Curriculum Vitae


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Ph.D.: Case Western Reserve University, English Literature, 2001
*Dissertation Title: “Wrestling Sensibility: Masculine Anxiety in Eighteenth-Century English Sentimental Novels.”
*Dissertation Director: Christopher Flint
*Qualifying Exams: British Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Gender Studies; Masculinity in Fiction

M.A.: Youngstown State University, English Literature, 1995.
*M.A. Portfolio including chapters on Milton’s Sonnets, Burney’s Evelina,
Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, and Brontë’s Villette.

B.A.:  Wittenberg University, English, 1982.


“Stabilizing Reason with Sensibility: Boswell and Johnson’s Pursuit of a Genuine Definition of Masculinity.”   Spectacle, Sex and Property in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Ed. Julie A.  Chappell and Kamille Stone Stanton. New York: AMS Press, Inc., 2015.

“Going, Going, Gone: Dickinson’s Subjective Move Towards the Invisible.” New Academia: An International  Journal of English Language, Literature, and Literary Theory. 3.2 (2014):

Power and Masculine Anxiety in Late Eighteenth-Century Narratives: How British Men Reconstructed Their Roles. Edwin Mellen Press, 2013.

“Envisioning the Metaphysical Middle: A New Way of Seeing Probes the Heart of Middlemarch.”  Interactions: Aegean Journal of English and American Studies. 14.1 (2005): 211-220.      

“Wright Turns the Bible Left: Rewriting the Christian Parable in Uncle Tom’s Children.”   Xavier Review. Fall 2004: 56-65.

 “Collaboration in the ESL Composition Classroom: A Means of Intensified Learning.” Journal of Teaching Academic Survival Skills. Summer / Fall 2003: 59-76.

“Stephen Brook.” British Travel Writers, 1940-1997. Ed. Barbara Brothers and Julia Gergits. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1999. 3-11.

“Louis Golding.”  British Travel Writers, 1910-1939. Ed. Barbara Brothers and Julia Gergits. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1998. 123-130.

“William Wells Brown.” American Travel Writers, 1776-1864. Ed. James Schramer and Donald Ross. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1997. 35-42.

“Hilaire Belloc.”  British Travel Writers, 1876-1909. Ed. Barbara Brothers and Julia Gergits. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1997. 19-30.

“Sir Harry Johnston.” British Travel Writers, 1876-1909. Ed. Barbara Brothers and Julia Gergits. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1997. 191-200.


“Tempering Masculine Sensibility: Blending Tradition, Property, and Feeling in Fielding and Richardson.”  College English Association, Richmond, VA, March 2012.

“From Erie to Eire: Study Abroad, Scholarship and the Changing Voices of Ireland,” (Mercyhurst Student Panel) Sigma Tau Delta International Convention Pittsburgh, 2011

“Tillotson & Locke on Jones & Yorick: An Enlightened Look at Sensibility, Feeling, and Corporeal Experience” British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies – Emotions, Oxford UK, January 2011.

“Rescuing the Ingredients from the Melting Pot:  How a Hypertext Poetry Project Allowed Difference to Flourish in My Twentieth-century World Literature Course.” College English Association, Pittsburgh, 2009.

“The Commerce of Gazing and Grazing:  The Consuming Nature of Smollett’s Men” SCASECS “The Spacious Ark of Eighteenth-Century Studies” Conference, Cocoa Beach, 2006.

“Blending Reason, Sensibility, and Bookishness: Boswell’s Construction of Johnson’s Masculinity.”  SCMLA Conference, New Orleans, 2004.

“Stabilizing Reason with Sensibility: Boswell and Johnson’s Pursuit of a Genuine Definition of Masculinity.” Princeton Eighteenth-Century Society, Princeton NJ, 2004

“Wright Turns the Bible Left: Rewriting the Parable in Uncle Tom’s Children,” SAMLA, Atlanta, 2003.

“Cultural, Racial, and Temporal Displacement in Travel Writing” Panel Moderator,
The North American Conference on Travel Writing and Travel Writers, Cleveland, 2002.

“Smollett’s Fragmented Travelers: The Quest for a Unified Masculinity in Roderick Random and Humphrey Clinker,” The North American Conference on Travel Writing and Travel Writers, Cleveland, 2002.

Manipulating Men: Power and Masculine Anxiety in Boswell, Sterne, and Smollett,” NEASECS International Conference, NYC, 2002.

“Academic Honesty and Plagiarism Policies at CWRU,” Panelist, UCITE Academic Happy Hour, Case Western Reserve University, 2001.

“Love and Rockets: Lines of Gender in Young Adult Literature,” YSU English

Festival, Youngstown State University, 1997.

Cathrine Called Birdy and Roseanne called Bawdy,” YSU English Festival, Youngstown State University, 1996.

“Wideman’s Search for African-American Identity in Postmodern America,” KSUEL Literary Forum, Kent State East Liverpool, 1996.

“How I See the Graduate Program,” English Faculty Colloquium, Youngstown State University, 1995.

“Wideman Lights a Match,” “Culture is Ordinary” Conference, Bowling Green State University, 1995.

“Strength in Diversity: Evaluating Student Writing at YSU,” QUEST Interdisciplinary Conference, Youngstown State University, 1995.

     As Panel Moderator:                  

“Cultural, Racial, and Temporal Displacement in Travel Writing”  The North American Conference on Travel Writing and Travel Writers, Cleveland, 2002.

Teaching Experience

Mercyhurst University, Fall 2001 – Present
English 101: College Writing I
English 102: College Writing II
English 120: Research and Writing
English 120-88: Honors Research and Writing
English 103: Western Classics
English 104: British Classics
English 106: English Seminar
English 107: World Classics
English 107-88: Honors World Classics
English 201: Jane Austen on Film
English 205: Introduction to the English Major
English 217: British Literature 1
English 220: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
English 225: Romanticism
English 235: Twentieth-Century British Literature
English 312: The English Drama
English 328: Literary Hitchcock
English 330: The English Novel
English 360: African-American Literature
English 490: Senior English Project
FSAT 170: Continental Literature: The Comic and Absurd
FSAT 300: Writing Catalonia
FSAT 300: Irish Literary Heritage
IDST 110:  Irish Identities
IDST 110:  Happiness
FYI  100: Freshman Year Initiative
iMU 101: Introduction to Mercyhurst
iMU 102: Involvement at Mercyhurst

Case Western Reserve University, Fall 1997 – Summer 2001
English 148 (ESL): Introduction to Composition for Second Language Students
English 148: Introduction to Composition
English 150: Freshman Composition
English 180: Composition for Transfer Students
English 200: Introduction to Literature in English
Univ 400 C: Professional Communication Skills in English

Kent State Salem, Fall 1999
English 10001: Freshman Composition

Kent State East Liverpool, Fall 1995 — Fall 1998
English 10000: Introduction to College English
English 10001: Freshman Composition
English 10002: Introduction to Literature

Youngstown State University, Fall 1994 — Winter 1997
English 550: Freshman Composition
English 551wp: English Online
English 551: Research and Writing  

Academic Service 

Mercyhurst University

Rank and Tenure Committee, 2016-present
Honors, Faculty Steering Committee (chair), 2016-present
iMU Planning Committee, Spring 2015-present
Dean of Faculty, Fall 2011-  Fall 2016
Core Curriculum Advisory Committee (chair), Spring 2012-Fall 2015
Institutional Effectiveness Committee, Summer 2014-Fall 2016
Resource Allocation Board, Fall 2014-Spring 2016
Academic Computing Group, Fall 2013-Spring 2014
Web Oversight Committee, Summer 2014-Fall 2015
Academic Mission Work Group, Fall 2013-Fall 2014
Committee on Instituting the Mercyhurst Intensive English Program, Summer 2013-Spring 2014
Task Force on Arming Mercyhurst University Police, Fall 2013-Fall 2014
Task Force on University & Corporate Relations, Spring 2013-Spring 2015
Dean’s Roundtable, Fall 2012- Spring 2015
Integrated Marketing Group, Fall 2012-Spring 2014
Retention Task Force, Winter 2011- Spring 2013
CIO Search Committee, Winter 2011-Spring 2012
Trustee’s Subcommittee on Mission, Fall 2011- Spring 2016
Online / Distance Learning Task Force (chair), Fall 2011-Spring 2012
Strategic Planning Committee (co-chair), Fall 2011-Spring 2012
Catholic Studies Advisory Committee, Fall 2011-Spring 2012
Bradley Foulk Scholarship Application Committee, Fall 2011
Library Committee (ex-officio), Fall 2011-Spring 2016
Faculty Development Committee (ex-officio), 2008-Spring 2011
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, Fall 2008-Spring 2011
Academic Planning and Assessment Committee, Fall 2010-Spring 2011
IT Steering Committee, Fall 2010-Spring 2015
Middle States Educational Offerings Subcommittee, Fall 2010-Spring 2012
Portal Governance Committee, Fall 2009-Spring 2012
IT Training Team, Spring 2009-Spring 2014
Mercyhurst Book Club Advisor, Fall 2009- Spring 2013
Honors Advisory Committee, Fall 2009 – Fall 2016
Ad Hoc Committee to Develop Film Studies Minor- Fall 2009- Spring 2010
Mercyhurst Writer’s Club Advisor, Fall 2008-Spring 2009
College / University Council, Fall 2007-Spring 2008; Fall 2011-Fall 2015
Mission Committee, Fall 2004- Spring 2007
Academic Policies Committee, Fall 2003 – Spring 2005
Faculty Handbook Committee, Fall 2002 – Spring 2003
International Education Committee, (previously Transcultural Enhancement
Committee) Spring 2002-Spring 2007
Catherine McAuley Undergraduate Adult Award Selection Committee 2008
Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Department Chair Selection, 2007
Trustee’s Ad Hoc Committee on Mission, Fall 2006-Spring 2007
Honors Program Selection Committee, 2007, 2010, 2011
Honors Newsletter Advisor, Spring 2005-Spring 2011
Sigma Tau Delta English Honorary Faculty Sponsor, Fall 2004 – Spring 2008
Mercy Heritage Club Advisor, Fall 2004 – Fall 2006
Men’s Discussion Group, Spring 2004 – Spring 2007
The Minnesota Group, Winter 2003 – Spring 2005
English Department Secondary Education Review Committee, Fall 2002 – Spring 2007
English Department Technology Committee, Fall 2001 – Spring 2005
English Department Major Recruitment and Retention Committee, Fall 2001 –
Spring 2012
Student Advisor for majors, minors, and pre-majors
Admissions Open House,  2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Major Day, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015
Pre-major Fair, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Fresh Starts/Orientation, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012,
2013, 2014, 2015

Case Western Reserve University
Assistant Director of Composition, Spring 2001
UCITE Interdisciplinary English / Physics Project, 2001
Graduate Representative, Faculty Committee, 2000-2001
Proctor and Evaluator, Speak Testing for International TA Students, Fall 2000
Mentor for New Teaching Assistants, 1999; 2000
Mentor for Writing Center Tutors, Fall 1999

Kent State East Liverpool
Writing Assessment Proctor and Evaluator, Compass Testing, 1996-1998
Writing Center Substitute Director, Sabbatical Coverage, Spring 1996

Youngstown State University
Graduate Representative, Graduate Committee, 1994-1995
Critical Theory Discussion Group, 1995

Talks and Occasional Teaching

“Escaping from the Cage.” Honors Keynote, Mercyhurst University Honors Program Induction and Awards Ceremony, Spring 2013

“Bees, Butterflies and the Weight of God: Emily Dickinson’s Powerful Poetry of the Miniscule.” Mercyhurst Alumni College, Summer 2012

“Introduction to Prezi.” Mercyhurst Techstravaganza, Fall 2012; Fall 2013

“Mercyhurst in Ireland” Mercyhurst Alumni College, Summer 2011

“Podium Support and Blackboard I, II, & III” (3 workshops) Mercyhurst Techstravaganza, Fall 2010

“Blackboard 8 to Blackboard 9 Conversion”  IT Summer Online Workshops,
Summer 2010

“Introduction to the Sympodium” CTE Tech Buffet, Spring 2010

“Introduction to Blackboard” (2 Sessions) Fall Technology Workshop, Fall 2009

“Introduction to FYI” (with Karen Williams),  Mercyhurst Freshman Orientation,
Fall 2005; Fall 2006

“Application Letter Workshop for the Mercyhurst College Honors Program.” Winter 2005; Winter 2006

“Gender Jumping:  Exploring the Nature of Men, Women, and Everything In Between,”
Mercyhurst College Academic Celebration, Spring 2005

“Success in the First Year” (with Joe Morris),  Mercyhurst New Faculty Orientation,
Fall 2002;  Fall 2003; Fall 2004

Coverage for Ralph Perrico,  English Seminar, (week 7-9) Winter 2002.

Awards and Honors

CIT Technology Enabled Teaching Grant 2006-2007
Residence Life Outstanding Faculty Award – 2004
Links to the Future Grant 2003 – 2004
Graduate Dean’s Instructional Excellence Award: 2001
Graduate Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University: 1996 – 2001
Phi Kappa Phi, Academic Honorary: 1996
Sigma Tau Delta, English Honorary: 1995
Graduate Fellowship, Youngstown State University: 1994 – 1995

Research Interests

British Eighteenth-Century; Gender Studies; African-American Literature; Travel Narratives; The Novel; Literary Theory; Composition Theory.

Teaching Interests 

Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture; Eighteenth-Century Travel Narratives; Gender Studies; The English Novel; Novel Theory; Film; African-American Literature; Irish Narrative; The Romantics; British Survey; Twentieth-Century World Literature; Western Classics; Introduction to Literature; Composition.

Organizations and Societies 

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
North East American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Modern Language Association
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

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