Sanft, Marni B
Associate Professor - StdntLeadership&SuccessStudies
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Associate Professor
Department of College Success Studies 


Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Master of Arts in Teaching in English, June 1996
North Carolina initial ‘g’ license in Secondary Language Arts, June 1996
            - Completed extensive course work in the Graduate School including British
               imperial literature, Canadian literature, Shakespeare, Milton, American 
               autobiographies, linguistics, and pedagogy of writing
            - Researched the relationship between the learning process, literary criticism 
               and the pedagogy of writing
            - Received competitive departmental scholarship

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities--English, December 1994
            - Magna cum laude graduate (3.9/4.0 GPA)
            - Trustees scholar (4-year full tuition scholarship)
            - English courses focusing on literary criticism, British literature, and 
               Shakespeare; and humanities courses including European and world 
               civilizations, medieval studies, Asian studies, German literature, theories of 
               aesthetics, philosophy, and American studies including a seminar about 
               the American Twenties



Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah           
Assistant Professor, College Success & Academic Literacy (August 2002 through present)
      Courses Taught
            - CLSS 1000 Student Success
            - CLSS 1200 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
            - CLSS 2200 Leadership Mentoring I
            - CLSS 2300 Leaderhip Mentoring II
            - CLSS 240R Leadership Mentoring Practicum
            - CTRS 0900 College Textbook Reading
            - CTRS 1170 Advanced College Textbook Reading

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey           
Writing Program Full-time Instructor (August 2000 through May 2002)
Writing Program Part-time Lecturer (August 1998 through May 2000)
      Courses Taught
            - Expository Writing 101
            - Basic Composition 100
            - Basic Composition and Reading 100R
            - Composition Skills 098
            - Writing Center Tutorials 096 

Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah           
Adjunct Faculty (Summer Term, 1997 and 1998) 
      Courses Taught
            - Fundamental English Skills 089
            - Jump Start—study skills for college-bound high school graduates
Northern High School, Durham, North Carolina
Teaching Intern, Substitute Teacher, and Full-time Teacher (1995-1996 Academic Year)
            - Conceived and taught original units in British literature, World literature, and 
            - Completed two-semester teaching internship with certified teaching mentor
            - Hired to finish school year when a teacher unexpectedly resigned
            - Worked with students from 9th to 12th grade at all levels from basic to 
               academically gifted

Missionary Training Center, Provo, Utah
Teacher (August through December 1994)
            - Taught basic Greek grammar and conversation to classes of young adults 
               preparing to go to Greece



Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey
Teaching & Learning Summer Institute, Consultant  (June-July 2002)
            - Worked with team of professional consultants to develop The Praxis I: Pre-
               Professional Skills Test in Writing
            - Made recommendations regarding appropriate writing skills to test in 
               undergraduate students

Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah
Writing Center/Learning Lab Coordinator (October 1996 through August 1998)
            - Hired, trained, and supervised several part-time and full-time employees 
               including other program coordinators, tutors, and lab assistants
            - Managed activities of tutorial lab and proctoring center including tutoring, 
               individual instruction modules, workshops, and computer tutorial programs 
               for students across campus
            - Coordinated center services with campus faculty and other student service 
               programs to promote and develop tutorial center
            - Developed workshops, training units, and other supplemental learning/ 
               tutoring systems
            - Collected and analyzed lab statistics 
            - Forecast and managed allotted resources including budgets, supplies, and 
            - Worked with committee of faculty and staff to develop and maintain on-line 
               writing lab []

Sylvan Learning Center, Orem, Utah
Tutor (August through September 1996)
            - Hired to teach CLEAR Writing Program to high school and junior high 
               school students
            - Worked with individual students of all ages to improve reading and writing 


Peer Mentor Companion.   Written with Mike Jensen and Eldon McMurray.  Published by Houghton Mifflin, ©2008.



“Peers Mentoring Peer Mentors: Top Ten Best Practices for a Student-Led 
       Approach.”  Scheduled to present with Mike Jensen, Ben Duffy, Jeff Engh, 
       Chelsea Seegmiller, and Darren Tintle at Annual Conference on the First-Year 
       Exprience, Addison, TX, February 2007.

“Improving Student Success through Peer Mentors.”  Presented at Houghton Mifflin 
       Fall Energizer Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 2006.

“Maintaining the Momentum: Mentoring the Mentor.”  Presented with Mike Jensen, 
       Aaron Olsen, and Ben Duffy at Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, 
       Atlanta, GA, February 2006.
“Using the Master Student Map to Promote Critical Thinking.”  Presented paper, 
      “Metacognitive Application Process: A Framework for Teaching Effective Thinking 
       Skills in FYE Courses,” with Eldon McMurray at Master Student Conference, New 
       Orleans, LA, February 2005.
“Peer Mentoring: Integrating Leadership Opportunities into First-Year Programs.”  
       Presented with Jodi Webb, Julie Bagley, and Mike Jensen at Annual Conference 
       on the First-Year Experience, Phoenix, AX, February 2005.

“Critical Thinking in FYE Courses: A Framework for Student Success.”  Presented 
       with Eldon McMurray at Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, 
       Addison, TX, February 2004.

 “The Collaboratory: Developmental Writing in the Computer Classroom.”  Panel 
       presentation at Conference on College Composition and Communication, 
       Chicago, IL, March 2002.


- Member, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- Master Tutor certification, College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)
            March 1998
- National Writing Center Association (NWCA) Conference, Park City, Utah
            September 1997
- Midwest College Learning Center Association (MCLCA) Summer Institute,
  Chicago, Illinois
            June 1997


Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah  
Service Expedition—Bridger-Teton National Forest (Summer 2005)
            - Worked with 25 UV Mentors to restore trails and campsites for the Forest 

Service Expedition—Teton National Park  (Summer 2006)
            - Worked with 35 UV Mentors to remove brush from Jenny Lake trail.

Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah
Gear Up! Program (Spring 2005)
            - Worked with Gear Up representative to prepare Leadership Mentoring 
               students to conduct campus tours for 700+ junior high school students.  

Fourth District Juvenile Court, Orem, Utah
Life Skills Program (Fall 2002)
            - Worked with Continuing Education department to prepare UVSC student 
               groups to teach life skills to youth placed in the program by the court.

Durham County Literacy Council, Durham, North Carolina  
Tutor (January 1995 through July 1996)



Greece Athens Mission (October 1992 through April 1994)
      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Study Abroad, London, England (January through June 1992)