Summary of Qualifications

  1. Develop, edit, and curate digital content for online publication
  2. Deliver compelling writing and original images for online and print publication on short deadlines
  3. Promote new content, build audience through online social networking
  4. Fluent in online, library, and field-based research techniques (including ethnographic methods and interviewing)
  5. Proficient in HTML, CSS, Web Content Management, SEO, Microsoft and Adobe tools, and GIMP

Professional Experience

  • Owner, Designer, Developer, Basilosaur.us Limited (2014-Present)
  • (https://basilosaur.us)
    • Create and maintain user-friendly websites that help small businesses reach broader audiences
    • Expand business’ interactions with potential customers with social media strategies that include Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
    • Generate online and print promotional materials using design programs including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, GIMP, and Scribus
    • Write marketing and website copy, and edit existing copy for readability and SEO
  • Owner & Proprietor, Twice Cooked: Cooking, Eating and Politics (2011-Present)
  • (http://www.twice-cooked.com)
    • Publish polished content, complete with original images, on a weekly deadline
    • Present complex topics — whether recipes, photography advice, or political analysis — in an engaging and comprehensible manner
    • Build audience by promoting content on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest
    • Enhance site’s interface and functionality using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP
  • Editor of The Civility Blog, Institute for Civility in Government (2013-Present)
  • (http://www.civilityblog.org)
    • Create strategic plan for launching and maintaining a web presence that extends the organization’s membership
    • Draft foundational documents, including editorial guidelines, for The Civility Blog
    • Develop original web content that reflects the organization’s mission and goals
    • Cultivate collaborative relationships with experts on the topic of civility, helping them develop guest blog posts
    • Curate and edit posts from guest and in-house writers to shape a narrative consistent with the values of the organization
  • Philadelphia Neighborhoods Examiner, Examiner.com (2013)
  • (http://www.examiner.com/neighborhoods-in-philadelphia/adam-zolkover)
    • Deliver SEO-friendly articles about diverse topics of local interest on short deadlines
    • Develop relationships with local businesses, nonprofits, and cultural institutions
    • Translate first-hand observation and interviews into engaging writing
    • Conduct extensive online research, including fact-checking, in a thorough and timely manner
    • Choose from among original and extant images; negotiate accompanying ownership and rights issues
  • University Instructor Temple University. IH 851: Mosaic I Humanities Seminar (2010, 2012-2013)
  • University of Pennsylvania. FOLK 240: Fairy Tales (2010-2011)
  • Philadelphia University. WRTG 101: Writing Seminar I (2008-2010)
  • Indiana University, Bloomington. CMCL C121: Public Speaking (2006-2008)
    • Develop and implement original curricula and syllabi that shape semester-long narrative, and that meet department-defined learning objectives
    • Create lesson plans and learning materials that engage multiple learning styles, for a mix of traditional students and adult learners
    • Design multimedia educational materials that translate abstract concepts into easily understandable forms
    • Teach professional speaking and writing skills, including argumentation, editing, proofreading, and revision
    • Implement active learning techniques: low-stakes writing assignments, small-group and whole-class discussions, and collaborative research projects
  • Project Coordinator, Indiana University-MLA Folklore Bibliography Project (2005-2006)
  • Indexing Assistant, Indiana University-MLA Folklore Bibliography Project (2004)
    • Translated the core messages of academic books and articles into short descriptions and searchable keywords
    • Organized large quantities of disparate data into forms appropriate for publication
    • Developed proficiency in library work, research tools (including Ebsco databases and LexisNexis)
    • Balanced bibliographic work with the duties of managing an assistant researcher
    • Generated semi-annual reports detailing efficiency and progress


  • M.A. Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington. Thesis: On Reading “The Identification of Folklore in American Literature.” (2006)
  • B.A. History, University of California, Berkeley. (2003)