Curriculum Vitae

Nikki Dreste, M.A.

(Also available as a PDF download: CV-Dreste2019 )

Lecturer with eight years of experience supporting student writers in 2-year and 4-year institutions in multiple capacities.  Passionate about multimodal and creative writing, online ethnography, and the presence of skill transfer across writing, pedagogy, and gaming.


  • M.A., English Writing Studies, Nathan Weiss Graduate College of Kean University, Union, NJ 2015
  • B.A., English, Writing Option, Kean University, Union, NJ 2012
  • A.A., Liberal Arts with English Concentration, Northampton Community College, Allentown, PA, 2009


Lecturer II, School of English Studies, Kean University, January 2018 to Present

  • Teaches a 5/5/3 load of writing studies, research, and first-year/advanced composition courses in a full-time, non-tenure track position to groups averaging 15-20 students, implementing peer-focused, process-oriented writing workshop environments.
  • Provides academic advisement to English and English content area majors.
  • Assists in updating course curriculum, and fulfills other service required by the department and the University.

EOF Summer Academy Workshop Instructor, Kean University, Summer 2016

  • Designed and executed Project: Just Write, an advanced writing workshop for incoming first year students of the Kean EOF Summer Academy.

Assistant to the Director, Kean University Writing Project, Union, NJ, January 2016 to June 2017

  • Provided administrative and technical support to the director of KUWP, an approved site of the National Writing Project. Key duties: financial operations, website maintenance, technical assistance, event/professional development workshop coordination and setup, staff training, office management.

Adjunct Instructor, Union County College, Elizabeth, NJ, January 2016 to January 2018

  • Taught first-year composition courses to groups averaging 20 students, implementing peer-focused writing workshop class environments. Offered academic advisement outside of lecture hours.

Adjunct Instructor, Kean University, Union, NJ, August 2015 to January 2018

  • Taught freshman to junior-level composition courses to groups averaging 20 students, implementing peer-focused writing workshop class environments. Offered academic advisement outside of lecture hours.


Writing Project Graduate Assistant, Kean University Writing Project, Union, NJ, January August 2013- May 2015

  • Supported Director and Assistant to Director of KUWP, an approved site of the National Writing Project. Key duties: assistance in event/workshop planning, social media and community promotion, research, general office duties.

Writing Center Counselor, Kean University Writing Center, Union, NJ, September 2011- December 2012

  • Provided peer-review services in university writing center open to students, faculty and staff for all projects at all stages of the writing process. Wrote session reports for quality improvement of center practice and theory.

EOF Summer Academy Writing Coach, Kean University, Summer 2011, 2012

  • Facilitated two groups of three to five students in peer review of their writing-related assignments, supervising and helping students directly as needed; met with students individually during dedicated office hours.


  • College Composition I
  • Creative Writing 
  • Writing 
  • Introduction to Writing Studies 
  • Research in Language and Literature
  • Writing for Digital Spaces
  • Business and Professional Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • Senior Writing Seminar


  • English Composition I
  • Accelerated Introduction to College Writing II 



  • Co-panel member of original research presentation: “Whose Dragon Is It Anyway?”:Improvisation Comedy and Tabletop RPG Skills in the Transfer-Attentive Writing Classroom”, Regional CCCC Summer Conference 2019, Norfolk, Virginia, May 2019.
  • Round-table member of “Understanding the Reluctant Writer in First Year Composition”, NJCEA 42nd Annual Conference, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, March 2019
  • Attended professional development workshop: “Remixing Performance in Games”. CCCC 2019, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Panel member of original research presentation “If We Can Teach What We Are: Performative Roles and Identities in Contingent Writing Faculty”, Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC) 2019, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2019.
    • Individual Presentation Title: “‘Switching to My Off-Spec’: Performing as a Gamer in Writing Classroom and Contingent Faculty Spaces.”
  • Graduate Thesis: “Play, Code, Compose, Write: An Auto-ethnography” – An auto-ethnographic study of transferred composition skills through learning, playing, and creating creative meta-content for video-games. 2015.
  • Panel member of conference research presentation “Re-writing culture: Digital representation and ethnography’s web-text (r)evolution”, Computers and Writing in Pullman, Washington, 2014.
  • Presentation of original research “NaNoRebels: Repurposing Literacy Sponsorship in Online Communities” to the Research Network Forum at CCCC 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2014.




Committee Judge, NJCEA Creative Writing Contest 2019, Seton Hall University, March 2019

Writing Option Assessment Coordinator, School of English Studies, Kean University, September 2018-Present

  • Collects, analyzes, and composes programmatic assessment data reports for English Writing Option courses.

Member, Community Life Committee, School of English Studies, Kean University, January 2018-Present

  • Serves on the Community Life Committee, dedicated to fostering student and faculty engagement, fellowship, and success in the School of English Studies.
  • Developed and hosted a National Novel Writing Month 2018 celebration event of write-in sessions open to students, faculty, and staff throughout the month of November.

Portfolio Reader, Composition Program, Kean University, Summer 2015 through Summer 2019

  • Participated in program assessment of a percentage of first year composition final portfolios over a period of several days, discussing possible improvements for the program in the upcoming year based on preliminary findings.



Member, New Jersey College English Association (NJCEA), March 2019 to Present

Member, CCCC Council for Play and Game Studies (CPGS), May 2016 to Present

Member, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), August 2018 to Present

Member, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), August 2018 to Present