BETH NACHISON
955 Mix Ave #3L
Hamden CT 06514
(203) 287-8346
b.nachison@snet.net
http://nachison.tripod.com/nachison.html

 
 

OBJECTIVE:

A position as a technical writer, instructional designer or training developer in an organization that values clear, effective writing and strong analytical skills.
NOTE: I am not looking for a new position at this time.

SUMMARY:

Creative, highly-motivated professional with writing, editing, and instructional design experience, including:

  • Over fifteen years experience designing and delivering training
  • Experience developing policies, procedures, courseware, and software training material for major corporations
  • Familiarity with current computer technologies, software, computer-based research, and electronic dissemination of information
  • Recent design and creation of interactive web-site to support classroom activities and promote independent research
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing, course development, and organizational and inter-personal skills

SOFTWARE:

Microsoft Office 97/98 Adobe FrameMaker RoboHelp
Macromedia Authorware Adobe Photoshop Visio
Claris FileMaker Pro Adobe PageMaker Macromedia Dreamweaver
Netscape Communicator Adobe Acrobat Shockwave for Authorware
HTML and JavaScript Adobe PageMill HTML Transit

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Instructional Designer/Editor: GE Learning Solutions

  • Developed interactive scripts and exercises for courseware to support GE corporate sales training (“Boundaryless Sales”)
  • Analyzed, organized, and transferred into an online environment HR support material related to GE mergers and acquisition practices
  • Trained other employees at GE Learning Solutions on the proprietary ID Tool used for online course and EPSS development
  • Edited the new Corporate Compliance module of the GE Six Sigma Quality Coach
  • Performed QA on new and revised segments of the GE Six Sigma Quality Coach (including text, links, and graphics)

Technical Writer: Policies and Procedures, Yale University Project X

  • Analyzed and documented business processes and procedures associated with a Year 2000 Oracle conversion and overall business-practice modernization
  • Wrote new end-user and back-office procedures for systems-based financial and human resources activities, including procurement and accounts payable, payroll, tax, grant management, and financial planning
  • Designed forms for electronic and paper delivery to facilitate updated procedures
  • Worked closely with process owners to develop updated University policies related to major business activities
  • Met tight deadlines for institutional training and implementation

Training Developer: Fort James Corporation

  • Wrote job aids and learning exercises for training end users of COSMOS software system being adopted company-wide following corporate merger
  • Conducted task analyses of decision-making and systems-based procedures at different stages of manufacturing, inventory and shipping processes
  • Reviewed documentation of tasks with subject-matter experts and process-owners

Writing and Publication Design

  • Documented financial and computer procedures for end users
  • Designed an interactive web-site, wrote the text and developed the scripts used on it
  • Compiled, designed and formatted course-pack readers for undergraduate classes
  • Created flyers to publicize new course offerings
  • Wrote and designed handout materials for classroom use, including assignments, study guides, and guidelines for writing
  • Created flyers and posters for writers' workshops in Connecticut and Iowa
  • Experienced meeting tight deadlines
  • Wrote articles and books reviews appearing in professional history journals (French Historical Studies and The Sixteenth-Century Journal)
  • Wrote eleven study-guide essays for new editions of Classics Illustrated, published by Acclaim Comics: titles include The Man in the Iron Mask, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Invisible Man, and Henry V

Instruction

  • Over 15 years experience in instructional design including curriculum development, measurement and courseware development.
  • Prepared all lectures, assignments, classroom activities, and exams
  • Coordinated course-work and collaborated on assignments with instructors in related disciplines
  • Assigned and assessed student writing exercises
  • Helped students improve skills in writing and analysis
  • Developed proposal for undergraduate curriculum reform
  • Helped develop objectives and outcomes for general-education history courses
  • Participated in revision of SCSU history graduate curriculum

Computer

  • Familiar with major current software for writing, layout, courseware, and design
  • Experienced using current tools for web-page design, including HTML, JavaScript, Adobe Acrobat, and Shockwave
  • Proficient at mastering new software quickly
  • Comfortable on both Windows and Macintosh platforms

Research

  • Conducted extensive primary and secondary research for dissertation
  • Completed original analyses of sources and data
  • Reported conclusions at professional meetings and in professional peer-reviewed forums
  • Helped analyze evidence in depositions and technical documents relating to waste-disposal abuses and toxic material dumping in New Jersey
  • Fluent reading-knowledge of French

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • 1999 Instructional Designer (GE Learning Solutions)
  • 1998-1999Technical Writer (Yale University: Project X)
  • 1998 Training Developer (Fort James Corp)
  • 1996-present Freelance Writer
  • 1992-1998 Assistant Professor, Southern Connecticut State University
  • 1992 Research Assistant, Gaia Associates, Inc.
  • 1983-1992 Instructor and Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa

EDUCATION:

  • 1992 PhD (History), University of Iowa
  • 1983 MA, University of Iowa
  • 1982 BA, Dartmouth College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

REFERENCES:

Tania Scott-Gray
Manager, Product Development
GE Learning Solutions
(203) 944-3092 (work)

Marilyn Gondek
Team LeaderPolicies and Procedures Yale University Project X
(203)432-8514 (work)

Nancy Flowers-Mangs
Senior Technical Writer, Yale University Project X
(203) 432-8476 (work)
(203) 488-3329 (home)

Hillary Strome
Team Leader - BSMP Training, Fort James Corp.
(203) 854-2227 (work)

Madeleine Robins
(former) Editor, Acclaim Comics
(212) 222-8874 (home)

Hugh Davis
Professor of History, Southern Connecticut State University
(203) 392-5602 (work)
(203) 248-6685 (home)

Alan Friedlander
Professor of History, Southern Connecticut State University
(203) 392-5613 (work)
(203) 287-9299 (home)

Georgeanne Nelson
Senior Instructional Designer and Trainer, Evolving Systems Inc."
(303) 802-2028 (work)
(719) 265-1971 (home)

 
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