Gillian Parrish, MFA, joined The Teaching Center and the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE) as Research and Communications Specialist in July 2014. Gillian’s previous experience includes editorial and design work as a publications associate at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and as an independent communications consultant.
Gillian writes and edits content for the Web sites of The Teaching Center and the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE). This role includes synthesizing and succinctly explaining findings from current research on teaching and learning, as well as reporting on news and trends in higher education that are relevant to Washington University faculty. In addition, it entails writing and presenting information on Teaching Center programs to faculty, graduate students, and postdocs.
Gillian also writes materials and designs visuals for Teaching Center events, programs, and projects. In this role, she works with other Academic Services staff to develop The Teaching Center’s communication strategy. In addition, she edits Teaching Strategies handouts and other materials.
As the liaison to faculty participants in our programs, Gillian handles registration for faculty workshops, symposia, and institutes. She coordinates with Mary Stewart to ensure that these events run smoothly, and communicates directly with faculty who contact us about opportunities to participate in Teaching Center events and consultations.
Gillian is also a dedicated teacher, beginning as an adult literacy instructor, and later teaching English for two years at a teacher’s college in western China, where she also tutored a fellow English department lecturer in 19th century-contemporary American poetry. She then came to Washington University on a fellowship for the MFA Writing Program. She has taught composition and poetry courses for the University since 2007. With a keen interest in students’ overall development, she has also worked as a student advisor in the University’s Career Center and Writing Center.
Gillian earned a master of fine arts degree from the Writing Program at Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Asian Religious Studies at George Mason University, where she also studied with the creative writing faculty and worked in the Writing Center. Her poems and essays have appeared in journals in the US and abroad. She teaches writing in various settings in the St. Louis community and curates an online arts journal that features new work by poets and conversations with fine artists from around the world.