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 a freelance instructional design consultant, who uses a performance-focused, learner-centered approach to learning design. She is skilled in all areas of instructional design, including needs analysis, curriculum design, content development (scripting and storyboarding, assessment, technical documentation, etc.), implementation, and evaluation. Her learning solutions are tailored to client and learner needs, and she has provided learning solutions for both enterprise-level training and small-group courses. Her recent projects include software training for Netflix and Audiology Plus and technical training for Allegiant Airlines. Occasionally, she will also use her talent in communications and teaching to write web content or provide copy-editing for professional and academic documentation.

Formerly, the Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Design at Fulcrum Labs, Nicole’s learning design has been recognized by industry leaders such as Brandon Hall and Chief Learning Officer Magazine. At Fulcrum, she performed training analysis for clients, designed curriculum, and managed a team of instructional designers, editors, and authoring specialists in the development of curriculum for online personalized adaptive learning courses. The courses ranged 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 California, 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, nightlife photographer, 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.

Her favorite academic study is The Meaningful Writing Project by Michele Eodice, Anne Ellen Geller, and Neel Lerner.