and Accessibility Advocate
Expert in conveying concepts concisely, accurately, and understandably
Evangelist for accessibility and inclusion
Lifelong, proactive learner who embraces new challenges
Technical writing, editing, and proofreading
Instructional design and development for online courses
Inclusive design and digital accessibility implementation
Content/learning management systems
Office productivity software
Basic HTML/CSS webpage design
Screencasting and video editing
SimSpace Corporation, Editor/Instructional Designer, 2021–current
Assist content architects in developing online cybersecurity training courses
Review lessons to ensure learning objectives are met and instruction is meaningful
Edit lessons for accuracy, grammar, punctuation, and completeness
Maintain editorial style guide
Bechtel National, Inc., Technical Writer/Editor, 2019–2021
Edited, rewrote, and proofread plans, procedures, and instructions for Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant
Asked questions, advised changes, and assisted personnel at all levels in developing quality documentation
Created visuals to enhance instructional content
Provided project management from receipt to issue of new/revised documents
e-Learning Consultant, 2013–2019
Assisted organizations in determining best learning management systems and tools
Developed and edited course materials, written and media based
Clients included Augusta University (National Security Agency grant-funded projects) and Save the Children (grant-funded project to provide online early childhood education course)
Eastern Kentucky University, Instructional Designer, 2012–2019
Designed and developed online courses and programs in collaboration with faculty experts
Advised and trained faculty on best pedagogical practices, technologies for online courses, and accessibility
Created instructional media and learning objects
Provided captioning for lecture videos and added accessibility features to online course content
Managed course copies between terms, and monitored sites to resolve issues
Troubleshot learning management system issues and other technology problems for instructors
Served on University’s ADA Awareness Committee and Website Accessibility Policy Drafting Team
Northern Kentucky University, Instructional Designer, 2012
Helped instructors design and develop online courses
Advised faculty members on best practices for online teaching
Facilitated workshops for faculty on emerging technologies
Created learning objects for online courses
Troubleshot learning management system issues for instructors
National Emergency Management Association/Emergency Management Assistance Compact, Technology Analyst, 2009–2011
Designed/developed first-ever online training course for NEMA/EMAC
Coordinated, facilitated, and recorded training webinars
Developed training materials, in collaboration with subject matter experts, for both on-ground and online trainings, including presentations, instructor and student manuals, and videos
Facilitated two conferences annually
Updated organization’s website with text, images, reports, webinar recordings
Freelance Writer, Editor, and Proofreader, 2007–2009
Provided proofreading, editing, and writing services for publishing and online media companies
Ensured that content for publications was accurate and precise
Berea College, Donor Relations Associate, 2005–2007
Wrote, edited, and proofread correspondence to donors on behalf of College president
Edited and proofread grant proposals
Managed updates and researched design ideas for College Relations web portal
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Institutional Publication Specialist, 2002–2003
Coordinated publication of institutional products, including college catalog, student handbook, and other products
Designed and developed College’s first online “Registration Hub,” a portal of supplementary registration information
Freelance Proofreader and Editor, 1999–2005
Proofread technical, scientific, and other books, checking grammar , punctuation, and consistency of presentation
Omnigraphics, Inc., Senior Editor/Editor/Associate Editor, 1996–2002
Coordinated publication of national business reference publication
Hired, managed, trained, and supervised the work of editors
Maintained large database of contact information of U.S. businesses and organizations
Peace Corps/Nepal, Peace Corps Volunteer/Teacher, 1996–1997
Taught math and English to fourth- and fifth-graders in public school in Nepal
Communicated in Nepalese language on basic level
Developed lesson plans and instructional materials and methods for effective teaching
Omnigraphics, Inc., Assistant Editor, 1995–1996
Researched businesses and organizations in United States for business reference publications
Verified companies’ and organizations’ contact information via phone calls and websites
Updated large database of contact information for a variety of reference books
American Bankers Insurance Company, Actuarial Associate/Analyst, 1994–1995
Supported state filings for extended personal property program, including compliance forms and responses to interrogatories
Updated pricing matrix that remained in use years after departing company
Calculated quarterly salvage and subrogation estimates
Updated quarterly Schedule X (paid/case/IBNR) exhibits
Norwegian Cruise Line, Second Purser Pax/Purser, 1992–1993
Worked at central information desk onboard cruise ship
Provided cruise passengers manifests throughout week to various departments
Verified passport and visa legitimacy, assisted with immigration and customs procedures
Trained new pursers
National Council on Compensation Insurance, Actuarial Supervisor/Actuarial Analyst/Actuarial Student, 1986–1991
Hired, managed work of, and trained actuarial analysts
Supported Southern Region in data collection and analysis needs
Calculated rate levels for workers compensation insurance in various states
Communicated with numerous insurance company personnel and various levels of management within organization
Education and Training
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professional Certificate, Information Accessibility Design and Policy
Western Kentucky University, Master of Science, Library Media Education degree with instructional/educational technology focus
Centre College of Kentucky, Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics
WebAIM Web Accessibility Training
Digital Badge, “Web Accessibility Evaluation Basics,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pre-Conference Training Session, “Implementing WCAG 2.0 with HTML5 and ARIA Techniques,” Accessing Higher Ground conference
Certifications in “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” and “Higher Ed Peer Reviewer Course,” Quality Matters
Microsoft Office Specialist Certification, Word 2010 Expert and PowerPoint 2010
Excellence in Instructional Design Award, 2015 e-Campus Awards, Eastern Kentucky University
Blackboard Catalyst Award, Director’s Choice, for online “Trends in Science Education” course (in collaboration with EKU professor), 2014
. Presented at 2019 John Slatin AccessU, May 14–17, 2019. A free-o trio: Combining YouTube, VLC, and CADET for quality captioning Perkins, J.
. Professional development session provided Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, March 2019. “Dear A11y”: An hour of advice about digital accessibility Perkins, J.
Building a digital bridge. Presented at the 2018 Kentucky Convergence Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, October 19, 2018. Perkins, J.
Professional development session provided at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, October 2, 2018. Building a digital bridge. Perkins, J.
Professional development session provided at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, March 6, 2018. Designing documents with an “access ramp.” Perkins, J.
. Professional development session provided at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky March 1, 2017. A little means a lot: Simple ways to improve online course accessibility Perkins, J.
. Presented at the 2016 Accessing Higher Ground conference, Westminster, Colorado, November 18, 2016. A little means a lot: Simple ways to improve online course accessibility Perkins, J.
A little means a lot: Simple ways to improve online course accessibility. Presented at the 2016 Kentucky Convergence Conference, Bowling Green, Kentucky, November 10, 2016. Townsend, S., and Perkins, J.
Lessons learned from designing online courses in science education: Insights shared from a science educator and instructional designer. Presented at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic ASTE (MAASTE) meeting, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, September 22, 2016. Townsend, S., and Perkins, J.
A hands-on look at online course engagement. Two-hour, hands-on professional development workshop provided at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, February 26, 2016. Townsend, S., and Perkins, J.
Engineering an online course in science education. Two-hour, hands-on workshop provided at the 2015 Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) conference, Reno, Nevada, January 7, 2016. Perkins, J., and Townsend, S.
Active learning in an asynchronous virtual classroom. Presented at the 2015 Free-Learning Conference, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, July 23, 2015. Perkins, J., and Townsend, S.
Engineering an online engineering-in-education course. Presented at the 2014 Kentucky Convergence Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, November 14, 2014. Perkins, J., Daniel, C., Pritchard, M., and Renfro, K.
Appy hour! Presented at the 2014 Kentucky Convergence Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, November 13, 2014. Townsend, S., Hitt, A., and Perkins, J.
Engineering an online course: Issues in design, development, and delivery of a six-week engineering education professional development course for elementary and middle school teachers. Presented at the 2014 Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) conference, San Antonio, Texas, January 16, 2014.