April Salchert is an academic, writer, editor and marketer with experience across multiple industries. Throughout her eclectic career, she has gained knowledge in a wide range of disciplines. What sets her apart is her history of travel. April has lived, worked, studied and traveled extensively and this experience has afforded her a rare perspective and understanding of the world.
April’s work history began in the medical field. Her roles included medical secretary, emergency room technician and psychiatric technician in which she obtained experience in patient care, medical terminology and insurance claims.
Once graduating with a BA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, April landed a role as marketing and administrative assistant at PSD Solutions, Inc., a small IT consulting firm in Chicago. April completed administrative tasks such as billing and payables as well as spearheading marketing projects and managing the company’s website content.
In 2009, April took the opportunity to travel abroad and work as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor for a public school in Bucheon, South Korea. She taught grades 3rd-6th, working and collaborating with a Korean teacher to create lesson plans and activities. During this time, she also taught at the Bucheon Board of Education, giving adult ESL lessons on business English as well as conversational English.
From 2010 to 2012, April worked, lived and studied in Sweden. She received her Master’s Degree in English Literature at Uppsala University.
April returned to South Korea in 2012. While in South Korea, she worked as a writer and editor for a private English school chain, MoonKkang English School. At MoonKkang, her responsibilities included writing textbook material and creative stories for ESL students.
April returned to the United States in late 2013. From 2013 to 2017, she developed her writing and marketing career in the Minneapolis/St.Paul metropolitan area, working as a copywriter, editor and marketing consultant. In 2017, April was granted the amazing opportunity to pursue her PhD at the University of Otago in New Zealand. While researching, April does take on small copywriting projects, but her main focus is completing her degree in 3 years time.
PhD Project: Encounters with the Other in Digital Fiction is a research project analyzing how authors of digital fiction express Otherness and issues of marginalization, and how these digital fictions may provoke or preventreader empathy for marginalized Others.
For further professional history, please visit my LinkedIn profile.