Grant Writing, Research, Proofreading, Press Releases, Copy Editing, Program Development, Copy Editing, Social Media, Program Development, Grant Research and Literature.
Linda Coles, American Alliance of Museums, Adam Grant, The Carter Center, Loyola University Chicago Alumni and Barbara Corcoran.
Heil completed her M.A. two-year graduate program in literary studies, cultural studies and rhetoric/composition at Loyola University Chicago. She worked closely with nationally-known faculty, who are active researchers in their fields. She enjoyed individual connection and mentorship from the department faculty, as well as the wealth of literary and cultural resources of the greater Chicago area.
Heil received her PhD in Modern Literature and Culture in 2015 at Loyola University Chicago. She wrote a dissertation entitled "The Trauma Thesis: Medical and Literary Representations of Psychological Trauma in the Twentieth Century". During her studies, Heil completed comprehensive exams in the fields of Masculinity and Violence, American Modernist Literature and Culture, and British Modernist Novel. Thereafter, she served as an instructor of record of composition and literature, a research assistant for Dr. Peter Shillingsburg on The Woolf Online Project, and as a teaching assistant
As the Associate Editor for Hektoen International, an online journal of medical humanities, Sarah selected and edited high quality submissions for publication. She continued to bring these insightful articles to a broader audience through Facebook and other social media platforms. Sarah continued to develop readership using social media, implemented best practices for social media based on metrics and analytics, maintained a database of publicized articles, and set and reported on social media benchmarks and goals.
Sarah is the managing editor for a search engine optimization (SEO) firm called First Page Sage (FPS). In this 100% remote position, she leads a team of 20 full-time employees and several dozen freelance writers. On any given day, she conducts one-on-one meetings with employees via video conference, review content produced by team members to ensure it meets the company’s high standards, develop new processes or protocols, work with the leadership team to roll out new initiatives, interview potential candidates, or speak with a client on a teleconference.
Sarah provides reliable, responsive, and constructive editing and grant writing services to individuals and non-profits. Her editing services range from copy-editing to substantive critique for screenplays, fiction and nonfiction writing, and she specializes in the academic disciplines of English, Nursing, History, and Research Methodologies. As a grants consultant and editor, she has:
• Seven years of experience writing for nonprofits
• Experience in all facets of the grants process, including research, writing, budgeting, and reporting
• The honor of having served as an advisory panelist for the Multidisciplinary Arts Program Grant review meeting of the Illinois Arts Council Agency in 2014 and 2015
• Familiarity with MLA, APA, AP, and Chicago style guides
After college, Sarah worked for four years as a divorce paralegal, and during her graduate study, she was the grants and communications coordinator and then the director of programming for the National Veterans Art Museum. Although she would love to teach at the college level and have continued to write and research since graduation—including an article on the textual history of All Quiet on the Western Front forthcoming in Scholarly Editing—Sarah never felt that an academic teaching or research position was the only career pathway available to her.
Sarah is grateful to Loyola University for regularly providing opportunities to explore career pathways outside academia and think that her confidence to pursue a range of opportunities has stemmed, in part, from those insights. As the head of the First Page Sage team, she seeks out passionate, cause-oriented clients and provides them with truly impactful thought leadership content. She combines this activity with more traditional link building and campaigns targeting specific long-tail keywords that their customers would search. Ultimately, her work allows her to position her clients at the top of Google for their most valuable searches. In addition to thought leadership SEO, her services include reputation management and custom web design.