In her role as Digital Pedagogies Advocate, April Pelt collaborates with faculty to craft engaging, pedagogically sound online courses and resources. The nature of this collaboration varies depending on project goals, but in each instance, April works with instructors to revise and create digital learning materials that address students’ educational and accessibility needs.
April’s commitment to student-centered online education is informed by her background in feminist cultural studies. Her academic work focuses on the role that narrative plays in shaping twentieth- and twenty-first century social justice movements. To date, she has published articles on James Joyce’s Ulysses, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and Jamaica Kincaid’s The Autobiography of My Mother. She is currently completing her dissertation, entitled “Fashioning Feminist Icons: Interwar Women Writers and the Cultural Work of Adaptation,” at the University of Delaware. Each of these projects either implicitly or explicitly argues that storytelling has the ability to effect positive social change. As a dyed-in-the-wool idealist, April also believes that online education, with its ability to reach non-traditional learners, should play a key role in making education more affordable and accessible for all.
In addition to her work as a Digital Pedagogies Advocate, April coordinates special projects for Clemson Online, develops content for Clemson Online’s website, and teaches part-time for Clemson’s English Department and the Calhoun Honors College. Outside of work, she is an avid filmgoer and what some might call an indiscriminate reader: she reads just about anything she can get her hands on, from award-winning contemporary novels to very silly (but very entertaining) superhero comics. With her partner, David, her best friends are her trusty library card and her Netflix subscription. She also has an impressive record collection.