Nicole Matos

professor and Writer in Chicago, Illinois

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As a former community college student, and throughout my more than 15-year teaching career and position as a national voice on community college teaching, learning, administration, and innovation, I have centered my life on what I consider to be the slightly-secret jewel of the American higher education system. I now offer my services as a career coach for community college job seekers at As both a faculty member and an Associate Dean, I have served on many search committees for full-time faculty positions and have also been a hiring manager in charge of part-time hires. I have published numerous articles about job-seeking and other aspects of community college education policy in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Pedagogy Unbound, and Medium's The Synapse. I am a down-to-earth, frank but approachable person who will offer you candid feedback and pragmatic, actionable suggestions for immediate career success.

In addition to my career coaching work, I am a writer, retired roller derby skater, and special needs mom. My work has appeared in Salon, XOJane, American Short Fiction, The Classical, The Rumpus, The Atticus Review, The Hairpin, Quiddity, Chicago Literati, Hip Mama, Full Grown People, Brain Mother, and many others.

My first chapbook of poetry, Oxidane (2014: Blazevox Books) has been described as "an intimate, unapologetic conversation 'like chess by mail' that sneaks up and stuns us."

My second chapbook of poetry, The Astronaut's Apprentice (2015) is available with Dancing Girl Press.

My third chapbook of poetry, Skate/Glove (co-author Carlo Matos) will be available from Finishing Line Press in late 2016.

  • Work
    • College of DuPage
  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst