About Nicole


Nicole Papaioannou is a Ph.D. candidate in English program at St. John’s University. She is currently working on her dissertation, a grounded theory study that traces students’ experiences taking course-assigned writing and turning it into self-sponsored writing projects beyond class. Her academic interests lie in Composition and Rhetorical Theory, New Media and Digital Literacy, Ecocomposition, and Public Discourse.

Nicole has a Master of Arts degree from Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ), where she studied English with a concentration in British literature. Her thesis is titled “‘But they would not teach her to play’: Child Heroines, Fantasy, and the Victorian Debate on Female Education.” This paper outlines the re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s Alices by two Victorian women writers, Christina Rossetti (Speaking Likenesses) and Augusta Webster (Daffodil and the Croaxaxicans: A Romance of History), and traces their use of child heroines in fantasy worlds  as commentary on the Victorian debate on female education. Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications with a minor in Photography from Pace University (Pleasantville, NY).


Nicole is the Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Design at Fulcrum Labs. She performs training analysis for clients, designs curriculum, and manages a team of instructional designers, editors, and authoring specialists in the development of curriculum for online personalized adaptive learning courses. The courses range in subject matter from aircraft systems training for pilots to medical device use for medical professionals to SAT and SAT prep for high school students.

Before moving to LA, Nicole taught academic and professional writing, college reading, literature, and creative writing and consulted at university writing centers on the east coast, including Pace University (English Department), St. John’s University (First Year Writing Department and Institute for Writing Studies/Writing Center), and Montclair State University (Center for Writing Excellence).

Other professional experiences include the positions of technical writer at an IT consulting firm, personal assistant to a magazine writer/book author, horseback riding instructor, senior counselor and interim program director, an online course teaching assistant, a campus tour guide, and a newsletter editor. She also interned during her time as an undergraduate as an academic advisor.


Her favorite poem is “Love Calls Us to the Things of This World” by Richard Wilbur, and her favorite fiction book is The Temple of the Winds by Terry Goodkind.


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