Curriculum Vitae

Nikki Dreste, M.A. 

(Updated 8/2019.  Also available as a PDF: )


Lecturer with eight years of experience supporting student writers in 2-year and 4-year higher education institutions in various capacities.  Research interests include multimodal and creative writing, online ethnography, and the presence of skill transfer across writing, pedagogy, and gaming.



Master of Arts, English Writing Studies, Kean University, Union, NJ, 2015.

Bachelor of Arts, English, Writing Option, Kean University, Union, NJ, 2012.

Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts with English Concentration, Northampton Community College, Allentown, PA, 2009.



Lecturer II, School of English Studies, Kean University, Union, NJ, January 2018 to August 2019

  • Taught 39 credits of first-year and advanced composition to groups averaging 15-20 students per academic year, also completing service towards student enrollment and retention.
  • Provided intensive feedback and editing to average 400-600 student essays and assignments and academic advisement to 50-70 students per semester.
  • Fulfilled duties as the English Writing program assessment coordinator and community life event manager in addition to lecturer responsibilities.


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

  • Acted as a part-time Assistant to the Director of the Kean University Writing Project.
  • Created and maintained program website and acted as technical liaison for professional development workshops offered by the KUWP.
  • Trained and supervised graduate assistant team.
  • Office management duties involved communication with clients and vendors, filing and printing, and assisting Director as otherwise requested.


Adjunct Instructor

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

  • Taught 6-12 credits of first-year and developmental composition per year to groups averaging 20 students, offering academic advisement outside of lecture hours.

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

  • Taught 9-18 credits of first-year and advanced composition per year to groups averaging 20 students, offering academic advisement outside of lecture hours.


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

  • Supported Director and Assistant to the Director of an approved site of the National Writing Project as part of a competitive graduate assistantship.
  • Managed social media platforms to promote public awareness and participation, raising following 200% by the end of assistantship. Also created print flyers and brochures for campus and local community outreach.
  • Carried out general office duties: supervising email, filing, printing, mailing, front desk assistance.

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

  • Provided writing revision consultation consultation in busy university writing center.
  • Instructed clientele in compliance to proper documentation and academic integrity procedures.
  • Wrote session log reports and researched writing center theory for quality improvement of center practices.


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

  • Facilitated two groups of 3-5 students in peer review of their writing-related assignments, supervising and helping students directly as needed; met with students individually during advisement hours.


  • College Composition I (ENG1030)
  • Creative Writing (ENG2010)
  • Writing (ENG2020)
  • Introduction to Writing Studies (ENG3005)
  • Research in Language and Literature (ENG3029
  • Writing for Digital Spaces (ENG3080)
  • Business and Professional Writing (ENG3090)
  • Technical Writing (ENG3091)
  • Senior Writing Seminar (ENG4817)


  • English Composition I (ENG101)
  • Accelerated Introduction to College Writing II (ENG091)



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.

Roundtable member of “Understanding the Reluctant Writer in First Year Composition”, NJCEA 42nd Annual Conference, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, March 2019.

Panel member: “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.”

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.



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.



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

Writing Option Assessment Coordinator, School of English Studies, Kean University, September 2018-August 2019

  • Collected, analyzed, and composed program assessment data reports for English Writing Option courses. 

Member, Community Life Committee, School of English Studies, Kean University, January 2018-August 2019

  • Served 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.
  • Developed and hosted a Camp National Novel Writing Month July 2019 celebration event. 

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.

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

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



  • New Jersey College English Association (NJCEA), March 2019 to Present
  • CCCC Council for Play and Game Studies (CPGS), May 2016 to Present
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), August 2018 to August 2019
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), August 2018 to Present