Jill Dahlman

Jill Dahlman is a product of the University of Hawaii system: Hilo for undergraduate (2003) and Manoa for graduate work (2010). She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. Her teaching and research interests include: First-year composition and assessment; self-efficacy and student success; composition pedagogy, curriculum development (particularly distance education); WAC/WID/WEC; Writing Center theory and administration; service learning/civic engagement; Writing Program Administration; Rhetoric of the Cold War Era (music, comic books, Star Trek); YA Holocaust Literature. 

Prior to her return to college, Dahlman was a food critic and feature writer on the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian islands as well as a nationally certified research and trial paralegal. Dahlman’s academic writing has been included in the textbook, A Bedford Guide for College Writers, 11thEd. and is a contributor to the “Strategies for Online Learners” supplement to the handbook, A Writer’s Reference, 9ththEd. along with the Instructor’s Resource book for A Writer’s Reference. Dahlman is one of the co-editors for the Cambridge Scholars Publishing series, Beyond the Frontier: Innovations in First Year Composition. The first volume was published in 2015 with Piper Selden, and the second volume with Tammy Winner will be released in late Fall, 2018. She is also a contributor to the anthologies, Composition as Big Data (2018) and Comics and the Punk Aesthetics (2018). Dahlman blogs for Bedford St. Martin’s publishers as part of its Bedford Bits publication and has her own blog, Writing the Market.

Dahlman is also active in her field as an editor for Rocky Mountain Review, the peer-reviewed journal for the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) and is a media editor for the peer-reviewed journal, Composition Forum. Dahlman presents at various conferences throughout the year including the annual RMMLA (where she is chair of four panels on first-year composition), Watson Conference, NCTE (where she is one of NCTE’s CAEP reviewers on English Language Arts programs throughout the nation), CCCC, WPA, and most recently, the prestigious Ed-Tech Week (she was the only person representing the English field at that conference in 2018).

At UNA, Dahlman teaches the first-year composition courses (EN099, EN111, EN111H, EN112, EN112H) and Advanced Composition, EN310, online and face-to-face. The online course is QM certified with a perfect score. She also teaches EN443/543, Instruction of Composition. Dahlman partners often with the non-profit organization, Idaho Rivers United, and considers herself an environmental and sustainability advocate. The success of her students is among her greatest achievements, and she is proud of former students who are now doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, among other professions.

In her spare time, she and her cat, Moi-Moi, can be found in a national park with her Big Girl camera. Many of her photos can be found on her blog as well as on her syllabi.