Advising Coordinator of Graduate IT Programs

Graduate IT Programs
GEM
kim.tomkiewicz@valpo.edu

Education

MALS – Valparaiso University
M.A. – Ball State University
B.A. – Franklin College

Courses Taught

Literary Studies
College Composition
Intermediate Composition
Integrated Reading and Writing
MLA, APA, Turabian, and AP-style tutoring
Professional Writing Skills
Library Research Skills

Recognitions

Honored by the Graduate Studies Department at Valparaiso University – Presentation on creative writing
Honored guest by the BSU Department of Journalism for work on Hall of Fame Kiosk
Thesis accepted by the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
Master’s thesis: “An Attitudinal Study of Job Satisfaction for Full-Time, On-Air Female Personalities at Commercial Radio Stations in Indiana,” presented during the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity Fall 2002 conference in Durham, England
Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society in Journalism/Mass Communication– Ball State University Spring 2002
President of Gold Quill/Laurels and Lancers Academic Honorary – Franklin College

Biography

Early in life, Kimberly enjoyed nothing more than reading, or writing, her own stories. This lead to a remarkable career in middle and high school journalism, including being an alternative rock DJ for over five years. While spinning records and editing reel-to-reel was enjoyable, it didn’t provide the needed professional growth and stimulation that she was looking for — which led to her earning two master’s degrees and to a love of academic research and student advising.

Now as the advisor and internship coordinator for the graduate IT program, Kimberly is adding to her accomplished career in higher education as an administrative team member and instructor with a very strong record of promoting and assisting with student success. She has over a decade of experience working with students from racially and ethnically diverse populations as well as at-risk and nontraditional students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to establish student-centered goals with attainable results.

When she isn’t at work, Kimberly and her husband, Ryan, are busy tending to their son, Nicholas, and indoctrinating him to their version of Music 101 — supporting National Record Store Day at Reckless Records in Chicago and listening to a wide array of music from of Montreal, Gomez, Oasis, and the Beatles with a little Sergei Rachmaninoff and Frank Sinatra on the side. She feels especially blessed to have a hot cup of coffee always waiting for her at her parents’ home when she picks up Nicholas after work.

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