Kristie Weeks has spent over 30 years dedicated to researching and educating adults in all aspects of professional communication: corporate communications trainer, higher education faculty trainer, technical communication professor, certified instructional designer, and federal government editor and communications liaison. Kristie gained a Master’s degree in English with a specialization in technical communication from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Her career began as a Technical Editor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where she spent over seven years learning and teaching ever-evolving federal communication standards to wildlife scientists.
Kristie transitioned into the software industry as a senior technical writer for a start-up software company that provided logistical software solutions to Fortune 500 clients such as Oracle, Kellogg’s, Levi Strauss, Weyerhaeuser, and Frito Lay. Kristie spent several weeks on each client’s site learning complex technical processes in order to create user-friendly customized support documentation, presentations, proposals, newsletters, and press releases.
When Kristie transitioned to higher education, she developed a highly engaging and humorous presentation style that reaches each student on his/her level. Her passion for teaching has been honored 15 years in a row as Professor of the Year nominee, and she received the coveted 2017 Dean’s Award given to pay tribute to distinctive service and achievements that positively impacted the LSUS campus in and out of the classroom.
Additionally, Kristie has worked nearly a decade as a professional development trainer to diverse corporations in north Louisiana with a focus on professional business communications. As a certified instructional designer, Kristie uses pedagogically sound techniques to motivate students and to ensure the training provides long-term retention and growth. Although grounded in theory, Kristie transforms the traditional boring classroom into a fun, high-energy learning environment full of surprises.