Curriculum Vitae

Shantay Robinson Curriculum Vitae 1.28.2021


Doctor of Philosophy: Writing and Rhetoric
George Mason University Fairfax, VA
December 2021

Master of Science: Communication and Composition
Minnesota State University, Mankato Mankato, MN
December 2016

Master of Fine Arts: Writing
Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta, GA
March 2013

Bachelor of Science: Television, Radio, Film Management
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
May 2000


George Mason University | Fairfax, VA | August 2017 – Present | GTA Instructor of Record

  • English 388: Professional and Technical Writing
    • Students assess the rhetorical situation in order to meet readers’ genre expectations. They learn the conventions of several professional and technical writing genres and engage in the recursive writing process from brainstorming to revision. They use varied modes of communication that respond to contemporary technical writing work environments while writing white papers, proposals, resumes, press releases, web content, and websites. Special attention is paid to incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the professional documents written.
  • English 302: Advanced Composition
    • Students analyze the rhetorical situation and rhetorical context in order to develop audience-focused academic writing. They use critical reading skills for academic and non-academic texts relevant to their field of study and engage in the recursive nature of the writing process to develop and respond to well-crafted research questions. Students write literature reviews, research proposals, and annotated bibliographies.
  • Art and Visual Technology 395: Writing for Artists
    • Students spend significant time improving writing skills by working through the varied stages of the writing process. They develop critical writing skills used to inform professional writing for career advancement. Students improve thinking and reading skills used to assess writing situations when writing art reviews, artist statement, bios, and curatorial proposals.
  • English Composition 101: Composition
    • Students improve understanding of the recursive nature of the writing process from brainstorming to revision. They respond to varied rhetorical situations and respond to readers’ expectation of genre conventions. They develop thesis statements that are well-stated and developed into arguments when writing annotated bibliographies, narrative arguments, and compose radical revisions.

Clayton State University | Morrow, GA | August 2015 – July 2017 | Adjunct Professor

  • English Composition 1101: Rhetoric and Composition
    • Students learn and analyze argumentation using various genres of academic writing while working on developing thesis statements, topic sentences, supporting sentences, introductions and conclusions for coherent arguments in writing cultural criticism and arguments. They effectively synthesize sources in their argumentative writing. Students become familiar with the library research process using databases and search keywords.
  • English Composition 1102: Rhetoric and Composition
    • Students became familiar with thesis statements and composing practices used to argue personal perspectives. They learn to write for specific audiences and with clear purposes that are organized and coherent without the five-paragraph essay format. Students engage with various academic writing genres including personal narratives, expository essays, and literary arguments.

Savannah College of Art and Design | Atlanta, GA | September 2010-November 2010 | Teaching Assistant

  • Writing 101
    • Assisted professor in freshman writing class. Held regular office hours to assist students with writing assignments. Led discussions on topics around reading assignments.


George Mason University | Fairfax, VA | July 2019 – May 2020 | GRA Community Impact Grant

  • Conducted extensive research on best practices for teaching writing in development of one-page instructional guides for Writing Across the Curriculum instructors
  • Compiled reports of all the activities occurring during the term of the grant
  • Designed outreach materials for recruiting faculty for teaching writing workshops

 George Mason University | Fairfax, VA | January 2018 – May 2019 | Graduate Assistant Director of Composition

  • Oversaw the Mason Core English courses through organizing and editing instructor documents
  • Facilitated learning communities for faculty professional development
  • Assisted with continuing professional development of graduate teaching assistants
  • Wrote faculty achievement updates for composition website
  • Assisted in curriculum planning and development by collaborating on drafting of writing prompts
  • Evaluated ENGH 101 exemption exams and tracked 101 syllabi each semester
  • Served on search committee for Writing Program Administrator 


  • George Mason University | Fairfax, VA | Multimodal Faculty Learning Community | February 2020 – May 2020 | Co-Facilitator
    • Facilitated online faculty learning community imparting knowledge of multimodal composition
    • Coordinated seminal readings and developed discussion prompts weekly
    • Created assignments that enacted pedagogical concepts acquired through reading and discussion
  • George Mason University | Fairfax, VA | Public Writing and Civic Engagement Faculty Learning Community | December 2018 – May 2019 | Co-Facilitator
    • Identified readings based on public writing, social justice, and multimodal composition concepts
    • Wrote reflection prompts and led discussions of readings in five distinct meetings
    • Worked with a team of English composition faculty to revise an assignment to reflect multimodal composition and social justice focus

Professional Development:

  • University of Mary Washington | Fredericksburg, VA | Digital Pedagogy Lab | August 2019
  • The Ohio State University | Columbus, OH | Digital Media and Composition Institute | May 2019
  • George Mason University | Fairfax, VA | Threshold Concepts Faculty Learning Community | February 2018 – May 2018 | Faculty Learning Community Participant
  • CUE Art Foundation Art Critic Mentoring Program | New York, NY | July 2017 – August 2017 | Mentee
  • BURNAWAY Art Writers Mentorship Program | Atlanta, GA | January 2015 – June 2015 | Mentee
  • C4 Atlanta | Atlanta, GA | Ignite: Business Planning for Artists | January 2013 – March 2013


  • George Mason University Graduate Research Fellowship | Fairfax, VA | May 2020
  • Docs in Progress Fellowship | Silver Spring, MD | March 2020 – December 2020
  • Duke University Center for Documentary Studies Editorial Fellowship | Durham, NC | October 2014 – July 2015


  • Robinson, Shantay. “A Movement on Canvas: How Sonya Clark’s Representation Matters.” International Review of African American Art, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 3-13. [Academic Essay]
  • Robinson, Shantay. “Evaluating Course Goals to Achieve High-Order Assignments.” Teaching Artist Journal, vol. 17, no. 1-2, 2019, pp. 11-18. [Academic Essay]
  • Robinson, Shantay. “Blackie Bonita.” Our Voices, Our Stories: An Anthology of Writings Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color, edited by Donnamaria Culbreath, Complexity Publishing, 2019, pp. 171-178. [Personal Essay]
  • Robinson, Shantay. “Stare as long as you want.” CUE Art Foundation, 15 Aug. 2017, [Exhibition Catalogue Essay]


  • Miami Art Week | PRIZM Art Fair | Miami, FL | December 2019 | Black Talk Back Talk: Capacities of Criticism | Panelist
  • James Madison University | Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference | Harrisonburg, VA | November 2019 | “Perpetuating Counternarratives to Societal Norms through the Digital Sphere” | Paper presentation
  • George Mason University | Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference | Fairfax, VA | September 2019 | “Evaluating Course Goals to Achieve High-Order Assignments” | Poster presentation and Five-minute lightening talk
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference in the Berkshires: Catalyzing 21st Century Discourse and Engagement on Race | Berkshires, MA | June 2019 | Untangled: Getting to the Roots of a Hair Movement | Documentary Screening
  • New York African Studies Association | April 2019 | “Shaping Alternative Perspectives through Visual Art” | Paper Presentation
  • Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference | April 2019 | “Evaluating Course Goals to Achieve High Order Assignments” | Paper Presentation
  • Northeast Modern Languages Association Conference | March 2019 | “Black Female Artists Embody Visibility” | Paper Presentation 
  • Glorious Hair and Academic Identities | Atlanta, GA | June 2016 | Untangled: Getting to the Roots of a Hair Movement | Documentary Screening 
  • New Voices Graduate Student Conference | Atlanta, GA | February 2016 | “Addressing Literary Sister Circles and Their Filmic Counterparts Through a Feminist Lens” | Paper Presentation 
  • SCAD Symposium on Art and Fashion | Atlanta, GA | March 2010 | “Kanye West as Fashion Impresario: Designing Identity Through Lyrics” | Paper Presentation 

Additional Experience:

  • The American University in Cairo | Cairo, Egypt | June 2020 | Virtual Lecture

Presented my research on the impact of art murals in a thirty-minute lecture with students who could not travel to the United States from Egypt because of COVID-19.

  • Pandemic Salon | New York, NY | June 2020 | Guest Speaker

In response to sheltering in place during COVID-19, Dannielle Tegeder, an art professor at CUNY’s Lehman College invited me to speak at the virtual series with her students and community about the Black Lives Matter murals.

  • Shreveport Regional Art Council: Critical Mass 8 | Shreveport, LA | March 2020  | Art Competition Juror

Judged a local visual art competition of 125 artworks, critiqued artists portfolios, provided one-on-one critiques, presented review of winning artists, and wrote up a review of 10% of entries making note of the strengths and weaknesses present in them.

  • TILA Studios | Atlanta, GA | October 2019 | Workshop Facilitator

Led interactive workshop allowing black women artists to craft artist statements and bios. Directed artists through the writing process from brainstorming to peer review. Guided discussion about the purposes and uses of artist statement and bio to determine best practices. Helped artists assess the effectiveness of their artist statements and bios as well as those of their peers. Allowed participants to look for creative ways to express the potency of their art practices while working together as a group to best convey their individual purposes and goals. Provided individual feedback following the workshop for revision of artist statements and bios.

  • History and Culture Travels [Meet Up Group] | Washington, D.C. | February 2018 | Tour Guide

Led a two-hour interactive tour of African American art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to a group of 20 children and adults.

  • Lutheran Services of Georgia | Atlanta, GA | January 2014-May 2014 | Writing Teacher

Taught lessons about writing and media for elementary and high school students. Assisted with homework and class projects as needed.

  • High Museum of Art| Atlanta, GA | September 2009-October 2011 | Docent

Volunteered to be educated on the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Learned looking techniques and art analysis. Used public speaking ability to lead tours with children and adults.

  • Hands on Atlanta AmeriCorps |Atlanta, GA | August 2007-April 2009 | Middle School Tutor

Tutored middle school students in math. Facilitated after school homework instruction. Taught dance and poetry.

 Editorial Positions:

  • Artlines | New York, NY | September 2020 – Present | Co-Editor
  • Black Art in America | Columbus, GA | June 2018 – Present | Resident Scholar
  • Washington City Paper | Washington D.C. | September 2017 – October 2018 | Freelance Writer
  • Arts ATL | Atlanta, GA | September 2016 – July 2017 | Freelance Writer
  • BURNAWAY | Atlanta, GA | May 2015 – July 2017 | Freelance Writer
  • Number: Inc.| Nashville, TN | September 2016 | Freelance Writer
  • ARTS.BLACK | Detroit, MI | April 2016 | Contributor
  • The Third Eye Site | Atlanta, GA | March 2013-September 2015 | Blogger
  • Urban Lux Magazine | Atlanta, GA | August 2013-July 2014 | Freelance Writer

Screenwriting Accolades:

  • The International Gullah Film Festival | 2018 | Semi-Finalist
  • Lucky Strike Film Festival | 2018 | Finalist
  • Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival | 2018 | Finalist
  • The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards | 2018 | Best Genre Script Winner
  • Urban Mediamakers | 2011 | Official Feature Film Script
  • Peachtree Village International Film Festival | 2011 | Finalist
  • Urban Mediamakers Film Festival | 2008 | Honorable Mention
  • Maverick Blueprint Screenplay Competition | 2003 | Top 100

Video Production Credits:

  • Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge | March 2019 | Untangled Screening
  • Atlanta Natural Hair Care | Atlanta, GA | May 2016 | Untangled Screening
  • Tease, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art | Athens, GA | March 2015 | Untangled Screening
  • Georgia Tech | Atlanta, GA | August 2014 | Untangled Screening
  • Spelman College Museum of Fine Art: BLACK BOX | Atlanta, GA | March 2014 | Untangled Screening
  • Hagedorn Foundation Gallery | Atlanta, GA | July 2011-July 2013 | Videographer
  • Decorators’ Show House and Gardens Lecture Series | Atlanta, GA | April 2011- May 2011 | Videographer
  • Renew You Boot Camp | Atlanta, GA | January 2011-March 2011 | Writer/Producer/Director/Editor
  • Challenge and Champions Documentary | Atlanta, GA | June 2010-December 2010 | Producer/Director/Editor
  • Public Broadcasting Atlanta | Atlanta, GA | June 2010-August 2010 | Videographer/Internship

Workshops Taken:

  • Introduction to Documentary Studies: Ethics and Practice | Duke University Center for Documentary Studies | Summer 2020
  • Interviewing for Documentary | Duke University Center for Documentary Studies | Summer 2020
  • Introduction to Documentary Studies: Traditions | Duke University Center for Documentary Studies | Spring 2020
  • How to Think and Write Like a Critic | The School of The New York Times | Fall 2017
  • Making the Marketing Documentary | Duke University Center for Documentary Studies | Fall 2016
  • Creative Forms of Art Criticism | Node Center for Curatorial Studies | Fall 2016
  • Directing the Documentary | Duke University Center for Documentary Studies | Fall 2016
  • Teaching Literacy through Film | Future Learn | Summer 2016
  • Writing the Documentary Script | Duke University Center for Documentary Studies | Fall 2014
  • Documentary and 3-Act Structure | Duke University Center for Documentary Studies | Spring 2014
  • Screenwriting | Gotham Writer’s Workshop | November 2006