|Rich opportunities profit student editor
|Gretchen Panzer ’12 (left) works with Karlyn Crowley (English) as both co-author and editor.
Little did Gretchen Panzer ’12 realize, when she applied for an editorial internship as an incoming student, that she was on her way to accumulating a résumé-filling treasure chest of editing and collaborative opportunities.
“I didn’t even realize it was a paid position at the time,” Panzer says of her initial internship with North Wind, the academic journal edited by John Pennington ’80 (English). “I just thought it looked like a fun project I could do with a professor.”
By the time Panzer graduated this May, she had also worked as an assistant editor for the St. Norbert-published literary journals of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society; coached fellow students at the Writing Center; and performed copyediting and research for a total of four book manuscripts authored by members of the English faculty.
“To do that as an undergrad is unheard of,” says Karlyn Crowley (English). “It’s an arduous task, making a manuscript error-free. The English department had six books come out last year, and she edited three of them. We all owe a debt to her [for producing] better scholarship because of her extremely careful proofreading.”
Panzer parlayed her experience into a spot in the women’s and gender studies doctoral program at Indiana University, one of the top programs of its kind in the country. She plans to become a college professor.
“I’m glad I was able to do work I find so much fun,” she says. “I could have worked as a waitress and made more money, but these jobs were in my field and I was doing things I really love to do.”
Panzer and Crowley are working together on an article they hope to have in draft form by August. It’s the first time Crowley has co-written an article with a student.
“I hope presenting at a major conference is next,” Crowley says. “I hope this is a lifelong collaboration. The experience and awards she has achieved are rare for a graduate student, let alone an undergrad.”
July 8, 2012