PhD, English/Creative Writing, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, April 2006
Novella and story collection designated a dissertation of distinction by reading committee. Comprehensive examinations in Contemporary, Modern British, British Renaissance periods.
Post-baccalaureate studies: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Intermediate Fiction Workshop, 2002; 20 credit hours in British and American literature, 1996; University of Iowa, summer writing program, six courses, 2000-02; Madison Area Technical College, creative writing workshop, 2001.
BA, with distinction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Communication Arts/Speech and Public Address.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, Fall 2012-Present
Second three-year appointment beginning Fall 2015 with responsibility for teaching courses in journalism, professional writing and composition and advising the student-run Albion Pleiad.
ENGL 101 Composition
ENGL 207 Multimedia Journalism
ENGL 208 Professional Writing
ENGL 304-05 Pleiad Multimedia Production
ENGL 306 Magazine Writing
ENGL 308 Advanced Multimedia Journalism
ENGL 309-12 Multimedia Editing
Two students recipients of Michigan Press Association Foundation Community Journalism scholarships.
Adviser, departmental honors thesis, a memoir project, Spring 2016.
Adviser, memoir project, Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (FURSCA) program, Summer 2015.
Co-adviser, graphic novel project, FURSCA program, Summer 2014.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2006-12
WRIT 130 / SEMN 130 First-Year Seminar: Warning: Graphic Literature
ENGL 125 Reading Autobiography
ENGL 155 Reading the World: Identities: Graphic Memoir and Essay
ENGL 140 Reading the Novel; Reading the Novel: New York Novels
ENGL 141 Reading Short Fiction
ENGL 165 Reading Poetry
ENGL 181 Contemporary Fiction
ENGL 230 U.S. Ethnic Literature: “Model Minorityhood”
ENGL 244 Topics in 20th Century Literature: Jewish Diaspora
ENGL 268 The Victorians: British Literature 1832-1900
ENGL/AMST 276 Modernism and Postmodernism: U.S. Literature 1914-Present
ENGL 107 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 215 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Full time, 2006-10; part time, 2010-12. Named by nine College Chapter Alpha Lambda Delta initiates as a “Favorite Professor,” 2007-11. Academic adviser for the college, Fall 2007-Fall 2011. Departmental adviser, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic memoir and critical Senior Individualized Projects, many receiving honors, 2007-11. Graphic memoir SIP earned College award for outstanding creative work in English done by a student who is not an English major and prize for most outstanding creative interpretation of study abroad.
Adjunct Instructor, English Department, Albion College, Fall 2011
Midterm leave replacement, ENGL 322 – Advanced Creative Writing (Fiction), for Danit Brown.
Instructor, English Department, Western Michigan University, 2002-06
As doctoral associate, Fall 2002-Spring 2006, or adjunct, Fall 2006, taught:
ENGL 1050 Thought and Writing
ENGL 2220 Literatures and Cultures of the United States
ENGL 2520 Shakespeare
ENGL 4100 Special Topics in Literature: Editing and Publishing
ENGL 5970 Studies in English: Editing and Publishing
ENGL 2660 Fiction and Poetry Workshop
ENGL 3660 Advanced Fiction Workshop
Also supervised independent research projects: MFA candidate’s short story revisions, and high school teacher’s essays on multiculturalism.
Teaching Assistant, WMU Prague Summer Program, Czech Republic, Graduate Fiction Workshops, 2003, 2004
“Let’s Get Rid of Him.” Gargoyle Magazine 66 (2017): 77-78. Flash fiction.
“Why I Write.” Fiction Southeast (26 February 2017). Personal essay.
“Blond Squirrels.” Prick of the Spindle 11 (Fall/Winter 2016): 240. Poem.
“Basement Love Story.” Fiction Southeast (19 September 2016). Flash fiction.
“So Big Like That.” Post Road Magazine 30 (Spring/Summer 2016): 187-197. Personal essay.
“Little Guy.” Confrontation 115 (Spring 2014): 39-56. Short story.
“The Closing.” Gargoyle Magazine 57 (2011): 336-49. Short story.
“The Monkey Version of My Father.” The Literary Review 53:2 (Winter 2010): 114-30. Short story.
“Hoyer Lift.” Memoir Journal 1:2 (Summer 2008): 94-96. Lyric essay.
“Homologizing primates.” Specs 1 (2008): 78-79. Poem-essay.
“Results 1 – 20 of about 9,320 for rosario dawson. (0.04 seconds),” “Nymphalis antiopa on an Electra Glide.” Iodine Poetry Journal 8:2 (Fall/Winter 2007-08): 26-7. Poems.
“This December 5.” Controlled Burn XIII (Spring 2007): 121. Poem.
“Playing Himself.” Word Riot (October 2005). Flash fiction.
“My Faces.” New Delta Review 21:1 (Winter 2004): 61-5. Short story. Revised version published in Storyglossia 10 (October 2005).
“The Sight of the Fruiting Tree.” Notre Dame Review 18 (Summer 2004): 128-45. Short story.
“Leaderful.” River City 24:1 (Winter 2004): 110-21. Short story. Placed second in fiction contest (Steve Stern judging).
“The Novelist in Hollywood.” missourireview.com 18 September 2004. Article.
“Talent as Persistence: A Profile of Bob Hicok.” Poets & Writers March/April 2004: 40-45. Article.
Other feature articles in magazines and newspapers including Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Newsday, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. St. Paul Pioneer Press, Orlando Sentinel, The Sporting News, Milwaukee Magazine, Milwaukee Business Journal, Isthmus, Shepherd Express.
Third Coast literary journal, English Department, Western Michigan University, 2002-05.
Positions with publications including Men’s Health and The Milwaukee Journal.
Selected Awards, Grants & Honors
Kalamazoo College Chapter Alpha Lambda Delta “Favorite Professor,” 2007, 2008 (named by four initiates), 2010 (named by two initiates), 2011 (named by two initiates).
Best Short Fiction, WMU English Department Creative Writing Awards, 2005
WMU Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award, 2004
WMU Department and Graduate College Doctoral and Graduate Associate/Assistantships, 2002-06
Second Place, River City Fiction Contest, University of Memphis, 2003
Therese Muller Memorial Fiction Award, UW–Madison, 2002
Selected Readings, Presentations & Introductions
Panelist, Careers in Publishing, Kalamazoo College Business Guild, February 2010
Speaker, 2009-10 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Kalamazoo College
English Department faculty readings, annually, Kalamazoo College, 2007-10
“Teaching Fiction Writers How to Read about Fiction”: pedagogy paper, Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Austin, Texas, March 2006
“Using Myths and Folktales in Your Writing and Teaching”: pedagogy panel member, Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, March 2004
Introductions, WMU Gwen Frostic Reading Series, for Randall Kenan, Fall 2002; S.L. Wisenberg, Spring 2003; Tracy Kidder, Fall 2003; James McManus, Fall 2004
Character parts in readings: “Secession, XX,” with author Kellie Wells, WMU Gwen Frostic Reading Series, Fall 2002, and Hope College, Holland, Michigan, Fall 2003; “Conjugal Conversations,” by Ivan Klima, WMU Prague Summer Program, 2003
Fiction readings, annually, WMU graduate student readings series, 2002-06
Multimedia Basics, News University/The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, 2012
Selected Academic & Community Service
Judge, Milwaukee Press Club Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Contest: collegiate work produced in 2016, categories of Best Blog, Best Local News or Feature Website, Best Website Design, and Best Investigative Reporting.
Guest artist, Kalamazoo Central High School, English as a Second Language classes, for a book project, Memories of Growing Up, May 2016
Judge, Milwaukee Press Club Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Contest, collegiate work produced in 2015, categories of Best Editorial or Commentary, and Best Long Feature Story
Co-judge, Robert H. Gildart Creative Writing Awards, Albion College, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Organizer, Liberal Arts Colloquium, Kalamazoo College: reading and class visits by Bob Hicok, February 2009
Co-organizer, Liberal Arts Colloquium, Kalamazoo College: reading and class visit by Janet Kauffman, February 2009
Co-organizer, Liberal Arts Colloquium, Kalamazoo College: David Small on the development of his graphic autobiography Stitches, October 2007
Seminar discussion leader, First-Year Experience Summer Common Reading program, Kalamazoo College, 2007-10
Judge, Divine Crow Awards, 2006-07 and 2008-09 editions of The Cauldron, Kalamazoo College’s student-run literary journal
Co-judge, 2006 and 2009 Allen Prize for best first-year essay from preceding academic year, Kalamazoo College
Mini-residency participant: taught journalistic interviewing skills to English as a Second Language after-school club members, Kalamazoo Central High School, Spring 2007
Co-judge, senior high school division, Willard Library Fourth Annual Poetry Slam, Battle Creek, Michigan, April 2005
Graduate-student member, WMU Department of English Film/American Literature faculty hiring committee, 2004
Community participant, small-group poetry readings with fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders, Washington Writers’ Academy, a public magnet school, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2004
The Authors Guild