was a grad student up until I started here. I went to school while living in Cocoa Beach and enjoyed every minute of it. I waited tables, bartended and worked at an eBay store while in college. I even worked for a business that imported organic and fair-trade Costa Rican coffee.
What professional projects are you working on right now? I’m working on a comparative academic environment study with Dr. Trey Orndorff. We’re taking the three different learning environments that he teaches in at DSC (regular classroom, The Cellar in the Writing Center, and the Classroom of the Future) and recording both quantitative and qualitative data that will help us determine which spaces prove the most engaging and effective for student learning. We hope to publish the study and our findings. Other than that, I’m working on a Florida Library Association conference presentation with DSC librarian, Kristen Davis.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? First, watching the Writing Center evolve has been amazing. Also, joining a SACS committee when I first started at DSC a little more than three years ago has been rewarding. It was like moving to a foreign country and learning about the culture, language and people via full immersion.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? I’d love to become an internationally-recognized expert in learning space design. I already serve as a space design mentor for the International Writing Center Association’s mentor program, and going one step further would be serving on the advisory board for the Learning Spaces Collaboratory.
In life? Is asking to be a Food Network star too much? I actually applied not too long ago to be on a show called Real Food, Real Kitchens. We’ll see what happens.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? My grandfather always told me that I should never take the earth for granted. He was an organic gardener way before organic was en vogue, and he taught me that girls can play in the dirt, too.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: For years, I carried around a small piece of paint that I peeled from the wall at Fenway Park. I’d still have it if I didn’t lose my wallet.
Last book read: I simultaneously read Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk and The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan.
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Please recycle this bottle in the appropriate receptacle, and don’t litter.
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: Michael Pollen, Trey Anastasio, Pablo Picasso, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
"The Daytona State of Mind" to me is students knowing how and where to get the academic support they need to SOAR.