DEGREES EARNED / CERTIFICATIONS / PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. in English—Literature & Criticism
- State University of New York at Albany
Master of Arts Degree—Women's Studies
- Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Master of Arts Degree—English
- Geneva College
Bachelor of Arts Degree—Writing
PRIMARY COURSES TAUGHT
- English 110English 111
- English 130
- English 225/226
- English 317
- English 318
- American Literature
- Southern& Appalachian Literatures
- Women's Literature
- Writing about Literature
- Composition Pedagogy
MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS / PRESENTATIONS
"National Insecurities: Exploring Images of Contemporary American Zombie Lore in The Walking Dead." Pennsylvania English. Volume 39. (Forthcoming)
"Chorus of Thorns" in Impost: A Journal of Critical and Creative Work (forthcoming, accepted for publication August 23, 2016 for Volume 13, Spring 2017).
"Of Goats and Sheep" in Impost: A Journal of Critical and Creative Work (forthcoming, accepted for publication August 23, 2016 for Volume 13, Spring 2017).
"Having a Say & Making Peace." Works and Days. Volume 35. (Summer 2017).
"The Geopoetics of Modernism." South Atlantic Review. Volume 82.2 (Summer 2017).
"Conceptions of Flight," Mother Always Write: An Online Journal (June 20, 2016).
"A Book Review." Florida English 12 (2014): 159-160.
"Giving Voice: Storytelling in Diane Gilliam Fisher's Kettle Bottom." Pennsylvania English 35 (Fall 2012 – Fall 2013): 7-15.
"The Place Setting: Timeless Tastes of the Mountain South, from Bright Hope to Frog Level, Thirds." A Book Review. West Virginia History (Spring 2011): 89-91.
"On Being Exposed: Body as Witness in Gail Godwin's The Perfectionists." North Carolina Literary Review 19 (2010): 194-204.
"Becoming Grotesque: Female Bodies in Three Short Stories by Lee Smith." Florida English 7 (2009): 16-27.
"But to be released is to tell, to unburden it": Storytelling in Eudora Welty's The Optimist's Daughter." Mississippi Quarterly. 59.1-2 (2005): 95-107.
"Bookshelf." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. 22.1 (2005): 95-106.
"Prelinary Biography." AudibleWord.org. Bibliographic Resource. Compiled by Renae R.
Applegate for Dr. Kenneth Sherwood, 2003-04. <http://www.audibleword.org/>.
"Haunted Halls: Monster Pedagogy in the Composition Classroom," EAPSU, Clarion, Pennsylvania (October 19-20, 2016).
"Reacting to the Past: A Pedagogical Approach to Teaching American Literature Survey Courses"," EAPSU, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (October 8-9, 2015)
"The Walking Dead: Contemporary Monster Lore as Post-Christian Narrative," Pennsylvania College English Association Conference, State College, Pennsylvania (October 2014).
"Telling Tales: Memory and Mythmaking in Gail Godwin's The Odd Woman," Northeast Modern Language Association, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (April 2014).
"'I don't think we're in Kansas Anymore': Writing Center Theory at Play. East Central Writing Center Association Conference, Miami, Ohio (March 2014).
"Academic Endogamy: A Roundtable Conversation Between Dual-Career Academic Couples," Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, Indiana (March 2014).
"The "Walking Dead": Dystopian Narratives as Post-Christian Representation," South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia (November 2013).
"Dunn's Ella Minnow Pea: Language& the Utopian Impulse," Society for Utopian Studies Conference, Charleston, South Carolina (November 2013).
"There's No Place Like...the Writing Center!" EAPSU, West Chester, Pennsylvania (October 2013).
"Feminist Pedagogy & Mentoring Theory: High Impact Practices & the Campus Writing Center," East Central Writing Center Association Conference, Clarion University, Clarion, Pennsylvania (April 2013).
"Appalachian Female Identity in The Hunger Games," Appalachian Studies Association, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina (March 2013).
"With Body as Witness & Landscape as Testimony: The Poetry of Diane Gilliam,"The Pennsylvania College English Association, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (March 2013).
"Venango College of Clarion University Writing Center." First Annual High Impact Practices, Clarion University, Clarion, Pennsylvania (February 2013).
"Memory, Mindset, & Mythmaking: Mapping the Mind in Gail Godwin's The Odd Woman," South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Durham, North Carolina (November 2012).
"Telling True Stories: Diane Gilliam Fisher's Kettle Bottom as Protest Literature,"Northeast Regional Conference on Christianity & Literature, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA (November 2012).
"Birth Plans, Heart Defects, CICUs, & Writing Centers," The National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Florida International University, Miami, Florida (November 2011).
"Writing the Soul: "Wholeness" in the Novels of Gail Godwin," The Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana (September 2011).
"The (R)evolution of 'Trash' in Southern Women's Writing: O'Connor, Allison, & Gillespie," Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 2010).
"A Seat at the Table: Contemporary Appalachian Food Narratives." Appalachian Studies Association Conference, North Georgia College and State University, Dahlonega, Georgia (March 2010).
"Storytelling & the Poetry of Diane Gilliam Fisher," Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio (March 2009).
"Southern Exposure: Female Body in the Novels of Gail Godwin," Southern Writers Symposium, Methodist University, Fayetteville, North Carolina (February 2009).
"The Mindful Escape or Interiority of the Female Mind in the Novels of Gail Godwin," Festival of Faith and Writing, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (2008).
"Female Body in the Fiction of Lee Smith," Women of Appalachia Conference, Ohio University, Zanesville, Ohio (2007).
"'A Falling Short From Your Totality': Sin, the Soul, and the Self in Gail Godwin's Father Melancholy's Daughter & Evensong," Women of Appalachia Conference, Ohio University, Zanesville, Ohio (2006).
"'I am divided against myself'": Female Identity and the Body in Godwin's The Perfectionists and Glass People, Women of Appalachia Conference, Ohio University, Zanesville, Ohio (2005).
"Cultural Convergence: Literary Influence of the Borderlands," University at Albany Women's Studies Conference entitled Other(ed) Voices: Who's Listening? Postcolonial Feminist Theory in a Transnational Age, Albany, New York (2002).
"Race and the Mystery Genre: (De)Constructing the Fiction of Walter Mosley," Sigma Tau Delta Conference, Corpus Christi, Texas (2001).
Writing Center Conference, Panel Discussion, Slippery Rock University Writing Center Representative, Baltimore, Maryland (2000).
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Clarion University of Pennsylvania: University-Wide Grant: Individual Research Grant (2014-2015)
- Clarion University of Pennsylvania: University-Wide Grant: Summer Stipend (2013-2014)
- Clarion University of Pennsylvania: University-Wide Grant: Individual Research (2013-2014)
- Clarion University of Pennsylvania: High-Impact Practices Grant (2013-2014)
- Appalachian Studies Association: Appalachian Studies Association Scholarship (2013)
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania: IUP Doctoral Fellowship (2003-2004)
- Geneva College: Geneva Award Scholarship (1996-1999)
- Geneva College: IUE-GM Scholarship (1996-1999)
- Cultural Studies Academy: Scholar Scholarship Winner (1998)
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
- International Writing Centers Association
- South Atlantic Modern Language Association
- Conference on Christianity and Literature
- Society for the Study of Southern Literature
- American Literature Association
- Society for the Study of American Women Writers
- Sigma Tau Delta
- Appalachian Studies Association
- Society for Utopian Studies