About Danica Hubbard

Courses Taught

I teach in the classroom and online:

  • English 1101: English Composition I
  • English 1102: English Composition II
  • English 1105: Workplace Writing
  • English 0482: Approaches to College Reading II
  • English 0492 Approaches to College Writing II
  • Service Learning English 0492 Approaches to College Writing II taught with COD Natural Areas Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler



Ph.D. Education. Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy. University of Illinois at Chicago (1997).

Dissertation: “Computers and the Community College Student: Sharing Dialogue about Technology.”

M.A. Writing. DePaul University (1994).
Graduated Honors Distinction.

B.S. Mass Communication. Journalism and Creative Writing. Miami University (1990).
Requirements partially fulfilled at Heidelberg University, Germany (Summer 1988). Graduated Dean’s List.



English Full-Time Faculty

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois (1995-present). Professor, English. Tenured since 1998.

English Part-Time Faculty

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois (1994-1995).

DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois (Teaching Assistant: Fall 1993, Spring 1994).

Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois (Substitute Teacher, 1994),

Naperville Central High School, Naperville, Illinois (Substitute Teacher, 1994).

Joan Treland and Associates, Wheaton, Illinois (Administrator, diagnostics in writing and reading, 1994).

Community Literacy Consultant

The National Writer's Voice Project, Chicago, Illinois (1992-1993). Promoted readings by national and local authors and established community literacy programs.

IBM Merchandising Specialist

IBM Corporation, Chicago, Illinois (1990-1991). 
Formulated advertising, sales, and merchandising strategies for community colleges and universities in the Midwest region. Developed IBM's first Collegiate Representative Newsletter.



Refereed Journal Articles

Hubbard, Danica. (2016). “Using a Blog Throughout a Research Writing Course.” Online Writing Instruction (OWI) Open Resource www.ncte.org

Hubbard, Danica. (2016). “Blogging for Beginners: Recording a Semester of Teaching Online,” Innovation Abstracts, 38 (21), 2-3. www.codlearningtech.org

Hubbard, Danica. (1997). "Student Views of Computer-Composition Effects on Writing." Computers and Composition, 14 (1), 59-71.

Book Reviews

Hubbard, Danica. (2015). [Review of the book Prentice Hall Reader by George Miller]. Pearson.

Hubbard, Danica. (2007). [Review of the book Making Reading Relevant: The Art of Connecting by Teri Quick, Melissa Zimmer, Diane Hocevar]. Prentice Hall.

Hubbard, Danica. (2005). [Review of the book Improving Essential Reading and Study Skills by Lawrence Scheg]. R.J. Communications.

Hubbard, Danica. (2003). [Review of the book The Reading Context: Developing College Reading Skills by Dorothy Seyler]. Pearson.

Hubbard, Danica. (2001). [Review of the book Patterns Plus: A Short Prose Reader with Argumentation by Mary Lou Conlin]. Houghton Mifflin.

Other Publications

Hubbard, Danica. (2016, April 12). “Blogging for Beginners: Recording a Semester of Teaching Online” LearningTech.

Hubbard, Danica. (2013, April). “What do you Hope your Students Take Away from your Classes?” College of DuPage Faculty Advocate Newsletter.

Hubbard, Danica. (2006). “Lost and Found.” Swan and Iris. Ed. Fran Jablway. Kendall Printing:Yorkville, Illinois, pp. 6-7.


Awards & Honors

Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), 2017-2018. Participated in international professional exchange program in Xi’an International University, China. Accepted as a global education match sharing intercultural understanding and cultural development. Hosted a two-week homestay with faculty member from the China who reciprocated homestay visit. icispchina2018.wordpress.com/page/2

National Teaching Excellence Award, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), 2017. Nominated by College of DuPage President, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of English and English Language Studies. Demonstrated outstanding commitment and contributions to students and colleagues at College of DuPage.

Distinguished Alumni Award Nominee, 2017. Nominated by administrators, this award celebrates a group of College of DuPage alumni who have demonstrated notable career and professional growth within their field in addition to making a positive impact on community through leadership and volunteering,

IDEA Center Innovation Award, 2016. College of DuPage $500 award for online publication “Blogging for Beginners,” posting 116 consecutive days of what it is like to teach English composition online at a community college. teachingwritingonline.wordpress.com

Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, Liberal Arts Division, College of DuPage, 2014-2015. Nominated by peers and students, I was selected by the Dean of Liberal Arts for excellence in teaching, service to College of DuPage, scholarly activities, community service, and advising skills. cod.edu/spotlights

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) of the Year Award Finalist, 2015. One of 12 finalists out of 68,000 volunteers in this organization. Nominated by fellow volunteers from our construction project in Barrio Cuba, Costa Rica, family and friends. Finalists were evaluated on experience volunteering locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference in long-term vision, investment and sustainability. www.volunteerhq.org

Best College of DuPage Online Professor, Faculty Spotlight, 2013. Featured for sharing ideas using the “Community of Inquiry” method of teaching by emphasizing social, cognitive and teaching presence.

National Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design, 2012. Award for developing English 1102 research writing online course for College of DuPage. Nominated by Instructional Technology Designer at College of DuPage. Award identifies and disseminates best practices for designing high quality online courses via a rubric used to evaluate design, interaction and collaboration, assessment, and learner support. Thousands of teachers and designers have used the Exemplary Course Program to evaluate and improve their courses with recognized best practices.

Girl Scout Leader of the Year Award, 2008. Nominated by both of our daughter’s Girl Scout Troops as a role model for young women to lead positive and successful lives by sharing activities together like field trips, camping and hosting donation drives within the community.

Math and English Department Integrated Curriculum Award, 2006. Collaborated with District 502 team of community college and high school faculty to develop programs for dual credit opportunities and continuing education in career and technical education.

Woman of Distinction, Adade Wheeler Award Nominee, 1998. Nominated by College of DuPage peers, this award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the personal and professional advancement of women through education, advocacy, and mentoring.

U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award, 2019-2020. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. Taught a series of Contemporary English Language courses at the University of Zadar, Croatia via a semester sabbatical in tandem with the U.S. Department of State pairing English Composition with volunteering in the community. collegeofdupagetocroatiausfulbrightscholarprogram.home.blog


Conference Activity

Papers Presented

“Computers, Camtasia and Making Connections: First Semester Teaching College Reading Online.” College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Conference, November 2012. Houston, Texas.

“Blogging in the Reading Classroom.” College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Conference, November 2011. San Diego, California.

“Read to Succeed.” International Conference on Research in Access and Developmental Education. September 2008. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"The Prairie Project: Students, Sustainability and Service," National Service-Learning Conference, March 2018, St. Paul, Minnesota.



“Community Engaged Learning Development Conference.” North Central College, October 2017. Naperville, Illinois.

“Blogging for Beginners.” International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), May 2017. Austin, Texas.

“Teaching Developmental Education Online: Creating Effective Cyber Communities,” Webinar, April 2012.

“Blackboard Exemplary Course Design Process.” Blackboard World Developers Conference, July 2012. New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Enriching Learning Environments with Technology,” Elgin Community College Technology Conference, March 2016. Elgin, Illinois.

“Retaining Students in Online Education.” HighEdWeb Association Conference, October 2007. Rochester, New York.

"Reading the New World." International Reading Association (IRA) Conference, May 2000. Indianapolis, Indiana.

"The Future of Reading.” Illinois Community College Reading Consortium, February 1998. Des Plaines, Illinois.

"Rising to the Challenge: Community College Readers." National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), March 1998. Atlanta, Georgia.

"Linkages: What We're Learning About Our Students.” Triton College Assessment Fair, November 1997. River Grove, Illinois.

“Creating Cut Scores at the Community College.” American College Testing (ACT) Midwest Regional Conference, June 1997. Normal, Illinois.

"Computer-Composition Effects in Student Perceptions." American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, April 1996. New York, New York.

"What Works? Learning from Success and Avoiding Pitfalls." American Association of Higher Education Assessment Conference (AAHE), June 1996. Washington, D.C.

"Community College Curricular Changes." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Winter Workshop, January 1996. Clearwater Beach, Florida.

“Great Teachers Seminar.” George Williams College hosts College of DuPage Faculty Retreat, August 1995. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

"The Arts and Humanities in a Technological Age." Western Illinois Regional Humanities Festival, October 1995. Moline, Illinois.

"Literacy and Technology:" National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Assembly for Research Conference, February 1995. Chicago, Illinois.

“Reading Between the Lines: Identifying Students who Struggle in College.” Oakton Community College, October 1994. Des Plaines, Illinois.

“Assessment Starts Here.” Triton College, November 1994. River Grove, Illinois.

"Colwell's Creations." Fiction Readings from the Guild Literary Complex, March 1993. Hot House Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois.


Campus Presentations

“Best Blog for Beating Boredom: Virtual Assignments to Showcase Teaching and Learning.” College of DuPage In-Service Workshop, November 2015. Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

“Area Coordinators: What are their roles and responsibilities?” College of DuPage Centers for Independent Learning Holiday Intermezzo and Cracker Barrel Sessions, December, 2007. Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

“College Reading Preparedness.” Technical Preparedness Student Task Force College of DuPage Panel Presentation, May, 2006. Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

"Student Success: Study Skills Seminar." College of DuPage Study Skills Institute. August 1997. Glen Ellyn, Illinois.



Service to Profession

Harvard University Co-Researcher, National Research Study investigating students' choice of STEM careers. "Female Representation in Out-of-School-Time Science (FROSTS),” Fall 2017-present. Worked together with Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to address the main question whether out-of-school-time science activities increase students’ likelihood of having a STEM career interestat the startof college (all intended majors enrolled in English classes). Assisted in recruiting and surveying participants in freshman English classes at College of DuPage.

Blog Exchange, 2016-present. Worked with the founder of FactSumo (www.factsumo.com), the learning app that helps students “learn anything in 5 minutes.” Exchanged blog posts on each other’s websites. For example, FactSumo shared my Day 98 blog about using clickers as a tool in the classroom to share how to effectively bring technology into the classroom.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Education Policy Webinars, 2013. Dialogue with teachers, administrators and learning assistance professionals regarding trends, controversies and assessment tools within our field.

Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Technical Preparatory Grant, 2012. Worked with community college and high school faculty committee to draft and submit a grant to support students seeking education and careers in work-based, technical fields.

Departmental/College/University Service

Sustainability Campus Committee, College of DuPage, 2017-present. Appointed to advocate for sustainable initiatives including expansion of natural areas, revegetation of pond shorelines, reintroduction of bioswales in parking lots, solar panels on roofs and re-examination of recycling practice.

European Studies Committee, College of DuPage, 2016-present. Participate with faculty to promote understanding and appreciation of European countries, languages and cultures by hosting events in collaboration with European cultural, educational, artistic and diplomatic organizations.

Learning Technologies Steering Committee, College of DuPage, 2016-present. Appointed to represent our department as stakeholders in Instructional Technology.

New Faculty Institute, Co-Presenter, College of DuPage, 2016. Worked with a team of College of DuPage English Professors and Instructional Designers from Learning Technologies to present “Introduction to Online and Hybrid Delivery Formats.”

Chair, Teaching with Technology Committee, College of DuPage, 2015-2017. Appointed by administrator to lead committee in comprehensively examining and enhancing English and ELL Department practices for teaching with technology. Issues that fall under the auspices of the committee might include gathering and disseminating best practices, auditioning and assessing new technological tools, and reviewing online and hybrid course shells.

Writing and Reading Assistance Area Advisory Committee, College of DuPage, 2014-present. Worked with team of faculty, staff and administration to review student appointments, workshops and supplemental materials offered to students who request assistance in writing and reading. Reviewed online videos, advertising and classroom visits to promote increasing English as a second language (ESL) student appointments within the Learning Commons. Assisted in designing placement and exit testing workshops for student success.

Teaching and Learning (TLC) Workshop, Co-Presenter, College of DuPage, 2014. Worked with team of faculty to discuss changes in technology regarding our learning management system.

Curriculum Developer, College of DuPage, 2012-present. Submitted proposal to Office of Instructional Development (OID) to review online curriculum with faculty and research best practices. Re-designed English 1101, English 1102, English 0492 and created the first English 0482 course available online at College of DuPage.

Co-Creator, 2011-2012. Developmental Education DVD, College of DuPage. Scripted, produced and participated in a mini-movie (DVD) with faculty and students to heighten awareness of our developmental offerings in writing, reading and mathematics. Reviewed the definition, purpose and long term success students experience after completed developmental courses at College of DuPage. View Video

Early Alert System, College of DuPage, 2011-present. Collaborate with counseling and advising staff to identify students who struggle academically. Co-author documentation to create follow up communication with at risk students to encourage them to come to our offices and discuss how we can help them succeed.

Professional Writing (Technical Writing) Committee, College of DuPage, 2010-2017. Worked together with faculty and administration to review College of DuPage Professional Writing Certificate, reach out to community members to organize Advisory Board, created marketing pieces for courses within program.

Innovation Incubator. Co-Presenter, College of DuPage, 2009. Collaborated with College of DuPage Human Anatomy Professor to integrate a reading strategy into her classes. We monitored grades and study habits throughout the semester.

Quantum Leadership Academy, College of DuPage, 2009. Collaborated with fellow faculty to share series of effective reading strategies within content specific disciplines including Biology, Heating and Air Conditioning and Algebra.

Coordinator, Center for Independent Learning, College of DuPage, 2006-2008. Facilitated faculty meetings, ordered textbooks and materials, scheduled faculty teaching appointments, monitored curriculum revisions, revised 17 English Composition syllabi with faculty committee.

Student Success Grant, College of DuPage, 2007. Worked with a team of faculty and administrators to co-author grant proposal to provide services for at-risk students (students identified as underprepared) to receive a case manager/counselor to advise registration in developmental coursework to help reach students’ educational goals.

Faculty Senator, College of DuPage, 2005-2007. Elected by faculty to serve 2-year term. Worked in system of shared governance. Made recommendations regarding school calendar, budgeting and academic freedom. Fielded concerns from fellow faculty via e-mail, phone and in person regarding college and department policy, welfare and student conduct. Worked with a variety of disciplines to discuss joint concerns in the best interest of the institution and our district.

English Tenure Track Faculty Search Committee College of DuPage, 2007, 2012. Appointed by administration to work together in selecting qualified applicants who best meet the needs of students, the Liberal Arts Division and College of DuPage. Developed advertisement of position, a rubric for screening qualifications, participated in series of interviews in person and via Skype, observed classroom demonstrations and conducted tours of College of DuPage facilities for faculty finalists.

Foundations of Special Education, Northern Illinois University, 2001. Completed graduate school course researching contemporary changes in philosophy, objectives, teaching in diverse cultural settings, curriculum, methods and evaluation materials.

Chair, Institutional Reading Committee, College of DuPage, 2000-2007. Worked with counseling, advising, faculty, ESL faculty and administration to oversee Reading Competency Requirement which states all students are required to take a reading placement test before enrolling in college-level courses at College of DuPage. Developed communicative pieces for students including a brochure, bookmark and posters to explain the placement process in placement, curricular offerings and exit testing.

Enduring Purposes Team: Developmental Education, College of DuPage, 1999. Co-authored report developed to help College of DuPage faculty explore and respond to results of 1998 ACT/CAAP testing. Worked together to develop and refresh an understanding of general education, identify courses with general education competency requirements and investigate how to improve support in helping students plan and achieve academic goals and competencies.

Reading Assistance Area Design Committee, College of DuPage, 1997-1998. Worked with faculty, staff and administration to develop the first Reading Assistance Area at College of DuPage. Met with architects and engineers to design a comfortable and inviting space where students and faculty can meet to discuss assignments, gather for Book Club meetings, and access literacy materials in a variety of formats. For students who identify via College of DuPage’s Center for Access and Accommodations, students with disabilities are ensured another resource area to provide support services on campus.

Coordinator, Reading Competency Requirement, College of DuPage, 1997-2001. Appointed by the administration to conduct norming sessions with adjunct and full-time faculty in relation to our placement and exit tests for developmental reading students. Worked with academic advisers and counselors to prepare students for success in college. Archived and shared data regarding retention and graduation among students placed in developmental reading courses. Worked with satellite centers to share information regarding testing, advising and placement. Engaged in exit exam design research every term to monitor results and vary materials for students. Developed reading course sequence for students identified as needing assistance to prepare for college-level reading.

Community Involvement/Outreach

Pre-School Volunteer, Henna School, January 2017. Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Donated school supplies and worked with children learning alphabet games and senses songs.

COD Cares Crew Chief, 2016. Actively support and strengthen District 502 by participating in a variety of community service projects like “Fall day of Action,” cleaning up our prairie grasses and harvesting seeds for future growth.

Spring Break Volunteer, Re-Member Organization, 2016. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. Organized donation drive collecting soap, toothpaste, shampoo and hair brushes. Built wooden bunk beds, wheelchair ramps, repaired trailer skirting and outhouses for the Lakota community.

Sailing Board Secretary, Saugatuck Children’s Sailing Program, 2016-present. Record and publish meeting minutes for Western Michigan sailing program. Participate in promoting water safety awareness and US Level Sailing activities including coastal navigation training, regattas, and recreational sailing.

Spring Break Volunteer, IVHQ International, 2014. Barrio Cuba, Costa Rica. Organized donation drive to collect Spanish-English dictionaries and Band-Aids for the Intercultural Center. Participated in construction and renovation of community bathroom and painted mural for future computer classroom.

Holiday Volunteer, Almost Home Kids Medical Care Facility, 2013-present. Every December I coordinate a group of our daughters’ high school friends to dress up like elves, read holiday stories and sing to children with complicated healthcare needs who require respite care at this facility.

Holiday Volunteer, St. Patrick’s Residence Nursing and Rehabilitation Home, 2013-present. Every December I work with a group of our daughters’ high school friends to dress up like elves, distribute candy canes and sing to the elderly residents at this facility.

Feed My Starving Children, Volunteer, 2013-present. Worked with neighbors and family members to pack meals for malnourished children in a variety of areas including Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Caribbean, North and Central America and South America.

Naperville Junior Woman’s Club, 2012-2013. Serve, share and volunteer to improve the quality of life in the Naperville community and surrounding areas through philanthropic donations and fundraisers.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 2012-present. Prepare and deliver meals to local members and their families once a month.

AFS International Host Family, 2011-2012. Hosted Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) exchange student from Riesa, Germany for one year in our home. This fellowship is funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress, providing American and German young adults the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s country, studying, interning and living with hosts in a cultural immersion program.

VacSee/Paris Program, 2010. Hosted exchange student from France for two weeks in our home.

American Cancer Society (ACS), 2007. Raised $1,000 in donations for ACS as a sponsored runner in the Chicago Marathon.

Hesed House, 2006-present. Homeless shelter volunteer duties include preparing and serving dinner, opening lockers for guests, registering guest bed assignments, passing out toiletries in the volunteer store and distributing mail.

DuPage Pads Volunteer, 2000-present. Worked with members in the DuPage County to provide interim and permanent housing support services for individuals working toward becoming self-sufficient. Donated food items to pantry, served lunch and cleaned kitchen.

Saints Peter and Paul Emergency Meals Committee, 1999-present. Provide dinners for families or individuals who have illness, unemployment, death in the family or specific needs as requested.

Rainbows for All Children, 1991-present. Support bereaved children encountering death or divorce in their family.

Professional Association Memberships

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)

National Association for Developmental Education (NADE)

Society for Technical Communication (STC)

American Association of Higher Education (AAHE)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

International Reading Association (IRA)

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)

Chicago Area Developmental Reading Educators (CADRE)

American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC)

Professional Travel

Lyon, France, 2009. Completed Culinary Arts 1800, a French Country Cooking course. Learned skills related to Foodservice Administration and used those skills with my English Composition students who are currently enrolled in Hospitality, Hotel and Lodging, and Language courses.


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