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Department of

April Heaney

Associate Lecturer for the Department of English
LeaRN Director
M.A., University of Wyoming
B.A., University of Wyoming
Coe Library 221/Crane Hall 219


Teaching Awards:

2007, Theodore M. Hesburg Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning, Synergy Learning Community.

2003, Fred Slater Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

2004, CCCCs Conference on Basic Writing Award for Innovation, Synergy Learning Community.

Beatrice Gallatin Beuf Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Freshman Teaching.


This is NOT an English book. (2008). Boston: Pearson (With 1010 Committee: Kaijsa Calkins; Pam Galbreath, April Heaney, Beth Pederson, and Dixie Thoman) Sheridan, Mary P.

Journal Articles

Heaney, April & Rick Fisher. (2011). “Supporting Conditionally-Admitted Students: A Case Study of Assessing Persistence in a Learning Community.” Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 11(1).

Fisher, Rick & April Heaney. “A Faculty Perspective: Strengthening At-Risk Students’ Transition to Academic Research through Embedded Librarianship.” Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond One-Shot Instruction. Edited by Kaijsa Calkins and Cass Kvenild.

Belanger, Kelly and April Heaney. “Critical Pedagogy as Socially Progressive Research: Challenging Programmatic and Institutional Traditions.” Socially Progressive Research Methodologies.  Eds. Katy Powell and Pamela Takayoshi. Hampton Press.

Knievel, Michael, April Heaney, and Meg Wood. “Bucking the Rules: Teaching Grammar “Wrong” for the Right Results in Technical Communication Consulting.” IEEE: Professional
. 2009.

Heaney, April. “The Synergy Program:  Reframing Critical Reading and Writing for At-Risk Students.” Journal of Basic Writing. 2006.

Creative Work

Heaney, April. “Homebound.” Prick of the Spindle. Winter 2009.

Heaney, April. “Lesson Plan.” Wyoming Fence Lines. Ed. David Romtvedt. Wyoming Humanities and Wyoming Arts Councils. Fall 2007.

Heaney, April. “Fast Filth.” Alimentum: The Literature of Food. Winter 2007.

Heaney, April. “The Mindlamp.” FMAM Magazine. Spring 2004. 72-75.

Heaney, April. “The Waking.” Mudrock: Stories and Tales. Fall 2003. 21-31.

Heaney, April. “The Garden of Live Flowers.” American Nature Writing. Ed. John Murray. Golden: Fulcrum, 2002.

Campus Publications

Heaney, April, Jessica Willford, David Cozzens, and Mary Aguayo. Your Road to Academic Success: A Guide for Students. University of Wyoming. Spring 2008.

Heaney, April and Jessica Willford. FIGS: A Guide for Faculty, Staff, and Residence Assistants. University of Wyoming. Fall 2007.

Heaney, April. Supplemental Instruction: Training and Techniques. University of Wyoming. Fall 2007.


“Following At-Risk Students into the Second Year: Identifying Characteristics of Students  who Successfully Transition Beyond the First-Year Experience,” University of Wyoming Faculty Grant-In-Aid. $5,000.           

Learning, Leadership, and Success: Innovations in First-Year Learning, University of Wyoming Learning Resource Network. $1,300.

FIPSE Grant Project Participant, “Connected Learning Across Academic Settings,” University of Wyoming. $9,000.

Faculty-Student Collaborations: Understanding How Students Learn, University Studies Program Innovative Course Project, University of Wyoming Center for Teaching Excellence. $1,100.

In my role as LeaRN director I oversee academic learning communities at UW, including the Synergy Program, Freshman Interest Groups, and Career and Major Exploration Cohorts. In addition, the LeaRN Program facilitates supplemental instruction in over 50 high-difficulty courses per year, offers tutor certification training for UW student tutors, and works with several campus programs to implement the Summit Transition Weekend for all entering students.

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