14439 Corinth Road
Marion, Illinois 62959
14439 Corinth Road
Marion, Illinois 62959
Education:Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL,
In Progress. Planned Defense July, 2013.
Major Field: Eighteenth-Century British Literature
Minor Fields: Cultural Studies
Nineteenth-Century British Literature
Dissertation: Mirrors of Influence: Print Technologies,
Authorship, and Identity Formation in the Eighteenth-Century
Advisor: Dr. George Boulukos
M.A., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 2007
Major: English - Literature
Thesis: How the Wind Sits; or, The History of Henry and Ann
Lemoine, Chapbook Writers and Publishers of the Late
B.A., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 2005
1st Major: English - Creative Writing
2nd Major: English - Literature
Graduation Honors: Magna Cum Laude
A.A.S., Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, VA.
Major: Liberal Arts
Graduation Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Teaching and Research Interests:Print Culture and Book History Studies, 18th Century British Literature, 19th Century British Literature, Gothic Literature, Modern Poetry, Graphic Novels, Cultural Studies and Literary Theory, Visual Rhetoric and Image-Text Studies
Teaching Experience:Graduate Teaching Instructor, English Department Fall 2005 until Present. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
- English 100 - Basic Writing (3 classes). A basic writing course for first-year students. Designed course with a focus on essay development and analysis. Used visual and written texts to introduce students to the conventions of academic essays and college-level writing. Supported by WebCT and D2L web sites.
- English 101 - English Composition I (8 classes). The freshman-level writing course required of all students. The course, taught in computer labs, focused on the fundamental elements of writing. Supported by WebCT web site or Blackboard web site.
- English 102 - English Composition II (2 classes). The second half of the freshman-level writing course. Designed course with a focus on understanding the rhetorical strategies of researching and writing academic papers. Supported by Blackboard web site.
- English 120 - Advanced Freshman Composition (3 classes). An honors composition course for students with high ACT or CLEP test scores. Through the critical reading of a variety of genres, the course emphasized argument structure and basic academic writing strategies. Supported by Blackboard web site.
- English 121 - The Western Literary Tradition (1
Course). An introductory literature course that critically explored
canonical texts with a particular emphasis upon the interactive way
such texts helped to influence and shape Western Culture.
Supported by Wordpress web site.
- English 206A - Literature Among the Arts: Graphic Novels, Sequential Art and Comix (2 classes). A Core Curriculum elective class which emphasized various ways to interprete and analyze graphic narratives. The class covered comics from 1938 to present and discussed various ways the material reflected society. Supported by Blackboard web site.
- English 290 - Intermediate Analytical Writing (1
course). Offered students practice and reflection in analytical,
argumentative, and expository writing. Emphasis placed on
understanding the writing and analytical processes necessary for
effective integration of findings and arguments into reasoned written
statements. Supported by Wordpress web site.
- English 291 - Intermediate Technical Writing (2 classes). Course introduces processes, genres, and conventions of writing in the workplace with a focus upon resumes, memos, formal letters, proposals, and collaborative reports. An emphasis is placed upon electronic communication in the business environment. Supported by Blackboard web site.
Other Professional Activities:
- Administrative Assistant to Department Chair, English Department Fall 2012 to Spring 2013. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. My tast was to determine the curricular successes and failures of SIUC's college composition program. I employed a statistical analysis of enrollment and other student data over a three year period along with a subjective survey of current composition instructors in order to formulate a baseline analysis, along with recommendations for possible administrative change.
- Writing Studies Administrative Assistant, English Department Fall 2012 to Spring 2013. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. I worked closely with the Writing Studies administrators to create, update, and streamline day-to-day policies for the college composition program. I also helped to develop and assemble a common reader for English 102.
- Writing Mentor,
Department Fall 2011 to Spring 2012.
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. In a small
pilot program for the first-year sequence of composition courses, I
served as a classroom mentor for the students of two sections of
English 101 in the fall and two sections of English 102 in the
spring. I met with individual students to facilitate the
acquisition of writing skill and encourage knowledge
transference. I also collected and analyzed raw enrollment data
and other student information in order to evaluate the success of the
current program and devise strategies for future research.
- Undergraduate Advisement, English Department Spring 2008. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. As the assistant to the Undergraduate Advisor, I advised undergraduate students working towards English majors and minors; created and maintained an email announcement list for English undergraduates; worked as a member of a committee on departmental undergraduate scholarships; participated in Open House events; and researched and helped to propose an undergraduate Honors Program in English.
- Experience in designing and implementing gated courseware such as WebCT Campus Edition Version 4.1 and Blackboard Campus Edition Version 6.0
- Experience with teaching support software such as Turnitin--Plagiarism Prevention System
- Experience with Web Page Design
- SMART Board interactive whiteboard
- Samsung 6500 Digital Presenter
- SynchronEyes v.7.0 Classroom Management Software
- Banner Unified Digital Campus and Argos Reporting.
- SIS (Student Information System) Operator Database
- Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
- Adobe Acrobat
- "A History of Guilty Pleasures: Chapbooks and the Lemoines." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Volume 103, Issue 3, August, 2009. 283-318.
- "Closing the Gap: Examining the Invisible Sign in Graphic Narratives." International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2009. 347-362.
Publications and Other:Published Articles:
- "Inheriting Trauma in Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan," International Journal of Comic Art. Volume 12, Issue 2, 2010.
- “Appalachian Baseline,” Poetry Southeast, Fall, 2006
- “Flight,” Poets Against The War, July, 2006
- “Born Again,” The Aurora Review, Winter 2004-2005
- “Appalachian Baseline,” Grassroots, Spring, 2005
- "Shadows Laugh, Shadows Weep,” Grassroots, Spring, 2005
- “Home,” Three Cup Morning, January/February, 2005
- “A Taste of Salt,” True Poet Magazine, January, 2005
- “American Kudzu,” Poets Against The War, December, 2004
- “After Noon,” Three Cup Morning, July/August, 2004
- “Finding Light,” Once Upon A Time, January, 2004
- Dr. Jonathan Bean. "Social Justice and Moral Capitalism." Interview by Roy Bearden-White. SIUC English Composition Reader. Boston: Bedford Select, Forthcoming.
- "'Passing’ Over And Under The Color Line: The Visual Creation of Black Identity During the 1930s." 51st Annual Midwest Modern Language Association. November 12-15, 2009. St. Louis, Missouri.
- “Inheriting Trauma in Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth” The 2010 National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Annual Conference, March 31-April 3, 2010. St. Louis, Missouri.
- “Somewhere Between Profit and Aesthetics: The Contradictions of Edward Moxon, London Publisher” The Edge of Explosion: Conflict and Negotiation. 5th Annual History Graduate Student Association Conference, April 17, 2010 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.
- "Superheroes and Society: The Subjective Nature of 'Truth, Justice, and the American Way.'" Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana. November 8, 2010.
- "Approaches Toward Teaching Basic Writing at the University Level." English Department Pre-Semester Workshop, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. August 6, 2012.
- "Won't Someone Consider the Children: Dr. Frederic Werthan's Seduction of the Innocent and the Self-Censorship of the American Comic Book Industry." Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana. Fall 2012 (exact date t.b.a.).
- Dissertation Research Assistantship Award, Graduate School, Southern Illinois University, 2010-2011.
- Member, Undergraduate Scholarship Committee, Southern Illinois University, 2008-2009.
- Member, Editorial Board,Studies In Gothic Fiction, 2009-present.
- Member: The Midwest Modern Language Association
- Member: The Modern Language Association
- Member: Popular Culture Association
- Member: The James Hogg Society
- Member: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
- Member: The Association of English Graduate Instructors and Students.
- Member: Sigma Tau Delta
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