Shanti RoundtreeSenior Proposal Writer Pearson, Iowa City, Iowa

Academic Degrees

Master of Business Administration  
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Master of Arts in English Literature  
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut   

Preparatory School
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts         

Professional Experience

  • Senior Proposal Writer
    Pearson, Iowa City, Iowa
    2014 to Present
  • Project Editor
    Buckle Down Publishing, Iowa City, Iowa
  • English Literacy Instructor
    Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Rhetoric Instructor and Research Assistant
    University of Iowa

Nonprofit/Community/Corporate Service

  • Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador positioned to support area business growth and evangelize Pearson's mission to help people make measurable progress in their lives through learning, including Pearson's commitment to the diversity of its employees and the learners it serves.
  • Pearson Global Assist Fellow: One of 15 selected for 2 week mission to Vrygrond Township, South Africa
  • Pearson Diversity Advocate, Iowa Campuses: Support Diversity and Inclusion in our workplace so colleagues are included, represented, empowered, and valued
  • March of Dimes: Former Board Member responsible for cultivating sponsorship and donors
  • African American Women’s Leadership Conference Marketing Committee responsible for branding
  • Iowa Women’s Foundation: Marketing Committee Member engaged in rebranding and exposure
  • American Business Women’s Association: Past Member responsible for recruitment and retention
  • United Way: 2nd Annual United Action for Youth Festival of Flowers Planning Committee Member
  • Shelter House: Annual Phone-a-thon Volunteer for non-profit providing services to local families in crisis
  • Dakar Project: Community Outreach Emissary on an elementary school rebuild in Senegal, West Africa
  • Andover Breadloaf: Taught youth from the Greater Boston Area in nationally-recognized fiction workshop

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • American Business Women Association Scholarship: Nominated by chapter for National Outright Grant
  • Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference Bankers Trust: Full scholarship funding by nomination
  • Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow: Full graduate tuition and educational stipend allocated for MFA candidacy
  • Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF): Invited alumni for MMUF Leadership Conference

Personal Statement

The Internet is convenient, pervasive, and seductive in its simplicity because it offers digital natives the immediacy of information under the guise of education. Reach and reliance aside, the Web alone is no replacement for physical proximities of effective teachers, solid instruction, peer presence, and active accountability. Access and use of technology tools are invaluable in conjunction with the solid preparation for college and real-world readiness that instructors provide. Surfing for answers and being search-engine savvy does not ensure a competitive edge. Current and future learners who understand the importance of honing their critical thinking skills have a measureable advantage. Welcome to the Digital Age.


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