Professor Perry's innate and insatiable curiosity drove her to pursue a career in education. Constantly questioning, always analyzing, and voraciously reading her whole life she nevertheless wasn’t really sure which career path to follow because of varied interests, yet always knowing that learning was a passion.
The passion for learning was instilled early by her mother a true erudite. Not satisfied to be “read to” she insisted on reading herself, thus beginning a life-long habit (obsession). However, the path to teaching was circuitous; first working in the trust department of a bank, then as a stock broker, she first pursed a degree in biology, switching to psychology, business, and finally returning to her true love: reading and writing. After leaving Wall Street behind, she finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Cal State San Bernardino and then moved on to receive a Master of Arts degree in 19th British Literature from Cal State Fullerton (Go TITANS!) in 1996.
During the pursuit of her Master’s degree, Carrie held the position of Director of Education for Sylvan Learning center and also tutored CSUF students in the writing lab. Paying her dues as a “Road Scholar” and teaching literature, argument, persuasion, and various writing classes at numerous community colleges and UC Irvine, she is now exclusively back home at CSUF, teaching advertising and business writing. In addition, she is a teaching fellow of the UCI Writing Institute, had both ads and poetry published, and has taught electronic writing at UCI’s summer bridge program. Her passion for teaching, enthusiasm for writing, and of course, reading helped earn her the Outstanding Part-time Faculty Award in the Department of Communications in 2005.
In her spare time she is simultaneously writing a mystery novel and an Advertising textbook, riding her Indian Spirit motorcycle, and trying to keep up with her three Weimaraner dogs, one of which is a show dog who has finished in first place in several shows.