Elaine McCollom earned her B.A. in Spanish with a minor in French and her M.A. in TESOL with a certificate in Composition. She began her career at California State University, Sacramento in 2001 where she taught both mainstream and multilingual composition courses, ranging from the lowest level developmental writing course to the upper division advanced writing course for English majors. She also taught courses in reading and grammar for multilingual students and opened the door for lecturers to teach First Year Seminar classes, a course she enjoyed teaching for many years. Throughout her thirteen-year career at Sac State, she worked closely with students in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), a federally funded program for the children of migrant workers, developing and teaching CAMP-dedicated Learning Community courses in both composition and First Year Seminar.
She joined the UWP faculty at UC Davis in Fall 2014 and is currently Multilingual Program Assistant Director (UWP 23).
Elaine’s passion for teaching is based in developing close personal connections with her students, as it is her firm belief that relationships with faculty members create a solid foundation for student retention and success in the university. To that end, she advised a number of Greek organizations during her career at Sac State and is currently the faculty advisor for Sigma Delta Alpha, a Latino fraternity, at UC Davis.
Besides working with students, there is nothing Elaine enjoys more than traveling to far-off destinations and subjecting local residents to her sometimes painful attempts to speak French, Norwegian and Arabic. When she’s not able to physically board a plane, she travels far and wide by reading books that can take her anywhere, from Scandinavian and British crime scenes to the realm of the fae.