ACES Evolve 2023

Back to School: Leveraging Your Editing Skills in Higher Education | Steve Bien-Aimé, Alyssa Appelman, Janel Bloch

Colleges and universities value editors not just in the classroom, but all over campus. This session details the careers and pathways editors can find in academia: from researching to teaching, from the publications office to the writing center. Editors interested in engaging in higher education in other ways could find great value in guest lecturing, leading workshops, participating in class projects, or hiring interns. The presenters will share their varied experiences and offer guidance on how editing leads to full- and part-time positions all over the academy.

Advanced, Freelance editors, Book editors, News editors, Corporate editors, Technical editors, Book editors, Business of Editing


Steve Bien-Aimé is an assistant professor at Northern Kentucky University. Bien-Aimé teaches in the College of Informatics’ School of Media and Communication. His research interests include race and gender portrayals in sports and news media. Before receiving his doctorate, Bien-Aimé worked as a copy editor at The News Journal in Delaware and The Baltimore Sun and served in a variety of functions at in Los Angeles, departing as deputy NFL editor.

Alyssa Appelman, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Media and Communication at Northern Kentucky University. She teaches undergraduate courses in journalism and mass communication. Alyssa’s research focuses on news accuracy and credibility. She has conducted projects on the effects and significance of grammatical errors, stylistic errors and factual errors in news articles. Before joining NKU, Alyssa worked in print media as a copy editor, proofreader and page designer. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her doctorate in mass communications from The Pennsylvania State University.

Janel Bloch, PhD, MBA, is a professor in the Department of English at Northern Kentucky University. She teaches courses in writing, editing, grammar, and business/professional communication. Her research interests include pedagogy and workplace communication. Before joining NKU in 2008, Janel worked as a technical communication consultant and in the corporate tax department of a large corporation. She has an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an MBA from Indiana University, a master’s degree in technical and scientific communication from Miami University, and a PhD in rhetoric and professional communication from Iowa State University.

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