Janice M. Smith
Degree Level/Concentration: M.A. English Rhetoric, Northern Illinois University; B.A. English - Writing & Language, Aurora University; 2 years in M.S. Clinical Psychology program, Benedictine University
Jan taught part-time as an adjunct at both NIU and Aurora University. Her "day job" for the last 10 years has been in the fitness industry in management and consulting, while raising her five children. Prior to that, she worked in promotions and development for non-profit organizations and as a free-lance writer, editor, and proofreader. Accused of being a dilettante by her children, Jan prefers to think of herself as an enthusiastic, "lifelong learner" and has pursued an array of interests over the years, including alternative/natural healing modalities, gardening/landscaping, cooking/nutrition, and real estate. Her most recent personal growth adventure involved participating in a year's cycle of grain farming. Jan likes reading 19th century literature, pop psychology, and natural healing publications, as well as experimenting with food and wine, and delving into local history.