Joanna Byrne


Over ten years as a professional horse trainer, three semesters as an undergraduate teaching assistant, two years as a college instructor. Proficient with computer software and hardware. Experience writing and editing both fiction and non-fiction. Six years of experience as a diesel technician.


Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Bachelors of Arts in English
Concentration Creative Writing
Minor Technical Communication
May 2019

South Plains College, Levelland, TX

Associates of Applied Science in Diesel Service Technology
Diesel Service Technology Certificate
DST – Diesel Engine and Controls Certificate
DST Auxiliary and Drive Systems Certificate
Highest Honors
May 2014

Teaching Experience

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
January 2019 – Present
o Manage and record roll for 150 students.
o Assist in document distribution, collection and class management.
o Assist students with course questions, in person and via email.

South Plains College, Levelland, TX

Instructor Diesel Service Technology
August 2015 – August 2017

  • Teach 4 to 6 sections of first and second year undergraduate courses averaging 20 students.
  • Develop curriculum and design lab tests and projects.
  • AED Program Developer, responsible for overseeing the program’s advancement toward AED accreditation.
  • Title V Grant Board DST Adviser

Teaching Assistant Diesel Service Technology
September 2014 – August 2015

  • Developed and oversaw lab assignments for 4 first year undergraduate courses with an average of 20 students for Professor Owens.
  • Provided lab assistance as needed to Professor Ortiz and Mr. Reep, each with 4 sections of first and second year students.
  • Maintained inventory of shop equipment.

Field Experience

Self Employed, Lubbock, TX

Independent Contract Technician
Sept 2014 – Present

  • Diagnose and repair diesel equipment, pick-up trucks & cars.
  • Small engine repair on lawn mowers, air compressors, generators.
  • Customer Service, ordering, shipping & receiving, billing.

Flatland Diesel, Levelland, TX

Diesel Technician
Jun 2014 – Sept 2014

  • Diagnose and repair light and medium-duty over-the-road diesel equipment.
  • Diagnose and repair gasoline vehicles.
  • Ordering, shipping & receiving, ticketing and flagging of parts for repairs.

Hub City Body Works, Lubbock, TX

Parts Department
Jan 2010 – Aug 2011                               

  • Manage parts orders and accounts, shipping and receiving.
  • Review parts on arrival for quality control and distribution of parts to assigned tickets.
  • Check ready row for quality control and compile preliminary parts lists for estimates on tow-ins.

Professional Training

Transmission and Clutch, Meritor BullPen
AED Foundation Summit, Associated Equipment Dealers
Disc Air Brake Systems, Meritor BullPen
Cummins Diesel Engine Performance, Automotive Training Group
Driveline, Meritor BullPen
Ford Powerstroke Engine Performance, Automotive Training Group
AGCO Instructor Summit, AGCO Corporation
Equine Sports Massage Therapy Certification, Equiflex
Auto Tech Scan Tool Dynamics Ford Diesel Systems, NAPA


Journal Publications

Byrne, Joanna. “Holy Incomplete.” Harbinger 2018-2019 (2019): 45-52.

Byrne, Joanna. “Integral.” Harbinger 2018-2019 (2019): 22-24.

Presentations and Invited Lectures

Presentation, “Business Marketing for C Shift Repairs” STC Spring Showcase, April 2019.

Clinic, “Introduction to Open Horse Shows” West Texas Drifters Riding Club, June 2018.

Academic Achievements

Texas Tech University

  • Proven Achievers Transfer Scholarship 2017-2018 & 2018-2019
  • Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society
  • The Lucille Gill Memorial Scholarship in English 2018-2019
  • Dean’s List Fall 2018
  • Technical Communication Internship Fall 2018

South Plains College

  • President’s List Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013 & Spring 2014
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Top Tech – Diesel Service Technology 2013 – 2012 & 2013 – 2014
  • Caterpillar Scholarship Spring 2013


English: Native Language

Latin: Intermediate Reading and Writing

Community Service

West Texas Drifters Riding Club
President, Lubbock, TX, 2014 – 2018
            Horse Show Chair, 2014, 2018
            Website/Social Media Manager 2017 – 2018
Vice President, Lubbock, TX, 2013-2014

District 2 American Association of Sheriff’s Posses &Riding Clubs
President, Lubbock, TX, 2016 – 2018
            Website/Social Media Manager 2016 – 2018
Vice President, Lubbock, TX, 2014 – 2015
            Queen’s Chair 2012 – 2015
            Delegate, AASP&RC Convention 2014