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Tera Cole

Tera Cole

Associate Lecturer in English

Office: LA 155



MA, English (2010), Idaho State University

BA, American Literature (1994), University of California, Santa Cruz

Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to do two things: be a teacher and a writer. When I started my college career at Humboldt State University, I had no doubt that I would study English. After finishing my generals, I transferred to the University of California at Santa Cruz to obtain a B.A. degree in American literature and culture. Eventually, I received my M.A. degree in English from Idaho State University where I was also trained to teach composition courses. My dream of becoming a teacher was finally realized.

I love helping students in English 1101 and 1102 become critical readers, thinkers and writers. I take pride in helping students in Technical Writing and Business Communications learn how to write in ways which are applicable to their chosen fields. I also enjoy bringing my cultural interests into course such as, Human Rights in Literature and American Cultural Studies.

Along with teaching, I am involved in service. In addition to my work on departmental committees, I am the Faculty Athletic Mentor for the women's volleyball team. I also pursue my love of writing short fiction. A couple of my short stories have been published, and I am hoping to have many more as time goes by.


"You, Too" Adanna Literary Journal Fall 2018

"Franny," Sky Island Journal Spring 2018

"Coyotes Don't Litter," The Writing Disorder Winter 2015.

"Where Things Are Made," Blunderbuss Magazine April 2015.

Awards and Honors

Master Teacher Award, ISU, 2019

Courses Taught

3308: Business Communications

3307: Professional and Technical Writing (in person and online)

2210: American Cultural Studies

1175: Literature and Ideas

1115: Special Topics in Literature

1102: Writing and Rhetoric II

1101P: Writing and Rhetoric I Plus

1101: Writing and Rhetoric I

HONS 1102: Honors Humanities II