Charlene  Gill Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Charlene Gill

C.M. Gill is on the faculty at Austin Community College in Austin, TX, where she enjoys teaching adult students in her College Success, English, and math courses. As the Supervisor of ACC’s College Prep Program for seven years, she helped thousands of adult students transition successfully into college. She is also the author of the college writing textbook, Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyond (Penguin, 2014).


Hi, Everyone-- I have 15+ years as a university and community college instructor in a plethora of courses, including English Composition I and II, College Success (Student Development), College Prep (English and math), Developmental Reading & Writing, GED (All subjects), TSI Test Prep, and GED (writing, reading, math, science, and social studies). I enjoy teaching non-traditional students in my courses, both at the college and online via  

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Non-traditional student success; college writing, college success, college reading

Personal Interests

    Reading, writing, math, science, television, yoga, politics, spirituality--you name it!



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 Featured Title - College Success for Adults - 1st Edition book cover


Adult Education & Literacy Quarterly

Assessing for Fit: Screening and Selecting Students for College Transitions Programs

Published: Nov 30, 2020 by Adult Education & Literacy Quarterly
Authors: Charlene Gill

In this article, I share the three simple but powerful processes we implemented in our College Transitions Program to assess students' fitness for and dedication to our program.

Style (Penn State University Press)

Martyring Veda: Mildred Pierce and Family Systems Theory.

Published: Nov 30, 2020 by Style (Penn State University Press)
Authors: C. M. Gill
Subjects: Film and Video

In this article, I analyze the classic film Mildred Pierce from the perspective of Family Systems Theory, particularly in regard to the depiction of Veda Pierce, a character widely regarded as the film's villain. In my reading, however, I present a differing view of Veda--a view that will, perhaps, garner for her deeper sympathy from the reader/ viewer and hopefully change perception of the film's overarching tragedy...

The Boy Detectives: Essays on the Hardy Boys and Others

"Hardy Camaraderie: Boy Sleuthing and Male Community in the Hardy Boys Mysteries"

Published: Nov 30, 2020 by The Boy Detectives: Essays on the Hardy Boys and Others
Authors: C. M. Gill

In this article, I use gender criticism to analyze and compare the classic "boys" series The Hardy Boys Mysteries to the "girl" or "sister" series of Nancy Drew to uncover what, if anything, is the unique nature of male mystery solving. I ask--and attempt to answer questions such as these: Do boys and men approach and solve mysteries differently than girls and women? And, if so, what are the implications for our understanding of gender progression in our complex industrial society?

Adult Education & Literacy Quarterly

Taking Your Grant-Funded Program to Scale

Published: Jan 30, 2014 by Adult Education & Literacy Quarterly
Authors: Charlene Gill and David Borden

In this article, my co-author, David Borden, and I explain how we took our grant-funded college transitions program from a tiny, unknown, grant-funded program to a institutionally program that is not only known by college leadership but promoted by them nation wide as a pride-point for our institution.