Curriculum Vitae

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Education

Candidate for Ph.D in English Literature
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR  

  • Dissertation on the myth of the American West as it presents itself in 19th century English literature
  • Anticipated graduation date:  May 2015

M.A. in English Literature; Emphasis: Gender Studies
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR          December 2010

  • Master's thesis on the construction of female identity in the work of Doris Betts entitled “The [R]evolution of the Southern Belle: The Reinvention of Southern Femininity through the Myth of the West in Doris Betts’ The Sharp Teeth of Love and Heading West” 

B.A. Magna Cum Laude in English Literature; Minor: Gender Studies
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR          May 2008

  • Fulbright Honors Scholar 
  • Undergraduate honors thesis entitled “Victorian Monsters and Masculinity: The Subversion of Victorian Standards of Masculinity in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Dracula

Honors and Awards

Doctoral Academy Fellowship
Department of English, University of Arkansas          August 2010 to May 2014

  • Awarded on basis of merit to entering doctoral students
  • Requires a minimum GPA of 3.65 on graduate work

Blair Rouse Scholarship    
University of Arkansas          August 2010

  • Awarded superior academic achievement by a Ph.D candidate in English

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Recipient
University of Arkansas          January 2010 

Teaching Assistantship
University of Arkansas          August 2008 to present

  • Requires a 2/2 teaching load

Publications

"'Reach for the Sky!': Western Iconography, the Mythic West, and the Story of Pixar in the Toy Story Trilogy" Forthcoming in an anthology from McFarland Press          Winter 2015 “Go West, Young Woman: Transforming Southern Womanhood through the Myth of the American West in Doris Betts’s Heading West and The Sharp Teeth of Love” CEA: Critic (John Hopkins University Press)          Summer 2013

Conference Papers

“Relocating the American West in Victorian England: Space and Place in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet” 

“The Hungry South: The Consumption of Southern Womanhood in Doris Betts’ Heading West and The Sharp Teeth of Love” 

“The Outer Limits:  The Struggle for Selfhood in Mary E. Mebane’s Mary and Mary, Wayfarer”

Conferences

Big Kimpel Revival 2014: The Graduate Students in English Spring Conference
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR          March 2014

2011 Southern American Studies Association Conference: “Peoples, Publics, and Places of the South” 
Georgia State University, Atlanta GA          February 2011

2010 Arkansas Philological Association Conference, “Visions and Revisions”         
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR          October 2010 

Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference
University of Mississippi, Oxford MS          June 2010


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Special Topics Composition II                                   
University of Arkansas         January 2013 to May 2013; January 2014 to Present

  • Competed for and earned a position teaching a special topics course on Sherlock Holmes
  • Designed a course that used Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories and pastiches to emphasize writing across the curriculum
  • Taught a mixture of writing techniques including multi-modal writing, traditional academic writing, and revision strategies

Teaching Assistant, World Literature
Univeristy of Arkansas            August 2012 to Present

  • Constructed a course that taught literature from beginnings to 1600 that covers at least seven different major cultures
  • Developed a second honors course that focused on the relationship between ancient heroes and modern superheroism

Teaching Assistant, Standard Composition
University of Arkansas          August 2008 to May 2011

  • Taught Composition I and Composition II, Advanced Composition, Honors Composition I and Composition II
  • Responsible for developing writing-intensive lesson plans that focused on construction, mechanics, and critical analysis
  • Instructed students in job-related writing (Advanced Composition) and literary analysis (Composition II and Honors Composition II)
  • Focused on creating interactive, participatory classroom environments
  • Developed and refined pedagogical teaching techniques

Continuing Education Lecturer
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Arkansas          February 2013 to March 2013

  • Taught a four-lecture series on the Sherlock Holmes canon for a community education center

Speaking Group Leader
University of Arkansas                                                                                                                 August 2008-August 2010

  • Assisted international students with conversational English skills, including pronunciation, sentence construction, basic grammar, and idioms
  • Helped students with written English in preparation for standardized testing (GMAT and TOEFL)

 

Professionalization

Graduate Liaison and Web Coordinator, “Literary Theory Symposium”       
Department of English, University of Arkansas          May 2013 to Present

  • Serve as social media coordinator and manage group's Facebook page

Ph.D Liason, Graduate Students in English                                                                        
Department of English, University of Arkansas          May 2013 to Present          

  • Developed a professionalization clinic on the non-traditional job market which included speakers from three different professional industries
  • Assisted in coordinating and relaunching the Department of English's graduate student conference

Participant, “Literary Theory Symposium”                                     
Department of English, University of Arkansas         August 2012 to Present

  • Met monthly to discuss new research and growing theoretical fields, such as ecocriticism and the digital humanities

Presenter, "Developing a Special Topics Course" 
Office of Composition and Rhetoric, University of Arkansas          November 2013

  • Coordinated and led a workshop on developing topically based composition courses 
  • Focused on practical implementation as well as pedagogical techniques

Attendee, Composition Workshop: “Effective Peer Revision Strategies”    
Office of Rhetoric and Composition, University of Arkansas          April 2013

Attendee, Composition Workshop: “Writing About Writing”                      
Office of Rhetoric and Composition, University of Arkansas          April 2013

 English Department Representative, Prospective Fellows Tours                  
Department of English, University of Arkansas          March 2012, March 2013

Attendee, “Professional Development Series”                                         
Department of English, University of Arkansas         October 2012 to May 2013

  • Topics included conference presentations, going on the job market, and preparing articles for publication

University of Arkansas Graduate Student Lecturer                        
Graduate School, University of Arkansas         August 2011, August 2012

  • Team-taught two information sessions on classroom management skills with over 70 incoming TAs

Attendee, “Graduate Student Research Symposium”                               
Department of English, University of Arkansas         May 2012

Presenter, “Spring 2012 Mentor Meeting”
OFfice of Composition and Rhetoric, University of Arkansas         April 2012

  • Presented “At the Movies: Successfully Integrating Movies into Composition II” 

Committee Member, One Book One Community Initiative
University of Arkansas         October 2011 to May 2012

  • Committee organized a campus and community-wide reading event for Colin Bevan’s No Impact Man

Panelist, “Large Group Mentoring Session for Incoming Teaching Assistants”
Office of Composition and Rhetoric, University of Arkansas                    March 2011

Panelist, “What To Do With a B.A in English”
Undergraduate Students in English, University of Arkansas                                    March 2011

University of Arkansas Graduate Student Orientation Leader
Graduate School, University of Arkansas                                     August 2010

  • Led two break-out sessions of 40+ participants in discussing student learning styles in the classroom 
  • Answered questions from 120+ students in a large, round table format

Technical Skills

Adobe Creative Suite

  • Proficient in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat Pro

Microsoft Office

  • Proficient in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Apple iWork

  • Proficient in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Web Interfaces

  • Experience with WordPress, Blogger
  • Basic HTML coding

Languages

Proficient in Spanish