About Alex

Born and raised in Marianna, “The City of Southern Charm,” I spent the first 20 years of my life in the Florida county that borders both Alabama and Georgia.  My childhood home was located 20 minutes from “town,” and without cable TV or the Internet, I spent my childhood creating, imagining, reading, and writing. Thanks to my parents’ encouragement, curiosity and learning have always been important.

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When it came time to channel all of my energy and passion into a college major, I gravitated toward the Communication field.  My A.A. degree in Communication concentrated on public speaking, presentation, and leadership.  My time at Chipola College shaped me into the woman I am today.  In addition to my studies in literature, composition, and communication, I actively volunteered on campus.  As a member of the Student Government Association, a Student Ambassador, the Sophomore Class Senator, and an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, leadership became an important part of my life.

Transferring to the University of Florida, I earned a B.A. degree in English and focused my studies on written communication and literature.  I joined Chi Omega and volunteered with my sorority sisters in the local Gainesville community.  Enjoying my training and ability to better express myself through both speech and the written word, I pursued a M.A. degree in English from the University of North Florida.

My mentor and thesis advisor at UNF, Dr. Betsey Nies, cultivated my interest in teaching, and I served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant during the Fall of 2007.  Under her guidance and leadership, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in teaching college students.  After my term as a GTA, I graduated and became an Adjunct Professor of English at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida.  During this time, I met my husband, Mitchell, and my first full time job at Full Sail University moved us to beautiful downtown Orlando, Florida.

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After 5 years as an Instructor with the English Department at Full Sail University, I accepted a job as an Instructor with the Department of English, Humanities, and Communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I currently serve as the Discipline Chair of Communication.

The leadership lessons I learned at Chipola College remain an important part of my life. I am an active volunteer in the community and am committed to service to my university.

My curiosity and work ethic continue to drive me. I graduated with my M.A. in Communication from UCF in August 2016, and I hope to pursue my Ph.D.

My blog, Creating Communication, is often featured on “Most Topular Stories” on Speaking.Alltop.com, and I’ve written articles for Six Minutes as well as the Full Sail University blog and student/instructor portal, Connect.  Additionally, I apply visual communication and design skills to my classroom lessons and have been featured as “Top Presentation of the Day” for several Slideshare slideshows.

If you are interested in collaborating with me, please email me at alexrister1@gmail.com.

 

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