Curriculum Vitae

Francesca Gacho


Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University
English, expected May 2019

M.A. Claremont Graduate University
English, September 2014

B.A. California State University, Fullerton
English, August 2008
Magna cum Laude


University of Southern California, CA

January 2017 –Present Graduate Writing Coach: Annenberg School of Communication
Workshops: Crash Course in Academic Writing, Avoiding Plagiarism & Integrating Sources, Transitions & Coherence, Writing Strong Paragraphs
Instruct students in best practices for graduate-level academic writing, utilizing individual appointments and small group tutoring sessions with graduate students in Communication, Public Diplomacy, Digital Social Media, Communication Management, and Global Communication programs.
Develop and implement workshops relevant to graduate-level writing.
With graduate program faculty and director’s office, identify areas of educational need and keep records of student progress.

Chaffey College, CA

Spring 2016 Adjunct Instructor: English
Fall 2015 Design syllabus and teach ENGL 1A (equiv. Freshman Comp) and ENGL 475 (equiv. developmental composition).
Participate in One Book, One College program.

Claremont Graduate University, CA

Spring 2016 Center for Writing & Rhetoric Writing Fellow
Embedded writing tutor for graduate-level course EDUC 620 (Urban Education: Contexts, Policy, and Practice).
Develop and conduct 3 one-hour, in-class writing workshops geared specifically for the course and written assignments.
Meet with students individually during the semester to discuss writing projects.
Provide non-graded, non-evaluative feedback on essay drafts.
Fall 2015 Course Instructor: Foundations in Graduate Writing & Presenting
Spring 2015 First-semester international graduate students.
Fall 2014 Developed revised curriculum.
Summer 2014 Planned and facilitated structured academic writing processes to develop thesis statements, revision, research and analysis, and note-taking skills.
Facilitated development of presentation and class discussion skills.
Facilitated development of effective and sustainable academic skills such as time-management, graduate-level reading strategies, and sustainable writing habits.
Graded essays and provided writing feedback.
August 2012 – Present Center for Writing & Discourse Consultant
Workshops: Revising & Polishing Your Writing, Citation Basics, E-etiquette, Creating A Writing Plan, Assignments in Grad School, Managing A Graduate Workload
Developed and delivered traditional and web-based workshops to develop strong writing skills and effective writing strategies and habits.
Assisted graduate students with writing assignments in three modalities: one-on-one sessions, online video conferencing, and email submissions. 
August 2013 – Present Dissertation Boot Camp Facilitator
Facilitated the Center for Writing & Rhetoric’s two-day, monthly dissertation boot camp for Ph.D. and Master’s students in various stages of the dissertation and thesis writing process.
Led and coordinated group discussion about the dissertation writing process, troubleshooting, and other issues related to writing.

California State University Fullerton, CA

December 2012 – August 2013 McNair Scholars Graduate Assistant
Conducted writing workshops and individual consultations on thesis statements, revision, and proofreading; facilitated Writing Colloquium.
Coached students in reflection to develop awareness of goals and aspirations for graduate study.
Supported 25-undergraduate student cohort with one-on-one advising and consultation to brainstorm and write graduate school personal statements, letters of application, and other supporting materials.
November 2010 – July 2011 Upward Bound Instructor
Created and implemented lessons plans for bi-monthly, one-hour English class for 11th and 12th grade high school students with a focus on writing skills development, short essay answers, and essay planning in preparation for SAT English essay exams and college application personal essays.
Developed interactive writing activities and exercises to incorporate the summer program theme of social justice and encourage critical thinking skills in addition to preparing writing samples and personal statements for high school seniors.
August 2007 – May 2008 Writing Center Tutor & Student Assistant
Workshops: Narrowing Topics, Decoding Essay Prompts, Eliminating Wordiness
Developed and delivered workshops on various writing topics to improve undergraduate writing skills.
As student assistant for English 099 Developmental Writing course, conducted group discussions, in-class workshops and assisted instructor in developing basic writing skills and regularly met one-on-one with students enrolled in the course to check on progress and address student concerns and questions. 

School Connection  After-School Program, CA

January 2007 – January 2008 Writing Workshop Instructor
Organized lesson plans and taught a weekly writing class for grades 3-5 to introduce basic writing structure and mechanics.

Mt. San Antonio College, CA

October 2005 – May 2006 Tutor/Mentor
Provided writing support for high schools in Pomona and La Puente School Districts.
Assisted in workshops designed to help improve students’ English and math skills.


AY 2013 – 2016 Preparing Future Faculty
  Changing Contexts in Higher Education
Designing for Diversity in Our Classroom
Syllabus Design and Use


TAYO Literary Magazine (Literary magazine focused on Filipino-American experience)

August 2011 “The Joy of Packing Boxes.” Online edition.
October 2010 “Wearing Tsinelas.” Issue 2.

Minority Dreams Magazine (Online news magazine)

May 14, 2010 “Filipino veterans fight for equity, commemorate the Fall of Bataan”
May 9, 2010 “Small in number, local Moravian Church values modern beliefs”
December 19, 2010 “Wildlife Sanctuary battles silently amid city growth and development”
November 22, 2009 “College students and grads face tough challenges with health care”
November 16, 2009 “Every quarter counts in the drive to help homeless veterans”


November 2016 “‘The text will speak with whatever voice it’s been given’: Lynd Ward and the Wordless Novel.” Paper presented at the 18th annual Modernist Studies Association in Pasadena, California.
April 2015 “From Paratexts to Hypertexts: The Interactive Quixote.” Paper presented at “What is a Book?” Symposium at Scripps College, Claremont, California, sponsored in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School.
November 2014 “Female Storytelling and the Fallen Woman: A Case for Gaskell’s Ruth.” Paper presented at the 2nd international conference of Victorians Like Us at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.


AY 2016 – 2017 Albert B. Friedman Award
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, & Publishing (SHARP) Scholarship for California Rare Book School
AY 2015 – 2016 The Ahmanson Foundation Fellowship
CGU Graduate Student Council Travel Award
AY 2011 – 2015 Claremont Graduate University English Fellowship


Association of Print Scholars
Modern Language Association
Modernist Studies Association
North American Victorian Studies Association
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)


AY 2015 – 2017 Vice-President, CGU Student Council of Arts and Humanities
Historian (AY 2015–16), CGU Student Council of Arts and Humanities
Ph.D. Student Mentor, CGU English Department
Associate Editor, Foothill: A Journal of Poetry
April 2015 Chair and moderator, “What is a Book?” Symposium “Text & Manuscript” panel
April 2013 Volunteer, Cash-4-College, Mt. San Antonio College Financial Aid Department Event
September 2010 Book Drive Facilitator, Rockin’ Reads Textbook Drive to benefit La Carlota City High School in La Carlota, Negros Occidental, Philippines