I'm a fourth–generation, Southern California native, and I talk about that as if it were normal. I am over-educated, underpaid, and always driving. I live with my three cats: the inside cat, the outside cat, and the emergency back–up cat. Mine is a happy warm home, especially when the air conditioning is busted.
My humorous stories, columns, and books on many subjects have been published in general fiction, nonfiction, and in academia. I am told that my writing has graced the walls of the finest toilets in this country. Yet, I am a woman of mystery. Many of my writing pieces are penned in pseudonyms—using names of strangers from phone books (small strangers, big phone books.)
In my life, I have the distinction of actually surviving the raising of two teenagers. Doctors tell me that most of my hair will eventually grow back.
Many awards have come my way. Just last year, armed with only a bottle of spray Pam, I captured the award for the "Can you get your baby out of a back seat of a Honda Accord" contest sponsored by Toyota. (Is anyone missing a nicely-oiled baby?)
Shrewd also in my financial dealings, I bought Ho Ho's when they were up and Snowballs when they were sliding. In addition, The National Science Foundation pays all my bills as a token of their appreciation for everything I've done for them.
Every Tuesday I reinvent the wheel, all of my spices are alphabetized, and I know where most of my socks are. I am starved for affection, a master at hopscotch, and I am wanted in five states.
MY (real) CURRICULUM VITAE/RESUME
Owner, Culbertson and Associates
Trainer, speaker, consultant, recruiter, researcher, writer, editor, copywriter.
• Communications training: worked with companies, organizations, the community, and business individuals across many industries.
• Presentations included conferences, keynote speaking, workshops, seminars, and small groups worldwide: business and person communication, human relations, productivity, time management, historical and motivational speeches about "super achievers", personal and professional development, team building, becoming an entrepreneur, public speaking, and assigned topics as requested.
• Professional writer: ghost writer (fiction and nonfiction), copywriter, published writer in fiction and nonfiction (humor, profiles, how–to's ), editor of textbooks, designer of print display copy, designer and teacher in corporate business correspondence for client companies, authored employee manuals, business publications and documentation as required, created promotional copy, and other materials; and wrote proposals, newsletters, and brochures.
• Recruiter for client corporations and for Management Recruiters, a head–hunter firm.
• Responsible for projects from inception to completion, including research as well as design, development, selection of curriculum, texts, training media, software, and design and writing of all written materials and mixed media.
G. David Gray; San Diego, CA
Two–year contract to create new division for an employment development company. Included development, training, team building, promotion, working with corporate clients, and directing the division. Integral portion of responsibility was creation of all oral and written training, promotional materials, and business correspondence.
PUBLICATIONS (under the name of Margie Culbertson):
* Recent books: Laugh Your Shorts Off (2009); SALES: Don't just close a sale; open a relationship (2012.)
* Forthcoming books: Spirituality and World Religion Essentials: Interviews and Truths of Faith Traditions Side by Side; Getting into College: Essential and Secret Hints & Step-By-Step To Dos for grades 9-12; How to Study in College: Essentials to get A's, have fun, and save your sanity!
* Business and Industry policy handbooks and manuals, marketing materials, San Diego, CA, 1978–1989.
* The Standard Magazine: Susan Perlman. (A Profile)
Arlington Heights, IL; September, 1998.
* The Standard Magazine: One Church, Three Congregations.
Arlington Heights, IL; October, 1999.
* The Writer, Austin Writers Guild.
Featured columnist "MARKETS" column; Austin, TX, 1997–2001.
* Culbertson, Margie. How to Get Results with People through Sales.
Trade paperback, San Diego, CA: Culbertson & Associates, 1983.
* Culbertson, Margie. "Managing in Tough Times" and "Success"
San Marcos Outlook Newspaper, 1982–84; Escondido. Sentinel Newspaper, CA, 1982–84.
BOOK REVIEWS AND EDITING:
Krackle, Larry (2010). Alphasaurus Rax: Astounding Animal Altercations
Widger, Glenda (2010). The Southern Belle Illusion: Stories from my real and imaginary lives
Hamilton, C. and C. Parker (1992). Communicating for results. Belmont, Ca: Wadsworth Publishers.
Bovee, C. and J. V. Thill (1988). Business Communication Today. New York: McGraw Hill.
ACADEMIC GRANTS AND TEACHING HONORS:
Inducted into Honor Society of Pi Gamma Mu for superior scholarly achievement in the field of Social Sciences
Inducted into Honor Society of Psi Chi for superior scholarly achievement in the field of Psychology
Angelo State University; San Angelo, TX, 2001
Honored for Scholarly Achievement
Dept. of Speech Communication, University of Texas; Austin, TX, 1991–92.
Nominated for Graduate Excellence in Teaching
Department of Speech Communication, University of Texas at Austin; during academic year 1990–91.
Designated as "Master Scholar"
Grossmont/Cuyamaca California Community College board; 1987.
Graduated with Distinction in the Major
San Diego State University, 1981.
Graduated with Honors
San Diego State University, 1978.
Designated ComServe's "Expert in Higher Education" designation, member of nominating board, 1985.
ComServe International; Chicago, IL
ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PAPERS: (concentration on the use of humor as a form of communication in teaching effectiveness):
Culbertson, M. (May, 1993). Improvisational humor at a comedy club: An ethnographic investigation. International Communication Association; Washington, D.C.
Culbertson, M (June, 1993). Humor in Action. International Conference on Humor and Laughter, International Society for Humor Studies; Sheffield, England.
Culbertson, M. (October, 1992). Humor as communication: Instructional strategies for the college classroom; Humor and Communication Seminar. Speech Communication Association, Chicago, IL.
Culbertson, M. and E.D. Wrobbel (August, 1992). "Shop Talk": An ethnographic analysis of communication about and between comics inside the comedy club. Ethnography of Communication Conference; Portland, OR.
Culbertson, M. (June, 1992). The Use of humor in college teaching. Latest ideas in Communication and How to Teach Them Conference; SUNY, Albany, NY.
Culbertson, M. and E.D. Wrobbel (August, 1991). Emotion in the voice. International Conference on Social Psychology and Language; Santa Barbara, CA.
Culbertson, M. (June, 1991). Adults in the clubhouse: An ethnography of comedy clubs. International Conference on Humor and Laughter, International Society for Humor Studies; Brock University, Ontario, Canada.
Culbertson, M. (June, 1991). Soren Kierkegaard: Humor and the comic. International Conference on Humor and Laughter, International Society for Humor Studies; Brock University, Ontario, Canada.
Culbertson, M. (March, 1991). Jokes and the ritualization of humor in the comedy club. Joint Meeting of the International Popular Culture and the American Culture Association; San Antonio, TX.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE:
* Member of Unity Organization—Sumter, SC; 2002.
* Member of planning group for Black History Month, Central Carolina Technical College—Sumter, SC; May, 2002.
* Committee Member/Speaker, Rams Against Violence, Angelo State University—San Angelo, TX; 2000.
* Committee Member, Outreach Division—displaced workers, South Plains College—Levelland, TX; 1996.
* Created resource book of Teaching Techniques, University of Texas—Austin; 1992.
* Served on Multicultural and Diversity Committee, Dept. of Communication, University of Texas—Austin; 1991–92.
* Editorial/Program Board, TX Conference on Organizations in Education, University of Texas—Austin; 1990–91.
* Created and taught "Communication Apprehension" workshops to students across all disciplines, University of Texas—Austin; 1989–91.
* Developed and taught "Ethics for Students, Professionals, and the Community" workshops, University of Texas—Austin; 1989–91.
* Served as member of Professional Development Committee, Grossmont Community College, San Diego, CA; 1988–89.
* Taught faculty train–the–trainer "Master Teacher" professional development courses, Grossmont Community College; El Cajon, CA, 1987–89.
* Member of ad hoc Board of Nominators, "Master Scholars" resource collection, National Board; 1987–1989.
* Developed and taught "Master Teaching" sessions, Grossmont Community College, San Diego, CA; 1988–89.
* Committee member, Grant Research Decision Committee, Grossmont Community College, San Diego, CA; 1988–89.
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