Professor of English
Director, Trek First-Year Program
Centenary College of Louisiana
Ph.D. English, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2003
Dissertation: Second Natures: Media, Masculinity, and the Natural World in Twentieth-Century American Literature and Film.
M.A. English, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1997.
B.A. Language and Literature, Grand Valley State University, Alllendale, MI, 1995.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT
Associate Dean of the College, Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA, July 1, 2019-present
Centenary College of Louisiana is a selective, residential, national liberal arts college with a celebrated regional reputation for its pre-medical school program. The Associate Dean of the College reports to the Provost and provides cross-college support for faculty, staff, and students. Areas falling within the Associate Dean’s purview include Academic Advising, Institutional Effectiveness, Faculty Development, Student Success, and Experiential Learning.
- New Faculty Orientation
- Advisor Training, including creation of Academic Advising Handbook
- Assessment, including creation of Assessment Handbook
- Summer Orientation and Advising (SOAR) Academic Programming and Advising
- COVID-19 Response, including coordinating and supporting faculty transitioning to remote instruction
- Academic Event Planning
Director, Trek First-Year Program, July 1, 2016-present.
In this role, I implemented much-needed curricular changes. I also collaborate with the Offices of Academic Affairs and Sudent Development on integrated advising to improve success and retention of first-year students.
- recruiting and developing faculty across disciplines
- managing the budget
- event programming
- branding and external relations
- Redesigned and rebranded the college’s first-year program, which had struggled to appeal to students and attract faculty interest.
- Integrated the first-year program into the college’s extant experiential learning curriculum, “Trek,” which includes the college’s first-year study-abroad experience (“Centenary in Paris”), intercultural engagement, community service, and career exploration.
- Increased attendance at campus cultural events like our semester-opening President’s convocation by 90%.
- Created an All-Campus Research Conference. Sourced funding for the event, and increased non-first-year student participation by 172% in year one. First-year student participation was 100% in the first year.
Chair of English, August, 2012-June, 2016.
Managed course scheduling and budget; enhanced academic and instructional technologies; coordinated departmental events; conducted performance evaluations of full time and adjunct instructors; guided faculty development; grew advancement and alumni relations; advised students and mentored writing tutors; revised criteria for departmental honors
- guided the department through major curricular reform, including transition from credit-based to course-based model and the development of concentrations within major.
- created and implemented a First-Year Grammar Lab and Writing Center.
- Developed and implemented assessment rubrics and methods for new major, core requirements, and operational outcomes.
- Overhauled the senior seminar to include a robust portfolio, a comprehensive reading list exam, “Career Explorations,” and the major field test in English.
Director, GreenHouse Living Learning Community. 2011-2015.
Implemented new curriculum and residential programming; designed and implemented assessment; managed budget; coordinated interdisciplinary team of faculty; coordinated student employees; collaborated with student development and facilities; increased community outreach; engaged in external relations (including newspaper, television, and radio interviews, and a positive report in the Chronicle of Higher Education).
- Collaborated with Development to secure $250,000 in donor funding for program launch.
- Redesigned Residence Hall around sustainability initiatives, including creation of single-stream recycling program, and an all-campus energy challenge that reduced institutional energy consumption by 10%.
- Led funding initiative to install solar panels for both energy efficiency and as an instructional resource.
- Guided students in their efforts to organize and fund multiple alternative service trips and summer internships through “Global Brigades,” which serves populations abroad on issues related to sustainability and global health, including public health, clean water access, and sanitation infrastructure.
Professor, English. Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA, 2017-present
Associate Professor, English (tenured). Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA, 2008-2017
Assistant Professor, English. Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA, 2003-2008
(SELECTED) PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICE
Humanities Representative, Economic Policy Committee, 2016-present; Chair 2017-present. Review institutional budgeting process; make recommendations on economic policies; evaluate and make recommendations regarding financial sustainability of academic programs; steer Faculty and Staff Compensation Structure Action Plan.
Member, Convocations Committee, 2015-present. Evaluate, approve, and implement curricular and co-curricular events; assess convocation programming and marketing, collaborate with departments and programs (Museum, First-Year Program, Student Development) to co-sponsor and cross promote programming.
Institutional Effectiveness Committee. Chair 2013-2014. Implemented assessment rubrics for core requirements; evaluated assessment reports for core curriculum as well as academic, program, and administrative reviews; drafted recommendations; worked with administrators to develop SACS-COC reporting documentation; facilitated assessment-driven reflection with faculty and program directors.
Humanities Representative, Academic Policy Council, 2010-2013. College-wide curricular reform; coordinated transition from credit to course model; integrated “21st century challenges” based core requirements; Integrated Living Learning Communities into Curriculum and Vision of the College; developed assessment rubrics for core requirements.
Director, ACS Environmental Studies Post-doctoral fellowship program, 2009-2011. Wrote and received Andrew Mellon Foundation grant ($120,000) to hire two-year post-doctoral fellow. Ran search committee; Directed post-doctoral program (including mentoring, scheduling, and evaluation)
Faculty Fellow, Environmental Programs, Associated Colleges of the South (ACS). 2005-2013.
Mayoral appointee and core team member, Shreveport Energy Efficiency and Conservation (SEEC) citizen council. 2009-2011. Led to creation of Shreveport Energy Efficiency Division (SEED). $1,977,900 in funding. Shreveport, LA.
Educational Advisory Board. 2008-2016. Chimp Haven National Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Shreveport, LA.
(SELECTED) GRANTS AND AWARDS
Support for Institution and Community
Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Faculty Enhancement Grant. Open Access Resources (OAR) Hybrid Learning Grant. Teagle Foundation, Mellon Foundation. 2017.
Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Blended Learning Grant for collaborative project, “Complexity Across the Disciplines” 2014-2016. 8,000.00
Associated Colleges of the South/Andrew Mellon Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship grant to hire two-‐year post-‐doctoral fellow in Sustainability Studies. Fall, 2009 $120,000.00
Louisiana Board of Regents Grant for Undergraduate Enhancement. “Enhancing Humanities Computing at Centenary College of Louisiana.” Fall, 2005. $10,000.00
Teaching and Student Engagement
Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Curriculum and Faculty Development Alliance award for “Developing Interdisciplinary Pedagogy using Alternative Energy.” $3,000.00 Spring, 2008.
Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Curriculum and Faculty Development Alliance award for “Ecology, Technology, Culture: an Environmental Humanities Course.” 2004-2005. $4,550.00
Pacesetter Award. Centenary College of Louisiana. 2007-2008.
Honorary Maroon Jacket for dedication and service. Centenary College of Louisiana Division of Student Life. Spring, 2005.
Willie Cavett and Paul Marvin Brown, Jr. Endowed Professorship in English. Centenary College of Louisiana, 2012-present.
Charlton H. Lyons Faculty Summer Research Award. Highways of the Mind (iBook) Centenary College of Louisiana, Summer, 2010. $3,500.00
Centenary College Endowed Professorship in the Humanities, 2007‐2009.
Faculty Summer Research Award, Centenary College of Louisiana. Futurama, Autogeddon (Digital Media Project) Summer, 2005. $2,500.00
Highways of the Mind. iBook. co‐author with Helen Burgess. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.
Red Planet: Scientific and Cultural Encounters with Mars. Interactive DVD‐ROM. co‐author with Robert Markley, et al. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.
“Nationalism, Masculinity and the Politics of Climate Change in the
Novels of Kim Stanley Robinson and Michael Crichton.” Extrapolation 54.1 (2013). 21-44.
“New Media in the Academy: Labor and the Production of Knowledge in Scholarly Multimedia.” co‐author with Helen Burgess. Digital Humanities Quarterly. 5.3 (Summer, 2011). http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/5/3/000102/000102.html
“Wallowing in the ‘Great Dark Lake of Male Rage’: The Masculine Ecology of Don DeLillo’s White Noise.” Journal of Ecocriticism. 1.1 (January, 2009). 26-42. http://ojs.unbc.ca/index.php/joe/issue/view/6
“The Feminine Nature of Masculine Desire in the Age of Cinematic Techno- transcendence.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 35.4 (Winter, 2008). 146-153.
“‘New City’ as New World: SimCity 2000 and the Ecology of Late-Capitalism.” SimCity: Mapping the Virtual City. Ed. Matteo Bittanti. (2004).
“The Dialogics of New Media: Video, Visualization, and Narrative in Red Planet: Scientific and Cultural Encounters with Mars” co‐author with Helen Burgess and Robert Markley. Eloquent Images: Writing Visually in New Media, eds. Michelle Kendrick and Mary Hocks. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003. 61-85.
“Whatever Turns You On: Becoming-‐Lesbian and the Production of Desire in the Xenaverse.” Genders. 34. 2001. https://www.colorado.edu/gendersarchive1998-2013/2001/10/01/whatever-turns-you-becoming-lesbian-and-production-desire-xenaverse
“From Cynicism to Alternative Hedonism: Sustainability Education for the Millennial Generation.” Pedagogy for Planet Earth: Educating Moral Leaders for Ecological Responsibility. Santa Fe, NM, June, 2011.
“The Dialectics of New Media: Multimedia Scholarship and the Academy.” University of Texas, Arlington Department of English. April, 2006. Arlington, Texas.
Technology, Nature, and the Future of Nostalgia.” West Virginia Humanities Council and Smithsonian Institution Exhibition, Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future. West Virginia, 2002-2003.
Hands‐on Educational Multimedia Demonstration. University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, 2000.
(Selected) Conference Presentations
“Spermatic Citizenship and Metabolic Masculinity in the Fiction of Kurt Vonnegut and Ursula K. Le Guin.” Science Fiction Research Association. Milwaukee, WI, 2018
“Procedural Pedagogy and Learning into Action in the Liberal Arts.” Society for Literature, Science, and Art. Milwaukee, WI, 2012.
“Engendering Global Climate Change: Masculinity and the Politics of Nature in the Novels of Kim Stanley Robinson and Michael Crichton.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Victoria, BC, 2009.
“A Manifesto for Cyborg Scholars; Or, the Institutional Emergence of Scholarly Multimedia.” Society for Literature, Science, and Art. Portland, ME, 2007.
“Ecology, Technology, and Culture: Theorizing Nature in the Age of the New Media.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Spartanburg, SC, 2007.
Available upon request.