Shannon Valenzuela, B.A. 2000

Shannon Valenzuela, B.A. English & Classics, 2000

Shannon ValenzuelaShannon (S.K.) Valenzuela graduated in 2000 with a B.A. in English and Classics. She married Frank Valenzuela (‘00, Politics) and then went on to study medieval literature at the University of Notre Dame. She received her PhD in 2007 and has recently returned to UD as an Adjunct Professor of English.

In 2011, she and her sister Jennifer Bralick (‘03, History) co-founded SisterMuses, an independent micropress and boutique author services firm. She has published a trilogy of science fiction novels under the SisterMuses imprint, and her newest novel, a dystopian thriller called Final Origin, will be released in May 2016

Most recently, her science fiction screenplay Render was a winner in the Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition. She will travel to Hollywood in May 2016 to meet with producers, agents, and industry executives about her work.

Her passion for the power of story to illuminate what it means to be human by entertaining, not just teaching, the soul is grounded in her studies at UD, and she brings this passion both to the classroom and to her creative work.

Alongside her writing and teaching, she is a busy football/soccer/baseball/dance mom to her six children, ages 3-15.

News

UD Announces Partnership with IWP

Earlier this month, the University of Dallas announced a partnership with the Institute of World Politics (IWP). UD will be the ninth institution of higher learning to partner with IWP.

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Teller Family Finds Friendship, Fraternity in Love of Music

Growing up in a half-Irish Catholic family in Cincinnati, the seven Teller children knew a household full of music. Lucy, Brother Jonah and Brother Simon Teller have used the love of music instilled during childhood by their family to become musicians and produce music of their own.

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UD Engages Conservation, Behavioral Research Efforts with Dallas Zoo

A few years back, the University of Dallas began to form a relationship with the Dallas Zoo, when Assistant Professor of Biology Deanna Soper, Ph.D., and her colleague, Professor of Psychology Scott Churchill, P.h.D., began taking class trips to the zoo. And in the spirit of further collaboration, the world's leading cheetah expert and conservationist, Laurie Marker, Ph.D., founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) sponsored by the Dallas Zoo, will join the UD community on Thursday, Oct. 25, to give a lecture about her work rescuing the world's fastest land mammal from extinction.

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