Lisa L. Spangenberg

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. English, University of California at Los Angeles, November, 2008.
Dissertation: The Games Fairies Play: Otherworld Intruders in Medieval English and Celtic Narratives.
Director: Joseph F. Nagy

C. Phil. English, University of California at Los Angeles, 1994.

M. A. English, University of New Hampshire, 1985.
Thesis: Celtic Motifs in the Romance of Horn.
Director: Thomas Carnicelli

B. A. English, Keene State College, 1983.


French, Latin, Medieval Welsh, Old English, Old and Middle Irish, Old Norse.


UCLA Department of English and Writing Programs
Teaching Fellow (January 2004 to March 2004; April 2003 to August 2003; October 2002 to January 2003; April 1998 to April 1999).
Teaching Associate (June 1992 to July 1994).

Classes taught: UCLA Department of English
English 4: Critical Reading and Writing
English 10A: English Literature to 1660
English 10 B: English Literature 1660 to 1832
English 90: Shakespeare

Classes taught: UCLA Writing Programs
English 2: University Writing
English 3: English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language

Taught English composition for under prepared students and freshman in a computer lab; selected texts, created the syllabi, graded and responded to papers and exams, and was the classroom instructor. Teaching Assistant for undergraduate English Literature classes from the Medieval period through the Romantic period, including Shakespeare for non-English majors and introduction to literature and analysis. Used multimedia and the Web for instruction and student interaction.

Instructional Technology
Software Development

Dakim, Inc.
(May 2007–July 2008): Production Manager, Content Department

Coordinated and managed work flow for multimedia content production. Acted as a liaison between the Art department, Audio and Video production, IT, QA, and Management. Produced multimedia content using proprietary content managment tools and MySQL. Supported end-users using proprietary tools, hardware, and a commercial media tracking tools. Wrote documentation for end-users. Tested content and proprietary software, working closely with IT and QA. and customer focus groups. Tracked bugs and designed and requested new features for proprietary development tools.

UCLA, Humanities Computing Facility
(January 2000–February 2002): Instructional Technology Coordinator
Programmer/Analyst III.

Primary contact person for instructional technology training and support; trained and supervised graduate students assisting faculty with instructional technology; created documentation and training materials; taught technology classes; trained individuals and groups to use a variety of technologies and tools; helped administer and design a custom portal; helped administer and supported users of an instructional CMS; responsible for over 600 class sites pera quarter. Tested and assisted with the design of a variety of projects and tools; advised on technology use and policy; evangelized instructional and scholarly use of technology; obtained rights permissions for content. Researched CMS/LMS; tested and evaluated their use at UCLA.

Night Kitchen, Inc. (February 1999-December 1999): Beta Test Coordinator.

Coordinated bug reporting and beta testing for a TK3, a cross-platform multimedia book application and reader; primary contact point for users and beta testers. Helped write tutorials and documentation; created conversion table for HTML tags for import purposes.

Calliope Media LP (October 1994 to June 1996): Multimedia Producer. Produced Richard Lanham's 3,000 Years of Multimedia CD-ROM; tested Robert Winter's Crazy for Ragtime and Scrutiny in the Great Round CD-ROMs. Assisted in rights acquisition and image research.

The Voyager Company (June 1991 to October 1993): Consultant. Tested and created Expanded Books(TM), typeset books using Quark Express; tested and demonstrated Voyager software.

Writing Programs, UCLA (July 1990 to June 1992): Research Assistant to Dr. Lisa Gerrard. Programmed and designed HyperCard stacks on gender and language.

Department of English, UCLA (May 1987 to June 1990): Research Assistant to Professor Richard Lanham. Advised on hardware and software purchases; evaluated and installed software; taught faculty and students to use hardware and software; wrote documentation; programmed HyperCard stacks. Researched rhetorical terms.


Freelance Writing and Editing (August 2008 to Present): Creating Web sites, writing documentation, consumer technical editing, consumer computer book authoring, content writing, marketing reports, blog posts, white papers for clients and articles and books for publishers.

Speedus/Wibiki (November 2005 to January 2006): Consultant. Wrote Wi-Fi router installation and setup documentation; consulted and co-wrote user privacy policy and terms of service; set up blogging/CMS system.

Getty Trust (November 2004 to June 2005): Writing Coach. Presented individual tutorials and group classes on writing and revising.

Clarity Station (January 1996 to July 1997): Consultant. Researched technology issues; designed corporate Web sites and co-wrote white papers for Fortune 100 companies (Apple, Sony, Xerox).

Runway Editing (July 1994 to April 1995): Consultant. Designed web sites; researched ISP business; researched and designed interface and feature set for a QuickTime player and file converter. Worked as the liaison between programmers and management; consulted on a variety of corporate Internet projects.


"New iOS 8 Keyboard Features: Streamlined Typing, Keyboard Swapping, Smileys for Everything." July 7, 2015.

"Cooking with Your iPad and iPhone." October 7, 2014.

"Misleading on Marriage: How Gay Marriage Opponents Twist History To Suit Their Agenda." July 21, 2014.

"iPad and iPhone for the Birds." March 4, 2014.

"Managing The Holidays With Your iPhone or iPad." December 18, 2013.

Meet iPhoto for iOS. Berkley, CA: Peachpit Press, 2012.

"iPad Tips for the College Student." October 4, 2011.

"Five iPad 2 Tips in Five Days: Tip 5 - iPad Keyboard Tips Your Mother Never Taught You." July 22, 2011.

The iPad 2 Project Book. Michael E. Cohen, Dennis R. Cohen, Lisa L. Spangenberg. Berkley, CA: Peachpit Press, 2011. May, 2011.

The iPad Project Book. Michael E. Cohen, Dennis R. Cohen, Lisa L. Spangenberg. Berkley, CA: Peachpit Press, 2010. September, 2010.

"iPad Projects: Stuff you can do with your iPad"

The Encyclopedia of Storytelling. Ed. Josepha Sherman. Armonk, N. Y. : M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 2008. Entries on Welsh mythology.

The J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. Ed. Michael Drout. New York: Routledge, 2006. Entries "Devils," "Druids," "Fairies," Jones, Gwyn," "Pseudonym: Bagpuize, K.," "Mythology, Celtic," "Technological Sub-Cultures: Reception of Tolkien," "Warwick."

Book Review. Comitatus 35 (2004): 274–76. John Ashen. Ed. Romances of Chivalry. London: Kegan Paul (2003).

Book Review. Comitatus 35 (2004): 273–74. David Rollason. Northumbria, 500–1100: Creation and Destruction of a Kingdom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

"IT: Technology, Language and Culture."

"Greeks, Grandmothers, and Gender: A Web Site Review." Computers and Composition. Vol. 16, n. 1 (1999): 171-76.

"Celtic Studies Resources."

"You Can Build a Celtic Lore Library." The Atlanta Celtic Quarterly (Fall 1995): 10-11.

Technical Editing

Smith, Dori. "Geek Factor: Whip Up a Widget." Macworld. Vol. 22 no. 10 (October 2005): 92–93.

Technical Editor. Trinko, Tom. AppleScript for Dummies. Second edition. John Wiley and Sons, August 2004.

Technical Editor. Bove, Tony and Cheryl Rhodes. iLife '04 All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies. John Wiley and Sons, 2004.

Technical Editor. Cohen, Dennis and Michael E. Cohen. Teach Yourself Visually iLife. Visual, May, 2004.

Technical Editor: Bove, Tony and Cheryl Rhodes. iLife All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies. John Wiley and Sons, 2003.

Technical Editor. Cohen, Dennis R. and Bob Levitus. iLife Bible. Hungry Minds, 2003.

Technical Editor. Levitus, Bob and Dennis R. Cohen. iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD Bible. John Wiley & Sons, 2003.

Technical Editor. Barrie Sosinsky. MacWorld Guide to Microsoft Works 3. San Mateo, CA: IDG Books, 1992.

Papers and Presentations

"They are fairies; he that speaks to them shall die": Speech and Silence in Medieval Fairy Narratives." Paper. 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sunday May 11, 2008 Session 558 .

"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight": Tolkien's 'game with rules.' Paper. 42nd International Conference on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo Session # 14 Thursday May 10th, 2007.

"Weblogs and the Academy: Internet Presence and Professional Discourse among Medievalists (A Roundtable)." Panelist. 41st Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 6, 2006.

"QuickTime for Multilingual Instruction." Co-Presenter with Michael Cohen, UC Computer Services Conference, UCLA July 10, 2001.

"The Bardic Arts." Panelist at The 1996 World Science Fiction Convention, Anaheim California. August 31, 1996.

"CyberDog, Gophers, and Digital Druids: Digital Resources for Celticists." The 18th Annual University of California Celtic Studies Conference. UCLA, April 28, 1996.

"Scanning and Digitizing Text for Concordance Building." Columbus Quincentenary Project Seminar. UCLA, September, 1991.

Honors and Awards

Student Scholarship, Apple World Wide Developer's Conference, 2004.

Student Scholarship, Apple World Wide Developer's Conference, 2002.

Student Scholarship, Apple World Wide Developer's Conference, 2001.

Professional Affiliations and Service

Viable Paradise Workshop. Volunteer On Island Staff. 2008, 2010, 2011. Webmaster 2011–present.

Celtic Studies Association of North America.

UCLA Information Technology Planning Board Graduate Student Representative 2003–2005.

UCLA External Network Review Task Force 2005.

UC Legal2Share Task Force 2005.

CSANA Yearbook Technical Consultant 2000–2007.

Sys Admin and Webmaster for Absolute Write Water Cooler 2006–present.