Before coming to college teaching, Jaime was a flute teacher, writing tutor, lexicographer, and underpaid barista. In 2006, she received the Thomas Lux Grant in recognition of excellence in both teaching and the written word, and in 2007, the year she joined the faculty at IC, she was nominated as one of the year's Best Emerging Poets. Jaime can sing along with any song from 1995, but does most of her singing with Bella Voce (formerly the Fingerlakes Women's Chorale) and enjoys taking ballet classes several times a week.
Jaime has mentored Stillwater, our literary journal, coordinated the IC Writing Contest, and chaired the WomenSpeak conference; she has also sat on the Diversity Awareness Committee and the Women's and Gender Studies steering committee. Currently, Jaime is the faculty advisor to IC's spoken word group Spit That! and IC Women Empowered.
Her scholarly writing "Her/Me/Draco Malfoy: Tween Fangirl Communities and their Fictions" opens the section of Girl Wide Web 2.0: Revisiting Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity on Girls as Cultural Producers. Jaime's poetry has recently been featured in journals such as The Collagist, The Nervous Breakdown, decomP , Word Riot, Prick of the Spindle, Gargoyle Magazine, Women Arts Quarterly, and The Southeast Review. Her short fiction has appeared in Storyscape and the journal of the Modern Language Society, and a chapbook of her poems, Note That They Cannot Live Happily, is available from Split Oak Press. She has been featured twice on the public radio show Out of Bounds.
Her classes include Academic Writing I, which draws on themes of modern American lives as source material while emphasizing critical thinking; Argument; Writing the Personal Essay; Poetry I; Poetics; Women and Writing; and Introduction to Creative Writing. She also teaches four personally developed classes: the Ithaca Seminar Fantasy, Fandom, and Fans: Exceeding Our Own Lives; the Themes and Perspectives course Writing the Poetry of Social Justice; the Honors Seminar Plotting Marriages; and Writing Center Pedagogy. During the summer, she teaches Writing the College Application Essay as part of IC's summer college for high school students.
- M.F.A. Writing, Sarah Lawrence College
- B.A. Writing, Ithaca College, summa cum laude
- Minors in Women's Studies and Honors
- Modern Language Association
- Popular Culture Association
- International Writing Centers Association
- Children's Literature Association
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Some Conference Paper Presentations
En Pointe or Off-Base: Rebooting Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes (NeMLA, March 2012)
- Seeing Coraline: How We Visualize a Heroine (From Pippi to Ripley, April 2011)
- Gendering Robot Romances: From Artoo and Threepio to Wall-E and Eve (PCA/ACA National 2009)
- Compulsory Heterosexuality, Compulsory Mediocrity: The Queerness of the Gifted Girl (ChLA International, 2008)
- White Daughters, Native "Fathers": Indian Captivity Narratives in Children's Literature (ChLA International, 2007)
- The Fandom of Christ: Searching for Belief in Christian- and Fan-Fiction (PCA/ACA National 2007)