ACES Evolve 2023

Evolving Into Teaching | Andy Bechtel, Lisa McLendon, Christine Steele

Are you curious about sharing your editing expertise in a classroom, either in person or online? Do you want to go into teaching full time, or add it on occasion to your work as an editor? This session will give you the ins and outs of teaching courses on editing, in journalism programs and elsewhere. You will learn how to find teaching opportunities, what degrees or qualifications you will need, how to prepare to be an instructor, and techniques for teaching and inspiring students.

Intermediate, All editors, Advanced Skills


Andy Bechtel teaches editing and writing at the journalism school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has 12 years of editing experience in newspapers, primarily at The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bechtel is a lifetime member of ACES: The Society for Editing. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of ACES and its Education Fund Board.

Lisa McLendon joined the University of Kansas journalism school as the coordinator of the Bremner Editing Center in 2012, after 12 years as a newspaper copy editor. She launched her journalism career at the Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle, then went on to the Wichita (Kansas) Eagle. McLendon, who has a doctorate in Slavic linguistics, is the author of “The Perfect English Grammar Workbook,” published in 2017.

Christine Steele teaches part time at UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies for its Copyediting Certificate Program. She has been a copy editor for more than 20 years, 12 of them in financial services, and freelanced as Steele Editing & Writing. Steele has launched 100+-page corporate style guides and edited books on historical fiction, retirement, and sculpture art. She is a lifetime member and past board member of ACES: The Society for Editing.

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