A member of American University’s (AU) literature faculty, Caron teaches both creative writing and composition courses. During her summers off from academia, she works as a writing consultant, training bank examiners at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Arlington, VA. At AU, Caron has mentored fellow faculty members, advocated for term faculty pay and rank promotions, and chaired her program’s committee to design an advanced, intensive composition course. She helped launch a writing co-initiative with the Provost’s office in a university-wide effort to unite faculty across disciplines to more effectively support all AU students’ writing, research, and public speaking skills. Caron’s research interests center around promoting interdisciplinary, inquiry-oriented pedagogy as well as finding ways to integrate technology into the teaching of writing. With a colleague, Melissa Scholes Young, she has presented original research on Facebook in the Composition Classroom both at the Georgia Information Literacy Conference in Savannah, and at the 2013 annual meeting of the National Conference of Teachers of English (NCTE).
After graduating from Williams College with an English major, Caron interned with the Department of State before taking the Foreign Service Exam. Following a year dedicated to language and diplomatic training in Washington, D.C., Caron was commissioned by the United States Information Agency, and became a Foreign Service Officer stationed at the U.S. embassies in Mexico City and Quito, Ecuador. Once stationed back in the U.S., Caron combined part-time work as a public relations executive at Valencia, Perez & Echeveste with the parenting joys and demands of three active sons. In 2000, during the five years the Martinez family lived in London, Caron earned a master’s degree in Organizational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her main research interests at the LSE centered on work/life balance, but her thesis concerned the potential of grassroots social movements to attract the attention of policymakers and to effect change.
In 2007, Caron received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from George Mason University (GMU), and she continues to work on her historical novel set in pre-revolutionary Mexico whenever she can. With experience gleaned as a teaching fellow at GMU, Caron taught Business Writing at the University of Maryland, College Park, before moving to American University.
Caron currently volunteers with the Washington, D.C. public schools through the literacy project One World Education, as well as with an AIDS-related nonprofit, nyumbani.org, that helps HIV+ children in Kenya. Her family passionately supports the humanitarian work of LoveLightandMelody.com, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of children in Nicaragua, South Dakota, and Denver. She lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband John and a brilliant labradoodle who intuits her soul. Three grown sons are frequent and welcome visitors and constantly remind Caron of what truly matters in life.