Curriculum Vitae

2008-present            James Madison University             Harrisonburg, VA

Associate Professor/Writing Center Associate Director

  • Courses: travel writing, graphic novel, first-year composition, popular writing, contemplative writing, writing for nonprofits, tutoring writing, technical and scientific communication

  • Tutoring: undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in all academic disciplines

  • Administrative: supervise 35 employees (faculty, grad students, staff, and undergraduates) in three locations across campus

2008               University of Maryland University College       Adelphi, MD

Assistant Professor

  • Courses: first-year composition, editing, creative writing, grammar, business writing, and technical writing

  • Graduate courses: research writing

2008               University of Maryland University College       Adelphi, MD

Online Writing Tutor

  •   Tutoring: undergraduate and graduate, all disciplines

2007 - 2008 American Public University Charles Town, WV

Online Adjunct Instructor

  • Courses: writing about literature

2007 - 2008 Villa Julie College Stevenson, MD

Adjunct Instructor

  • Courses: creative nonfiction workshop, fiction workshops

2007 - 2008 Smarthinking.com Washington, DC

Online Writing Tutor

  • Tutoring: composition, literary analysis, developmental English, ESL, technical writing, citation, grammar, and business writing

2004 - 2009 Univ. of Md. University College Adelphi, MD

Assistant Adjunct Professor

  • Courses: first-year composition, editing, creative writing workshop, grammar

2004 George Mason University Fairfax, VA

Adjunct Instructor

  • Courses: first-year composition

2003 - 2004 Durham Tech. Com. College Durham, NC

Adjunct Instructor and Writing Center Tutor

  • Courses: expository writing, literature, developmental English, and grammar

  • Gave writing center consultations to a population of mostly first generation or multilingual students

2003-2004 Mount Olive College Durham, NC

Adjunct Instructor

  • Courses: Intro to fiction, poetry, and drama


2015-present              The Center Yoga Studio Harrisonburg, VA

Mindfulness/Insight Meditation Teacher


2017-present              James Madison Univ. Harrisonburg, VA

Koru Mindfulness Teacher


2016-present              Harrisonburg Parks and Rec  Harrisonburg, VA

Tai Chi Teacher


2012-2013              The Nest Yoga Studio Harrisonburg, VA

Mindfulness/Insight Meditation Teacher


2009-2017             James Madison University   Harrisonburg, VA

Meditation Teacher, Madison Meditates



1998 SN Goenka                              10 days Shellburne, MA

2006 Tara Brach                                    1 day Bethesda, MD

2007 Hugh Byrne/Jonathan Foust    1 day Silver Spring, MD

2007 Hugh Bryne                                2 days Beallsville, MD

2008 Jack Kornfield                                    9 days Barre, MA

2009 Larry Rosenberg                                 7 days Barre, MA

2010 Hugh Byrne                                2 days Beallsville, MD

2010 Larry Rosenberg                                 7 days Barre, MA

2011 Pat Coffey                              1 day Charlottesville, VA

2011 Hugh Byrne                                2 days Beallsville, MD

2012 Christina Feldman                             9 days Barre, MA

2013 Tara Brach                            7 days Reisterstown, MD

2013 Sky Dawson             7 days Barre, MA (Forest Refuge)


2005-2006 Remodeling Magazine Washington, DC

Copy Editor

  • prepared pages for publication in Remodeling and Replacement Contractor magazines

  • edited stories for grammar, style, and content

  • assisted in layout and copyflow


1999 The Gazette Newspapers Landover, MD

Assistant Editor/Feature Writer

  • covered city beat as a reporter

  • wrote and edited music, art, and feature stories for regional Lifestyles section


1998 Prince George’s Sentinel Seabrook, MD

Managing Editor

  • supervised editorial department, assigned stories, wrote features, edited copy, researched story ideas, created page layouts

  • supervised hiring process


1998 Montgomery County Sentinel Gaithersburg, MD

Reporter

  • covered several beats within the region

  • assigned and found stories as music editor


2018-2023                  Old Dominion University      Norfolk, VA

PhD/ Rhetoric and Composition

2000 - 2002 University of Maryland College Park, MD

MFA/Creative Writing

1993 - 1998 University of Maryland College Park, MD

BA/Journalism


Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, taught by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. 2019-2020.

Koru Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification. Koru Mindfulness Center. Certified Spring 2018.

Impact3Executive Leadership Training. James Madison University. 2014-2015.

Association for Contemplative Mind in Society: Weeklong Summer Institute on Contemplative Pedagogy. Northampton, MA. July 2012.

Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning. Bryn Mawr, PA. March 2012.

Pedagogical Grammar. 3-credit course focused on teaching English grammar to English Language Learners. Spring 2011.


International Writing Centers Association Weeklong Summer Institute for Writing Center Directors. Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. Summer 2010.


Mid Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference. Newark, Delaware. Spring 2010.


Mid Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference. York, Pennsylvania. Spring 2009.




“From Rogue to RAD: The Mindfulness Journey for Writing Centers" (Keynote Talk). South Central Writing Centers Association Conference. University of Central Arkansas. Conway, AR. February 2018. 


"Creating a Mindfulness-based Reflective Writing Assignment," at the Contemplative Practices for 21st Century Higher Education Conference, held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in March of 2018. 


“Holistic Faculty Development: Writing Renewal Retreats and Contemplative Practices.” Presented at the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference, Amherst, MA (10/7/16-10/9/16) 


“The Mindful Tutor: Evolution of Consciousness in the Writing Center.” International Writing Centers Association Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. October 2015.


“Collaboration between Writing Centers and Disability Services.” 2015 Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference. James Madison University. Harrisonburg, VA.


2015 Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference. Conference chair and hosting institution. James Madison University. Harrisonburg, VA.


“Writing Center Revisions: Making Immediate Use of Assessment” International Writing Centers Association 4C’s Collaborative. Las Vegas, NV. March 2013.


“The fading line between first-year writing and tutor training pedagogies” International Writing Centers Association Conference. San Diego, CA. October 2012.

“Can Writing Center Experience Really Change Our Classroom Instruction?” Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference. Shippensburg, PA. March 2012.


“The Role of Editing in Writing Center Work.” International Writing Centers Association/4 Cs Collaborative. Atlanta, GA. April 2011.


Becoming a Center for Pedagogical Innovation.” International Writing Centers Association Conference. Baltimore, MD. November 2010.


Marketing Writing Fellows/Mentors Programs.” (collaborative with Michigan State University) International Writing Centers Association Conference. Baltimore, MD. November 2010.


A Writing Center Greenhouse: Transplanting Expertise across the Curriculum.” International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. Bloomington, IN. May 2010.


Teaching on the page: How online tutoring techniques can enhance on-screen grading.” James Madison University’s School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Comm. Research Symposium. February 2010.


Featherstone, Jared, et al. “The Mindful Tutor.” How We Teach Writing Tutors: A WLN Digital Edited Collection, edited by Karen G. Johnson and Ted Roggenbuck, 2018, https://wlnjournal.org/digitaleditedcollection1/Featherstoneetal.html


Featherstone, Jared. “Mindfulness Meditation and Service Learning: Complementary Ways of Knowing.” (Book Chapter). Re-Envisioning Higher Education: Embodied Paths to Wisdom and Social Transformation. Information Age Publishing. 2013.

Featherstone, Jared and Kristen Welch. “One-To-One Becomes Many-To-Many: A Consultation Between Two Centers”. WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. Nov./Dec. 2012.

Featherstone, Jared. “Learning to Breathe.” (fiction) Ashé Journal. Jan. 2012.

Featherstone, Jared. Loman, Paul. Smith, Andrea. Steger, Martin. “They Really Like It Here.” International Writing Centers Association Featured Reading. Feb. 2011.


Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, Member.

James Madison University Initiative for Contemplative Study and Practice, Founding Member.



2007 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award Program: Nominee

2006 American Society of Business Publication Editors Gold team Award for Original Research in Business to Business Print Journalism

2004 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award Program: Nominee

1998 Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Assoc. Editorial Contest: 2nd Place, Public Service Reporting