Joelle has taught poetry, fiction and essay writing at New York University and at Rutgers University.
In teaching essays and composition, Joelle was influenced by NYU’s long-time Expository Writing Program director, Pat C. Hoy II, who emphasized structure, creativity, and the intuitive pursuit of ideas. These are values that Joelle continues to draw on in her own work and with editorial clients.
While at NYU, Joelle lead honors writing sections, “The Artist in American Society,” at the Tisch School of the Arts. Classes met on campus and at cultural institutions around New York City to help students think more critically and dynamically about how art is made, viewed and consumed. Outings included going behind the scenes at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), seeing experimental theater in the East Village, as well as attending screenings of films by local directors such as Spike Lee.